Hunting for Waterfalls & Scottish Sunsets

Hunting for Waterfalls & Scottish Sunsets

I’m a fall enthusiast; I love the fashion, I love the weather, and I love the seasonal activities. One of the greatest things about moving to Scotland is that this country seems to be stuck in a perpetual state of fall (and I’m not complaining!). Weeks ago my Facebook was flooded by posts from friends in Pittsburgh and New York City announcing the first snow and over here in Glasgow...

Weekend in Edinburgh: Family Visit & Hiking Arthur's Seat

Weekend in Edinburgh: Family Visit & Hiking Arthur's Seat

So sorry for the recent hiatus everyone -- I spent about a week locked up in my flat with a nasty case of strep throat only to be rescued, shortly after beginning to feel a bit better, by my parents who had planned a visit to Scotland from November 7th to the 10th. It was so lovely to see my family and to be able to show them around Scotland. Given that I served as their unofficial tour guide, I thought I'd write a bit about what I showed them and the very exciting hike we got to take...

Basic Three Ingredient Pancakes

Basic Three Ingredient Pancakes

Up until yesterday I was under the impression that every person on this planet knew about three ingredient pancakes. It wasn't until one of my roommates here in Scotland had her mind "literally blown" by the concept that I even figured this recipe was worth sharing. Disclaimer: This is not an original recipe that I take credit for in any way. In fact, I'm fairly sure every food and fitness blogger under the sun has shared it on their blog in one form or another. There are actually...

Healthy Thai Green Chicken Curry Skewers

Healthy Thai Green Chicken Curry Skewers

When I first got to Glasgow I tried to get a feel for what the local favorite foods were. Of course fish and chips were a given, but I was actually surprised by the significance of curry in the Scottish diet (mostly because I tried curry only once or twice back home in the states). In the past year I developed a bit of an obsession with spicy food, so I knew I had to try some curry right away...

To booze or not to booze – that’s the dieter’s question

To booze or not to booze – that’s the dieter’s question

From what I’ve gathered by discussing my weightloss experience with family and friends, it seems as though alcohol consumption is one of the biggest issues for people in their 30’s and 20’s attempting to lose weight. I can’t tell you how many times the question “How’d you do it?” has been followed up with “yeah, but can you drink?” This is most likely because...

Zucchini Pizza Bites: My Favorite Healthy, Easy Finger Food

Zucchini Pizza Bites: My Favorite Healthy, Easy Finger Food

In the past I've been guilty of assuming that there was no easy, healthy way to serve appetizers at a dinner party or tailgate. Usually, I would head straight for something simple that required little prep time like a fancy cheese plate or fatty frozen fried snacks like spring rolls and pigs in a blanket. My rationale was that I needed to focus on producing the main courses or being a good host...

Raspberry-Banana Oat Loaf: A Fiber Filled Breakfast Treat

Raspberry-Banana Oat Loaf: A Fiber Filled Breakfast Treat

While living in Glasgow, I’ve been trying to incorporate traditional Scottish ingredients into my cooking more. This can be hard, however, as a lot of the traditional Scottish foods and snacks tend to be processed, fatty, and not very healthy (I’ll talk a bit more about the difficulties I’ve faced trying to grocery shop for healthy, unprocessed foods in a later blog).  That being said, when I stumbled across some unprocessed Scottish porridge oats I had the perfect recipe in mind...

Spooky run through the Necropolis

Spooky run through the Necropolis

In my opinion, there is something about running through a graveyard that just feels a bit disrespectful to me. You never know if mourners are gathering or services are being held, so when several Scottish runners told me I had to run through the Glasgow Necropolis I was a bit wary. Today, while out for my daily run I happened to stumble upon the graveyard entrance and I figured I might as well give it a go and do as the locals do...  

Using social media as a motivation tool

Using social media as a motivation tool

When I first started getting into following bloggers and YouTubers and Instagrammers, I remember thinking to myself something along the lines of “how in the world do they have something going on everyday that’s worth sharing?” At the time, I’m sure I had just spent the majority of my day lounging around in my favorite sweatpants, drinking tea, with my eyes glued to the computer screen. I’m sure I had just spent hours sifting through posts on whatever social media application...

Scottish Fitness Adventure: Hiking Loch Lomond and the Arrochar Alps

Scottish Fitness Adventure: Hiking Loch Lomond and the Arrochar Alps

Celebrated in songs and stories, The Loch Lomond National Park includes one of the UK’s largest freshwater lakes and borders the majestic Arrochar Alps. As a ‘tourist,’ I had planned to travel on popular day trips to places like Loch Ness and Edinburgh, but after learning more about Loch Lomond and the mountain trails I knew it would be the perfect place to get my first scenic view of the Scotland as it exists outside of the city...

The Great Scottish Run Experience

There is nothing quite like a big city race—especially when it’s a city you haven’t yet explored. This past weekend I pulled on my leggings and strapped on my heart rate monitor to run the Great Scottish Run, an extremely popular half-marathon hosted each year in Glasgow’s city centre. When I first found out I would be spending a semester in Glasgow, I immediately started looking... 

Race day traditions and dealing with self-confidence

Race day traditions and dealing with self-confidence

I have developed a bit of a race day tradition—when I finish a race, I like to register for my next feat on the same day. I’ve found that this inspires me to keep training on a regular basis, to keep all my fitness and health routines under controls. Even as a kid I’ve always liked to have something to look forward to...