My Favorite Summer Holiday

BREWFEST! It’s a huge holiday in Vermont. Well, at least for me. I’ve gone for the past five years or so. You have to know how to get tickets because they go fast. Everyone wants that local beer and this girl misses her local Vermont beer.


Each year has been interesting and fun in its own way. 

1. Day session that ended with a LOT of cheese and crackers and other snacks. 



2. Day session with my sister, Sophie, and her boyfriend Walker.



3. Night session with my sister and Molly.



4. Night session with Maia and Christine. This was a great reunion after graduating and living in the city for a few months. 



5. Night session with below. 



We started the day by sleeping in late in order to prepare for our festivities later on. We lounged and drank coffee while chatting with Christine’s family. It was the best way to spend the morning, especially since her family is so warm and inviting. Breakfast included a bagel and watermelon! Give me all the carbs.


After breakfast we lounged some more. We hung out with Christine’s sister and simply enjoyed having no commitments. Surprisingly we managed to pull together and {almost} complete a workout. I introduced Christine to 80 Day Obsession. it was tough and we were both feeling jittery from coffee. 


It was FINALLY time to shower and get ready for brewfest. I couldn’t decide between my jumpsuit and a more relaxed outfit. I’m so glad I went with the more relaxed outfit because jumpsuits and brewfest aren’t the best idea. Last but not least we ate a late lunch of salad and toast before heading downtown.  


First up: find Rebecca! We met up with her and her husband, Joe, and trekked to the waterfront together. They are the cutest and I seriously LOVE her new haircut.


Christine and I then bumped into other friends, both new and old while running around to various tents. We didn’t make a plan and just went with the flow. Who am I?!


I chose the IPA at every tent...dumb. My favorite was a new one by Zero Gravity and a double IPA but I forget from where... Trillium (from Boston) was also there and that was tasty as always.


At Brewfest you get 15 tickets and I’ve finished them only one year...until this year when I actually had 16! With one hour left Christine and I were running around trying so hard. My last two beers were both Focal bad idea, Megan. (Great beer, though).

Christine ended the night by jumping in on some couple’s game of Cornhole.


After Brewfest we walked up the hill to Church Street to find Maia to say hi before heading to the bars. It was so good to see her, she and Joe are another cute one.


The rest of the night was spent reminiscing with old friends and making new friends. I realized how much I miss Burlington but also how small it feels. I miss the comfort and knowing that if I was at a coffee shop or a bar I would likely see someone I know. I miss the mountains! I miss the beer. But I also love the excitement of being able to visit once and a while all while pursuing my passion. I’ll always love Vermont and my Vermont people. Til next year, Brewfest.



Reflecting on Phase Two

About 2 ½ months ago I started Beach Body with some hesitation (with the name and the nutrition plans). And 50 days ago I started the 80 Day Obsession. Phase One was all about sticking with the workouts and finding ways to incorporate them into my routine. Phase two ended up being my “just hang on” phase for a number of reasons. As I begin phase three I find myself more energetic and motivated than I’ve felt in a long time and it’s a great feeling. So here I am reflecting on phase two. 


First, it was HOT. Most days were humid with high temperatures. It was so gross and did not motivate me to workout at all but I still got it done. Although those days were likely not my best workouts. 


I also traveled and had a lot going on. In the past few weeks I had to find an apartment for starting in September. That took a lot out of me but the good news is I won’t be homeless. And I also spent a chunk of time in Maine with my family where I didn’t have heavy weights but I did have motivation. My mom and I stuck to our workouts like the badasses we are. 


The middle is always the hardest. It’s the lag. The beginning you’re all “let’s do this” and the end is “don’t give up.” But the middle is kind of like “will this ever end?” So yes I struggled a bit. Despite the challenges I finished every workout even if I had to move my rest days around some weeks. I also came to realize that the end of the 80 days is not an end because I’ve found my passion for exercising again! 

The significance of phase two was definitely the psychological gains. I’m up two pounds which normally would discourage me, but I walk with my head taller than ever before. I feel strong and capable in my workouts, at work, and in life. It’s an amazing feeling.  


I haven’t lost any additional inches, either. Now maybe this is because I chose not to follow the meal plan because I believe life shouldn’t be that strict. Or maybe it’s because I could have pushed a bit harder. Either way I still feel stronger and I’m proud of myself for that. It’s the fact that I keep going and making healthier choices as best I can that matters. 


 I have finally found a workout that I want to do each day! I genuinely look forward to {most of} the workouts. Some I dread...but not always. I also love that they’re so convenient. I never knew that I was not going to the gym because I just needed time to relax after work. Now I can come home, relax, and then workout when I’ve regained some energy. It works so well for me. 

Moving on to phase three I’m excited to continue to feel strong and energized and not just in my workouts. I’m also motivated to cut back on some empty calories like alcohol (I’ll save that for when I’m out with friends) and the treats (there’s a time and place...and I need to perfect my popsicles). Working out and eating healthier is only sustainable if you figure out how to make it align with your lifestyle and values and I feel like I finally did.  {Insert awkward dancing}




Julie and I got to Maine on Friday. She spent the day working while Mom, Dad and I volunteered for Travis Mills. Mom and I were called for help with planting flower boxes. Anything for the Travis Mills Foundation.


Saturday was our first official day together. I spent the morning napping (why am I so tired?!) before working out. Julie went for a run, Mom did 21 Day Fix and I did 80 Day Obsession. So proud of us all for getting our sweat on. Afterwards Julie and I floated in the water with a beer and talked. I ended up so so so burnt...  


I’m so upset with myself. I put on sunscreen but not good enough...and didn’t reapply. I’m angry for not taking better care of my skin. I’m anxious about putting myself at risk for skin cancer. And I’m upset that I’m likely going to be in pain for the rest of my vacation.  


Then I thought how I can learn from this for next time and move on without judgement. Just like intuitive eating!  Rather than beat myself up over a sunburn or a large bowl of ice cream, I can look at it as a learning experience. 


Did I enjoy it in the moment? 

Yes. I greatly enjoyed sipping an IPA and talking to my sister about everything under the sun (while literally burning under the sun). 



How do you feel after? 

Grateful for time with my sister, but uncomfortable and in pain because of the sunburn. 


How can I adjust next time? 

Be more diligent with sunscreen and reapply throughout the day. I should also remember that this pale skin is very sensitive the first time it sees sun and should be gradually introduced to summer sun. Aka spend shorter amounts of time in the sun at first while building up my tolerance.  


Ask yourself these three questions the next time you’re being hard on yourself for something. It will help you analyze the situation without judgement and create a plan for moving forward. After all that’s all we can do in life is move forward.