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Soul Cycle Boston

I'm not a huge spin fan--I just don't do it enough to get my body adjusted to the exercise. Running is totally different. But, years ago, Kelly Ripa took cameras into Soul Cycle, which, at the time, was a new concept. I was amazed at how she lifted weights while riding and have wanted to try it ever since!

My college bestie, Alex, lives in Boston so we took advantage of our time to workout together. It was like living in the same city again--so much fun! Here are a few things I learned at Soul Cycle for the first time:
  • First, you sign a waiver, get a tour, and cannot take pictures inside the studio.
  • The clip in shoes are complimentary the first time, but are $3 after that. 
  • The bathroom is heaven in gym terms--deodorant, ponytail holders, razors, and other self care items are available. 
  • Lockers are available for free and have a phone charging port inside (which I learned was a huge deal in Boston since I would pray my phone would make it through the day).
  • It is very high energy  and you do a lot of push ups while biking--new concept to me!
  • 5 songs, weights, then 2 songs, and you're finished. (Never mind that some songs are 6 minutes long). 
  • People wear sports bras and pants. Which, I did too! Totally out of my comfort zone, but thanks to the fact that I packed only long sleeve, winter running gear, I was too hot to care. 
  • Bonus: the lights are super dim so no one notices your sports bra.
  • Extra bonus: You are so wiped after the session, you could care less about what people are wearing/think!
  • Downside: it is $30 per class and you need to reserve a spot in advanced (Alex used the app)

I was so happy to get to workout and spend time with Alex! What is your favorite workout to do with friends?

Running Through Boston Recap

I was so fortunate to travel to the Food and Nutrition Conference this past weekend. I met so many fun dietitians, enjoyed delicious food, and even learned a little!

I had a lot of "me" time because J.T. couldn't join and no other dietitians from work came so I explored by foot... a lot. Running is my favorite way to see a new city! The first day, I ran through Boston Common, which was only a block from my hotel. George was great, but the trees stole the show!

The weather was absolutely perfect and I was totally overdressed for every occasion. I didn't need 3 jackets and gloves after all... who knew?

From there, I went to the Freedom Trail to say hello to Paul Revere and see his city!

First up was the place where the Declaration of Independence was originally read.

Nearby was a Holocaust Memorial with only numbers of the victims because names wouldn't fit.

On a lighter note, a few weeks after I knew I was going to FNCE, I emailed Anne to see if she had a running group planned. I've been a fan of her blog for a while and was so happy when she agreed to on a Sunday run! Funny story-- when Kathleen heard I was running with Anne, she said I should email the Real Life RD, too! I didn't want to be a blogger stalker so I opted out of emailing her. How cool that she was staying with Anne so I got to meet her anyway! Total nerd moment but it's strange when online and real life combine! Plus, the girls were so great in person-- I was thrilled to run with them!

I would tell you to go check out her blog, but I feel like you probably already follow her!

You can read more about their experiences running through Boston here and here.

They also brought Rachael, another blogger, who was super friendly and easy to talk to. Her blog, Avocado a Day, is quickly becoming a daily read!

We ran 5 miles around the Charles river in the most perfect fall weather! If Boston was this perfect year round, I'd probably just move there!

 I joke with my RD friends that most dietitians have baseline similar personalities, and I am so thankful for that when I get to meet new ones and run/chat about nutrition, business, and life. It was so great to meet you all!

What is your favorite Boston running spot?

Food Boss Spotlight: Consider It Joy {Part 2: The Business}

{Source: Consider It Joy Baking Facebook Page}
Last week, Elizabeth from Consider It Joy, shared how she finds inspiration  to create delicious, wholesome food. You can order delicious paleo treats in advanced or stop by her store! This week she is giving us more insight into being an entrepreneur! If you have ever wondered what it's like to peak inside the mind of a foodie entrepreneur, read more below!

When did you realize that the demand for paleo/gluten free foods was enough to branch out into a store front and full business? Was it immediate?  It wasn't immediate to me.  When we decided to make this lifestyle change, I had only ever heard of Paleo from a friend of mine who did Crossfit.  I thought it was simply something athletes did--I had no idea that eating this way could provide so many health benefits--especially to those dealing with autoimmune issues.  When we took the leap into Paleo, I was very open about it--posting on Facebook and eventually starting a blog.  As I began experimenting at home and sharing our successes (health-wise and in the kitchen) more and more people began contacting me to see if I would bake for them.  I came to a point where I knew that this lifestyle was gaining momentum and if I didn't open a bakery like this, someone else would, and frankly I couldn't live with that!  While I felt Consider it Joy would succeed, I imagined it more as a cozy little bakery with a handful of very dedicated customers.  I never thought of it being much more than that.  I could have never predicted the growth and popularity that we have experienced.

For like minded entrepreneurs, what advice would you give to help them take their idea from just an idea into true business? 

I would say that one of the single most important things I did was to harness the power of social media long before opening.  Shortly after making our dietary change, I started a blog and then dedicated Facebook and Instagram pages that I used for posting recipes, pictures, ideas and more.  While I had no idea at that time that I would eventually open a business, in a sense, I was already 'meeting' and forming relationships with future customers.  On the day we opened, we hadn't advertised anywhere and we didn't even have a sign yet, but through social media, so many people heard about it.  I truly only expected family and friends to show up to that "soft opening", yet we nearly sold out the first day and our sales were comparable to what you would expect from an advertised grand opening.  We still attribute our rapid growth to word of mouth and the reach that we can achieve using social media.

What was the most challenging part about starting your own business? 
The most challenging thing is definitely the massive amount of time you have to put in--especially that first year.  I was a full-time mom for most of my kids' lives and suddenly I was pouring nearly every ounce of myself into running this business.  That was a huge shift, and without an amazingly supportive family, I just don't know if it would have been possible.

What part did you find to be easier than you originally thought? 
My next answer is going to sound funny considering how I answered the last question.  While putting so much time into a business is challenging, it is also the easiest part.  I truly love what I do.  I love being at my bakery, whether I'm baking muffins, bagging my one millionth bag of granola or washing dishes.  When you love something, putting in the time is easy.  Almost too easy to the point that it can be consuming--you have to be careful to stay balanced.

What's the most rewarding part of being a business owner?

The most rewarding part for me is my customers.  I always say we have the best customers, and it's true!  They always thank us for what we do.  They thank us for feeding their families and providing healthy meals that they don't have time to make.  Our customers with medical dietary restrictions are able to walk into a store and buy a treat without worrying that it will make them sick--that is something that so many of us take for granted every day.  It warms my heart to even be a part of their story.

If you missed last week's interview with Elizabeth, click to read Part 1 here! Thank you, again, to Elizabeth and the Consider It Joy baking team for taking the time to answer our questions. We really loved learning more about the company and are looking forward to our next bakery visit!
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