2 Years

Hi y’all!

Hope this Thursday is treating you well! It is getting hot here in Nashville which means I need to be near a pool at all times not spent working!

I was going to start off my renewed posting with an intro to my new diet/workout plan until I remembered what day it was and wanted to take time to recognize that soooo diet and exercise writing starts tomorrow!

Two years ago today- I moved to Nashville! As anyone who read this blog back then will know- I left one week after graduating from grad school and kind of did it on a whim. I had a prospect of at least a volunteer position, and had already found roommates and had a few friends that lived down here but other than that it was just me taking a huge jump out of my comfort zone and into the unknown!

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That has epitomized the last two years here in  Nashville. Never have I been so pushed to redefine where I am comfortable, where do I belong, and most importantly what do I NEED out of this city and the life I am trying to build here. For a long time I thought I needed things or people that in the long wrong weren’t as healthy for my growth both personally and professionally. I got comfortable until I realized sticking with what I knew I was good at (nannying) wasn’t a career path for me and wasn’t making me happy. So like in my jump to move here I jumped again- I quit my job and became a personal trainer (I got certified before I quit). Finding this career in health and wellness in a city that is rapidly growing its wellness industry has been a dream come true. It has been eye opening, challenging and more rewarding than anything I have done other than practice sport psychology. And without being where I was last year, even if it wasn’t the greatest situation, it was exactly what I need to find my path again.

Again this year I got comfortable, this time in a relationship. To date the best I have been in, but there was a point when we both stopped growing together. However hard it was, once again I saw that it was time- everything else in my life was pointing me in a new direction towards a great new house and roommate, friends and training opportunities that I knew it was time to leap. Leap from my comfort zone and let both of us become the people we need to become alone.

The moral of this brief description of the last two years is this: My first two years in Nashville have tested me more than any other place (maybe because I am not in school any more)  but I have become stronger and more self aware than ever, and been able to truly start to become myself. I would not trade this city or any part of my life here for the world and I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for me!

Thank you for listening today!

peace, love and be sperry!

xxoo

Megan

A Long Time Coming

Hello Friends!!!

It has been so so long since we last chatted! My abscence over the last year and a half has been something I have gone back and forth on. Every time I went to post- nothing came out- I simply could not type a word of what was going on.

The last two years have taught me more about myself than I ever though possible. I have been tested both in my  work and personal life and have finally come out of it smiling. When I was in the worst of what was going on, even though I wanted to blog and to share- I simply couldn’t! However, I am back in the blogging game now- armed with way more recipes, fitness tips and of course stories from the life of Megan. I hope you can forgive my absence and accept this blog back in your hearts! 

SOOO quick catch up on where I am now:

1. Still living in Nashville and loving it! 

2. Now a personal trainer/spin instructor 

3. still have in my opinion the cutest pup around! (plenty of pictures will be posted dont you worry)

4. Actively searching for the peace and love I crave for myself in the form of self-growth and acceptance

5. Starting a sweet new diet/exercise plan which will be shared on the blog weekly as I progress through it

6. Trying to find my way back to running (more on that later)

7. Cooking up a storm- this past year I attempted so many Pinterest recipes I surprised myself!

8. Still practicing Sport and Performance Psychology through The MindBody Dr. as a performance coach!

SO thats a brief intro to what is going on over here but don’t worry I will delve way more into everything as time rolls along!

I hope this finds everyone well!

Farm Day!

Hello!

This weekend we had the most beautiful Saturday, sunny 50s definitely what you want in January in order to forget that it is actually winter! To take full advantage of the beautiful weather my friend Alex and I took Yoda and his brothers dog, Murphy to meet some of our friends at a farm in Franklin Tn!

Since we werent going down to the farm until abouth 12:30, we had brunch at one of our favorite spots, Tavern! This was my first time getting brunch here, and so I followed Alex’s lead and got the Singapore Stir-fry! OMG this was awesome… and something I am definitely going to try and replicate at home!

 

IMG_5938IMG_5941Talk about the best way to tire your 8 month old puppy out! Our friend Eric has a dog Reagan and she and Yoda became best friends fast, chasing each other around the fields, and even attempting to intimidate cows…. considering Yoda weighs 13 lbs he was pretty successful… not

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It was a great day of being outside and watching the dogs be ridiculous… and watching the boys cut down and move logs to make more room for the cows… I obviously helped…. by Instagraming pictures and playing with the dogs… its a rough job but someone had to do it!

 

IMG_5973Yoda passed out when we got home, leaving me feeling less guilty to leave him to watch my roommate Sarah play at a writers night and to meet up with Alex, Eric and their friend Meredith for a drink! The perfect low key Saturday! On Sunday I had a client, and then ran 10 miles to keep up with my 1/2 marathon training plan! I have two long runs left in this training and then its a week of taper and then off to Orlando!!!! So excited!!!

What fun things did ou do this weekend?!

xxoo

Peace, Love, and be Sperry!

 

 

The most ridiculous thing

Happy Monday!

So I have a couple of things to share today.. one is the most ridiculous website ever in the whole world, and the other is a recipe? Lets save the best for last and do recipe first?

