Why I'm Walking in the
Susan G. Komen Philadelphia 3-Day

July 31, 2017

Today, I have a different kind of #MondayMotivation post for you guys. I'm sharing something very close to my heart that I've never opened up about here before.

Every two minutes, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed in a woman in the U.S. Do you know anyone who has been affected? I do.

I also know first-hand the rush of emotions and helpless feelings upon receiving a cancer diagnosis. Although it wasn’t breast cancer, you never expect to hear the word cancer from your doctor, yet it begins a series of life-changing discussions and decisions. Three years after what was supposed to be a routine check-up, I still think about that day. And it’s still a reality I face at each appointment, knowing there’s a possibility it could return.

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Sidenote: a few days after my diagnosis, I ran my first 5K in DC even though I felt defeated and really wanted to stay at home. Instead, I used that race to run out my emotions: fear, anger, helplessness, and ended up beating my own PR by several minutes. (A goal I had been trying to accomplish during months of training.) The photo above was taken when I finished the race, and has become a very important reminder of how I pushed through a tough race and am stronger than I give myself credit for. Tears still begin to form when I think of that day (especially while writing this post).

Because of my experience, I'm joining in on the fight against breast cancer by walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® event in Philadelphia August 25-27. It’s a three-day, 60-mile walk that’s making a huge impact in the breast cancer fight.

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In the past 14 years and 156 events, more than $820 million has been raised to save lives and make huge strides in breast cancer research.

I am incredibly excited to be part of such an amazing event. One of my goals for this year is to volunteer my time for a cause I believe in and, up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t know where to start. Now, I can’t think of a better way to spend three days as cancer hits very close to home.

Whether you know a loved one who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, or you yourself have been affected, I want women to know that they don't have to go through the journey alone. It's during events like the 3-Day where we all find strength and inspiration together to fight. I can't wait to be part of it.


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In 2016, Susan G. Komen announced a Bold Goal – to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. I want to be part of turning that goal into reality.

Will you join me in walking 60 miles and making an impact in the fight against breast cancer? You can register at The3Day.org. Be sure to use code ALISSA10 for $10 off registration for the Philadelphia event!

I would love it if you’d join me! Who wouldn’t want to fight breast cancer by spending three days walking, making friends, and sleeping in pink tents?

The countdown is on... we are less than a month away from the start of the 3-Day event and I can't wait to share this journey with you. I'll be updating you guys on much more throughout August, including how I’m preparing to walk 60 miles so definitely stay tuned!

If you aren't able to walk in the 3-Day event and would like to help, I am also fundraising up until the event and would love it if you'd donate directly on my page. It's super quick and easy - and every dollar helps in the fight against breast cancer!

This post is sponsored by Susan G. Komen on behalf of Fit Approach, 
however all opinions are my own.
Last two images via Susan G. Komen. 

Splashin' Around With Splash Cycle

July 26, 2017

What if I told you there's a fun new workout in DC making quite a splash?

It's called Splash Cycle and it's 45 minutes of... you guessed it.... underwater spinning. I have seriously been wanting to try a class all summer. Last weekend, I finally made my way to the Embassy Row Hotel rooftop for a morning class.

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I wasn't quite sure what to expect and thought it'd be more of a "regular" spin class but it was actually set up a little differently. We did bicep curls, tricep exercises, leg and even ab exercises - all while continuously cycling. My arms were burning by the time class was over!

In fact, I was having so much fun I didn't even get out of the pool to snap photos, ha! (The instructor, Rachel, was also great... and not just because she had a killer Beyonce playlist.)

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Not only was it just plain ol' fun to cycle in a pool, but many people don't realize how effective water workouts actually are. They have less of an impact on our bones and joints, which means we can build more endurance with less stress on our bodies. (Fun fact: Splash Cycle founder Sarah started the company because of knee problems!)

You don't even have to worry about adjusting resistance on your bike like traditional cycling classes because you're pedaling against the water resistance. You get to decide how fast you pedal, or move your arms in the water during exercises. Of course, the faster you go, the more of a workout you'll get. And even though you're using your own body weight, you'll definitely feel the burn!

Bonus: throughout the workout the water is also massaging your legs (especially the calves) which helps in getting rid of toxins. Betcha didn't know you'd get a workout AND a massage in one class!

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It was such a fun time I texted my BFF and told her we need to take a class together. If you're interested in taking a class (or several), check out the class schedule but don't wait to register... classes fill up fast.

Here are some things to remember for your class:

What to Wear


I couldn't decide between a bikini or one piece, and ultimately decided to wear my favorite sporty swimsuit which was perfect for the class. You can also wear shorts and a sports bra.

I recommend wearing sunglasses (maybe even a hat) for early morning/afternoon classes. (You can also wear swim caps if you don't want to get your hair wet.) Splash Cycle does provide water shoes if you don't have your own pair. (I wore my cute ones ;)

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What to Bring


The hotel provides towels, but I suggest bringing your own since there may not be any available due to guests using them. I always like to have my own towel, anyway.

Since it's so hot out there, especially in the morning classes, don't forget a bottle of water (or two). You need to replenish the water lost from sweating and avoid dehydration.

And also - don't forget the SPF!

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I was given a complimentary Splash Cycle class, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Naturally Me!

Working Out With Earhoox

July 24, 2017

Working out is a daily part of my life, and one thing I NEED to have for every workout is music. I don't know what it is but I just can't go without it. (Well, music and gum.) Luckily, I use Slacker Radio on my phone so I'm never without tunes.

As much as I'd rather not wear any headphones, you'll always find me working out with my trusty Apple earbuds since I haven't found anything else that I like.

