Motivational Monday: Maintaining a Healthy Balance Collaboration

Happy Marvelous Monday!!!! Today, we have a marvelous post!

I am very excited about this!

A couple of weeks ago, Michelle from Skana Spa, reached out to me about collaborating on a post about being motivated. I had to say yes because I loved the idea so much! It’s definitely something I promote in my daily life, so this was an awesome opportunity. Michelle was kind (and awesome) enough to write some amazing ways/tips for ISC readers. Please take a look!

Maintain a Healthy Balance in your life:

  • Life is about balance. Most people have a number of different wants and they want to experience them all. Of course, there are only so many hours in a day and only so much the human mind, body, and spirit can handle before becoming completely exhausted. Oftentimes these wants can exist as seemingly bitter rivals. Exercise and food seem to be the paradigmatic case. We exercise so we can eat and we eat because we exercise– they put equal and opposite effects towards each other. How is it possible to take these opposing forces and make them balance out?

Adjust Your Nutrient Intake:

  • This doesn’t mean to go on a diet as much as it means to monitor your diet. The former is a means of cutting back on foodstuffs and trying to effectively starve your body into being thin. Evolutionarily, your body is programmed to have this method fail. The latter isn’t counting calories but being aware of the different nutritional needs you have from your activity level. Say you’ve been running a lot more than usual. Your body is burning through glycogen and carbs a higher rate, meaning you’ll have to eat more. If you’re weight lifting, ingesting more proteins to heal your body will help make you stronger. Adjust your nutrient intake in relation to the activities you do on a given day.

Keep Track of Your Meals and Activities:

  • Keep both an exercise and meal journal. This isn’t to see how many calories you’ve burned and are now allowed to consume. It’s to remind yourself visually of the balance you’re trying to accomplish. If you’ve ran or biked ten miles but haven’t eaten in ten hours, it’s probably advisable for you to go eat something nutritious.

Exercise Because You Want to, Not Because You Have to:

  • Forcing yourself to do something is the quickest way to resent it. Remember why you want to exercise. Not why you have to. If you continually say, “I have to do this,” you’re spawning negativity in your mind which translates to an imbalance in how you act.
  • The biggest step in balancing everything is recognizing that the two aren’t necessarily bitter opposites of the other. Nor should they be. If anything has been shown here, it’s that food and exercise exist in a symbiotic relationship. In order to be successful in balancing them, they need to be considered as different faces on the same coin. This view of balance and cooperation is what is going to guarantee success in both of your pursuits.

Here is an example of an inspiration board:

  • What better way to boost motivation than to treat yourself to some fabulous workout gear or a fresh pair of new kicks?  Bright colored apparel, like this pair of Asics from Zappos, is a popular trend this spring.  Bright colors so appropriate for the warm weather and motivation!  I think music and quotes inspire me the most.  I love this motivational quote tank from The Hunt; also in a fun-bright color, so perfect!  But my new passion lies with tennis.  I’m not a pro by any means, but I like that I can play all year-round near my work, at the Turning Stone Resort.  No excuses to skip out on exercise if it’s open year-round.  From my work experience, anytime you’re increasing your daily physical activity, it’s important to stretch your muscles to help prevent injury.  Simple yoga poses like “Warrior”, (pictured below) are simple stretches that can be done in the comfort of your own home.  Yoga is great for beginners and the more advanced athlete.  But the biggest change that makes the most difference in how you feel is in your diet.  Simple swaps for sugary snacks, makes a difference in your energy level. Personally, I don’t think it’s healthy to cut foods out, but rather incorporate healthy foods into daily meals.  Luckily we live in an age where finding delicious healthy recipes like Mexican Paleo Pizza. Yum! I am not on the Paleo diet, but this recipe sounds really tasty!  If you’re going to start eating healthier, it’s best to keep an open mind and try new things!

Healthy Balance - yoga, tennis and pizza


I also created my own Motivational Pinterest board on my Pinterest, so just click the image and it will take you to the board! I always pin things, so check back for more motivation pictures on the board.

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 How Does Audrey Stay Motivated?

  • Mainly through what I see my other blogger friends do, the thought of feeling awesome after a workout, eating the right foods and feeling good about it, knowing I will live a long, healthy life, and that I motivate other people.
  • I also follow lots of fit people on Instagram and look at motivational boards, much like mine above, on Pinterest when I need a little inspiration.
  • Keep in mind that you are doing this for your body. Make living a healthy and fit lifestyle something you are proud of. Make it fun and enjoy every single bit of it!



If you need some recipe ideas (and especially breakfast and dinner ideas) follow me on Instagram! I love posting pictures of food. I hate….HATE eating the same old things for breakfast. I love changing it up and being creative and as colorful as possible.

And I post my workouts on there too.

I’ve realized, as a senior, I’m definitely getting Senioritis and it’s beginning to get difficult for me to do anything right now (except with running…I don’t mind running). So, until I graduate, I’m going to be using Instagram a LOT to keep up with the blogging world because its right there and easy to get too!

