How to Convince Your Parents to Get Another Dog

As yesterday was National Dog Day, we all got to swoon over the cute dogs in the world, and I got to think back  to my plot to get my current dog, Graham. Now what I’m about to say, may or may not work for you, but it worked for me, so it’s worth a shot.

Setting the scene: It was junior year of high school and my dog at the time, Misty, was getting close to her expiration date. Yes, I used expiration date, as in the hospital they write “expired,” when a patient passes away, which just doesn’t sound good to me, but that’s not what this post is about. Moving on. I’m the type of person that doesn’t cope well with goodbyes and I guess have to fill the void of those gone. Therefore, I knew I needed to have another dog to help mourn the loss of my current dog.

Mom and Dad stated over and over that our childhood dog was the only dog they would have and we weren’t going to get another dog. Misty, was a mixture of a chow, golden retriever and sheltie. Needless to say, she shed….a lot. So they had mentioned, if for some reason they did get another dog, it would have to not shed. So of course I go to my friend Google and start researching dogs that don’t shed and dogs that retrieve/play (our other mandatory need in a companion.) My search showed the cutest breed of dog I had seen, a cockapoo; mixture of cocker spaniel and poodle. Known to not shed and also had a chance to be a retriever.

I found a breeder within a moderate distance of driving that had fresh pups and found the cutest thing ever. So here we go with the steps.

How to Convince Your Family to Get a Dog in 10 Steps 

  1. Print out picture of the dog you want
  2. Show mom and dad the multiple pictures and pick the cutest one out to display proudly, the others can go in your locker at school, because duh.
  3. Put the cute picture on a place your family will have to see multiple times a day. The fridge. Another duh.
  4. Bring it up in conversation cleverly, “how adorable is he? man I wish he was ours”
  5. Hook them in. You have to personalize it to grow a connection. “Hey dad, what name would suit him?” “Hey mom, dad thinks
    Graham could be a good name because he looks like a graham cracker. It could also be after Graham Norton (mom’s favorite BBC late night show with British inappropriate humor, because duh, or the Graham Colton Band (a band my brother and I used to listen to and enjoy.)
  6. Let them know that we will be making a trip to Kirksville to move my brother into his new house and the breeder is conveniently only an hour from there
  7. Say “we should just go say hi to him. He’s too cute not to go play with at least”
  8. Have dad hold him. Watch him as he also tries to walk and falls onto his booty because he’s still learning his balance. Us Thierry’s are known for junk in the trunk and he fit right in with that characteristic.
  9. Fall in love. Hooked.
  10. He’s ours and his name is Graham, and we loved him so much that we almost got his sister too. Almost.

Like I said, it might not work for you, but that is the story of how we got Graham and he’s seriously the cutest thing ever. The breeder told us that he probably wouldn’t retrieve, but the day we went to pick him u
p to take him home, we threw balls and frisbees and he went to retrieve and bring back.

I would be a terrible dog mama if I didn’t brag that he sometimes catches frisbees with his paws, like a human. But I also would like to put a disclaimer that his catch rate is pretty low when his hair gets shaggy.

Good luck for all those future dog owners!

Q: How did you get your dog?

Q: What type of dog do you have?

Q: Did you celebrate National Dog Day?



Road Trip to Nike Headquarters

Something that has always been on my life “bucket list” was to visit the famous Nike Michael Johnson Track. If you grew up reading Runners World magazine, you probably have seen this track featured in there as one of the cool places to run. Well, at least that was me and I always loved seeing the cool trails with amazing views that people got the pleasure of running. Not to say that my concrete sidewalk running for most of my life wasn’t exciting, okay, it wasn’t. In fact, one of the reasons I loved Columbia, MO so much was the beautiful Katy Trail was right there for me to do all of my runs on. My hometown also had the Katy Trail but it wasn’t advised as a high school girl to go run on it alone, so those were saved for rare team runs on the weekend.

Bmichael johnson trackut since I am currently in Oregon, and I’m still figuring out Pre’s Trail, I will talk about this beauty of a track, instead. Let me just start by saying that I did not take this picture, and it saddens me because this was the picture I wanted to take, with me in it of course, however the track was closed for resurfacing.

The campus of Nike Headquarters is pretty locked down on security. I only get Sunday’s off, so I thought that maybe since it wasn’t busy, I would be able to walk around the campus and just look at stuff. I was wrong, because since it wasn’t busy, I looked out of the norm because I couldn’t blend in like I worked there. Since I wasn’t about to make a break in, I went to IMG_2115[1]park on a part of campus that was allowed and took my journey by foot.

