psa: social media isn’t everything.

Before we get to the hot topic I’ve been waiting to discuss, let’s do a little recon on what’s been going on over here in busyville.  I got back from sweet home Chicago late on Tuesday and needed some time to decompress.  That time relaxing was quickly cut short by a whole slew of work projects that came into my inbox rapid fire.  By the end of the week, I was spent.  But, between all of my 7 am meetings and multiple trips to and from FedEx Kinkos, I still managed to get a solid workout week in:


  • Monday: 3 mile run and 45 min. Ryder Class at CorePower (if you have the chance to take one of these…ooph, do it.  The bike tilts 20 degrees each way so you really have to engage your core to keep it steady.  It’s no joke.  Also, shout out to my bff Heather who taught one kickin’ class)
  • Tuesday: 45 min cardio, 30 min legs
  • Wednesday: 10 mile run: 7.5 in the am, 2.5 at lunch
  • Thursday: 45 min cardio, 30 min arms
  • Friday: 1.5 mile warm-up, 3 miles of speed work (800 repeats at 6:39 pace), .5 mile cool down

Mileage total including Sunday’s 6 mile run: 24

Super glad to be home and even more excited about the weather actually turning around.  More nice days means more time outside with the Boo playing her favorite game of fetch.

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She clearly knows how to work for what she wants. What a ferocious beast.

But enough about my workout week and the cutest puppy in the world, let’s flashback to Monday’s Bulls game.  I hadn’t been to a Bulls game since I was a kid and was really excited to get to spend some time with my family and watch some good ole fashioned bball.  There’s something that’s always more exciting about actually being at the game, so I was pumped.  I was pumped until the family in front of me sat down.

It was a dad who had brought his tween daughter and her two friends.  I didn’t think much of it when they first sat down, but as the first period started, it seemed like this was going to be a very interesting game…for their phones anyway.

Throughout the entire game, four whole periods of Bulls v. Kings action, the girls and the father sat on their phones.  It was incredibly distracting and just downright sad.  One girl, I kid you not, spent the first three periods coming up with a caption for her Instagram post.  She would click on her picture, rotate it around, type something, delete it, and turn to her friends to ask for advice, then turn back to her phone only to type and delete caption after caption over and over.  THREE PERIODS THIS LASTED.  THAT’S 45 MINUTES OF DEREK ROSENESS.

And it didn’t stop there.  They were constantly on Facebook and Snapchat as well.  The worst part of the latter was that they weren’t even documenting their experience on Snapchat, they were watching their friends Stories.  If they had any care about the game, they sure as hell didn’t show it.

I had a great time at the game and the Bulls won, but I walked away with a strange feeling. Why couldn’t they get off their phones?  Do I spend that much time on my phone?  How do I make sure I am living life in the moment and not so distracted by this mini-computer in my hand?

Now I’ve never been shy about my love of social media.  I even dedicated a post to it recently, but I think we need to take a minute to remember that social media isn’t everything.

On one hand, it can be great.  I love scrolling through my Instagram often for motivation, inspiration and the like, but on more than one occasion I have found myself comparing who I am to someone else.  They could be faster than me, be able to lift more than me, be thinner than me, be more muscular than me, it doesn’t matter.  It trips me up though and can often make me think I’m not working hard enough.  What I’m failing to remember though, is that everyone is more than what they show on their social media page.

Social media is a great way to get to know one aspect of a person.  The beauty of it is that you get to choose what you put out there and what image of yourself you want to give off.  But that also makes it very one dimensional.  Next time you’re clicking through someones page, remember that there is more to them than meets the eye just like there is more to you.  Like I bet you wouldn’t know I had a pretty stellar passion for opera in high school and college?  That’s something about me that just can’t be learned from looking at a snapshot of a motivation quote I posted or a picture documenting my run, but it’s something that defines me.

Here’s some vocal stylings if you care to listen:

One last thing, remember to live life as it’s happening.  I took one picture that bulls game and every snap I sent was before the starting buzzer.  I wanted to enjoy the time with my family and show little snippets of what was going on with my friends, but once the playing began, it was phones away and time to get down to business.  I’m going to make a concerted effort to use my phone less now because I know there are so many things I’m just bypassing because I’m too busy looking down and that just isn’t fair to anyone.

