Hey there 🙂 . Welcome to Pilates, Pearls, and Peanut Butter! Pilates, Pearls, and Peanut Butter. What does that mean anyway? Well, let me tell you!
At the start of middle school, I got into fitness doing Blogilates videos on YouTube. I would say pilates was my “gateway” into fitness. I learned to love the burn and crave that post-workout bliss. From there, I moved onto HIIT, strength training, running, and basically anything else I felt like trying.
Today I run cross country and track and also pole vault for my high school. I’ve fallen absolutely in love with running. To anyone reading this like “Uhmm…can’t relate. Who likes running?!?,” trust me, it takes some getting used to. Every time I think about how far my running has come, I’m so blown away and it makes me so inspired to persevere. There’s no better feeling in the world for me than feeling the breeze on a run, taking in deep breaths, getting up a hill, or, even better, running with airplane arms down a hill, haha.
Through learning curves and struggles, my fitness philosophy has shifted to appreciating what I can do and working to feel powerful, strong, and free. Working out should be a release for you.
I also still mix up my routine and incorporate lots of strength training. I’m pretty small and people often underestimate my strength so it’s always satisfying to surprise them. Not to mention, I think strength training is SO important for becoming a better runner, maintaining overall health, and, let’s be real, feeling like a badass.
I pretty much work out in any way I feel like because I’m always up for a challenge and some fun. Oh, and I’ve been known to just break out into dance during any workout, haha.
Whether I’m working out or going out, I’m probably wearing pearls. I’ve always been into fashion and had a flare for style. I think clothes are a way to show the world your personality, so why not have fun with them? My mom may have laughed at me when I asked for pink lifting gloves but hey, that’s just who I am 😉 .
Peanut butter is one of my absolute favorite foods. You’re shocked, I know. Who would have guessed?!? Jokes aside, when I started eating “healthier” (quotations because I don’t really like this phrase or think it has much meaning), I got more into nut butters.
Sure I’d had Jif peanut butter sandwiches for lunch basically since kindergarten, but I never really appreciated it. Today that real deal stuff with nothing but salt added from Trader Joe’s…OH MY GOODNESS I love it! I joke that it’s like liquid gold to me because of the color and drippiness. I eat it pretty much every day.
A little more about what I eat…
When I was in middle school, I struggled for months with constant fatigue and headaches. It was really hard for me and I felt so down because we didn’t know what to do to fix it. I finally went to a integrative doctor and under her care, I’ve taken first dairy, then gluten out of my diet.
It’s actually been quite a few years which is hard to believe (gosh, time flies so fast!). Today, I’m SO happy to say I have my energy back and no longer struggle with constant headaches. After taking out dairy and gluten, I had to learn a lot, thus sparking my interests in nutrition and cooking. I turned lemons into lemonade and started my Instagram and later blog to hopefully help others in similar situations who still want to enjoy creative, delicious foods.
I definitely DON’T think everyone has to be dairy free, gluten free, or any specific thing for that matter. Please, please know that I think everyone has to find how they thrive and listen to their body. I don’t feel restricted by not eating gluten or dairy. I still eat bread, cake, pizza, etc., it’s just my own version of that.
In the future, yes, I would love to be able to eat dairy and gluten because I want to travel the world and don’t want to miss pasta in Italy or pastries in France. I’m currently working on reintroducing these foods and finding out if my body has healed itself so I can enjoy them without any severe side effects. Gluten is good, but if I’m in debilitating pain for two weeks after having bread, it’s not worth it to me.
I’m the youngest of four kids by a stretch, so I was mature and independent from the start. I have two older brothers, Jeremy and Ryan, an older sister, Heather, two dogs, Annabelle and Lucy, a special bunny with a sideways head, Barley (haha isn’t that ironic since I don’t eat gluten 😉 ), and an awesome mom and dad.
Enjoy the moment,
xoxo Meah <3