Meet One of My Closest Blog Friends: Colby Triolo

I don’t know if you’re ready for this.

I am bubbling over with excitement, because today you all get to meet one of my best blog buddies! Allow me to introduce Miss Colby Triolo!

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Technically, I’ve introduced her before a couple times on the blog. I met this cool chick at Blend last summer. We were cabin mates, and we were also two of maybe three people under 20 on the retreat, so we connected on that level. Confession: I stalked her Instagram beforehand and was very intimidated — so many followers, so much success, so many ab muscles— but that was all nonsense on my part, because Colby is one of the most genuine and caring souls I’ve met through the blog world (and life in general)!

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I also had the privilege of meeting up with her earlier this year for lunch + carrot cake (our true love).

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Colby’s motto is “You Make You,” which is evident through her dynamite Instagram account, blog, Youtube channel, and personal training business. Boom boom, fire power.

Some of my favorite things about Colby:

  • She takes her work seriously, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
  • She has a passion for healthy food and fitness, but she doesn’t let fitness take over her life (← READ THIS!)
  • Most importantly, she cares for others and works hard to make sure people know their worth and know that they are capable of not only overcoming setbacks, but also going above and beyond what they could have imagined.

Now why don’t I let Colby tell you about herself!? 🙂


What is your favorite breakfast? 

No question—scones w/ a cappuccino (all hail Lactaid).

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What is your favorite way to move? 

Call me crazy (you’re crazy -A), but I LOVE stadium workouts. ➔ Like this one!

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*Rocky music*

What is your favorite word (just one!)? Why did you pick that word? 

Can.”

About a year ago, when I was going through my chronic pain issues, I decided to take the word “cannot” out of my vocabulary. I was constantly being told that I can’t run, I can’t sit without my back perfectly straight, I can’t go away to college, I can’t live ‘normally’, I can’t

And for over two years I believed these things. However, the day that I removed “cannot” from my mind and replaced it with “can”, I stopped giving pain power, I gained my life back, and I proved that if you want something bad enough—you can achieve it by setting your mind to it.  Anything and everything is yours to take.

 

A photo posted by Colby Triolo • YouMakeYou® (@colbytriolo_youmakeyou) on May 4, 2016 at 2:28pm PDT

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Tell us about why you started your blog/Instagram account.

On a sad note, I started them in high school when I got a really bad concussion. After my concussion healed, post concussion syndrome set in and all I could do was work out and cook (and clean, yay). That was all my body could handle.  So I decided to put it to good use and start a blog!

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her pancake towers more appealing than the NYC skyline, honestly

What does your blog mean to you? What can we find on your blog? Has your blog evolved at all?  

I have had many ups and downs with blogging/social media.  There was a point where it was just a place for my mind to go, and then it took over my life, so I removed myself over the past year and now I can say I am back at a nice place of balance.

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are you drooling like I am right now???

My blog is a place for me to go to share my knowledge and interact with you lovely people.  It is also the reason I know this beautiful soul of a person, Alison! (Awww. I can say the same about you! ♥︎ -A)  On my blog, you can find healthy recipes, workouts, and general empowering articles.  I like to think of it as an online community for empowering others to empower themselves!  There is a also a motivational wall where readers can anonymously post their goals/dreams to work towards!

What is one major lesson you’ve learned through blogging/your presence on social media?  

As awesome as social media is and how amazing the relationships you can form are—social media is ~not~ real life.  There is a distinct difference between being behind a computer screen and out enjoying the real world.  In the same sense, it is essential to ~not~ compare yourself to what you see on social media because you are seeing such a small fraction of the real story.

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What is one goal, and how do you plan to achieve it? 

I have this dream of making the words “YouMakeYou”  have an influence on millions of peoples lives.  It saved my life, and it is so simple to integrate into your life that it can make a world of difference. When you realize that the answer is simply changing your mindset and believing in yourself/aligning your actions the right way, what can happen is amazing! I plan to achieve this by taking small steps on my blog and social media daily, and just sharing my knowledge while being true to myself and my story.

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WHAT A WOMAN.

I am honestly honored and #blessed to know you, Colby. Thank you for your refreshing and honest presence in the healthy living social media community. You make the world a happier place.

For more of Colby’s fantastic recipes, killer workout challenges, fun vlogs, and empowering motivation, check out:

Also, head over to her blog to read her interview of me if you want!

Hope you all have a kick-butt day! Make a positive difference in someone’s life, no matter how small.

So tell me:

Are you going to follow Colby!?

What is your one favorite word and why? 

Who are some of your favorite positive influences in the healthy living social media community? 

Weekly Moves and Grooves III

Hey!

How has your weekend been going? Boston is soaking up some extra sunshine with the temperature in the high 70s today, despite the jacket weather on Friday. We’ll take what we can get before the winter comes to swallow us.

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Anyway, here’s how the moves have been lookin’ this week!

Sunday

5 min. row warmup + leg workout

3 sets of each:

For the step ups, I used a barbell at first, but then I switched to two 20# dumbbells, and uh…my forearms were burning more than my legs. If you know me in person, you know that my wrists are tiny (runs in the family), and my forearm strength is slim to none. I read up on this article about grip strength, and I am determined to build up my flimsy grip!