Was this picture of Benny the Bull worth it?  You better believe it was.

Main takeaways:

-Never compare yourself to one aspect another person chooses to put out there.  You are so much more than one thing.

-Pay attention to the world.  You will regret living a life tied to a screen, I promise you this.


why social media is an awesome add on to your workout routine & what I’ve been up to.

How is the week already almost over?  I feel like I just got back from my Vegas trip yesterday and here we are, a week later.  Well, a lot has happened in that time including my CPT exam getting pushed thanks to the Red Cross losing my certification, which is kind of a bummer but extra study time so I’m not complaining.  This week has been awesome in terms of workouts and I’ve been shaking things up a little bit with my nutrition and seeing really awesome results already, so I’m beyond excited.

This week has been a little bit more weight focused and a lot a bit more running focused.  We’re getting into the home stretch of half marathon training, and I’m giving it all I’ve got for the next month.  This week has been:

Saturday: 6 miles

Sunday: 3 miles

Monday: Crosstrain

Tuesday: 8 miles

Wednesday: Crosstrain

Thursday: 6 miles


And today is a rest day (holla!) before I start another jam-packed week.  I took more runs outside this week to get a better feel for how my body deals with wind resistance and it turns out that a lot of the speed and hill work I was doing on the treadmill during the winter is translating pretty nicely if I do say so myself.

But I’ve got to give credit where credit is due.  I have been talking myself out of running outside far too often lately: it’s too cold, it’s too dark, what if there are too many people, what if I get lost, what if I need to pee etc. But I saw another girl who is training for the same half as me posting on Instagram about her training and I was instantly inspired to get outside the next day and knock out 8 miles.

And it got me to thinking.  One of the greatest things I have done for my fitness is to start a social media account and blog dedicated to it.  I know it sounds extremely vain to start taking pictures of yourself and writing blog entries about yourself for others to see, but I don’t do it for the “what I look like” aspect of it, I do it for the motivation I get from it.  In fact, on the days when I don’t want to workout at all, all it takes to get me out of bed is a quick scroll through my Instagram feed or a scan of a recent blog post to get me fueled.

But social media isn’t just great for motivation in that aspect, social facilitation has been shown to improve a persons chances of sticking with a fitness routine.  If you don’t know what social facilitation is, at the base level, it’s the tendency of people to behave differently in the presence of others than when they’re by themselves.  Why do you think basketball players and football players do so much better against teams when fans are cheering?  There’s psychology involved.  People tend to perform better when in the presence of others.

So let’s think of this in terms of social media.  By getting that support from others, even if it’s virtually, you’re setting yourself up for more success than if you’re going through your journey alone.  I can’t express to you how many times I’ve thought to myself, I should probably just run one more mile because I’ll be more proud to post 6 miles than 5, which isn’t a huge difference, but it put me one step closer to my goal than I was before.  Posting some accomplishment you have achieved and receiving positive feedback from it can be a huge motivator and can encourage you to continue working out.

This is especially true for people who don’t necessarily have that kind of support system in the “real world”.  Changing your lifestyle and your habits isn’t the easiest thing to do when the people around you are constantly questioning why you’re having a smaller piece of cake or why you’re getting up early to go to the gym.  By being able to find like-minded individuals through social media, you can create a support system that will rally around your accomplishments and decisions and you can feel confident that you are not the only one making these lifestyle changes.

One awesome advantage of starting my social media presence was getting to know these stellar ladies!

This all being said, there are of course some negative aspects that go along with being active on social media and putting yourself out there, but I would say the positives far outweigh them.  Overall, my advice would be if you’re starting to workout, start talking about it.  Hold yourself accountable via social media and enjoy making new friends who are there to support you.  Everyone could use an extra boost now and again and you never know who you’ll inspire to work just that much harder.

I’m going to leave you with a fun fact about myself that I usually avoid talking about on social media.  I have extremely unphotogenic hands.  They literally see a camera and instantly freakout and tense up and I will never know why.  Case and point: the BBGPhilly Meetup where I didn’t even know a camera was on me, yet these dainty hands knew exactly what to do.  Someday I’ll get it right.


  • What’s a fun fact about you?
  • Do you find social media to be a motivator?