So I have been really trying to make things that last for several meals especially because I only eat dinner and my evening snack at home- the rest of my meals are eaten and provided for by work! So the less I spend on dinner the more money in my wallet which is a win win for me!

Lately I have also been trying to make or at least slightly replicate some of the recipes I have pinned on Pinterest because I have so many that I have never actually made… and whats the point of that? This recipe is a stuffed pepper recipe that is based of a few recipes on Pinterest but really my own… combing my lifelong love of bell peppers with healthy and tasty additions such as quinoa, chicken sausage, spinach, and green onions!

I cheated and bought pre-made quinoa from Whole Foods to save myself time but you can make it at home, or sub in brown rice or any other grain you prefer- or none if you want to make it paleo friendly!

I started by cooking up two Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausages from Whole Foods

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While those were cooking I cut the tops off of two medium red bell peppersIMG_5869

 

And mixed together the quinoa, spinach, onions, and some goat cheese inn the Whole Foods container to safe myself some bowl clean-up

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When the sausage was cooked I mixed that in as well as a small dollop of pesto for some extra flavor and then stuffed everything into the two peppers! I cooked them at 450 for about 15 minutesIMG_5875 IMG_5873These were soo good that I am tempted to make them again for dinner tonight! I made two so that I would have two dinners… and they were probably my best dinners all week!

Sundried Tomato Sausage, Spinach, Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

2 medium Bell Peppers

1 cup chopped spinach

1 c cooked quinoa

1/2 c crumbled goat cheese

2 chicken sausages

1/2 c green onions

1 tsb pesto

Cook sausage on stove top, while cooking combine all other ingredients minus the peppers. Add in Sausage and pesto, then stuff into peppers. Cook at 450 for 15 mintues or until cheese is sufficiently melty and enjoy!!!

Now for the most ridiculous website ever…..Cornify.com….. a photo editor made entirely out of Unicorns and Rainbows… where this was when I was in college in a sorority that had Unicorns as its mascot no one know but now… to say it changed my life is an understatement and I apologise in advance to all the people who will now be subjected to these photos… sorry Im not actually sorry because its AWESOME

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So go forth and cornify your life so you too can reach new levels of coolness… also yes that is a “unicorn horn” Erica and I are making…. obviously we took it very seriously….

xxoo 

Peace, Love, and be Sperry!

 

 

Hills and running

Hello there!

So today I wanted to talk about whats been going on fitness wise lately! Way back in July which feels like a hundred years ago I signed up for the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon with Liz!! I kind of forgot about it for awhile and just wasn’t running a lot.. one because I started doing Fitmixer bootcamo and was more focused on those workouts, and two because I had no motivation to run! Then around November the running bug bit me again! Unfortunately with the craziness of my schedule I am only running 3 times a week with 2 short runs and a long run each week mixed in with round 2 of Fitmixer Bootcamp which started up again last week! I have also found an amazing spin class that I go to when I can which is Nashville’s version of Soul Cycle in NYC!

From anyone who read my blog the past two years especially my marathon recap- you know I HATE hills… with a passion. In Colorado I would hit a wall during hills and have to really focus on getting up them. Then when I ran my marathon and it was super hilly- I walked most of them and had a really hard time with it. So when I moved here and realized how hilly it would be when I started running again it kind of stressed me out! However lately all my long runs are pretty hilly because of the easiest route for me to run.. and I haven’t really had a problem at all! I have even started sprinting the hills towards the end of my runs which is typically when I get a burst of energy anyways! I love this new trend I am seeing in my running because it makes me feel so much stronger and able to conquer anything! I think a lot of it has to do with the training I have been doing with Fitmixer! The workouts have really helped to build my endurance and ability to push myself!

Not only have the hills been easy but considering between the months on March and November I ran maybe 5-6 times, my long runs have been great! On all of them I have been able to do negative splits, get faster with each run, and feel like I could keep going! I have stuck to my designated mileage though and instead focused on increasing speed if I have a lot of energy during a run! I really want to PR in this next half of mine and that would be anything under 2:07!

OK thats my running rant of the day!

What have you guys been doing for exercise?

xxoo

Peace, Love, and be Sperry!

2012 in review

Happy New Year!!

I cannot believe it is already 2013! As Yoda and I lay on the couch having a Game of Thrones marathon recovering from last nights festivities, I found myself reflecting on 2012.

2012 was a pretty big year in my life, one that brought a lot of changes and also a lot of self growth!

So here are my top moments of 2012:

1. I completed my first marathon!

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2. I graduated with my Masters in Sport and Performance and Psychology!

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3. I moved to Nashville, Tennessee in June! I have loved my time here so far, being reunited with old friends like my friend Dave, and having the most fantastic roommate Sarah has been great! I can honestly say I love Nashville and have never regretted my decision! Ive had great visitors as well like my friends Emma and Erica from college and Twink!

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4. The London 2012 Olympics!

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5. YODA… probably the best part of 2012 is him… there is nothing like a pet to teach true unconditional love and pure entertainment

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6. I took over my mentors consulting practice and now have 10 performance enhancement clients!

needless to say 2012 was busy but one of my best years yet! Ups and downs of course but I have learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of and what I really want! 2013 I am definitely ready for you!

