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fitness lover: a day in the life of dalia

July 16, 2014

Today, I want to introduce you to an awesome fitness lover friend of mine, Dalia. Now, this lady is uber inspirational. Like, I have no clue how she has all the energy to do all the things she does! I met her through Ryan (they worked at the same ad agency for a bit), and wish I had half her enthusiasm and drive. The girl is fit, accomplished and can get a shit ton done in 24 hours–eating well, working out, teaching spin class, freelancing, all while working full time. I will definitely be stealing a few of her health tips (you might want to do the same, just sayin’). Without further ado…

▲ Introduce yourself, please. 

Oh hey! My name is Migdalia but the world calls me Dalia.

▲ What inspired you to pursue a healthy lifestyle? 

After college I was eating like a track star minus the whole track and field part – I had like 5 desk jobs and I was in a relationship with a boy who looked like a track star. I needed to get into to shape and get healthy. I started working out a little bit and eating healthy and learning about nutrition.

▲ What’s one health or fitness tip you live by? 

Balance is key. Don’t kick yourself over a pizza and wine night. Don’t tell yourself you can’t have something. Don’t call them cheat days. Eat clean, good for you stuff, move your body and be happy.

▲ Favorite snack 

Quest Bars and ripe, ripe bananas.

▲ Favorite workout 

I love indoor cycling because I love loud music and a sweaty workout, but I’ve fallen head over heels for Barre recently and have been digging Studio Fit Chicago’s classes.

take a peek inside the day of this Chicago fitness guruI usually start my morning with a cup of coffee and a quest bar at 5:30AM.”

take a peek inside the day of this Chicago fitness guru“I head over to Studio Fit Chicago for a Barre class. They always help to get me up, alert and in a good and productive mood.”

take a peek inside the day of this Chicago fitness guruAfter class I head back home for some fruit, make breakfast and pack some lunch.”

take a peek inside the day of this Chicago fitness guruMornings are key time with the mister, we’ll usually watch TV together or eat breakfast before heading off to work together.”

fitness & health tips from this fit Chicago chickAt work I try to move around a lot to keep the body moving and brain alert, you will never find me in the same place for more than an hour!”

take a peek inside the day of this Chicago fitness guruLunch is usually packed and ALWAYS my favorite time of day.”

an inspirational peek inside the day of fitness instructor @ohmydaliaCoffee, water and tea fuel the rest of the afternoon.”

health tips & tricks from a fit Chicago chickIf I’m teaching I always have two Quest Bars a day. They help fuel me with happy protein and no added sugars.”

an inspirational peek inside the day of fitness instructor @ohmydaliaTeaching class is my favorite thing. I love being able to give people fun music, a sweaty work out and a total workout high from accomplishment!”

an inspirational peek inside the day of fitness instructor @ohmydaliaAfter class I ride home and work on dinner with West. Mmmm dinner.”

an inspirational peek inside the day of fitness instructor @ohmydaliaDesserts are always key. So it’s either coffee, dark chocolate or maybe fruit!”

an inspirational peek inside the day of fitness instructor @ohmydaliaAfter the dishes are clean and the kitchen is closed, it’s couch time with the mister.”

an inspirational peek inside the day of fitness instructor @ohmydaliaI get back to work with my own freelance and get ready for bed to start the day over again.”

Do you have advice for someone looking to start living a healthier lifestyle, but who is struggling to start?

Just do you. Don’t worry about other people. Don’t follow a fad diet because some star is doing it and don’t start doing Cross Fit because everyone is doing it. Start small and start smart. When I decided to change my life style I started with the elliptical for 45 minutes, 3 days a week and I cut out boxes of Wheat Thins and my daily bagel. It’s little things but they make a difference.

So you are awesome. Where else can we find you? ▲

You can find me working out at Studio Fit Chicago  – Teaching at Cheetah Gym and Instagramming my food and workout adventures at @ohmydalia. – Sometimes when I have time I feature blogs I love, places I enjoy and photos that bring me joy over at OHMYDALIA.

Dalia, thank you so much for letting us pick your brain and take a peek inside your day!

And side note to all you: If you’re ever in the Chicago area I HIGHLY recommend you stop by and say hi to Dalia in one of her classes. She’ll probably kick your ass, but you’ll love it.

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