Hi, and thanks for visiting my blog! I’m currently living in beautiful Denver, CO working in a cubicle farm while I sort out exactly where I want to take the next chapter of my young professional life. I’ve become obsessed with healthy living. I haven’t always been so health-conscious, so it has definitely been a journey of trial and error. I hope that you enjoy following me as I experiment with my best test subject: myself.
The Blog World
I’m not going to lie; before I stumbled upon the blogs I read on a daily basis, I thought it was just a place for people to keep public diaries of their everyday lives (which sounded ridiculously lame and boring). Boy, was I wrong. Finding these blogs has helped to further ignite the fire that has taken place in my life: that fire being fitness and healthy living.
There are a lot of great blogs to read, so why would I want to start my own? Like most out there, I started mine with the intent of being accountable to myself and anyone who happens to like what I have to say, hopefully with a few laughs along the way. I try to write in a way that would best capture my normal dialogue with my friends, so be prepared for my quirkiness. You’ve been warned :).
It’s best if I push the rewind button to better explain. Ever since starting undergrad in 2005, I’ve been in a never-ending battle against the bulge (almost everyone can relate, I’m sure). There were some days/weeks/months where I was victorious and felt great about myself, but I never felt healthy because I was lazy and refused to exercise unless my roommate made me (hah!). Needless to say, the pounds had been slowly stacking up over time, and I finally had had enough.
At my heaviest, I was only a few pounds short of being *officially* considered overweight. Yikes…that was quite the wake-up call for someone who’s used to being ‘the thin one’ for most of her life. I felt bloated, lazy, and tired ALL THE TIME. I felt really crappy about myself and tried to wish myself thin again, which was a major fail.
After getting out of an unhealthy relationship in February 2011, I immediately sought after a personal trainer to make me feel fabulous again. I wanted to lose the weight and keep it off this time, for real! (It didn’t help that I had started working a sedentary desk job after college.)The truth was: as badly as I wanted to be healthy and feel good about myself, I wasn’t ready or willing to make the permanent changes needed to maintain it in the long-run (no happy hours every day?? what?!?). Long story short: I “wasted” a lot of money by paying premium dinero for a lifestyle I wasn’t willing to commit to or could afford and, of course, gained all that weight back + some.
This is around the time that I really started to utilize SparkPeople. I joined in February, but pretty much forgot about it. I started tracking calories (2500+ a day O_O) and lost about 7-10 lbs the first month from just eating healthier. I then hit a major plateau and realized I would have to embrace exercise and stop making excuses for avoiding the gym.
I became hooked on BodyPump, Zumba, and TRX boot camp, and I started tracking these activities on SparkPeople as well. This is around the same time I discovered the greatness of blogs. I was reading one of the site-based blogs on SparkPeople, and they mentioned The Fitnessista. I LOVED it, and from her site, I was able to discover even more.
In October 2011, I committed to training for a half-marathon in 2012, which has forced me to become a runner. This is probably my proudest accomplishment because I used to HATE running with an absolute passion. Even at my thinnest in high school when I played tennis, I could barely run a 12 minute mile. The only reason I was able to make it in 12 was to prevent myself from failing the fitness test. Now, 5-6 mile runs are no big deal, and it’s only getting better from here on out.
I have never been completely passionate about anything in my entire life (well, for longer than a month anyway), but this has caught on for me. I’m definitely still a work in progress, but I hope that documenting my journey of discovering a better version of me helps to keep me accountable and entertains some folks along the way. Enjoy!