I respected the campus and didn’t walk through the gates, but I did take the outer trail that went by the track.

From there I got a closer view of the track, but saw it was blocked off. Sad. But it was still cool to be there and see.

I didn’t stayIMG_2111[1] too long to check out much else because the air quality in Oregon has been awful with the wildfires. After checking out a bit of the campus from the perimeter, I drove to Portland to get my collectors “You are Here,” city mug from Starbucks. Checked out downtown a little bit and then made my way back to Eugene. My time in Eugene has been fun and it’s winding down now, which is a bit sad, but also exciting because I will make my journey back home. I will be posting about my current job situation later, but those close to me already know all about that.

Q: Where have you always wanted to run?

Q: Have you ran on this track before?

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Fit & Flirty NFL Giveaway


I have spent two full weeks in Eugene and we just finished the first week of Fall Camp. One of the perks of being in Sports Nutrition is that I get to work with amazing athletes. I’m lucky to see players make it in the NFL which is exciting. Fit & Flirty is hosting a giveaway and asked me to help advertise it! So read below on what you can win!

I was sent a tank top from Fit & Flirty’s shop and it’s a sweat activated shirt. However, I haven’t sweat enough in it to activate the words yet! But it is super soft and comfortable!

Keep following along because I have more blog posts on the way! And yes, all my muscle gains have been lost, as you can see in this picture. I guess lifting cases of gatorade isn’t an adequate workout….
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Giveaway Details
  • Giveaway opens Tuesday, August 11th 2015.
  • Last chance to enter is Wednesday, September 9th 2015 at 11:59 pm (PDT)
  • 1 winner, selected randomly
  • The winner will be announced within 48 hours of the close
  • FIT & Flirty $300 shopping spree gift card and $75 NFL Shop Gift Card will be sent individually to the Winner
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Motivational Monday #16




Wednesday 7/15: 2.32 miles – 19:15 (8:17/mi pace)
This run was interesting. I recently got over a stomach bug and it was extremely hot out, even at 8pm. But I wanted to go run. I planned for 3 miles but a swarm of bugs hit me on my run and started to sting me. One especially stopped me because he got in my eye. I had to call it quits because I was in a lot of pain.

I wanted to get in a few more runs this week but I am currently devoting all my spare time to studying for my exit exam for my internship. AKA mock RD exam. AKA determining my future.




When Life Hands You Lemons | 9Round in Northville, MI is a 30 minute full body workout with no class times and a trainer with you every step of the way! Visit or call (734) 420-4909 if you want to learn more!#Banksy #Greatness Yourself Wrong, 24 Fitness Mantras More Motivating Than Tony Horton on Crackand one day you will say things like " what the hell was I thinking" " he's not all that" because he isn't , matter of fact he's a little psycho or mentally unstable so....You can. But will you? If you weren't happy with yesterday, try something different today. #Inspiration #ConceptCElife has no remote - get up and change it yourself. step out and take chances, like I am with my fiance in sept.
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It's all still up to you finally to take the first step to change!.



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Food Management Rotation – Food Production

I have been doing my internship through the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. However, for my clinical and management rotations I was placed in McAlester, Oklahoma at McAlester Regional Health Center. It wasn’t what I expected for my placement, but it was actually a great experience and I liked the smaller hospital setting. For the first nine weeks I completed my food management rotation. We valentinesbox had various assignments, but I think the best one was the event I put on. Valentine’s DIMG_8628ay was a perfect time to sell boxes of goodies, so that is what I made for my event.

In my undergrad we had a “Quantity Food Production,” course, however it wasn’t what it sounded like. We were in groups and put on a catering event for 50 people. We didn’t really get to use the mass food production kitchen and in fact much of our food was created in four tiny kitchens. So, I really liked the opportunity to work in a kitchen and learn how to use the big appliances!


From what I can recall, I proIMG_8644duced 70 boxes and sold out. In hindsight we should’ve made more because they were popular and that number was based on pre-orders. But it definitely was quite work making these items to fill that amount of boxes. I had fun because I love baking. Yes, many of these items aren’t the best options for health, but everything in moderation! :)

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I was able to raise over $1000 for the hospital which was great and also a wonderful experience for me! 


Sam Before, Sam After. All that work in the kitchen deserved a relaxing night.