Question of the Day!

  • Comment and tell me, What keeps you motivated?
  • Do you like Pinterest?
  • What’s your go-to workout routine?

Not the Average 18 Year Old

Hi, I’m back! I was going to blog yesterday, but after I finished up my run, I had to study for two major tests…which I don’t feel like I did my best on.

I did, however, make a 94 on my huge AP Research/Lit paper. Which, is cray cray. Because, I wasn’t even sure if I did everything right. Apparently I did…just a couple of grammar mistakes.


Today I reallllllly, want to talk about something. No pictures of food or my workouts (you can check out my instagram for that * @audreyruns)

I know a lot of other teenagers follow my blog, so I thought this was appropriate.

Shall I begin?

To the average person…I’m pretty weird.

Why is that?

  • I eat real and healthy food.
    • I eat salads and enjoy them? I make protein smoothies? “What’s that?”…some say to me. I enjoy almond butter more than cake (oh yeahh, almond butter is where its at). I would turn down eggs and fried sausage cooked in a pound of butter. I skip the dressings at restaurants because I don’t know the ingredients. I would rather eat an apple instead of a muffin. I haven’t touched pop tarts since I was 10.
  • I haven’t had McDonald’s since I was in 6th grade.
    • Actually…I have hardly been to any fast food restuarants since then. I’ve been to Subway and Chick fil a, but still, I don’t get anything crappy.
  • I run and enjoy it way too much.
    • Some people run a mile and that’s the end of their workout…for me, that’s just a warm-up. I like running 800m repeats, etc, and running long runs on the weekends. (14 milers, heck yes). Some people hate how running makes them feel. I LOVE it. Oh, and I do wake up at 5 AM over the summer to run before it gets hot. (Dedication, baby, dedication!)
  • I like a challenge.
    • I like trying the toughest workout for my self that I know will kick my butt 10X harder than anything else. And I like to push myself to finish the workout.
    • I just don’t know many Americans anymore that are driven to take a challenge…especially a fitness challenge. So…..
  • I hate rest days.
    • Um, hello, rest day? EW. I know I need it but boy, do I hate it. I feel so blah and bored without doing some sort of workout.
  • I would rather wear running clothes the rest of my life.
    • For real. I like heels, jeans, blouses, dresses, etc, but running clothes…are so awesome. Lululemon? Why, yes, I would love to wear Lulu’s everyday.
    • Running shoes? RUNNING SHOES ARE MY JOY!
  • I make weird food concoctions
    • Well, it’s not “weird” but its not normal food. Other people eat waffles and pop tarts, etc. for breakfast. I like eating coconut flour waffles, chia seed greek yogurt parfaits, protein smoothies, a french toast scramble, protein pancakes, protein eggy oats…5 years ago, I would’ve been like “Whaaaaattt?”
  • I drink green tea, chamomile tea, and other kinds everyday.
    • Who does that?….apparently I do.
  • I enjoy every bit of healthy living and fitness…so much, that I blog about it.
    • Do you know many 18 year olds who blog about what I blog about?
    • No.
    • I know a handful…but they don’t live anywhere near me.

But its okay that I’m like this. Because I love it.

If you love something…do it! Make it a career, make it a hobby, make it part of your daily life!

Health and fitness is kinda like coffee to me.

Without it, I feel lost.

P.S. Recently, I took up “quitting coffee”….and it was a great idea, don’t get me wrong. But I reallllllly reallllly started to miss my black cup of joe in the mornings and afternoons.


  • What do you think about blogging at such a young age?
  • Do you look up or look down to young bloggers?
  • Do you love health and fitness as much as I do?
  • What’s something about yourself that isn’t normal to the average person?

Friday Faves 4/19



Ahhhhh, adorable! I couldn’t help it.

Okay so this morning I forgot to take a picture of breakfast.

It was eggs and waffles. Very uncreative. I need more easy clean breakfast food ideas. Throw ‘em at me if you got any! **

So here’s what my breakfast would have looked like if I would have taken a picture today. Sorry for the recycled photo, guys.


I feel like somebody would say…



Anyway, so a few of my faves I’ve been loving this week.

I took a trip to Target the other day over the weekend and found some new things I’m kinda in love with.

Essie nail polish.


Anything Peplum…sorry this picture doesn’t do the shirt justice. Its super cute. AT TARGET, my fashion friends! I have another shirt, that’s super cute, that I will share with you on Sunday! But Peplum is where its at, kids.


I actually wore this shirt to an interview that I had Tuesday.

I love Botanics products and found this cleanser. A few of the reviews were really good, so I thought, why not try it. I love the way it makes my face feel. I still need to keep using it though because I doubt just using it 5 times, isn’t going to be enough. I’ll let you know how it works 2 weeks from now.


Those are my faves from this week!

**I need some new food products to try…anyone got any ideas?

XX Audrey



  • What are some of your favorite products lately?
  • Got any fun weekend plans?