After years of trial and error, I still haven’t quite figured out how to be healthy 100% of the time. I’m a human, not Super Woman. And, I’m not a personal trainer, nutritionist or an expert on anything.
But, I’ve learned a lot of things that have helped me improve my health. I want to share the things and people that have helped me achieve my health and fitness goals. Maybe you’ll find something that works for you.
A little background
Six years ago, I couldn’t run two minutes without getting winded. That minor detail didn’t stop me from signing up to run a marathon (and raise money for charity to boot, but that’s another story). A lot of sweat and more than a few tears later, I finished that marathon. A marathon! I ran and walked and staggered through 26.2 miles!
The thrill of finishing after months of hard work was addicting. Since then, I’ve finished other races – triathlons, half-marathons, 5Ks, a 100-mile bike ride. I often went at a pretty slow pace, but I finished them. I usually wore my finisher’s medal for a good 24 hours after, because if you run or bike that long, you deserve to show off.
Through the guidance of brilliant coaches and friends, I learned that what I eat helped my performance running, swimming and biking. So, my husband and I started testing out new recipes to find health meals that would help us stay energized and satisfied. Turned out, we’re not as bad of cooks as I’d thought. But, besides that, we learned that healthy food is delicious.
The combined knowledge of eating well and setting fitness goals helped me work off the weight I gained while pregnant … and then some. I’m about 35 pounds lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight.
It has taken me six years to get here. There have been some slip ups, some long breaks from training, and more than a few bowls of ice cream. I’m a work in progress, just like you. But be assured, I’m dedicated to this new-found health.