Come With Me On This Journey

Holy cow blog world! It’s been awhile, eh? I assure you I have been up to some amazing things and that is why I have been away. However, it’s perfect timing to start back up as I’m going to be living out a dream shortly, because I am heading to the University of Oregon for a month. If you are a runner, I am sure you received motivation from Prefontaine and Bill Bowerman

15 Sep 1972:  Steve Prefontaine of the USA in action during a track and field event at Crystal Palace in London, England.   Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy  /Allsport

15 Sep 1972: Steve Prefontaine of the USA in action during a track and field event at Crystal Palace in London, England. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy /Allsport

at some point or another in your career. I know in high school we would watch “Prefontaine” and “Without Limits” almost every pasta party or before a big race. It has been a dream to even visit Hayward Field and be a part of Nike Town. I knew I would never get the opportunity to step on that track as a competitor, but now I will have that ability to step on that track as a person who is in love with running. Pre’s trail will be mine to take on and all those trails I Pres-Trail-Running-Eugenedreamt of will now be underneath my running shoes.

I have truly been blessed in my career path to become a Sports Dietitian. It’s rare to be able to step into the field right out of your undergraduate degree, d88343f647537d6ca6e1d81e4509e0bfmuch less have a position created for you. I was mentored by an incredible staff at the University of Missouri, whom I call my family. I graduated with my master’s degree early and applied for internships. It’s also a slim chance to match with a dietetic internship (50/50 chance) and I matched with my first choice. Not only did I match with my first choice but I was able to continue with sports nutrition in my community rotation and also my elective rotation. I had the amazing opportunity to work at the University of Oklahoma for a month and it’s coming to a close.

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t truly appreciate every moment I get to spend with athletes and help maximize performance with nutrition. I know this is the career I belong in and that I am about to do amazing things and that alone is11036296_10204687175801814_7274148997976661522_n a great feeling. It warms my heart to have dietitians in the field saying incredible things about me and my future and nothing feels more right than this.

As my dietetic internship is coming to an end, I plan to take you on a rewind of it all and catch you up to my journey to Oregon coming up at the end of the month.

To everyone who said I would never make it in this field, boy do I love to prove that if you have a dream and hard work, nothing can stop you, because like I learned at the University of Oklahoma, it takes GRIT!


How Fabletics Stole My Heart

I’m sure we all have noticed monthly subscription boxes that are booming everywhere it seems. Whether it’s home items, makeup, clothing or food, there seems to be something for everyone. My former roommate was a Stitchfix fan. I will admit, I lived vicariously through her each month and watched her model the items and decide which ones to keep and send back. I thought to myself how much fun that was, but I couldn’t afford something like that. I’m a clearance rack shopper, especially as a student with loan debt and no income. However, there is something I have a weakness to and that is athletic clothes. So about a year ago I noticed Fabletics and thought about how I would love to try it out. Not only do I practically live in athletic clothes, but my future career is in athletics so you can pretty much find me in workout gear 24/7.

I started my dietetic internship in January and was located to a very small town that pretty much has a Walmart and JCPenney. I knew I wouldn’t be doing much shopping but still wanted to get my workout gear fix. So I thought, now is the perfect time to try out this monthly subscription.

Why I LOVE Fabletics

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  • You get to see items before you buy
  • You can return anything you don’t like
  • You get points for purchases and reviewing products. Your points now go to redeeming other clothing items
  • You have 5 days to decide if you want to buy anything from the month, if not you skip the month and no charges are billed to you
  • The clothes are incredibly soft and thick enough material similar to Lululemon (no see through pants here!)
  • Customer service is great and they have a live chat with very helpful representatives!
  • I love Kate Hudson, need I say more

I read that the collections were 75% off and if you got a VIP membership you received all the perks above and a whole outfit for under $25. My first outfit only cost $17 which was worth it to me to try and get 3 items. Even if I hated them, I could cancel the membership or skip each month whenever I wanted. So I truly influence everyone to try at least one month!

So then each month you receive an email with your month’s choices picked out for you, along with more suggestions if you don’t like your specific outfits picked for you.

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I have partapril pickicipated in two months so far and skipped one in the middle.

Some cons to Fabletics

  • Items tend to be sold out if they have been around for awhile
  • Sometimes items tend to look very similar, which is why I skipped one month

However they had so many new choices for the month of May, I had too many decisions to choose just one outfit. I am torn between these two options.

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So if you love workout clothes as much as me, then you should definitely try Fabletics at least for the first month with the discounted outfits and you can always cancel!

There is no fee to join or become a VIP member, but these are the perks you get for joining as a VIP member, so why wouldn’t you?






