My Story


Hi! I’m Jillian and I have a passion for fitness, food, healthy living, and fashion.

I grew up in NEPA (better known as northeast PA). If you’ve ever watched The Office, it’s right near Scranton. I played every sport in the book up until I graduated high school. Soccer, field hockey, cross country, track and field, basketball, softball, you get the point….

When I was in college, I didn’t worry too much about working out or what I ate, as most people don’t during those years. Although, I did have a different sort of college experience being that my campus was in NYC. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and pursued a career in buying and planning.

Probably sometime around my last year of college, I started to go to the gym regularly. I didn’t really need to until then. I can remember eating oreo’s, cheese and crackers, and bowls and bowls of cereal every night with my roommates.  I guess I got to a point where I realized that exercise was the only way I could maintain my wight. I began reading all about nutrition and strength training and before I knew it I was running a few times a week and lifting two to three.

I fell out of this habit when I found out what the harsh pain I’d been having in my hip was. It bothered me as long as I could remember but only when I’d run excessively or be on my feet for an extended period of time. My surgeon told me I had hip dysplasia and that I’d have to have arthroscopic surgery.

After surgery, 3 months of physical therapy, and lots of complaining, I finally got myself back into some sort of routine only to find out that the same thing was wrong with my left hip.

Surgery number two and three more months of physical therapy passed. I re-cooperated the same way and eventually got myself back to doing cardio and strength training. I was afraid to run like I did prior to both surgeries so it took me a long time to build up my stamina again.

In January 2010, my new years resolution was to get back in shape and stay there.

I started dating Joe in September 2009. He and I both have the same mind set when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. I am so lucky to have him as a motivator. We both follow a similar schedule which is hitting the gym 6 days a week with one rest/cheat day (Sunday). It makes it so much easier when you have someone by your side.

I noticed the biggest difference in the first year with my body toning up and just feeling better overall from staying on track with a healthy diet. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a sweet almost daily, but I don’t feel guilty about it because I balance it out with healthy meals and exercise.

I still have mild hip pain here and there, but the elliptical and strength training three times a week have given me other options and built up my stamina. I do have intentions of running a half-marathon one day after one failed attempt. My longest run has been 8 miles, so hopefully I can extend far beyond that!

About the Blog

About a year after starting to focus on a balances healthy lifestyle, I discovered a world of food and fitness bloggers who shared many of my interests.

It is actually a funny story of how I came across these blogs. One day, being the weird peanut butter and beauty product obsessed person that I am, I googled “peanut butter nail polish” because I thought that would actually be a pretty neat color! Oddly enough, I came across Julie’s blog. After reading it non-stop for days, I began exploring other blogs as well. I couldn’t believe there was a whole world of people out there that I have so much in common with. Smoothie bowls, early morning runs, weird food products, random recipe concoctions. It wasn’t just me, after all!

In April 2011, I decided to start my own blog. My intentions were to write about my meals, my workouts, fun adventures, and to incorporate fashion. I have since shifted more into my daily musings and every day tips on how to balance a healthy lifestyle. It is still a work in progress but I have so much fun doing it and I hope to not only improve my blog content but to be inspired to come up with unique meals and workouts because of it!

In January 2012, I left my full time job in the fashion industry to pursue a career in fitness and holistic nutrition. I became  an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. After training at Equinox for a few months, I decided to move into corporate fitness/wellness education and training, where I work with a large training academy and help produce content.

They say that everything happens for a reason, and I believe that starting this blog got me to where I am today.

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 janetha @ meals & moves May 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for swinging by meals & moves! Looking forward to reading your posts. xo


2 Jillian May 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for stopping by here as well!! :)


3 CuppyCake August 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm



4 Caitlin August 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

It was so great meeting you yesterday! I look forward to reading :)


5 Jillian August 22, 2011 at 10:10 am

Nice meeting you as well! :) So sad that HLS is over!!


6 Amy August 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Oh man! That hip surgery (times two) sounds horrible! It’s really inspiring to hear that you still continue on with a healthy lifestyle despite the pains and setbacks it may cause.

It’s also great to have a support system. Joe sounds like a perfect person to have on your team. My BF too is into healthy living and has really helped me get into a groove even though I’m still fine tuning it and finding what works for me. Can’t wait to read more!


7 Katherine September 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I graduated from FIT as well!

Looking forward to reading more about your workouts, meals and life!


8 Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly October 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I can totally relate to this blog! I’m a former high school/collegiate athlete. Although I didn’t suffer from the same hip injuries, I hurdled through a few of my own. I also stumbled upon Julie’s blog after doing a google search on “healthy peanut butter snacks.” I blog stalked her for a few weeks, as well as many other healthy living bloggers, and finally built up the courage to start up my own. I’m only a few months into my blog, and just finished my very first half marathon! If you can run 7 miles thus far, you’ve got the half marathon in the bag!!!


9 Jillian October 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

Thanks for the motivation! That definitely helps because I’ve always had it in the back of my head that I’d never run a half marathon (let alone a marathon!). Congrats on your first half! Hopefully I’ll be able to say I did one soon! :)


10 Brigitt December 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Hey Jillian! Just wanted to say thank you so much for the yummy nutella cookies. I received them last week but, until last night, I wasn’t sure if we were “allowed” to get in touch before the posting date. haha. Anyway, I’m glad I discovered your blog through the cookie swap!


11 Jillian December 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I’m glad you got them! I hope they weren’t hard by the time they got there, it said it would take almost a week! :(


12 Laura December 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I just found your blog & i’ve been reading it for an hour, love it.


