This week’s inspiration is someone who has her life much more together than I did at 20. Kaila is a college student and also studying to be a personal trainer. Plus, she has been blogging since she was 15 about health and fitness–ummm, I think I was eating McDonald’s every day at 15! I love her advice for others–everyone’s fitness looks different. I couldn’t agree more!
My Fit Family: Tell us a little about yourself.
Kaila: I am a 20 year old college junior currently studying Political Science and Law&Public Policy. I plan on doing something totally different for grad school however and want to get my masters in Public Health. I live in Buffalo, but I am a warm weather girl at heart. My dream is to live somewhere that’s warm ALL YEAR LONG.
I have been blogging at HealthyHelperBlog for the past 5 years and it’s really become a passion of mine. I’ve always loved writing, so combining it with my fascination with health and fitness gives me a great outlet for my creativity. It’s also allowed me to connect with amazing like-minded people and really form a community centered on living well and embracing balance. I write about everything from body image to workouts and tasty to fun . I also LOVE hosting giveaways for my readers to introduce them to my favorite products. I’d call myself a runner (recently back from a nine week injury!), yogi, wannabe world traveler, healthy baker, cycler, yorkie-mama, early bird, biophiliac, and movement addict! I love moving my body, enjoying healthy, delicious food, and sharing tips for living healthfully with others.
MFF: So you’ve been blogging about a healthy lifestyle since you were 15–is it safe to assume it’s always been part of who you are?
Kaila: I’ve always been a healthy eater and a very active person! I’m lucky and happened to grow up in a very health focused household. My parents are both passionate about healthy living, have always participated in sports, and made home cooked meals all throughout my childhood. I truly learned all my healthy habits from them and living this sort of lifestyle is just second nature to me! I also played sports throughout grade school and high school, but today I stick to general fitness activities like running, biking, walking, yoga, and cycling….with a healthy dose of strength training as well!
MFF: What does typical workout look like for you?
Kaila: I love combining strength and cardio so I often do a mix of the two each day. I typically run or bike to the gym and then do a half hour of cardio (either the elliptical, the arc trainer, or treadmill intervals) followed by a half hour of full body strength circuits. I don’t really do workout splits or anything like that, but I just try to focus dynamic strength exercises that will make me a better runner and overall athlete. I usually go to the gym a lot more often in the winter since doing long, outdoor runs isn’t always feasible. But I always try to get at least 2 to 3 outdoor runs in during the week. Usually an hour or so with a longer one on the weekend! Follow that up with some strength and core work to stay nice and strong! During the summer my workout routine looks totally different and I am pretty much outside 24/7.
MFF: With your busy schedule of being a college student, studying for your personal trainer certificaiton and blogging, how do you make the time to work out?
Kaila: My favorite time to workout is mid-morning after breakfast and I was lucky enough to fit my class schedule around that this semester. So right now it’s not too hard to fit fitness in. In the past however, I’ve done the whole 5am workout club thing since that was my only option. It’s all about being flexible! I am so passionate about movement and exercise that it’s never too hard to find the time to squeeze it in somewhere. It’s something I enjoy and something that makes me feel good so I actually WANT to incorporate it into my day.
MFF: What is your favorite physical activity
Kaila: Running for sure! My love of running started in 8th grade when I joined cross-country for the first time and now it’s evolved to be one of my favorite hobbies. I am just getting back into it after I fractured my kneecap this past fall. It’s a slow process to come back from an injury, but it’s SO NICE to be able to get back to doing the activity that I love doing. I also love using my bike to commute places so biking is a close second!
MFF: What is your favorite healthy meal or snack and of course we love hearing about favorite food indulgences–what’s your #1?
Kaila: My favorite healthy meal has got to be one of my HUGE lunch salads I have everyday! I pack them with tons of veggies, lean proteins, spices, seasonings, tomato sauces, vinegars, and finish them off with eggs to bind everything together. Here’s on how I make them! As for snack I love homemade protein baked goods (like or ), I am a bar fanatic (larabars, thunderbird energetica bars, kit’s organic bars, and nakd bars are some of my favorites!), and my signature . Favorite indulgence? Any of my family’s homemade baked goods! I am especially fond of my grandma’s !
MFF: Who inspires you?
Kaila: Honestly, the healthy living blog community as a whole. I’ve been ‘introduced’ to so many incredible individuals since starting my blog and everyday I am motivated by their desire to live healthfully and happily. It’s hard to find balance in today’s world, but the blogging world is perfect look into side the lives of people who are proving it’s possible. I draw so much inspiration from people who have made blogging their full time career, who have left jobs in the corporate world to pursue their passion in wellness, or who juggle kids, a full time job, and a challenging fitness routine! So many people out there are doing incredible things not only for their own health, but also for the health of others. And I am ALL about helping others live their best life possible. So anyone who is working towards that…that’s inspiring to me!
MFF: What one piece of advice would you give out to someone just starting out on their health/fitness journey?
Kaila: Don’t compare where you are on your fitness journey to where anyone else is. Your path, your current level of fitness, the conditions you’re working in, and your body are totally different from anyone else out there. To me, there are . No one’s fitness journey is going to be the same as anyone else’s and thus comparison only leads to negativity and self doubt. Fitness looks different for everyone! It’s all about embracing where you are in the moment, being proud of the improvements you’re making, and finding what works to achieve your goals, not to live up to someone else’s standards.
Thank you, Kaila for being an inspiration!
Never Give Up,