Hi! I’m Jillian and I grew up in NEPA (better known as northeast PA). If you watch The Office, it’s right near Scranton. I played every sport in the book up until I graduated high school. Soccer, field hockey, cross country, track and field, basketball, softball, you get the point….
When I was in college, I didn’t pursue the gym or healthy eating, as most people don’t during those years. Although, I did have a different sort of college experience being that I was in NYC. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and pursued a career in buying and planning.
Probably sometime around my last year of college, I started to go to the gym regularly. I didn’t really need to until then because I had my super scrawny high school body. Not only did I notice that I was no longer able to eat anything I wanted, but I also needed to gain and tone muscle. I began reading all about nutrition and strength training and before I knew it I was running a few times a week and lifting 2 to 3.
I fell out of this habit when I found out what the harsh pain I’d been having in my hip was. It bothered me as long as I could remember but only when I’d run excessively or be on my feet for an extended period of time. My surgeon told me I had hip displasia and that I’d have to have surgery.
After surgery, 3 months of physical therapy, and lots of complaining, I finally got myself back into some sort gum routine only to find out that the same thing was wrong with my left hip.
Surgery number two and three more months of physical therapy passed. I recooperated the same way and eventually got myself back to doing cardio and strength training. I was afraid to run like I did prior to both surgeries so it took me a long time to build back up to where I was.
I wasn’t so good about my workouts or eating habits for a small period in between, but in January 2010 my new years resolution (I know, cliche) was to get back in shape and stay there.
I started dating Joe in September 2009. He and I both have the same mindset when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. I am so lucky to have him as a motivator. We both follow a similar schedule which is hitting the gym 6 days a week with one rest/cheat day (Sunday). It makes it so much easier when you have someone by your side.
I noticed the biggest difference in the first year with my body toning up and just feeling better overall from staying on track with a healthy diet. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a sweet almost daily, but I don’t feel guilty about it because I make good choices for my meals so it all balances out.
If I feel like skipping a day at the gym, I do. If I feel like eating a piece of cake for a co-workers birthday, I do. It took a while to get to this point. The first few months can be frustrating, but once you get in a routine and begin to notice a difference, it changes everything! I used to feel so guilty for missing a day or slipping up for a meal, but eventually you realize those small things won’t hurt you. Instead, just focus on what your next meal or workout will be. Don’t beat yourself up over it because your body deserves that day to indulge!
I am now able to run a long run of about 7 miles at once and complete almost 20 in a week. I still have mild hip pain here and there, but the elliptical and strength training three times a week have given me other options and built up my stamina.
About a year after starting my new healthy lifestyle routine, I discovered a world of food and fitness bloggers who shared many of my interests.
It is actually a funny story of how I came across these blogs. One day, being the weird peanut butter and beauty product obsessed person that I am, I googled “peanut butter nail polish” because I thought that would actually be a pretty neat color! Apparently peanut butter fingers was a similar keyword here because I came across Julie’s blog. After reading it probably about halfway through to her start date, I began exploring other blogs as well. I couldn’t believe there was a whole world of people out there that I have so much in common with. Smoothies bowls, 5am gym time, weird food products, random recipe concoctions. It wasn’t just me!
In April 2011, in decided to start my own blog. Initially I had named it “the bite runner”, a mixture of the kite runner book and a play on running. I decided since I never finished the book and I’ve never ran in a race, I wanted to choose a different name.
Sprinkle Massacre comes from a hilarious story about the weird habit that Joe and I have. You can read a out it in my first post.
My intentions were and still are to write about my meals, my workouts, healthy lifestyle tips and incorporate fashion. It is still a work in progress but I have so much fun doing it and I hope to not only improve my blog content but to be inspired to come up with unique meals and workouts because of blogging!
If you’re wondering about my blog name, please see my first post which gives the full description. 🙂