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Erin Confident Pose
Wellness
Published Friday Jan 03, 2020 by Brittany Raine

Confidence & Courage: How One Woman Discovered Her Best Self in the City That Never Sleeps

Motivation
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

Wellness is a personal thing. It’s a continuous journey. You’ve got the highs, the lows. The best workouts. The never-trying-that-again workouts. But then—when you least expect it—something clicks and forever changes your wellness game and the way you live.  


Meet Erin Donnelley.   


A New Yorker with passion for partying, Erin struggled to find her thing when it came to her wellbeing. Not loving her lifestyle (or herself), Erin felt stuck, depressed and in need of a change. Two years, one MINDBODY app and over 250 fitness classes later, it’s safe to say Erin has found something she loves—and changed her life for the better. 


Inspired by her story, we sat down with Erin to learn more about what gave her the courage to fuel her fitness fire. Hint: It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.  

 

How did you really feel before you started your wellness journey?  

Before using MINDBODY, I felt insecure —both mentally and physically. Physically, I was winded going up the steps of the subway. I wasn’t able to enjoy the things I loved to do, like play tennis or dance. I always had to be in the back of the room at every studio, and I would find excuses to run out of the class or not do a given exercise. Mentally, I was a mess. I was the girl who would fake sick at work when my team would have plans to do a cycling class. I had little to no confidence and couldn’t even look at myself in a mirror. I was unhappy, frustrated, and had a one-size-fits-all mentality when it came to fitness.  


  
What led you to discover MINDBODY?   

I had a really bad attitude when it came to fitness. My trainer suggested I branch out on my own and try some fitness classes around the city. MINDBODY gave me the freedom to continue to try whatever I wanted, but the knowledge to understand the best options.  

Everyone has different personalities and goals, and MINDBODY helped me realize there is a whole world outside of what’s trending.
 
What motivated you to change your lifestyle? Did the fitness routine you established with MINDBODY help you overcome any obstacles? 

For the longest time, I had the mindset that I had to follow the trends and had to do what other people were doing in order to achieve a certain look. I always had anxiety when I signed up for popular cycling classes but couldn’t figure out why. MINDBODY helped me overcome the fear of exercise. I didn’t need to be strapped into a stationary bike for 45 minutes. I was able to find different workouts that fit my personality and helped me reach my fitness goals. My trainer or favorite class might not work for someone else. Everyone has different personalities and goals, and MINDBODY helped me realize there is a whole world outside of what’s trending.   


 
On your wellness journey, when did you feel like you truly found yourself? 

I discovered my sense of identity when a stranger approached me saying how inspiring I was. I try to be honest with my transformation because it didn’t happen overnight, and it wasn’t easy. I think a lot of people have a perception that in order to lose weight they have to give up certain things such as their social life or that they don’t have time to fit exercise into their busy schedules. Contrary to popular belief, I became more social and found myself with more energy when I would wake up early and make time for a class or the gym. When I first started out, I would remind myself that an hour is only 4% of my day. When you have that mindset, it’s easier to be disciplined.  


  
What is your typical daily routine? 

I think my Instagram handle says it all: @TBDestination. It stands for To Beautiful Destinations that are yet to be determined. While I do try to work out five days a week, I try to mix things up, so I don’t get bored and I don’t plateau. I think sticking to a certain diet or workout is an easy way to get burnt out. Therefore, I am always trying to evolve by switching my routine and trying new classes as often as possible. It keeps me humble and honest. 
 

Erin Donnelly


Not every path to wellness is perfect. Did you have any setbacks and if so, how did you overcome them? 

Yes, and I continue to have setbacks. I’m my toughest critic, so it’s very easy for me to have negative self-talk. I try to remind myself that just as I did not lose weight overnight, I am not going to ruin all my progress overnight either. I think it’s important to surround yourself with a team. I am no expert, so I try to surround myself with a team of industry professionals—from trainers to physical therapists to nutritionists to psychologists. Mental health is just as important as physical health.   


  
How do you track your goals, and do you continue to set them for yourself?  

