Zest for Life Wellness

The musings of a health coach, personal trainer, foodie, and lover of all things travel

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Sunday thoughts

The first snowfall of the season happened today. I looked out our balcony doors and found an already blanketed yard with fresh snow continuing to fall. And all morning as I sat on our couch with my computer in my lap and programming workouts for my clients, the snow didn’t let up. It was a reminder to me that this life moves way too quickly. I feel like last Christmas was only yesterday. As 2016 comes to a close, my mind inevitably turns to reflection.

I decided to bundle up and lace up my running shoes and get outside. I’ve been craving fresh air and the outdoors very much lately despite the colder temperatures and the falling snow. I began to walk and took a deep breath and realized that all I heard was the snow crunching beneath my feet and nothing else. Snow has that wonderful way of quieting the world around you.

I kept walking and brought my pace up to a slow run. I had no idea what time I had left my apartment, how long I planned to be gone, or how fast my pace was. I didn’t care about any of those things. As I continued to run, I started to think about this past year. Indeed it was a year of some exciting milestones (turning 30 and getting engaged to Tom), but it was also a year in which  I had hit a new level of frustration with my current job and I unfortunately was still feeling very stuck professionally.

As I often do when I’m running alone, I started up a conversation with God. I guess you could call it praying but sometimes I think that sounds a bit too formal. I really just start in the middle as if we’ve been in conversation all along (which I guess we have been). I let him know how grateful I am for the wonderful life I’ve been blessed with. I let him know that I really do realize how good I have it. But there is a part of me that realizes I’m not living to my full potential. I know I can be doing better professionally. I’m so exhausted counting every penny I make and spend and hope that I have enough leftover to buy some Christmas gifts this year. All of the hustling around I’ve been doing these past six years hasn’t really amounted to anything. And I’m stuck and feeling very lost.

I realized that the frustration I’ve been feeling with my clients (I can’t help you if you aren’t willing to help yourself!) might be the exact frustration God feels with me. So as I continue on my run and make a stop at the pond, I know that I need to put in my own work with God. I need to be open to new things, more giving of my time, and seek Him through worship and study.

As I loop back towards home, I realize that my mind is quiet just like my surroundings. I feel like I can breathe a bit deeper and with ease. Nothing tangible has changed. But my perspective has definitely shifted.

I guess Lorelai was right about that first snow. It really is magic.

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Friday things 11.18.16

Good morning and a very happy Friday to you! I hope your week has gone well and that you are really looking forward to the holiday next week. I know I am! It’s been a busy week for me and I have been craving some time to just be alone, read, bake something good, and write. Unfortunately I haven’t had any bouts of time longer than 15 minutes or so to sit and do just that. It’s been coaching calls, emails, training sessions, getting together newsletter materials, and then just regular stuff like menu planning, laundry, and cleaning.


I have a busy schedule tonight with training sessions and then a full schedule tomorrow morning at the gym but then I get to make the drive home to my parents’ house to celebrate my mom’s birthday. My sisters, dad, and I are making an awesome meal for her and I’m bringing goat cheese stuffed bacon-wrapped dates (heaven) for an appetizer and then a salad concoction of all my favorite things (shaved brussel sprouts, mixed greens, granny smith apple, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, goat cheese crumbles, and a maple-dijon vinaigrette). I love that I get to get together with my family twice in one month which is so rare. Can’t wait!

What’s been the bright side in your day lately? Here are a few small things that have helped me out this week… Continue reading

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Friday things 11.11.16


Good morning and happy Veteran’s Day! I do want to say thank you to those who have served and who are currently serving our country. Before I met Tom, I really had no idea how incredibly brave it was to make the choice to join the military. I am incredibly thankful that there are men and women out there who are willing to put their lives on the line for the sake of defending our country. I know that I wasn’t cut out to do it and thank goodness there are plenty of people out there who are.🙂

It’s Friday today and I know it’s been a tough week for many. I read a very empowering quote that was posted on Instagram earlier this week that helped me deal with the election results and I wanted to share that with you in case it can help you as well. With that being said, today I wanted to focus on the good things. The small things. The things that make my days a little more bright. Here are a few… Continue reading

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Today is a big day. We all know it’s election day and I believe that most of us are so ready for this particular election to be over. This day might be filled with lots of anticipation, anxiety, and some negativity. I hope that today you are able to get to your polling place safely and place your vote for the candidate of your choice. I hope we all can take a deep breath afterwards and believe that despite the election results, we are all incredibly lucky to be living in this country and have the freedoms we do. With all of this being said, I have some awesome links to share with you that I hope will brighten your day! Also, a big moment in my life happened last Friday. Tom proposed and we are engaged! Don’t worry, I won’t go on and on about wedding things on this blog. But I did want to share this news with you today because I am so thankful you are reading and you are close to my heart for doing so. Enjoy the links and have a happy Tuesday! Continue reading

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Friday things 10.28.16


Good morning! Happy Friday🙂 It’s our last Friday of October and I can’t believe we are moving into November next week already. I know, I know. I feel like I’m always saying that. But it honestly feels like October just began. I mentioned this to a client and she said to me, “Well Kelly, you are getting old. That’s what happens when you get older. Time seems to speed up.” She is completely right. But what helps time slow down a bit is enjoying the fall colors on a walk through the arboretum. Tom and I took these photos while strolling through the trails last week. I’m looking forward to enjoying some more outdoors time this weekend too! What do you have going on this weekend? I work Sunday morning and have a few errands to run, but besides this, not a whole lot on the schedule. Continue reading