Happy Friday everyone! I am so excited because today is the first installment of my brand new weekly series FEATURED FIT FRIENDS FRIDAY! I just recently “met” this inspiring blogger when she stumbled upon my blog and became a follower! I am delighted to share her story! Read on to find out more about my newest virtual friend!
Blog: My Life My Way
From: New Jersey
Why did you start blogging? What is the goal/purpose of your blog?
I started blogging the first time back in 2011 when I was married to my now ex-husband. I had to shut down that blog for a while, while I was going through my divorce. I came back to blogging March of 2012 and have been non stop ever since.
How did you come up with your blog name?
I came up with my blog name after my divorce went through, and I decided that it was now time to live My Life My Way.
When not blogging, what do you do?
I am a longshoreman by day and a group fitness instructor by night. I blog whenever I have time. I have two puppies: Rylie, who is a VERY active almost 2 year old Boston Terrier/Beagle mix, and then there is also Zoe, who is an almost 4 year old Chihuahua. You will hear my refer to them as the girls on my blog.
Are you attending (have you attended) any blogger conferences?
I have not been to any but I want to!
Have you met up in person with anyone you’ve met through your blog or other social media?
I have meet up with Jaime from Just A Jersey Girl, and I have a “blate” with Niki from Glossy Blonde
What things have you learned from blogging that you would like to share with other bloggers?
Oh man what a question! I have learned so much from all my fellow bloggers! I have learned about beauty products that I knew nothing about. I learned about an amazing planner that I swear by now. I have learned about crafting and making my house more of a home. I have learned how to do a photo wall, among other amazing things!
What is your favorite fitness activity?
I am a group fitness instructor by night. I teach Les Mills BodyCombat, and I LOVE IT! I also love to go for a nice run, and I also love to lift. I also enjoy taking my girl for a walk or for a hike. I have recently picked up biking. I also love to play indoor and beach volleyball.
Have you always been an active person, or is health/fitness something you found later in life?
I wish I could say that I have always been a active person, but truth be told I did not become active till high school when I picked up volleyball. I had always been overweight, and when I got into my early to mid 20’s, I finally decided it was time to loose weight and get my crap together and get healthy!
When did you start running?
I started running in September of 2011.
What was your favorite race?
So far my favorite race was the 8K. I was so proud of myself for setting a goal and reaching it. I have a feeling the funnest race will be the 2 Color Runs that I have coming up.
Do you struggle with your weight?
Since loosing weight, thankfully I have not put any of my weight back on! I have lost a total of 130 pounds to date.
What is your eating philosophy?
My eating philosophy is very simple. I eat as clean as I can, but that is not to say that I do not enjoy a good cupcake or glass of wine from time to time. I do not “banish” anything from my diet. I look at it as I can and will eat anything and everything in moderation. Generally I will eat lean protein and complex carbs. I try to limit the amount of sugar I take in, and I usually stay away from white bread or white rice or regular pasta. I am not perfect, and I do eat that from time to time, but again it’s just in moderation.
Peanut Butter Energy Bites are my FAVORITE go to snacks!
I enjoy some oatmeal on a cold morning or a nice 1 full egg 2 additional egg white omelet loaded with veggies like peppers, onions, spinach, mushrooms and turkey sausage crumble.
One of my favorite and go to lunches is Avocado Chicken Salad.
A dinner I LOVE to make is Grilled Chicken Puttanesca over a little bit of Whole Wheat Pasta.
Favorite place to get recipes from on the internet?
I get a lot of my recipes from Pinterest, however I tend to tweak them a bit to fit my personal taste.
Favorite blogs in general?
Oh my gosh, this is another hard question for me to answer because I have so many favorite blogs! Some of them, and believe me this is just a few of them…
Adventures of E
All In My Twenties
Butler, Party of 2
Each Day In This Life
Keeping Up With Kelly & Co.
Living In Yellow
Perception is Everything
Don’t Quote The Raven
Are there any other tips/advice/achievements you would like to share?
Oh my gosh, I could go on and on about all kinds of things! You can read about my weight loss journey HERE, and there are a bunch of links at the end of the post regarding supplements I take, the 8K I ran, what my typical work outs for a week, and of course my AdvoCare page.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know the fabulous Nikki! If you would like to be featured on Fit Friends Friday or know someone who would, contact me!