13 Jillian December 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Hi Laura! That makes me happy to hear! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)


14 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill December 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Hi, Jillian! I’m glad you commented on my blog so that I could find your blog! I love that you are passionate about health and fitness as well as fashion–just like me! Do you work as a buyer in the fashion industry? I’m still in school pursuing a degree in business (geared towards fashion), but I’m so interested in exploring the different areas of the industry. I love learning about the various positions; there are so many!

I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog! Thanks for the pizza recommendation, I will definitely check out John’s when I’m in the city!


15 Jillian December 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Hi Colleen! I sent you an e-mail! :)


16 Sarah @ newlyeverything January 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

Hey Jillian- happy to find your blog. I too have a special place in my heart for the NEPA (Well before the Office aired) and the Wyoming Valley as all of my family is from there. Some of the BEST pizza in the world…and this is coming from someone who grew up in Chicago. Hope you enjoy a great new year!


17 Jillian January 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

Hi Sarah! You’re right — best pizza in the world! It’s always nice to come across people who are from the same hometown. :) I hope you have a great new year as well!


18 Mark January 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I can totally relate to this blog! I’m a former high school/collegiate athlete. Although I didn’t suffer from the same hip injuries, I hurdled through a few of my own. I also stumbled upon Julie’s blog after doing a google search on “healthy peanut butter snacks.” I blog stalked her for a few weeks, as well as many other healthy living bloggers, and finally built up the courage to start up my own. I’m only a few months into my blog, and just finished my very first half marathon! If you can run 7 miles thus far, you’ve got the half marathon in the bag!!!


19 Karlee @ BringingBackBalance February 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I love your outlook on life, fitness & food! I can definitely relate to you :) I love finding new blogs!!


20 Corrie Anne March 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I love that my husband & I are mostly on the same healthy eating/workout plan. Except for his mega sweet tooth! It really does help!! :) Love the story of how you got into healthy living blogs! That’s comedy!


21 Nicole April 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I just came across your blog. I’m from PA too– Philadelphia, though. Love that you referenced the Office… probably one of my favorite shows!

Can’t wait to continue reading.
Adding you to my bookmarks now.


22 Jillian April 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Love the office! :) thanks for slopping by!


23 Emily April 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

Hi Jillian! I enjoy seeing what you are up to because you are very “real” if that makes sense. I like how you aren’t afraid to tell people when things aren’t going smoothly for you or if you are in a “slump”. It happens to the best of us! It seems like a lot of workouts you do are crossfit related!? Check out my blog- about nutrition and racing/crossfit if ya want to. Thanks!


24 Jillian April 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

Thanks Emily! I will definitely check out your blog. I want to try CrossFit, but I KNOW I am going to love it, and it’s so expensive! My friend from work does it and he talks about it all the time — I’m jealous! Someday I will!


25 Brianna @ Don't Eat Crap April 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

You have the cutest website! I love it. I started a blog too after changing my eating ways and it has been so enjoyable to share recipes with my readers.


26 Jillian April 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy posting about your new eating habits! It’s exciting to share recipes and how eating clean makes you feel so much better!


27 Alyssa May 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Your blog header is the best thing I’ve ever laid eyes on. Now I need Froyo.

Looking forward to reading more!


28 Stacie May 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I just found your blog and fell in love! I am also looking to get into the nutrition/fitness health field and saw one of your posts about IIN. I’m curious to learn more about it and wasn’t sure if you had a specific blog post on here explaining what it was? I would really appreciate the help :-)


29 Jillian May 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Hi Stacie! I actually haven’t done a post yet, but I would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about IIN! You can e-mail me @ I will eventually compile questions into a post I think – but for now I can definitely answer anything for you! :)


30 Ashley May 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I am not even sure how I found your blog but I am happy I did! Great posts and recipes. Random, but I also had 2 hip surgeries for the same reason. My doc told me running would probably not be in my future. I stuck to other forms of cardio and strength training for years until I gave it a go again. I am happy I did, I’ve run a number of half marathons and 2 marathons! Its good to see others with the same injury fully recovered as well :)


31 Jillian May 23, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’ve only met 2 others in my life that have experienced the same hip issues as me, so I am so glad that you reached out to me! It makes me feel so much better that you’ve run two marathons – until last year I had hip pain when I’d run consistently but now I am finally able to run for weeks without having to take a month hiatus! I’ve always wanted to try running a half but thought I’d never be able to. I’m glad you recovered, Ashley! Nice to meet you and glad you stopped by! :)


32 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 30, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I’m so interested in your story! I recently quit my full-time job, and I’m trying to figure out what it is that I want to pursue next. I’m taking a couple of jobs in the meantime to pay the bills, but I would eventually love to do something with health and fitness! I just need to figure out what exactly that is! How do you like the Institute for Integrative Nutrition? I’ve been contemplating joining for nearly a year now.


33 Jillian May 31, 2012 at 10:29 am

Hi Emily! It’s definitely a relief to leave a job that you are not happy at – right? You must feel great! E-mail me about IIN – I could probably go on for paragraphs! lol Any questions you might have I’d be happy to answer.


34 Kacie July 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I can completely relate to how you stumbled upon a world of bloggers that are equally passionate about healthful living: clean eating, exercise, etc. This is what happened for me as well. I am just starting my blog, but I hope to have it on your level one of these days. I am actually 19, and an incoming sophomore in college. So, I suppose you can say that I have adopted this lifestyle a bit earlier on than others tend to. Regardless, I am loving every minute of it. I feel so much more confident and empowered. I look forward to your future blog posts, as well as communicating with a fellow blogger! Thanks for the inspiration!


35 Lillian @ Seize the Latte May 17, 2013 at 7:28 am

Hi, Jillian – I’m a new reader, and I love both your blog name and the blog itself! I’m a fellow IIN alumna, and it’s awesome to see what you’re doing with your holistic health education. :)


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