My living life to the fullest didn’t always lead to the best choices in regards to healthy living. I got sick of the way my clothes fit, that I couldn’t do hours on end of activity and decided to change that all after I graduated college.I started by cutting out things I knew were terrible for me (soda, fast food, etc.). I also started limiting things I loved and knew I could never give up – chocolate, frozen yogurt, etc. I had a short stint in Weight Watchers with a friend that taught me a lot about portion control.
Four years ago I took the leap and signed up for a gym. Besides
working hanging out at the college gym I hadn’t had a membership since high school. Getting over my fear of sweating it out in public, lifting weights, going to group classes and all those other silly things was a huge step for me. I don’t know why I ever thought anyone at the gym cared or payed attention to me – because lets face it they could care less if I run 3 miles or walk a quarter of a mile.
After getting over my gymphobia I found a new love for healthy living. I work out 4-6 times a week, take gym classes and have recently started running. I try to be active each and every day in some way shape or form. If I’m being completely honest there are definitely those days I simply don’t want to do much of anything. And you know what, that’s OK with me. I’ve learned better ways to fuel my body and know that rest days are needed just as much as those sweat sessions on the pavement or in the gym. Balance and moderation are my keys to success.
I’ve also found a love for cooking in all this craziness. I love knowing what is in my food, how it was prepared and the creativity that comes with cooking my own meals. I rarely eat out anymore and you can usually find me in the kitchen creating something new, something tired and true or haphazardly throwing things together. I’m no expert and have had my share of kitchen disasters.
On top of all this stuff I enjoy I also work full time and as many of you know balancing anything with a full time job is a feat all in its own. So while I love delicious food and think intricate recipes and long workouts are all the rage – I simply don’t have time for that. You’ll find me doing easy, nutritious, and quick meals (the majority of the time) and I try to finish all my workouts in an hour or less. If nothing else I’m efficient.
I’ve learned a lot from other bloggers and people on my journey thus far and wanted to share a little in return. There are so many others out there struggling with working full time and juggling trying to remain healthy with a limited number of hours to spare. I want to share how I find a balance each day and hopefully someone can take away something that inspires them to find balance in their own lives.
Some Facts About Me:
- I LOVE to travel and hope to add many more states, countries, islands and continents to my ‘been there done that’ list.
- I get bored very easily with things, especially home decor. I literally want to change my bedding at least every 1-3 months.
- I like wine. It tastes good. And it doesn’t hurt that I live about 30 minutes from 100′s of wineries in the Napa Valley.
- I’m VERY indecisive. It’s so bad that I sometimes just flip a coin to decide. iPhone has a coin flipping app and it’s my BFF.
- I love hosting parties, get togethers and the likes. I love planning them, entertaining and all that comes with it (the wine DUH). I’m a social person and love being around people. Come hang with me – we’ll have fun I promise.
- I worked as a camp counselor for 3 summers and they seriously were 3 of the best summers of my life. I kind of wish I didn’t have to grow up and get an adult job so I could spend all my summers in the Minnesota woods. I miss it all the time.