#TransformationTuesday – Meet Emmy!

If there’s one thing my siblings and I have in common, it’s that we like to have fun… especially at college 😉 However, we’re all very determined to find that balance between treating ourselves while staying in shape and living a healthy lifestyle.

Emmy (who’s “Emily” ?) has really come a long way, and I am incredibly proud of her. But don’t tell her I said that… it’ll ruin my rep as the mean older sister.


Introduce yourself!

Hi everyone! I’m Emily Shaw, the 20 year old sister of The Cow Chronicler and a junior at Penn State (It’s a family tradition). I like to stay extremely active here at school from being involved in my fraternity Alpha Zeta, the Dairy Science Club, sports, working out and of course having some fun on the weekends. Being so involved in many activities can be a little overwhelming at times, but I always love a challenge 🙂

So you wanted to lose weight… why?

I never wanted to necessarily lose weight, but rather make a healthier me and be in better shape. Being a college student, it isn’t always the easiest to make the healthiest choices. I’ve always been involved with sports in high school and worked out in college, but I wanted to follow a workout regime, be more serious about it and eat healthier.

 Tell us about your workout, diet, etc.

I typically workout five days a week, and this includes weight training, ab workouts and cardio. There isn’t any specific diet I follow, but I always make sure to eat every meal of the day along with small snacks. I try to balance the amount of dairy, protein, carbs and sugars that I eat, and I also drink a lot of water, milk, juice and tea (I stay away from soda!).

 Did you include dairy in your diet? If so, why?

Of course! I’ve always been involved in the dairy industry, so cutting dairy out of my diet wasn’t even a question. Also, dairy is such an important food category that provides us with essential nutrients serves as a great post workout recovery drink, as well as a healthy snack in between meals.

Do you have any advice out there for anyone else trying to complete their own #TransformationTuesday ?

My biggest piece of advice would be to stay consistent with whatever your goals are and how you are going to reach them! Don’t expect any changes to come quickly or easy, and remember that you get out of it what you put into it. Finally, never get rid of dairy in your diet!

Christmas with a Farmer

Christmas for me is blowing up social media with pictures of my perfect nephew Alexander, being with my family and taking a nap after putting myself into a mashed potato and cookie food coma. However, in between all of those shenanigans I’m thanking each and every farmer out there who was responsible for having dinner on our table. I’m also realizing what a spoiled little turd I am for having it so easy during the holiday season, when there are men and women out there working 24/7, 365 days a year to make sure cows are happy and that you and I have food to eat.

Meet Jenna Smith. Not only is she one of the greatest people inside and out, she’s one of those hard working people who don’t get days off for the holidays. Here’s a glimpse into her Christmas.

My fiance Andrew’s family has dinner every year on Christmas eve.  Since it’s usually late until everyone finishes opening presents and visiting with each other,  we spend the night and then drive home on Christmas morning.  We’ve hit zero traffic the past four years and I’m hoping it always stays the same (it’s the little things!).

When I get home I start chores by taking care of our calves (while listening to my wireless radio because I’m ipod-less and I honestly really enjoy the radio). When I’m done feeding the calves, I head up to check on the cows. I have an added responsibility on Christmas day because the A. I. (artificial insemination) companies give their employees off, so I will have to breed any cows that are in heat.

Once I’m finished with that, I’ll go to my mom’s house to help her get ready for lunch with my family .  When we are done eating we open gifts, which is not many at my age now, but it’s always exciting to watch my neice, Lila, open the presents we got for her.  Even when I was little, we always had to wait until Dad was done at the barn to open our presents which most of the time was after lunch. After opening gifts and watching Lila, play with her new toys, its time to head to the barn again for evening chores. Although I’m not a fan of feeding calves in the dark, I love that I can see my cousins house all lit up with icicle lights while working during this time of year. Like I’ve said, it’s the small things in life that make a difference. I’m proud to a farmer who’s still working, even on Christmas! Happy Holidays everyone!