I also had to break up my last set of pistol squats into 6 on the right leg (weaker leg), 10 on the left, and then the last 4 on the right. Ooooof.

Monday

Rest

Besides sprinting to catch a bus. 😉

Tuesday

Stadium-burpee workout (inspired by Hilary’s Dirty Burpee Workout)

  • 3 sets of stairs (1 set=all the way from the bottom to the top and back down)
  • 16 burpees
  • 2 ½  sets of stairs
  • 12 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 8 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 4 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 16 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 12 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 8 burpees
  • 2 ½ sets of stairs
  • 4 burpees

Ho.ly. LUNGS. And legs. I swear, the height of the steps increases as you go up on that second half stairs.

 

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I was going to do the original dirty burpee workout that involves running 400m between burpees, but the men’s lacrosse team was practicing on the field. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be on the track (…and I also didn’t want to be doing burpees RIGHT THERE in front of them), so I opted for the stairs.

Good and bad idea.

 Wednesday

Quick circuit workout in the dorm

I did this one from Zuzka that was 4 rounds for time of:

  • 10 burpees
  • 15 jump lunges
  • 20 push ups
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 40 air squats

I finished in a little under 17 minutes, and wow, this is a lot harder than it looks! I was kinda sorta dripping sweat afterwards.

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Thursday

Rest/Yoga

We did crow pose in yoga!

Friday

10 min. adaptive motion trainer + 8 min. ab tabata + upper body weights + lots o’ walking

For the upper body weights, I don’t remember exactly what I did, but I know it included:

Saturday

Jump rope circuit workout from Peanut Butter Fingers 

With 15 seconds of rest in between exercises instead of 30. I did it out by the Charles River again because the weather was absolutely perfect yesterday! I’m definitely trying to take advantage of the fresh air before it starts to freeze my nose hairs.

I’m hoping to have a few more posts for you guys this week thanks to some pre-scheduling done this weekend. But for now, have a lovely Sunday!

So tell me:

What was your favorite workout this week?

Do you like to work out outside?

 

WIAW: Day in the Life of a First Semester College Freshman

The title says it all! This is how my Tuesday went…

7:15 AM

Alarm goes off. Snooooooze.

7:30 AM

Get my butt outta bed. Shuffle to the bathroom to brush teeth, wash face, put in contacts, etc. Go back to my dorm room to change (into fitness clothes), put up my hair, etc.

7:50 AM

Eat breakfast in the dorm while I finish typing up yesterday’s post.

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Whole grain toast with PB&J + banana with PB

Something about that banana with peanut butter made me feel kinda nauseous… :-/

8:20 AM

Leave for statistics discussion.

8:30 AM

Listen and take notes about class frequency, histograms, and sample sizes in stat discussion

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9:20 AM

Realize I have chem lab next, but I’m wearing athletic capris. We’re supposed to have completely long pants, so I rush back to my dorm, and change into long pants. Book it to lab.

9:30 AM

Measure out rubbing alcohol and unknown metals in chem lab.

10:30 AM

Walk over to the dining hall with friends to eat brunch. I went a little crazy with the breakfast foods before they started making the lunch food…

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Pancakes (I only ate one) and French toast with PB and banana + scrambled eggs and ketchup + glass o’ milk

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Salad for veggie power

12:00 PM

Take the bus to writing class on the other side of campus with this cool crew (they want to be my blog marketing team LOL).

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12:30 PM

Take notes and share our papers and such in writing class.

2:00 PM

Head to the stadium for an outdoor workout. Details about the workout coming Sunday on Weekly Moves and Grooves. Let’s just say for now that stadium stairs OWN ME.

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Burpees + stairs = death. In a good way?

3:00 PM

Head back to the dorm and pick up a super sweet package from Arctic Zero! Their electronic business manager, Lindsey, emailed me about coordinating and letting me try some of their newest flavors, so I basically said, “Um DUH!” (in a much more respectful manner).

I let them thaw before having a spoonful of each straight from the pint.  😀 I’ll have a review of them soon!

P.S. I’ll share, all you BU people reading this.

3:30 PM

Have more snacks while doing some internet stuff.

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Super juicy pear

Plus some peanut butter + sweet and salty peanuts. Can you tell I hate peanuts?

4:00 PM

Shower.

4:30 PM

Study and eat some more Arctic Zero straight from the pint. Holy moly did that stadium workout make me ravenous.

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6:oo PM

Go to the free spaghetti supper at the BU Catholic Center!

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I had a piece of garlic bread too 🙂

7:00 PM

Stay for the discussion/presentation about the hookup culture. It was wonderful— I really reflected on all my relationships, not just romantic relationships, during this. I ♥ the Catholic center and all the people there!

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9:00 PM

Head back to the dorm and study. Snack on nuts sometime in there.

12:00 AM

Get ready for bed, pray, and hit the hay! Oooo look, rhyming.

I hope you enjoyed looking into a typical day at college for me right now! Every day is different of course, but this is a good representation of how things are currently panning out.

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Coming a little late to Jenn’s WIAW party, but better late than never!

Hope you are all having a fabulous day!

So tell me:

How are your days recently? Packed? Early start? Late nights?

Have you ever done a stadium workout?

Have you ever tried Arctic Zero products?  

What did you eat for lunch yesterday?