My drive to continue to eat healthy and move more is all about my desire to live longer and to feel better. I don’t want to be on medications that are avoidable and I simply want to enjoy my days on earth. My fitness journey isn’t necessarily about a certain number on my scale or tape measurer, but more about understanding what activities I enjoy and which foods nourish vs inflame my body.
I was active growing up – dance, cheerleading, softball – until I graduated from college. As my weight slowly increased while working in the lab and writing in the library, I began my fitness journey as a graduate student. My personal trainer helped me to unleash the beast on the inside of me that was always just waiting to be challenged. From that time, I started running and working out. I have completed several 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and one marathon. I have dialed back on the number of miles I log on the pavement, but I’ve picked up other fitness goals like becoming stronger and more flexible.
However a healthy lifestyle is a day to day choice with many ups and downs over time…especially with food!! I love to try new food dishes, but I don’t really consider myself a foodie. I just LOVE food…especially desserts (they are my weakness). My “diet” or shall I say food lifestyle can be considered pesco-pollo vegetarian these days as most of my meals are with poultry or fish or vegan and my dairy consumption is limited.
My fitness pages will be filled with new fitness adventures and my experiments with food because there are several activities and food that I am excited about trying out!
Most recent fitness and nutrition related blog posts:
I have been in pursuit of mastering (well actually doing one for the first time) a handstand off and on for the last couple of years. I can walk up the wall, but didn’t think I was strong enough to completely hold the handstand. Then reality struck me like a ton of bricks…my strength isn’t … Continue reading Overcoming FEAR #journeytohandstand
“Standing twists require leg strength, balance and stamina. Your mental fortitude improves when you challenge your body in a Twisted Lunge or Twisted Chair.” Twists are essential to my yoga practice and daily stretching routines. Especially on days when I’m in my office sitting for more than 10 minutes lol it helps to keep me … Continue reading #twistedlunge
Hi folks! My move to the islands came with some changes in my fitness routines. I was training with Black Girls Run! for a few years, which led to me completing a list of 5Ks, 10Ks, & half marathons. Our group would do a weekly hill route, but that was NO preparation for the “hills” … Continue reading #wednesdayworkouts = progress
I have been into yoga off and on for over a decade. In fact, I stumbled across my official transcript from undergrad and realized that I actually took a yoga class for credit (although I really don’t even remember that but always wonder how I learned the yoga poses). Well, recently I have re-ignited my goals … Continue reading #wednesdayworkouts = fav yoga pose
BEETS…that’s what’s for Lunch! Beets are root vegetables that are FULL of nutrients! In short, you can find the following in the roots and/or the green leaves on top: Like vitamins A & C in the greens or the B-complex vitamins in the roots. There is an ok amount of potassium found in beets. Remember … Continue reading #tuesdaytips = beets