Personal Essay

5 Ways My Life Changed When I Switched to Morning Workouts

I've read stories like this one before - "getting up early changed my life" - and rolled my eyes more times than I can count. If I were to describe my sleep type, it would be "constant." I love sleep. I plan my evenings and mornings around how much qu...

It Took Years and 3 Half-Marathons For Me to Realize I Really F*cking Hate Running

Repeat after me: running is not for everyone. Repeat after me again: it's OK to hate running. It took me so, so long to get to that point of acceptance, but I finally have and I feel like I'm healthier because of it, and not just physically. When I was in high school, I was a cheerleader. My cardio was dancing and gymnastics, but every single one of our practices started with running a mile. Just one. I hated it every single time because I just wasn't good at it. I could never figure out how to regulate my breathing, and my sports bras never did their job properly, which was so painful. Running was also just so damn boring. But all the rest of the cheerleaders breezed through the run like it was no big deal, and I so badly wanted to be like them. I knew I didn't like running, but I wanted...

There Is No “1 Thing” That’ll Make You Healthy, but Here’s a Game Plan

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Cera Hensley I've had my share of health woes for 20-something. While I'm so fortunate to be in overall good health, I have some underlying conditions that I treat and manage daily, in addition to some circumstanti...

The Workout That Turned Me From Fitness-Phobe to Fitness Editor

A lot has changed for me in the past three years. Just a few years ago, a one of my best friends asked if I wanted to join her for a run at lunchtime. I laughed - borderline cackled - and said something to the tune of, "You sound like a PSYCHO!" (Sorr...

After Years of Exercising, This Is the Workout That Changed My Body

When I started working out with a trainer a few months ago, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but if there's one thing I am certain of, a barbell was never part of the equation. Yet here I was, standing in front of one with my trainer off to the ...

I Found the Wedding Guest Dress That Works For Every Occasion

By by mid-20s, I had a wedding nearly every weekend, from June to October. I'm 31 and it's only just begun to slow, so you can imagine the many wedding guest dresses I've tried - some successfully purchased and worn again; others relegated to the back ...

My Body Changed Dramatically When I Started Adult Ballet but Not From Weight Loss

Image Source: Unsplash / Kiersten Ramshaw First position: plié. Once, twice. Relevé, and hold. Balance, plié. Repeat in second, then fifth. What once would have been like another language to me (OK, fair, part of it is in another language) is now a calming repetition I consider the only form of meditation that has ever worked for me. Bonus: my butt is toned as hell. A couple of years ago, I knew two things to be true: I hated working out, and I loved ballet. Watching ballet, that is. I'd dabbled in dance the way that most 6-year-old little girls do - I donned a sparkly pink tutu for an end-of-year recital (I have photographic evidence of this), tapped and jazzed my heart out for a short stint, and then called it quits when I lost my patience with the monotony of follow...

My Body Changed Dramatically When I Started Adult Ballet but Not From Weight Loss

Image Source: Unsplash / Kiersten Ramshaw First position: plié. Once, twice. Relevé, and hold. Balance, plié. Repeat in second, then fifth. What once would have been like another language to me (OK, fair, part of it is in another language) is now a calming repetition I consider the only form of meditation that has ever worked for me. Bonus: my butt is toned as hell. A couple of years ago, I knew two things to be true: I hated working out, and I loved ballet. Watching ballet, that is. I'd dabbled in dance the way that most 6-year-old little girls do - I donned a sparkly pink tutu for an end-of-year recital (I have photographic evidence of this), tapped and jazzed my heart out for a short stint, and then called it quits when I lost my patience with the monotony of follow...

The Day I Found U-Jam Fitness Was the Day I Changed My Life

Just a few short years ago, I was struggling quite a bit with body-positivity and trying to be healthy. I had just come off of losing a bunch of weight and slowly regaining most of it and was trying to figure out a balance. After figuring out what I s...

The Day I Found U-Jam Fitness Was the Day I Changed My Life

Just a few short years ago, I was struggling quite a bit with body-positivity and trying to be healthy. I had just come off of losing a bunch of weight and slowly regaining most of it and was trying to figure out a balance. After figuring out what I s...

A Message to Makeup-Shamers at the Gym: Can You Freakin’ NOT

Hey, you - yes you! The one on your phone at the gym, texting your friend about the girl with the "painted face," by the weight rack . . . and you, the one in the studio whispering to your friend, talking crap on the person in front of you for wearing...

I Tried a Cleanse After a Half-Marathon So You Never, Ever Have To

My most recent half-marathon was at Disneyland, so needless to say, I ate my bodyweight in grams of sugar. Lightsaber churros? Of course (anything for the 'gram!). Beauty and the Beast cakes topped with mousse? Absolutely. Pineapple cotton candy? How ...

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