Instagram Stories Q&A

Despite questioning the validity of blogger/influencer Q&A’s (do they just make up the questions or are people really asking them these things?!) I decided to do just that yesterday. I asked those who follow my Instagram stories if they had any questions and thankfully some of you sent them my way. Oh man that’d be awkward if I didn’t get any questions. I’d either have to 1. Casually pretend I never asked in the first place and hope that no one noticed the lack of blog post with answers or 2. Make up the questions to my own damn Q&A which would be a new low. So shoutout to those who asked questions! My street cred remains in tact.

Instagram Stories Q&A

What do you usually snack on?

When I’m working from home, I have to be careful about the snacking because more often than not, the snack turns into a meal. I’m one step from my kitchen and especially if I’m stressed or working against a deadline that day, I will mindlessly snack All. Day. Long. So for me personally, I find it’s best if I stick to three larger, satisfying meals a day and keep snacking to a minimum. That being said, I listen to my body first and foremost and if I’m hungry between meals, you better believe I’m snacking! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Hummus and baby carrots (I usually put a scoop of hummus on a plate then immediately put the rest of the tub away or else I’ll eat the entire thing in one sitting)
  • Larabars if I’m on the run (Blueberry Muffin is life)
  • Peanut butter banana toast (toast + peanut butter + banana slices + a drizzle of honey and sprinkle of cinnamon if I want something sweet)

Because of the blog, I also get sent a lot of snack samples and will munch on those in between meals (could be anything from popcorn to pistachios to seaweed).

Do you work out daily?

I work out 5-6 days a week (in the summer it’s usually five; the rest of the year usually six). One of those days my workout is filming for YouTube. I’ll shoot 1-2 routines in a day depending on how long they are. The other four-five days are a mix of group fitness classes and maybe a run outside paired with a HIIT workout from my blog. I switch it up and don’t follow a fixed workout schedule. If I had a specific training goal in mind, I might be more precise with it, but right now I’m just training for life and mixing up my workouts—it’s so enjoyable this way!

Between teaching and walking around the city (I walk everywhere and rarely take the T), my days off from working out are still fairly active. That being said, of course there’ll be a lazy Sunday thrown in from time to time where I lay on the couch binge watching Vanderpump Rules and only leave the apartment to get food. 😉

Are you thinking of making any sling trainer (TRX) workouts?

Yes! I want to do the TRX certification course this year (I know how to use them but would like a formal training background before posting workouts). Right now I have to focus on the aromatherapy course I’m doing (OMG I’m so behind on this just typing the word aromatherapy is giving me anxiety) but once that’s completed, I’ll look into TRX training.

Besides Btone/Lagree, what is your favorite workout in the city (Boston)?

So hard to pick just one, but right now I’m really into boxing. I love the Bags x Body class at EverybodyFights (I usually take Shane’s classes at the FiDi location). It’s 40 minutes of bag work with bodyweight exercises in between rounds. Usually the last round is partner work sharing a bag, but otherwise everyone has their own heavy bag. I’ll go to Title by North Station for their Box 60 class as well. Same general idea, but longer stretches hitting the bag. You start with 15 minutes of warming up/bodyweight exercises, go into eight 3-minute rounds of boxing, and then finish with 15 minutes of core work.

There’s definitely a learning curve, and I think it’s fair to say you’ll feel a little lost your first class with the number system and combos (I sure did!), but it’s SO FUN when you start to get the hang of it. Every class I feel like I pick up a tip from the instructor to improve my punches and one more piece of the puzzle clicks, which is the best feeling. Plus beating the sh*t out of something for 40 minutes is a whole new mode of therapy I never knew I needed (LOL).

Tell us about your boo. How did you two meet?

The large blonde man I’m hugging in all my Instagrams is Joe. He grew up on the Jersey Shore and hockey brought him up to Boston College. After college he got a job in Boston and has been here since. I went to college at UNC: Chapel Hill and while I loved it there, I soooo do not belong in the south. I hightailed it back home to New England after college and settled in Boston. A couple years later, I met Joe through a mutual friend (she had spent a summer on the Vineyard in college and we worked at the same restaurant and always remained friends).

One night in 2012 she texted me asking if I wanted to go with her to her friend’s place (Joe) for a few drinks before heading out to a bar. At 24 it didn’t take much to convince me to go out so we headed over to Joe’s apartment. If you had told me that night that I would one day be LIVING in THAT apartment WITH HIM I would have laughed in your face. No. Fucking. Way.

We walked into the strangest, messiest studio apartment I had ever seen in my life. The walls were a dark paneled wood and heavy red velvet curtains hung over the windows. In one corner there was a naked mannequin missing its arms and in the middle of the floor was a massive stuffed water buffalo head. Had my friend just brought me to a serial killer’s den? Was I about to be murdered?

Over walks some tall blonde dude with crazy long hair sticking out everywhere and I thought, This is it. This is how it ends. I am about to be murdered.

Joe gregariously introduces himself and starts chatting away, welcoming us into his lair and offering us a drink. He was the friendliest serial killer I’d ever met! And HILARIOUS. I still to this day don’t understand how Joe’s brain works but the ideas he comes up with and things that come out of his mouth have been cracking me up since that night. 

We had a couple drinks at his place and then all went out to a bar close by for a few. A couple hours later, my girlfriend and I left and headed home. It was pretty uneventful. There weren’t any crazy love-at-first-sight sparks. I was confused/entertained by Joe but didn’t think anything more of it.

He, however, asked my girlfriend for my number and started texting me. I wasn’t into it romantically for months, and he got that and never pushed it or made it awkward. In retrospect I’m sure he was a-ok in the lady department and felt no need to aggressively pursue me because of it (LOL). Still, we kept talking as friends and would see each other out at parties on the weekends.

It’s hard to explain Joe’s humor without meeting him. It’s one part laughing at him because he’s just hilarious and ridiculous and one part laughing with him because he has this brilliantly strange wit that is like nothing I’ve ever encountered. Our text conversations would have me dying laughing and then he’d lose his phone and I’d get Facebook messages and even collect calls from phone booths (seriously).

One day I was sitting at my desk (back when I had a 9-to-5 office job) g-chatting with a girlfriend and a thought hit me. Do I have a crush on Joe?! This was four or five months after we’d first met. I messaged my friend: I think I might actually like that Joe guy. Her response was something along the lines of: Nah. I doubt it. (LOLLOLLOL).

That weekend, I decided to meet up with Joe with an open mind and see if there was anything there. Me and a friend met up with him and some of his friends at a bar and that was it. We’ve spent barely a day apart since then. 

Joe is not only hilarious but the most universally liked guy I’ve ever met. He’s the type of person who knows someone everywhere he goes (we walked into a random bar in AUSTRALIA and he immediately spotted a friend—WTF?!). He’s kind, patient, fun, generous, loving, easy-going. Being with him these past four and a half years has truly made me a better person and I’m grateful for him every day. He brings so much joy to my life!

This blog post will be promptly deleted if we ever break up.


Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. Katrina Alison says:

    “Training for life” that could def be a good workout tank slogan!

  2. Damn, I tried to send a question on Insta and it didn’t go through. I wanted to know (real talk) how much/often you drink because that is the hardest part of healthy living for me. Do you make a conscious choice here?

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