My transition from processed food and sporadic cardio to whole foods and regular exercise!
College years to now…so much has changed! I’ve evolved not just physically, but so much mentally as well.
I didn’t make the conscious change to make healthier choices until 2013 when I started running regularly to start my health and fitness journey! I changed my diet much before then, but it’s been an ever changing process figuring out what makes me feel my best as I learn new things (hello food sensitivities!). I’m no saint. I still have treats occasionally, but it’s that commitment to health and longevity that keep me here. I’ve learned what works for me in having some balance.
I found myself starting to exercise as a means for getting in the best shape of my life. And I did! But this isn’t over. It’s a lifetime commitment! I lost approximately 15lbs, and gained muscle. Most of the muscle growth happened in the last year as I started lifting weights more regularly. As the years passed, my goals were more personal best time focused for my races. And then in July this year, I started my break from running after meeting some long standing race time goals that left me feeling completely fulfilled in the sport. I also needed a break from racing because I put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself that ended up manifesting itself into loads of stress and gastrointestinal issues (which I have under control now!). 🙏
I dove head first into weightlifting, and I’ve learned sooooo much! As a runner, I loved myself and what my body could do for me, but I still preferred the look of more defined muscles and knew I loved feeling stronger from all the lifting I did while running and decided to shift my priority from running to weightlifting. So here I am, challenging myself each week lifting all the heavy things, and loving every second of this new adventure!
Mentally, I’m grateful for everything running taught me. I know now I’m always capable of more than I can imagine. With hard work, consistency, and the desire to meet a goal anything is possible! And running will always be there for me when I feel the pull to lace up those shoes again.😊 Running showed me that there’s always ups and downs, but if you keep focused your dreams can become reality!
I love hearing everyone’s stories! What was your turning point?! Was there a specific moment you decided to live a healthier lifestyle? Did you grow up as an athlete? I didn’t (choir girl!). So I’m surprised as anyone with how interested in fitness I am.😆