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Sidenote: I did try a pair of headphones once but the cord was so long + I felt like I looked absolutely ridiculous with 2 giant satellite dishes covering my tiny head. Plus, they didn't adjust to a size small enough for my head. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be adjusting headphones (or anything, really) during a workout. I want to focus on those gains!

Anywho. I made a mental note that I really need to find some sort of easy solution to listen to music while I'm at the gym - especially something that doesn't fall out during circuit training or HIIT.

Enter Earhoox.


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They're a small silicone attachment that fits Apple's EarPods and the new wireless AirPods. So cool, right! The folks at Earhoox reached out to me about trying a pair for myself and once I read about them on the website, I knew I had to give them a try. Perfect timing!

Here's what I thought about my Earhoox:

Earhoox Pros


They're affordable - hello, that's probably my number one must-have. (And why you'll never see me walkin' around wearing Beats.) They won't break the bank, and work with your existing Apple pods... #addtocart!

They're comfortable - another important thing for me since I get headaches easily. I've literally been testing them out every day - even when I'm not working out. The day I got them I attached them to my EarPods (more on that below) and wore them around the apartment lol. No music, just me and my Earhoox. They're made out of silicone and feel SO much better in my ear than just the EarPods alone.

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They stay put - bring on the burpees! I have had zero issues with them moving.. no matter what I'm doing. I can even lay down with them in if I wanted to listen to podcasts or binge watch Bruno Mars YouTube videos all day.

You receive 2 sizes - hallelujah! Each set of Earhoox comes with a large and small pair. I can't tell you how happy that makes me and my small ears! And, if they still don't fit perfectly, Earhoox has an easy full refund policy.

Easy peasy set-up - okay, I admit I did have to use the directions that are included with each pair, but it was a breeze to get them on my EarPods. You might need to rotate them a bit so they fit in your ears, but it seriously couldn't be any easier.

Earhoox Cons


The only thing I noticed is....... there isn't currently a pink pair ;) Seriously, I love them, buuuut I'd love them even more if they came in pink. Or purple!

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I can't recommend Earhoox enough! They're definitely perfect for those of us who can't find headphones small enough. Oh and also for working out, but I could also totally see myself wearing them on an airplane to listen to music or watch movies. If you want to try them for yourself, starting shopping here - and use the special discount code below!

Try Earhoox for yourself! Use code EARHOOX30 at checkout.
Offer expires July 31st.


I was gifted Earhoox, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Naturally Me!

The Best Activewear
From The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 21, 2017

Happy happy Friday, friends... we made it! Time to celebrate by shopping because the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the public! I'm sure you had no idea so I'm glad I could help. ;)

What kind of blogger would I be if I didn't let you know this important information and share my picks? Don't worry though, my "coverage" of the #NSale is only going to be today's post because I love a good sale when it comes to my favorite active brands. There's no better time than the #NSale to stock up on heavily discounted and cute gym wear.... like all of my favorites below!

(Editor's note: to shop each item, just click on the black square icon! Easy peasy!)

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As usual, this sale is good. Think pink, black and white, and adorable patterns. I'm also finding myself itching to buy a cute, light jacket for when the weather starts to get cooler. I can't decide between this Nike windbreaker jacket or this waterproof jacket. It's also the perfect time to stock up on sports bras (my favorites are Nike) and leggings - especially if you need to replace a pair or two of black leggings.

Of course the prices can't be beat, but wanna know another great detail? The fact that these items will take you well though fall and winter, including trips to the grocery store. You'll definitely get your money's worth!

I have my eyes on a few new pairs of sneakers and now that access has opened up to those of us without a Nordy's card, it's time to get shopping. After all, shopping is an acceptable form of cardio, right?!

PS: the sale ends August 6th.


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Life Lately, Vol. 2

July 17, 2017


Let your dreams be bigger than your fears.


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Hi, #FitFam!! Not to scare you but - we are more than halfway through 2017. Wut.

After that shock wore off a bit, I realized it's been a few months since I've done a life lately post - so I'm filling yinz in on what's been going on in my world. It'll be a shorter post since I can't reveal a whole lot yet - but I'm facing a lot of life changes.

While my 2017 goals list is pretty long, I've been working toward one major goal for the past 6 months. I shared some news in this Instagram post, but also wanted to fill you guys in here - just in case you don't follow me on Instagram. (Which, you should!) So, hiiiiiii and also I'm sorry for being kind of silent on the blog lately. It's had to take a backseat so I can focus on some bigger things but I promise it won't last much longer.

Since I'm getting SO close, I am feeling both incredibly excited and nervous. Yoga classes and workouts will be few and far between, and no more binge-watching Game of Thrones as I focus on completing what I set out to do. (But, man I can't wait to get back to all those things!).

In case you're wondering - Naturally Me will not be going anywhere. In fact, I'll be able to give you guys much more fitness-related posts and guidance. There are also some amazing collaborations in the works - one involving traveling which I don't get to do much of!

You can keep up with me over on Instagram or Twitter - I'd love to connect! Of course, if you ever have questions, ideas about blog content you want to see, or just want to talk about how awesome dinosaurs are - shoot me an email! ;)

Oh, and a few more things --

Your dreams and passions may change from where you once thought you'd be, and that's okay. Will it seem scary? Oh yes. Will you contemplate whether you should make such a huge change? Probably. Could it be categorized as a mid-life crisis? Debatable. ;) But taking the first step toward a dream you can't get out of your head will light an even bigger fire within you. (Even if it takes some nudging by loved ones.) Use that passion to go after it and don't give up until you're spending each day doing something that makes you wildly happy.

Editor's note: I thought I was finished writing this post, then I came across this thought/quote from one of my friends that I've been holding close: "There is no growth without disturbance." 

I also found (and bookmarked) an eye-opening Mindbodygreen article about how fear is holding us back and ways to cover come it.


Just some food for thought. ;) Xo