At the start of every new year, I make three New Year's resolutions. The reason for three is so I don’t feel bad or disappoint myself when I only accomplish one or two. I think it’s very important to make performance-oriented goals rather than trivial goals, like weight. Not to discredit the work I’ve done by losing 85 pounds, but I remember at my heaviest saying “I hope to get back to this weight someday.” Well, I accomplished it, and I wasn’t satisfied. There was still so much more I wanted to accomplish; therefore, it was less about the number on the scale and more about gaining confidence. A weight on a scale is arbitrary, however behavioral and performance-based goals are so much more rewarding. Whether it’s to run a 5K or to fit back into your favorite dress, those types of goals keep me much more motivated than any number on a scale ever could.  

 

Erin bed


  
How much of your success story is related to your fitness journey versus your diet? 

For the longest time, I thought I could outrun my fork. I’d do two, up to three workouts a day thinking I didn’t have to change my diet. My trainer Mike Maloney gave me a reality check and is one of the main reasons I was able to make a lifestyle change. I believe the two go together, and his no gimmick, no BS mentality has helped change my perspective. There’s no secret sauce or shortcut to success. 


 
Who has been the biggest support on your life-changing journey?  

I’m fortunate to have the most supportive parents. They instilled a wonderful work ethic, and never let me give up. I also have found a great support system through my Instagram community. My followers are my biggest cheerleaders, which has helped motivate me to continue to persevere through the good and the bad. 
 

Has MINDBODY changed your life for the better? Do you have a wellness journey to share? We want to know! Submit your story for a chance to be featured on MINDBODY!

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
cauliflower mini pizzas healthy recipe
Wellness
Published Thursday Jan 23, 2020 by Erica Fowler

Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Mini Pizzas)

Recipes
Food

Made into easy, single-serving portions, these tasty cauliflower mini pizzas are healthy with a crispy crust. Whether you more of a marinara fan or feeling pesto for dinner, you've gotta try this low-carb (but high in taste) meal. 

Ingredients
  • ¼ teaspoon of pink salt
  • 3 tablespoons of vegan parmesan
  • Flax egg (1 tablespoon of flax meal and 4 tablespoons of water)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped basil plus more for topping
  • Homemade basil pesto or jar of marinara sauce
  • Sliced red bell pepper
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Sliced red onion
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Olives
  • 1 head of cauliflower
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash and cut green leaves off of the cauliflower.
  • Place pieces of the cauliflower in the food processor and pulse until it becomes cauliflower rice.
  • Bring a pot to boil and add cauliflower rice and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Combine ingredients for your flax egg and set aside for five or so minutes to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and use a fine strainer to strain the rice and let cool.
  • Once cool, take a nut milk bag and strain all the water out of the rice (an important step to get it as dry as possible).
  • While the cauliflower rice is cooking, warm a skillet and add sliced onion, sliced bell pepper, and mushrooms. Sauté them enough to be cooked since they won’t be in the oven long.
  • Once the cauliflower is dry, place in a large mixing bowl and add in salt, vegan parmesan, flax egg, arrowroot flour, chopped basil, and dried oregano. Mix all ingredients into a dough.
  • Line parchment paper on a baking sheet and sprinkle gluten-free flour on the paper to avoid dough sticking.
  • Take a section of the dough and flatten it into a circle shape and line it on the baking tray, continue making little pizzas until you are out of dough.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 or so minutes and then flip the mini pizza crusts over and bake another 10 or so until firmer.
  • Add a light spread of marinara sauce, or homemade pesto, and veggies, vegan parmesan cheese, sliced cherry tomatoes, and rebake for another 10 minutes.
  • Take out and top with fresh basil. Enjoy!
Erica Fowler
Written by
Erica Fowler
Contributor | Holistic Nutritionist
About the author
With a heart-filled passion for holistic living and people, Erica spends most her time in Southern California along the salty coast when she’s not traveling. Focused on helping her clients find a natural balance, Erica encourages them to thrive through delicious, simple recipes and healthy habits.