Wait until you see what I can fit in a carry-on


My mother and I are avid shoppers…not quite shopaholics, but the next step down. Basically, we love getting bargains on cute things- who doesn’t? 

As a female, I cannot disgrace my species and ignore the amazing shopping that occurred while I was in San Francisco. I was on a strict budget but still managed to come back to the East Coast with one of a kind jewelry and clothing that could only be found in California. From shops on Union Street to the Mission area of town, my mom and I squeezed in many miles of walking to visit what seemed to be hundreds of stores. Continue reading


Walking: Exercise and the best way to see San Francisco


There is a never-ending list of things to see and places to go as a tourist in San Francisco, California. In the week my mom and I were there, we knocked almost everything off our list. It was a little hectic and our legs were worn out from trekking up and down hills and chasing buses to get back to our hotel, but it was totally worth it. Continue reading

Oh, the places you’ll go!


August is going to be all about traveling near and far to places I’ve never been before. If you’ve been following the blog from the beginning, you’ll know that I started to get out of my comfort zone when I visited the amazing country of Costa Rica in 2013. I guess you could say I was majorly bitten by the Travel Bug! Luckily, I wasn’t bitten by any of the actual bugs I saw- some moths were the size of birds! Unfortunately, I won’t be traveling out of the United States again for the foreseeable future, but I found a lot of great places in the country to visit to get out of my comfort zone.

San Francisco AKA City by the Bay

A colorful way of getting introduced to San Francisco AKA the City by the Bay.

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Getting Uncomfortable: Guest Post by Gina Horkey


I’ve been so busy working on what I’m writing for next month’s blog posts that I have slacked in July! Luckily, I have the wonderful Gina Horkey, who has been published on The Huffington Post and is the author of The Horkey Handbook, to write a guest post for this month. So far, Learning to be Leigh has been focused on getting out of health and fitness comfort zones and this post is no different. Gina is taking a personal approach to let you all see why it’s so great to expand your comfort zones and be the healthiest and best feeling version of YOU! See how Gina got out of her comfort zone and improved her body and lifestyle: Continue reading

Gluten-free: the bandwagon that you’ll want to jump on.


In my month of going gluten-free, I have come across many other people who have tried it for multiple reasons. Not a single one of my new gluten-free friends has anything bad to say about their decision and have seen only good things from abstaining from gluten. As for myself, I have noticed that my stomach appears flatter and I feel so much better for being more conscious about what I’m putting in my stomach. With it being the middle of bathing suit season, who doesn’t want to be less bloated and look better at the pool or beach? Raise your hand!

It will be hard to avoid the grains and bread that scientists and the government say you’re “supposed” to eat every day. (I learned a lot about how current nutrition guidelines actually make us sicker from the New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis – visit his blog at http://www.wheatbellyblog.com.) You’ll catch yourself with a warm, buttery roll in your hand at the dinner table, wishing you didn’t have self control so that you can shove a plate of pasta in your mouth, and drooling over a massive sandwich…or maybe that’s just me. However, if you can stick with it and feel for yourself how amazing it is to be gluten-free, it will get easier to order a salad or some meat and veggies. It’s not like I’m telling you to give up cheese or frozen yogurt.

Here are some testimonies from some other people who have gone gluten-free and what effects gluten has on them: Continue reading

Proteins in Wheat Endosperms (AKA Gluten AKA The Devil)


If you’re like the people in the Jimmy Kimmel clip I posted earlier this month, you MIGHT know that gluten is found in bread and other products made with wheat…but that is where 99% of people’s knowledge stops. I am still learning the ins and outs of gluten and how to live a gluten-free lifestyle, but am finally starting to grasp how gluten affects the human body and even the brain.

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I need a muzzle.


I’m a few days into my new gluten-free lifestyle. I wish I could tell you that it’s SO easy and I haven’t been dreaming of eating bread…but I can’t. In my 27 years on earth, I’m used to eating pretty much whatever I want and trying to change that is no walk in the park.

Yesterday, I had my hand in a bag of pretzels without even realizing it! They weren’t the fancy, gluten-free kind of pretzels either. Continue reading