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.
▲ 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.