Thursday, July 9, 2015

Learning To Live An Active Lifestyle

I’m so excited to introduce one of my best friends, Emily as a guest post writer! She is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and she has got to be one of the most driven people I know. Recently, I’ve been working out much more than I did during the school year, and I asked Emily for advice on how she keeps a healthy lifestyle even with SUCH a busy schedule. 


I’ve learned to love working out. I know 90% of the female gender will hate me for saying that, but trust me, I definitely didn’t start out that way. I’ve always been fairly athletic - I was extremely dedicated to field hockey and other sports in high school. Coming to college, my exercise regimen fell to pieces. I was so used to having a team to force me to train 11 months out of the year, that I lacked any motivation to do so on my own!

Around last November, I made an enormous change. I was fed up with myself for being so lazy, so I started working out 6 days a week, and training to run a 25K race in the spring. Finally, with a goal to keep me focused, I was committing to exercising as a lifestyle! Unfortunately, my body wasn’t ready for the pressure I put it under… by January I was forced to cut running from a knee injury. I wasn’t able to run for another 4 months. After finally finding my inspiration and learning to love running (which is NOT an easy thing to do!), it was heartbreaking to leave that dream behind. But I am so incredibly proud of myself for sticking to a 6-7 day a week workout schedule months after that setback. 

Nowadays, I spend a chunk of every day dedicated to my body. I am slowly learning to ease back into running, but not without its aches and pains. I am riding in a 50 mile bike race this summer to support the Make-A-Wish foundation, and I’m trying to do yoga once a week to supplement my other favorite exercises.

To those who are looking to make exercise a bigger part of their life, I leave you with a little wisdom from someone who’s been through the best and worst. ALWAYS find time to work out. In college, it wasn’t unusual for me to leave my dorm room at 7 am and not be back until 11 pm that night, without any homework done, and yet I would still stop at the gym for an hour before going home. Don’t make excuses. Also, switch up your routine as much as possible! Even if you’re training toward a specific goal, like a half marathon for example, add other cardio, yoga, and strength training to your schedule. This is especially nice in college when you have wonderful facilities and exercise classes to take advantage of! But most importantly, treat this as a process. Your goal should be to become happier and healthier and to find aspects of exercise that you love to do. Part of that also includes body peace – I may not look like a Victoria’s Secret angel, but I’m proud of my body for its strength and the amazing things it allows me to do. Having this mindset doesn’t come overnight. Ease yourself in and don’t be too hard on yourself while you go through this journey. 

Well, there’s my two cents. Please feel free to comment any questions or other tidbits of information you have to share! And hopefully I’ll be back again making a few other guest appearances on Petite Pastels with more specifics about my workouts! Tah-tah for now, 



I’m sure Emily will be back with some more of her wisdom soon (anyone rushing for a sorority?), and leave her some love down below! Let me know your favorite ways to stay active too!!


  1. Great post Emily! Love all of your tips-- they are all so true, especially for college students!

  2. Totally agree! (Emily says thanks ) :)

  3. disqus_WbouW1mbGQJuly 10, 2015 at 5:29 AM

    Your facilities sound amazing, because I would love some kind of exercise class seeing as yoga isn't my most favourite thing in the world. Morning jogs are peaceful, strength exercises feel fulfilling and help to get my mind on track, but any form of stretching is just too hard. I like the idea of loving your body for its strength and not its shape.

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