My goals for 2013 are simple, I want to prioritize important things more and say no when it is necessary. Lately I have taken a lot on with working 2 jobs and I don’t always say when it is too much.. this is not always good for my sanity or body.. so that is my main goal!

I also want to do more in my community! I have just been nominated to the board of a charity called the Tomorrow Fund and hopefully that will help me get more involved in Nashville!

And of course kick ass in the next Fit Mixer bootcamp and do well in my next half marathon!

How was your 2012/goals for 2013?!

xxoo

Peace, Love, and be Sperry!

Break and cookies!

As of an hour ago I am on break!!! This is my first real grown up Christmas break… and I can honestly say I have never needed a break more… I know last year when I was stressing about doc apps and that pesky thing called my master’s thesis…. nothing on life lately! I now have 10 sport psych consulting clients! I took over my mentors practice in early December when she moved to Denver.. and what started as 5 clients escalated quite quickly but I cannot be more happy about it! Between that, nannying, Yoda, and juggling a social life I have been one busy and tired bumble bee! But I can honestly say I am the happiest I have been in a while… when I am not stuck in traffic or dealing with crying babies!

Needless to say my blog spurt slowed down last week due to needing to take a major breather to get everything done!

I wanted to jump in today tho and share a last minute cookie recipe for those of you who may still need ideas! I got these cookies as a part of last years Great Blogger Cookie Swap, made them several times last holiday season, and made them this week to give to friends/my bosses! These are amazing and always get rave reviews so if you are looking for one more cookie these are the way to go!

2 1/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda
2 sticks of unsalted butter softened

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

1 (4.2 ounce) package Cookies ‘n Creme pudding mix
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups white chocolate chips
15 Oreo cookies, very coarsely chopped
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a stand or hand mixer, cream butter and sugars adding the pudding mix when it is all fluffy, then add in the eggs and vanilla
In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda with a whisk, add the flour mixture in to the butter/sugar mix! Stir in chocolate chips and Oreo cookies, and then drop on to cookie sheet in rounded small spoonfuls!
Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven until cookies tops barely have a touch of brown
Enjoy they are delicious! Now I am off to finish getting ready for our tip to Chicago and Yoda’s first airplane ride!!

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Have a good Christmas Eve Eve!!!
Xoxoxo
Peace, Love, and be Sperry!

NYC Part 2

Happy Saturday!!!!
So a week ago today I was in NYC reunited with people from three stages of my life! I got to spend my day with high school, college, and a friend from Denver/grad school!

We spent the day on a made up by me pub crawl aka we went to two bars! We started at Down the Hatch with is a ver college-y NYU bar that has great day drinking specials which is why I chose it!

SAM_0689My high school friends Lauren, Kendall and Dave joined us, as well as Lauren’s bf Bobby who I love! Dave actually lives in Nashville as well (obviously why I moved here) and it was great to hang out with him in NYC with our old friends in addition to seeing him all the time here!

After we all got to DTH and had a drink (or wings and a few beers in my case… SUCH GOOD WINGS) we headed to the Standard Biergarten! I can’t believe I never went here when I lived in NYC! It was like being in German Beer hall and I can only imagine how great it is in the summer!

SAM_0694Two of my best friends in college Erica and Emma joined us for the day as well, the visited me in Nashville a few weeks ago and it was so great to be able to see them again so soon!

SAM_0693and of course Twink and her brother! It was such a great day with good friends, good beer and good times! After the Standard my high school friends plus Emma and I went to Dos Caminos in Soho for dinner while Twink and her brother had dinner at the National and Erica went to an Ugly Sweater party! I love Dos Caminos it was always one of my favorite places and I haven’t been there since I graduated NYU!  I got the best fish tacos I have ever had… and now thinking about them I want some more…

After dinner, I headed back uptown to meet Twink and her bro to go see the Rockettes! I had never seen them before and I was not disappointed! This was such a great show and definitely added to the holiday spirit!

The next morning, Twink and I went to visit her brother’s school and then I left them to go meet Erica, Emma and my roommate/soulmate from college Nicole for bagels at Nicoles! She was unable to meet up with us on Saturday and I was so glad to get to see her.. and get Pick-A-Bagel because they are my favorite things ever.

SAM_0714It was definitely a jam packed weekend and I can’t wait till I get to go back! Needless to say I pretty much passed out as soon as I got home Sunday night and had adequate cuddles with the pup who was NOT happy that I left him… although Sarah spoils him pretty rotten!

Now I am off to see three clients and either christmas shop or take the pup to the dog park… I wonder which one will win haha

xxoo

Peace, Love, and be Sperry!

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Quotes

Instead of the post on NYC I had planned, today’s post is quote-filled. After a tragedy like what happened in Connecticut this morning I felt it would be good to reflect, and I also have found a bunch that speak to me right now so here ya go… hope everyone has a great Friday and even better weekend!

Source: gagthat.com via Becky on Pinterest

 

xxoo
Peace, Love, and be Sperry!