National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Personal Story

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Having interest in the nutrition field, this was always an area that I was interested in learning about. I started reading books about real life stories, listened to people tell their battles with eating disorders and continued to gain knowledge in the area. I never had a diagnosed eating disorder, but I definitely struggled with my body image in college. It didn’t really seem like anything at the time, but now as I gained weight in the past year and a half and look back on old pictures, I realize I am still struggling.

1936926_1113203952824_29523_n I’ve never had any issues with food. Let’s be real, food is my love. But I can’t honestly look back at pictures of my collegiate running and say “wow, you look healthy.” I look back now and think, “wow, that is not okay.” Why is it not okay? Because I thought I was big. I’m not sure if all runners do this, but I would look at my teammates and think they were smaller than me in size. It wasn’t until I saw pictures of us up next to each other, that no, I was actually smaller, but yet I couldn’t see that at the time.

Then you start wondering if you could be faster if you weighed less, because your teammate is smaller, IMG_9689_thumb[3]or so you think, and they are faster. It’s like a morphed image of your body and that is what I struggled with. Then having your boyfriend at the time tell you that you need to put in extra work. This same person you have been with since high school, so they must know your body better than you right? So if they think you need to do more ab work, extra mileage or not eat that ice cream because you don’t deserve it, then you think you must not look okay.

IMG_9692_thumb[3]I went through that. I went through the guilt of skipping one run. I lost a relationship because I couldn’t live with that the rest of my life. I don’t need someone making me feel bad about not doing something when I’m already doing so much. Now we flash forward a year and a half later and I’ve gained almost 40 pounds. Once again, I’m struggling with body image. Because if I thought I was big weighing 107 pounds running at the collegiate level, then I must really be huge weighing 144 pounds. But why do I feel I need to get small enough to fit into my old clothes, when they weren’t even an acceptable size to begin with. A kids large in nike tempo shorts, or kids large in denim shorts, are probably not what a 24 year old should be wearing.

I think it is now, after fully focusing on a healthy lifestyle, getting adequate amounts of sleep, eating appropriately while still eating my favorite foods without restricting or feeling bad, and finding a good balance of running and lifting that I am happy with, has truly put me at peace with the way I look. It should’ve never taken any of that to be at peace with the way I look. But the fact is, a lot of people struggle, and jokes or comments about body appearance can really tear someone down if they are already struggling with their body.IMG_3713

I don’t need anyone in my life to make me feel bad about any of the choices I make regarding my body and I definitely don’t need someone judging the way I look either. Why? Because I am extremely content and I will continue what I am doing to reach the goals I have for myself because it’s what I want to do, not what any one else wants.

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The point of this was just to create awareness of the things that people could be going through, because I know many people have no idea that I struggled with body image, because how could someone so happy and smile so much have anything negative going on in their life? Just thought I would share.

Hope everyone has a great week!


Here’s to the Next Chapter

December 20th was more than just graduation day, and I didn’t really realize that, until now. If you know me or have been following this blog, you know that I had the incredible opportunity to work my dream job as a Sports Nutritionist right after I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University. As I lived it out for a very busy 1.5 years, I knew I was learning so much about sports nutrition, but also about life and developing myself. However, I didn’t realize how much this experience would truly help in my next journey, until now.


This blog hasn’t been updated in a very long time, because I was consumed in an amazing experience. One of which I didn’t mind the 14 hour work days or the occasional 7 days a week of work. I didn’t mind because I was surrounded by incredible people and I could be myself once again and not worry about how that came off. I was able to keep who I was, but improve on it. Prior to my job at Mizzou, I struggled. My last two years of my undergraduate degree I lost a sense of who I was, lost my laugh, was in a state where it was rare that I felt like myself. That summer after graduation, it began to come back as I was surrounded by children who taught me so many things about life and every day was filled with smiles and laughter. The same thing happened during my time at Mizzou.

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I am now onto my next journey of life that is the last step to my dream job as a Sports Dietitian. I am living in Oklahoma for 8 months to complete my clinical, community and management rotations for my dietetic internship so I can become eligible to take my exam and become registered.


This week we had orientation and as we went through our handbook, I realized my mentor prepared me in more ways than she realized, I’m sure. The situations she put me in throughout my time at Mizzou, have instilled confidence in myself going into this internship and a lot of the things that are expected of us, are things I have already experienced and know how to handle or approach when they come up.

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I’m extremely excited to start this internship and learn even more about nutrition to help my future. I’m beyond blessed with how everything is happening for me and the inspirational and motivational people I have met that not only teach me but bring out the best in me. I’m thankful to have my smile and laugh back and hopefully can keep it throughout the next 8 months.

Cheers to new beginnings and onto another adventure!