Ahhhh college. I was a full time student who also worked full time and partied full time. So being healthy ended up taking a back seat to more fun activities like going out a few times a week and staying up all night. And truthfully, it didn’t really occur to me to need to be healthy — after all, I grew up eating whatever I wanted without giving it much thought. In high school I played tennis year round, was active and no matter how much I ate, I never weighed much more than 97 pounds. (I know, I know — cry me a river.) So it comes as no surprise that my college habits translated into gaining some unwanted weight.
Although I technically started running in college (casually, with my roommates), it wasn’t until I graduated that I started running more often and reading health and fitness blogs. I got a gym membership, ran my first 5K in May 2008 and gave yoga a try. I decided to back to graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in health communication. While I found myself maybe even busier than I was as an undergrad, it was then that I started to understand how to make fitness and eating healthy a priority. In fact, this blog was inspired by my master’s project, which was a healthy living blog!
At 5’2″ (OK — so I round up) a few pounds can make a pretty big difference and as you’ll see below, my weight has really fluctuated over the years. I’ve never been overweight, but I was definitely nearing the high end of my healthy weight range in 2009-2011. I got married in October 2011 and at that time was working at a high stress job where taking care of myself just didn’t happen. I remember looking at the amazing photographs from the happiest day of my life and focusing on all of the things I was unhappy about with how I looked. So I completed my first Whole30, signed up for the Twin Cities Marathon, switched careers and made finding a balance a priority again. And from my annual exam in March of 2011 to March 2012, I lost 20 pounds. Then, in April of 2012, I started this blog to help keep me accountable.