Who am I? Good question. I’m actually still trying to find that out myself, but in the meantime this is what I KNOW about myself. I am an active triathlete/runner who believes eating what I want, but in moderation. I LOVE almost all types of food. I LOVE cycling, running, swimming, rock climbing, yoga, and anything outdoors! I am currently a grad student getting my masters in environmental engineering. My husband and I live in Germany (he is in the AF). We have another year and a half left here. We have been planning our second wedding for the past year, and we are super excited for it as it is coming up in mid October! We had a justice of the peace wedding right before coming over here, and now we want to have a ceremony for our family and friends.
Here is a brief overview of my journey on the road to being healthy and fit… I was a total nerd in high school. I tripped a lot, and was very clumsy (I still do now, but surprisingly not as much :)) I never “worked out.” My workouts were acting on stage, stage managing, participating in speech and debate, and playing in the marching band (freshman year). I starting working at a pizza place my sophomore year of high school, and pretty much continued to eat what I wanted. I didn’t gain a lot of weight at this point, but didn’t have a “firm, strong body.” I tried out for the swim team, and didn’t make it. I was crushed especially since they were pretty much taking anyone at that point. I simply didn’t have the right technique. I gave up sports, and continued with drama and speech and debate. I loved being involved in those things, but I always felt like something was missing.
My sophomore year of college is when I realized that I gained the “freshman 15.” My roommate that I just moved in with happened to be an aerobics instructor with a great body, and she asked me if I’d like to go the gym with her. I reluctantly said yes as I was very apprehensive since I’d never been to a gym before. I didn’t want to look like I didn’t know what I was doing. I couldn’t even run a mile on the treadmill when I first started going, but I kept going. I kept noticing the changes in my body, and I was intrigued. Why hadn’t I started this earlier??!! Well, not working out pretty much ended there! I still ate what I wanted at this point. I got a road bike for Christmas and started riding that 24 miles round trip to school twice a week, and ran a few 5K’s. The pool still haunted me at that point.
When I got out of college, I signed myself up for half marathon in an effort to keep myself healthy when I started my engineering job. I found out later that it is actually one of the most difficult half/full marathons in the states—The Whiskey Row Half/Full Marathon. We had to climb 1600 feet in the first 8 miles! Yikes!! It was soooo hard, and I thought that I was going to die, but I made it through! After I crossed the finish line, I broke down and started crying. I am sure that my friend who ran it with me thought I was a freak. :) I couldn’t believe that I pushed myself through the pain to accomplish running a half marathon. I was hooked after that. Fast forward 2 years, 2 more half marathons, 2 more 5K’s, 1 Triathlon (soon to be 2), and a few weird team scavenger hunt races, and I couldn’t be happier. It was a little hard finding races at first when I moved to Germany a year and a half ago, but now I’m finding more and more. I also started noticing that my times were decreasing when I ate healthier. With my new nutritional knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, I can’t wait for next running/ tri season!
The reason why I wanted to start blogging was to not only make sure that I was honest about my workouts with myself, but to also share what I’m doing with others. Exercise and a diet in moderation has changed my life, and if I can motivate one person to get out and move when they are not feeling like it, or to eat a vegetable that they normally wouldn’t try, I would be so happy!
This blog will consist of letting you all know what I am doing in relation to diet and exercise. I will be posting a few of my meals (not every meal of everyday) along with a few recipes. In addition to food, a workout log with a few tips that I have learned along the way will be blogged about. I’m hoping you all might be able to teach me a thing or two as well. Plus, some personal life stuff added in for flavor.
Please feel free to comment on my posts or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions! I would love to hear what you all think!