Hi friends! Happy Friday! I wanted to pop in and share a few things that are new around these parts with you all.
Denver got hit with lots of snow the end of this week, and I have my fingers crossed that the few plants we have outside are insulated under all the cardboard I covered them up with! I haven’t been feeling in tip top shape, perhaps thanks to the gloomy weather, but the stress of the work week is behind me now and I’m spending some quality time with books and hot beverages today. This post comes to you from me, wrapped in a fluffy comforter, sipping on freshly brewed coffee (AKA, livin’ the dream).
I just recently updated the photos and instructions for my How To: Homemade Chicken Stock post, so I wanted to direct you all that way today. That post from almost 2 years ago was the start of my focus on reusing veggie scraps and chicken bones to crate something delicious – stock! I took new photos from the batch I made with the bones from my Simple Roasted Chicken, and actually have another pot in the crockpot this morning for a lunchtime soup.
Finally, I recently was featured on my friend Tara’s blog, Treble in the Kitchen. She asked me to contribute to her Motivation Monday: Fit and Healthy series, talking about my weight loss story and how I found healthy balance in my life.
I wanted to share a few highlights from that post and send you over to her blog for more details and new photos, along with recommendations of recipes from my blog that I used to help me achieve success. Tara and I became friends through the blogging community, and I am so happy to consider her a wonderful friend in Denver who I see at least on a weekly basis (she teaches at my gym!).
This post came at a perfect time since I just took new professional head shots for the first time in 3 years (have you seen my updated about me page?) and was excited to share them for her post! Here is a short excerpt from the interview…
Tara: What differences do you notice in how you feel now versus when you started your journey?
Marisa: I have always felt outgoing and confident about myself, but for the first time in my life I don’t feel held back by my own uncertainty. I have never been a runner, but this process made me rethink why I didn’t just lace up my sneakers and get outside earlier. We are all capable of whatever we want to do – and this is coming from someone who never ran a mile after high school athletics who is now registered for a half marathon, leaving my timidness behind. I find myself pushing boundaries in all sorts of situations now that I am more confident, from exercise to work to my blog. All it took was the courage to reevaluate how I was living my life!
Tara: What are the next steps?!
Marisa: I continue to set (non-weight-related) goals for myself to keep myself accountable, as maintaining this level of fitness and wellness is important to me! Weight maintenance is the ‘non exciting’ aspect of all of this, so it’s important that I continue to set goals for myself and check in every so often to see where I’m at. Signing up for the half marathon was one of those things I never thought I could do – but I did it, because now I have something to work towards for the end of the summer.
Professionally, this process has given me so much insight for narrowing my career interests. I am relocating to pursue a Masters in Public Health in the fall so that I can do research in lifestyle change. Similarly, rethinking my own nutrition has helped me continue to create recipes on my blog that can help people achieve their goals while feeling satisfied – because they’re eating delicious food!
Head over to Tara’s blog to read more!
Thanks as always for reading and being my sounding board. I have some fun new projects coming to the blog over the next few months, and am always all ears for recipe suggestions, post ideas, or thoughts on what you’d love to see on the blog.