Right vs. Popular

There are those moments in life when following along with others and doing what everyone else is doing seems easy… It’s the “Popular” choice or path.

But what about the “Right” choice or the “Right” path?


I witness this battle each and every day.

In myself, in my family members & friends, in my clients and sometimes in strangers.

I named this blog and my business Realistic Fitness for a reason, what works for one may not work for another. Each of us needs to evaluate our reality and what is “Right” for us as an individual.

For example, I love to run as a part of my fitness routine. I consider myself a fair weather runner and only actively pursue running during the cooler months of the year when my schedule allows more time to meet my girls to hit the trail or local mega-neighborhood. I train for a longer race every couple of years. I run a few 5k races or mud runs here and there. But I don’t pound the pavement or trail daily or even weekly sometimes.

Does this make me less of a “runner” or am I simply modifying my definition of runner to what is “Right” for me?

Some hardcore runners would say I’m not a “runner” based on their definition, but I do what works for me not them.

I follow my own path and encourage others to do the same, especially when it comes to weight loss and fitness!!

Just because some fad diet plan worked for Mary down the street doesn’t mean it will work for Sue.

Just because Joe can run a half marathon without training doesn’t mean Mike should attempt it.

What I am trying to say is don’t feel discouraged if a weight loss plan or exercise routine someone else followed isn’t for you. We all need to follow our own path to reach our goals.

Don’t be afraid of failure, that’s part of the path that’s “Right” for you. Get back up and try something different.

Determine your own path, don’t just do what’s “Popular!”


If you need encouragement in this battle, send me an email or contact me.

I am happy to motivate in any way I can!!



You drank a what for breakfast?!?!

I drank a “Green Monster” as they are lovingly referred to in the blogosphere.

I call them a smoothie, but who am I to judge!

Anyway, see recipe below. This recipe has so many variations that the possibilities are endless!

My preferred “Green Monster”

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 Large handful fresh spinach (Yup! Where did you think the green came from?)
  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk (Can also substitute almond milk or flavored soy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder of choice (Or Nesquik – my personal favorite!)
  • 1 cup filled with ice

Blend first 5 ingredients until smooth. Add ice to your preference and continue to blend to your preferred consistency.

I’ve seen lots of variations to this smoothie, some including instant coffee, some made to taste like an Almond Joy, etc. etc.

Try a variation of your own and Enjoy!


I’ve been hungry lately! Take a peek…


I’ve been eating an awful lot of the following:

  • Greek Yogurt (More on this later – I may be slightly obsessed!)
  • Carrots and Ranch Dip (Made with Sour Cream)
  • Feta Cheese (On just about anything!)
  • Iced Coffee
  • Cheese sticks and Pretzel Sticks
  • Nectarines, Raspberries and Bananas
  • Apples with Peanut Butter
  • Eggs (Anyway I can get them – Hard Boiled, Fried etc.)

As far as the Greek Yogurt obsession goes, I think I may be an addict! I’ve eaten it just about everyday for the past month! I love it with granola or Kashi and fruit!

I seem to get into a food routine. I go weeks eating the same things over and over again!

Do you ever seem to get into a food routine?