If my 20 something self could see me now… Fitness has always been in my life in some way. I cannot openly admit it has always been in a healthy manner. A long story short… Fitness and I have not always seen eye to eye. We have hated one another as a child being forced to workout because I was considered fat by my family. I was teased by my cousins. As I got older, I tried to find a healthy way with food and exercise only to take it too far and teeter into anorexia & bulimia in high school. After I gained and lost weight with the coming and going of boys, stress, and parties. It was not until 2003 when I was in a bad car accident that left me with a bunch of disc herniations, bulges, TMJ and other issues that I simply gave up trying to lose weight. Sure I tried to go to the gym and be better afterward but nothing truly clicked until summer of 2012. Fitness and I took a serious turn in our roller coaster relationship at that point. Slowly I worked through my mental setbacks through a counselor and by becoming a person more in step with God. I grew my faith and I hit the pavement with C25K in the fall of 2012. The rest is blogging history!
Here I am now with my husband since 2007! We have 4 children and fitness is deeply intertwined in our lives. I have run over 50 races with varying distances from 5K all the way to Ultramarathon! My husband has joined me for some of those as well as the kids whether it was in the stroller, cheering on the sidelines or running in stride next to me. Menu planning, food prepping and healthy cooking is part of our way of life. I am working hard to give my children the best example so they never have to battle like I had.
I began fitness posting on this blog as a means to be held accountable but it has turned into an avenue for spreading hope. Knowing that my hardships and bearing of my insecurities have given someone else the inspiration to press on is a blessing! My wish for everyone is to find a happy relationship with fitness and food.
“Keep your face always towards the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.