Lora chats with her IG friend turned real friend, Erin Morgan, about how to develop healthy habits. Notorious for being an avid evening workout gal, Erin did a complete 180 and changed her routine to become a consistent early bird frequenting 5:30AM classes. The girls also (literally) dive into open water swimming and explore Erin’s recent goal to “plog” during her runs. They even touch on how a solid support system will help you achieve your goals and how it’s even more important to give back to that same community. Listen in on this girl chat episode to hear some tips on how Erin developed a new habit – all while pursuing her PhD!
About Erin Morgan // @calichemist
Erin is a Biochemistry PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. When she’s not researching in the lab you can find her doing an assortment of activities from rock climbing and yoga to running, HIT Classes,and training for her next triathlon. Erin was not always into fitness but found that with the hard work and mental energy put into graduate school she needed an outlet for more physical fun! Five years ago her fitness journey began when her boyfriend (now fiancé!) Alex and their cat Piggy road tripped from upstate NY to sunny California. Shortly after their move, Erin found the online fitness community called Tone it Up where she became inspired to cook delicious and healthy meals, follow guided workout routines, and bonded with strong like-minded women. It was here that she learned how supportive the online community is in helping you meet and maintain your goals-whatever they are!
About a year and a half ago Erin started her journey towards becoming a better swimmer and soon to follow, a triathlete. Prior to her training she had never swam laps in a pool or even tried swimming as a workout. Eager to see progress in the sport, she jumped in the pool and got to training. In 2017 she raced the Malibu sprint distance triathlon and this year set her goals towards an Olympic distance and completed the Goleta Olympic distance triathlon this summer. She is constantly humbled by the sport and continues in hopes to one day feel completely comfortable and confidentwith racing!
What the Heck is Plogging?
According to Wikipedia, “plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp). It started as an organised activity in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution. As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running.”
As we discuss in this episode, setting SMART goals are a good way to objectively measure your progress. They should be “SMART” and realistic so you’re not setting yourself up for failure or disappointment.
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Achievable
- R – Relevant
- T – Time Bound