Place of Habitation: Northern NJ
Student: Cornell CHE Class of 2017
I like many things with a heap-load of passion, sometimes even unnecessarily (I’ll probably like you that way too unless you give me a reason not to.) That ever-changing, curley-cuing, lengthy list of adored artifacts includes foreign languages: French, Turkish and Russian, my Sharpies, clothbound books, Harry Potter, willow trees, Crossfit, Cornell, daydreaming, world news, flowers, art, fitness, long walks on the beach (kidding), tea.
I try to extend myself in any and every way possible, always attempting to live life to the fullest degree. I’m a firm believer in trying your hardest at everything while maintaining groundedness and a sense of self. It’s the best way to find out who you are and what truly moves you. I’m working on well-roundedness, taking the world in as best I can and reaching out in every angle. I like knowing I put my all into everything I do.
Which is probably why I have a hard time pinning down my interests and choosing a future- as if it was as easy as a pick-your-path book. Yesterday it was a writer, tomorrow, a fertility doctor, later on, a peacock farmer (kidding)… In the mean time I have my hobbies and the lovely International Baccalaureate program for comfort though. I used to do track (high jump/pole-vault), but now prefer weight lifting, hiking, research on other cultures, yoga, biking, pen-palling. I read, try to write, swim, climb trees. And blog. Yes, I blog.
My Current Work-Out Routine:
I’ve been doing Crossfit for almost two years now, and I use their workouts, or “WODs” (workout of the day) for the basis of my strength training. I normally either make up my own, use the main site’s Master List of bodyweight WODs, pick a standard ‘Lady WOD’ (Fran, Annie, Jackie…), take a peak at Doug Chapman’s training manual, or choose from my old box’s listed workouts.
During the summer when I have more freedom as far as work and school, I’ll be going to my box probably 3-5 times a week. Yet, as of right now (May 2013), I try to get 5-6 workouts in per week, alternating between heavy-, light- and body- weights. I’m always looking for something new to do though, and therefore can’t wait for the summer (and even college) when I’ll be able to swim as I like, and have a lot more apparatuses within my reach.
Other than that, I dapple in yoga, running and core work, and adjust my routine as needed.
On My Diet:
It wasn’t until I started eating super well 85% of the time that I started making huge strides in terms of fitness, and how I look. I was raised to eat really healthfully, but everyone in my family has a massive sweet tooth, which definitely does more harm to your body’s functional capacity than anything else. This being said, I tend to eat pretty well on weekdays and save “cheat meals” (more like necessary splurge meals) for the weekends when I don’t feel like cooking. My stomach kicks itself for days, but I need the sugar for mental sanity sometimes. I make nearly all of my food myself, usually without recipes, just based on what tastes good and feels right.
I also follow the idea “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” My mom considers it “backwards eating”- I normally have most of my protein at breakfast in the form of meat and eggs, salads, veggies and fruit for lunch, and oatmeal or other light carbs for dinner.
Ultimate Fitness Goals:
All about functionality. I could care less what I look like.
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Meaning of my URL: It’s a lyric from Train’s Drops of Jupiter- “she checks out Mozart while she does Tae-bo/reminds me that there’s room to grow.” I think the phrase really embodies my philosophy on life: having a growth mind set, being open-minded, working on ” Taebo” (groundedness, dedication, physicality) and “Mozart” (spirituality, academics, art.)