Hello to everyone over at Simply Modern Dance! My name is Gabi Walter, and I am the blogger over at my own site www.gabriellekwalter.com. I blog about all sorts of topics from health and fitness to current events and my own life experiences. I am a college student who is constantly looking to appreciate the present moment and find who I am with the world at my fingertips. I am so thankful that Susan has invited me here to talk a little bit with you about who I am and what I love to do.
What was your aha moment?
My aha moment was the middle of this past summer. Last year I really got into running, slow at first and then I picked up my miles each week. An easy run became 6 miles in the morning. I run to clear my head and reflect on the day ahead or the week. It is my time to just escape the world and all its worries and just be in the moment of enjoying myself outside with my thoughts. I was making a new route when I came across an absolutely beautiful scene and thought, “life is wonderful and I am so truly blessed.” I get that feeling every time I run. I think about how thankful I am to have strong legs that get me to and from places, and a healthy body that can withstand anything this crazy life throws at me. Here’s a post I wrote about finding my love for running.
Do you prefer exercising alone or in a group?
I often venture out on my runs alone, but I would rather prefer to exercise in a group. All of my boot camp sessions at the gym are in a group and I absolutely look forward to them each week. There is something so inspiring working out with others and seeing each other improve every class. The rest of the group is my motivation to keep going and push through a tough workout. We all rely on each other throughout the class for support, and it is that support that gives us the strength to reach our fullest potential.
What is your favorite time to work out?
Mornings! I am a morning person who is up at 6:30am even on the weekends! I swear I’m not crazy 😉 I have to start my day at the gym to give me that boost of energy I need for the day. I can work out at night sometimes if my schedule is restricted to only being free in the evenings. However, after dinner I am too tired to do much of anything.
Does music motivate you?
Yes, absolutely! Whenever I am working out I have to have a playlist going or iTunes radio on. I set my pace or the repetitions I am doing to the pace of the music. I even challenge myself by trying to plank or do an ab sequence to a whole four minute song. “Run the World” by Beyonce is my go-to ab series song! “Stay the Night” by Zedd is one of my latest favorites. 🙂
How many nights a week do you cook dinner?
I make dinner every night of the week. Some nights when I know I do not have time, I make quick meals (sometimes resorting to leftovers). Other times when I know I have a lot of time that evening to put into dinner, I find myself experimenting in the kitchen and whipping up some great recipe that I end up having to share with my readers. I love to cook, so any free time that I have usually always ends up with me in the kitchen whipping up a new meal.
Do you meal prep or make as you go?
Over the past month I have gotten into meal prepping, and I swear by it! By preparing your meals for the week ahead of time, it saves you so much time during the busy week. You have your meals all planned out and almost made, which then just requires some last minute assembly. This way you are not tempted to go for the first or quickest thing in the fridge, which can often times be unhealthy. My motto for meal prepping is to take the time now to save the time later. These are protein muffins I prep as snacks for the week. Click the link to get the recipe 🙂
What’s your favorite recipe?
My readers know from my many WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) posts that I LOVE CEREAL! I make all sorts of creations, but my favorite is my very own creation I call The Loaded Cereal Bowl. I mainly have this in the morning for breakfast, but it often sneaks its way into other meal times throughout the week. It is packed with nutrients, is easy to make, and will keep you satisfied until your next meal. Here is the recipe and how to make it for those of you wish to try this delightful concoction.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to date?
In 2011, when I was a senior in highschool, I was named the Distinguished Young Woman of New York. Distinguished Young Woman is a scholarship program for college bound young women. The judges score the contestants based on five categories: scholastics, interview, talent, fitness, and self-expression. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life going to nationals in Mobile, Alabama and meeting wonderful young women from all 49 other states. To hear more about my experience click here.
What is your current goal?
My current goal is to complete the Buffalo Half-Marathon in May. I am excited to be running with my dad who is an absolute pro at triathlons and half marathons. I already run far distances each week of about 8 miles and feel that this is just the next step in challenging myself physically.
What quote do you live by?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I am a huge quote fanatic and absolutely LOVE this quote. I live by this each and every day. I try to inspire others to be better and do better in their own lives as I try and do in mine. Weather it be actively taking time out of your schedule for others or exchanging a smile with a stranger, every individual has the power to make a positive change in the world.
Thank you Gabi for sharing your story! Please leave any questions or comments for Gabi below 🙂
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