Abs So Fruitly is Officially a Business!!

Hey there!

Yup, I'm still here, and the blog is still running. 

I've been away for quite a while. The weeks fly by, blog posts don't get done, and I get sad. So I'm back, and hoping to get back to some consistency. So, let me explain what I've been up to lately that has taken my time away from the blog...

First of all, I submitted my application for my graduate program at Eastern Michigan University. (Yay!) Now just (im)patiently waiting the arrival of what I hope is an acceptance letter. 

Second, I moved! That is such a process in itself. Still trying to get things organized and make this place "home-y."

Third, and the most important thing I want to share, ABS SO FRUITLY IS NOW A BUSINESS!!! At the beginning of the year, I put some things together, got a DBA, and even opened a business bank account! So, I am now offering nutrition, fitness and overall wellness services. I have been doing fitness and nutrition consultations, meal plans, nutrition analyses; I have been one busy girl! But, busy or not, I'm loving what I'm doing now and so excited that I have already been lucky enough to help some people out on their pursuit of healthiness. 

So here's a little break down of what Abs So Fruitly has to offer:

  • Nutrition Assessments - Taking a look at past and present eating habits, personal, family and medical history, analyzing a 24 hour food recall and optional body fat analysis in order to come up with some modifications and a sample 1-day meal plan.
  • Follow Up - How are you progressing? Have you reached any goals? Are there any obstacles we need to overcome? Can we move on to new goals?
  • Food Log Analysis - Ever wonder if how you're eating meets your daily needs or if the types of foods you're eating are working for or against you? An analysis of a 1-2 day food log will give you ideas of what changes may need to be made in your diet.
  • Informational/Educational Meetings - For those that need just a little bit of nutrition knowledge or would like to learn more about how food works with the body. 
  • E-mail/Phone/Skype - Set up an appointment to ask questions or get suggestions.
  • 4 - Week Meal Plans - We will come up with a personalized meal plan that includes foods you like, common foods you eat, or things you want to try to fit into your daily needs. 

 

  • Fitness Assessment - Where do you stand as far as physical fitness? I'll find out more about you, your schedule, habits, current activity level, likes, and dislikes in order to give you suggestions of what to do to become healthier and more physically fit.
  • Weekly Fitness Plans - A personalized plan based on what you have available to you. Whether you go to the gym, workout at home, have access to machines, or just use body weight, we will make sure that you have a week worth of workouts to target the entire body. 
  • Personal Training - If you need the extra motivation and accountability factor, we can put together a plan and meet in person to perform exercises and meet your fitness goals. 

 

  • Overall Wellness - Need a little bit of everything? We can make that happen! Pairing exercise with diet is the best way to see results and make the healthiest human possible. 

While I do have a degree in exercise science, I am not a registered dietitian, but rather aspiring to be. That being said, I am confident in the knowledge I have had from my previous education, my own research, volunteer and internship experiences, and continuing education that I can give you the tools you need to become healthier. To reinforce my knowledge, and help you share the same confidence in me that I have in myself, I am currently completing a nutrition and wellness certification. Even though in approximately two years I will be ready to become a registered dietitian (if this letter ever comes...), I want to make sure that I have an adequate education to provide clients with the best information. If I don't know something, I know where to go or who to ask to find it! 

For more information on my services, check out the services page!

And, if you have ANY questions, be sure to e-mail me at abssofruitly@gmail.com. I love hearing from you and answering your questions!

Road to Grad School #4: Undergraduate Graduation

Before

I've been pretty busy these past couple of weeks between studying, finals week, preparing for graduation, and making sure everything is in line for my internship to begin next week. Thankfully finals week is over, graduation day is here, and everything for my internship is set (I think).

It's really hard to believe that today is my commencement for my undergraduate degree. Four years ago, I was preparing to graduate high school and writing my valedictorian speech. (Glad I don't have to do that again!)

Let me be honest, as I've told many people, I feel like I'm lying to the world when I say I'm graduating because I still have to complete my internship so I'll walk now and receive my actual degree later. And maybe this is my own way of being in denial that I'm graduating because really, it doesn't feel real.

The hardest part of this whole process may have been figuring out how I wanted to decorate my cap, if at all. I went through pages of Pinterest finds, asked friends and family for help, and finally with a little inspiration from all of the above came up with something of my own. I was thinking at first that I wanted to go clever, witty, and funny, but this ended up completely cheesy and more on the "inspirational" side, oh well.

I feel like the rest of this process has been pretty painless. The whole cap and gown pick up was simple. My gown is all nice and ironed thanks to my mom!

And now I just have to walk across the stage and then DONE. Okay, the fact there this is no "practice" for this thing is kind of freaking me out. I like to know what I have to do and how to do it and be fully prepared. That's not happening in this situation. We get a run down right before, and as I said, this worries me. It can't be that hard though, right?!

After

Well, it's all over. I'm an alumni of SVSU (pending the completion of my internship, of course).
Still doesn't feel real.

So the whole process was really easy. Although I will say those instructions that we were supposed to receive as far as what to do, yeah, never happened. It was a big game of follow the leader. The commencement information said that I was required to be there at 6 p.m., an hour and a half before the ceremony began. And let me tell ya, that was a slow hour and a half. I can only imagine it went by even slower for Matt and my family that were sitting and waiting for it all to begin. We finally started to line up at 7 p.m. and at this point, with still zero instruction, I was slightly concerned. Like I said, the processional, walking across the stage and back to our seats, and the recessional, I just followed the person in front of my and thankful that I wasn't the one in front!

I wasn't a huge fan of the ceremony being so late. It was dark by the time we were done, not great lighting for pictures. So, while my parent's headed home with my two youngest siblings, Matt and I went out for dinner at Harvey's in Bay City. Fried pickles, a burger, and a couple drinks, perfect way to end the day.

I've come a LONG way in the last four years. I've grown up a lot and made some necessary and positive changes. I am confident in saying that I'm perfectly content with where I am in this life, so, here's to celebrating this graduation and looking forward to working towards the next!