I guess my “story” starts from a young age. I was a bonafide tomboy being that I had 2 older brothers to help guide me. I shunned dresses and never owned a Barbie until I was in the 3rd grade. ( My BFF’s mom felt bad for me and bought me 2 for my birthday- I promptly cut their hair short and then completely off). I was shy, but never turned down the opportunity to run and play with my older brothers and their friends. We played pickle, baseball and tag-all.day.long. It must have been in 4th or 5th grade while playing baseball. I was running the bases and made it to home safely. My brothers friends said, “you’re pretty fast for running like a girl.” The nerve! I was actually mad. I think this whole time I thought I had them fooled-that I was in fact a boy!
I ran track and field from grade 7 up until I graduated high school. I was a sprinter and I was pretty fast ( for a girl!). I also did the long jump my Senior Year and did really well.
Fast forward to college – I enrolled in a class “weight lifting 101” or something like that. I had never really lifted weights before and I was loving it. I soon started going to every group exercise class that I could, I utilized the free fitness center and became a vegetarian to support my vegetarian roommate. I was gaining muscle, losing fat and was feeling great. This story could go on and on, but to make it short – I was approached by the aerobics staff about teaching classes ( my shy self). I accepted, got certified and have been teaching since 1998!
It was also in college that I first saw Oxygen Magazine. One of the models in particular claimed to have my same stats– she was 5 feet and 5 inches tall and weighed 125 lbs. How come I did not look like her?? She had muscles and looked beautiful! I now had a new goal in my head. I wanted to achieve her look or something close to it. I knew it was not the “normal” look of a college student, but it was one that I wanted!
I soon graduated college with a degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Corporate Wellness. I also met my husband Matt in College. We married in 2003. I soon got pregnant and had Amara in 2004. I was active practically everyday during this pregnancy-it was my job ( literally). I was still instructing at the college and was managing a small fitness center as well. I think I was teaching about 11 classes a week! The night my water broke I had taught a Spinning class as well as a kickboxing class a few hours prior!
To my COMPLETE surprise..I won! I swept the categories. It was CRAZY. Long story short (ha). I only compete in running races and duathlons now ( run/bike/run). I love to compete!
Today, my main forms of exercise are Spinning and running! I go through phases of lifting weights and outdoor cycling (weather permitting). I qualified for The Boston Marathon (fall 09), but was unable run it. I am not sure I want to try again though. (*update: I tried to BQ in 2013, missed it by 30 seconds…fail!)Through this blog I hope to share what I do to find the balance in my activities as well as raising my family. I want to intertwine all the many facets of my world into one-being a mother, wife and fitness — my life. I also hope to learn from the readers as well. Thanks for following my journey!