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Pineapple Kale Smoothie

Try my refreshing and tasty Kale and Pineapple Smoothie. Below is the recipe… This is one of my favorite after practice drinks:

1.5 cup of Kale

1 cup of Frozen Pineapple

1 cup of Almond Milk

1 scoop of Mega Foods Daily Tumeric

Ginger to taste (helps with inflammation)

Honey to taste

want to make it with me? click here

 

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Performance Athletic Wear VS Athleisure

During a time when athleisure “active streetwear” and yoga pants are the new casual wear, people might wonder about the difference between athletic apparel brands that athletes wear like Nike, or Adidas versus athleisure or yoga brands like Alo Yoga, or GapFit, or Lululemon.

Although all the brands are very similar in structural appearance, the actual cut, fit, and flexibility differ dramatically. Performance athletic wear tends to be breathable, lightweight and flexible so you can perform intensely with limited restriction.

Though I LOVE Active Streetwear, the tight slim fit that gives great lines, can also limit the ability to be explosive and quick, and restrict muscle contraction or “firing”, as said in the sports world. As a hurdler, I am very aware of my range of motion as I need to clear a 33-inch hurdle. Wearing tights that are flexible and allow me to easily rotate my hips is a must! Athletic performance brands tend to use fabrics that are stretchy, that will allow you to achieve optimal athletic performance.

However, from a casual wear perspective Active Streetwear is great, fashionable, comfortable, and my weekend go-to’s. Sometimes I dress it up with the right accessories and will be good-to-go for a meeting or a night out with the girls– in my Alo Yoga tights! They are definitely some of my favorite tights and will always be apart of my wardrobe.

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A Healthy Balance

Being an asthmatic Athlete isn’t impossible but is definitely a challenge. As an athlete with asthma, I’m constantly balancing my work load against my health. It’s important to understand that asthma is a beast sometimes it is dormant, nevertheless there, and needs to be managed; in managing it, it is crucial to understand your triggers, and pay attention to patterns.

In my case, my asthma is allergy induced. Anytime the Santa Ana Winds hit the probability of me having an attack is higher, or, if I am in an environment with my

allergens. Given my allergies are environmental, there are times I can’t avoid them, in these instances my plan of attack is:

– Limit my exposure as much as possible

– Use a Neti pot to rinse my nose when I get home

– Drink hot tea

– Drink juices with ginger

– Get extra rest

Even though I do all these things, there is still a possibility that my asthma will be triggered. In that case, I must accept that, I am not at my best, and training may require alterations. For instance, take more rest, do shorter reps, or back off all together. It’s better to prevent an episode and miss a day or 2 of training vs a week trying to push through 1-day.

Overall, being active with asthma is possible, in fact it is good for you. The key is to know your triggers, have a plan of action if you are exposed to your triggers, be able to identify if you are compromised, and be able to rest if needed.

I have dealt with my asthma and playing sports since I was 13, and have seen it change over the years, if you are interested in more information on how to manage it, do not hesitate to reach out.

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Welcome

Welcome to MacKenzie’s Journey!

At 13, I decided to be a track star and earn a scholarship to college ✅ At 21, I decided that I would compete for a spot on the US Olympic team and become an Elite Athlete ✅✅ At 25, I decided that I was ready to be my own boss ✅✅✅…

The drive, strength, and discipline learned in sport has set my foundation and has empowered me to believe in ME. Through my images, posts, and videos, I will share my experiences and tips in business as I build and grow my company, and will also share my interpretation of beauty,style, and my success and struggles on the track.

Through my journey, I have developed a passion for not only fashion and all things bling and glam, but an admiration to watch and help others succeed and reach their goals. I hope to provide my readers and followers with inspiration, motivation, the confidence to chase their dreams, and be the best version of themselves…. with that said, sit back–relax and join me on my journey!