I’m a twenty-something freelance writer and mom with a passion for fitness, food and feeling good. I began blogging during the summer of 2011 as a way to share with other women my journey to get back in shape after having a baby. I’d been slim my whole life, but I struggled to lose weight in the year after my son was born, and it wasn’t until I stopped “thinking thin” and started focusing on creating a stronger, healthier body that I started seeing visual results and feeling better about my appearance.
When I first started blogging, I wanted to focus on spreading the message about the importance of lifting weights, and lifting heavy in particular. Lifting heavy weights was (and still is) the single most effective exercise I’ve ever done, and I strongly encourage all women to pick up more weight in order to see real results in strength, fitness level and appearance. But as my blog has evolved, I’ve found that the message I really want to spread – and the one that’s made such a difference in my life – is that fitness and healthier eating truly can be an enjoyable part of life; the trick is to find what works for you. So many of the health and fitness blogs I read are created by women who eat clean, love their veggies and go crazy if they have to take more than a day off from working out. These women are inspiring, motivating and amazing in so many ways – but I will never be like that, and I’ve finally given up on wanting to be like that. I love the way exercise makes me feel (when it’s over)…but most days, I have to force myself to do it (and I’m always happy to have an excuse to not exercise). And while I’ve finally discovered that there are a lot of healthy foods and meals I enjoy, I’ll never give up brownies, potato chips, pizza, McDonald’s…I could go on. But now that I’ve finally ditched the all-or-nothing attitude, exercise and healthy eating has become an enjoyable part of my life; plus I can enjoy rest days and not-so-healthy treats without feeling guilty.
That’s why my blog touches on several different types of exercise and features recipes of all kinds – most of them healthy, some of them not. When it comes to food, I strive to find that elusive balance between eating for health and eating for enjoyment, so you’ll find that most of my recipes are family-friendly meals with a healthy spin. But I also love featuring comfort foods and indulgent treats here because I believe healthy eating means never having to say your favorite foods are off-limits. My philosophy is that I should eat in a way that I can maintain for the rest of my life – and who wants to live without brownies?
Since I began, I’ve also expanded my blog to include workout playlists, creative writing and even the occasional book review. In short, if I think you’ll find it interesting or helpful, I post it.
I’m not a personal trainer, dietitian or professional chef; I’m just someone who wants to share with others what works for me (and what doesn’t) and hopefully help others as much as the blog world has helped me.
Disclaimer: I’m not a fitness, nutrition or health professional; what you’ll find on my blog is information that works for me. Please do your own research and speak with a professional who knows you and your body before trying new workouts or adopting a new health regimen.