Being fit and healthy is important to me. I was blessed with the build of a rugby player and a metabolism that moves as fast as a snail that’s been up all night. I was a “big girl” for the first twenty-four years of my life, save for the infant/toddler years and those two years in high school when I would “fill up” on water and tea. I met with a dietician who taught me about balanced eating and how exercise is important and before I knew it, I had a body that I was comfortable in. Most of the time.

The grass is always greener, isn’t it? Once I was at a healthy weight, and had muscles with dents that weren’t from cellulite, I thought I needed to be thinner. Skinny is where it’s at, or so the story goes. After a nasty bout of the flu when Nathan was a baby, I achieved skinny! It was all that I had hoped for, except for the constantly growling stomach I endured as I maintained that weight. We got pregnant with Emily and then three months post-partum, I had another stomach flu. I was skinny again! I was also horribly frail, and weak, and in retrospect, not very pretty.

When Emily was a year old, I got tired of being a weakling and not able to do anything that required physical strength. I joined a boot camp class (I still attend it, five years later) and I just keep getting stronger. I’ve battled with the fact that my THIGHS are back in full force, but I love that I can help move a couch or a bear carcass.

I took up running again two years ago and having Jennifer as my running partner has helped me ramp up the effort. I ran three 10K races solo last year, but we have plans to do a few 10K’s a 15K, and a HALF-MARATHON. I’m not joking when I say that I literally could not do it without her. She’s the one who is saying that we can DO THIS, and I am the one who won’t let her bow out of one of our runs on a cold day. We run three days a week, ranging from 6-11 K, and will increase the mileage as it warms up and we are ramping up for race days.

All of the above to say that if you feel like eating well and exercising are out of your reach, they’re not. I promise. The girl inside of me who was told (after a knee injury) that the reason she was on crutches was because she was “too fat to hold up her own wait” promises you, too.

I’m no expert, in any way. I make bad food choices (“Cheat day” Fridays don’t count), but I want to live a long life to be here for my kids and I want to be an example for them. I read a statistic that said if kids weren’t involved in physical activity before the age of ten, the likelihood of them being active in their twenties was less than ten percent. I am lucky to be one of those who beat the statistics and want my kids to have a leg up (Ha!).

I also like to share things I’ve learned with friends (and hear what they’ve learned), so if you guys have anything you want to ask, I’d love to answer.

 

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  1. Hannah February 14, 2013 6:28 pm edit

    You’re inspiring! x

    1. angella February 17, 2013 11:52 am edit

      Pfffft. (Thank you.) xo

    2. D February 18, 2013 8:45 pm edit

      That’s what I was going to say!
      Great minds, you know.

  2. Ashley S February 14, 2013 10:49 pm edit

    Love it!

    1. angella February 17, 2013 11:52 am edit

      I thought you might. ;)

  3. Carla February 15, 2013 11:37 am edit

    Fitness and health are a ton of work! It’s a daily decision for me with mini-decisions throughout. To be healthy and still enjoy treats is a delicate balance. And oh my kids love their sweets! Fortunately they also love to be active. Now if only I could get more fruits and veggies into them…
    I believe that modelling healthy behaviour is a huge key. It excites me when after my workout video my daughter asks for a kid one.
    It’s all worth it!
    Keep at it – you inspire me!

    1. angella February 17, 2013 11:54 am edit

      I love it when my kids “work out” with me too. Their moves are too cute!

      And I hear you on the veggies … though I tried making cheese sauce and that’s been helping them choke their greens down.

  4. RebeccaL February 15, 2013 12:00 pm edit

    Thanks for the encouragement! I think I’m finally to the point where I have the right motivation to get in shape (getting healthy, not just getting skinny). But as a single mom of a 5 year old I’m having a hard time carving out the “me time” to devote to exercising. I just need to keep trying until I find something that works for my daughter and myself. I want to be a good example for her!

    1. angella February 17, 2013 11:55 am edit

      Finding time is definitely hard to do, especially if it’s just the two of you. I hope you can find something that works!

  5. Kami February 15, 2013 1:53 pm edit

    You were one of the people that inspired me to get fit all those years ago so thank you thank you thank you!

    And I am so excited for you to do a half! YAY!

    1. angella February 17, 2013 11:56 am edit

      It’s all Jennifer’s fault. I saw in Jen’s post that you guys are running one in September – ours is September 7th.

      (I’m skeered.)

  6. ChrisB February 15, 2013 5:04 pm edit

    there is no better way to live than to live healthy! (previously posted under the wrong post! DUH!)

    1. angella February 17, 2013 11:56 am edit

      I knew you’d agree, Coach!

  7. Kandi February 15, 2013 7:34 pm edit

    I’m so excited that you are going to do a half marathon! :) You can totally do it!!

    1. angella February 17, 2013 11:57 am edit

      If you say so! I have until September to train, and thinking about it makes me nervous. :)

  8. Andrea @Mama in the City February 17, 2013 1:23 am edit

    That is the ultimate truth, we want to live the best life and be there to watch our children grow. I think that way as a type 1 diabetic and the effort it takes to maintain a normal blood sugar level. I do it to feel good in the moment but ultimately so that I can be healthy for my children.

  9. sherry February 17, 2013 11:55 pm edit

    I think I’m pretty fit but I get caught in a downward spiral of potato chips. How to do you keep on track for healthy food choices? Overall I have a pretty healthy diet but snack wise I’m just not always making the best picks and would love some advice. What do you do when you REALLY want something that you know isn’t the best idea?

    1. angella February 18, 2013 3:42 pm edit

      Salty snacks are my weakness, too! We have “cheat night” on Fridays and I make nachos, homemade pizza, wings, etc. Knowing that Friday is coming helps to keep me on track.

      During the rest of the week, I often use the hot air popper to make myself some popcorn with very little butter and a lot of salt. :)

      1. sherry February 21, 2013 11:47 pm edit

        Thanks Angella! I’ll have to see what I can figure out. Maybe I can start with a cheat weekend? LOL

  10. D February 18, 2013 8:48 pm edit

    I was going to say “You’re an inspiration!” because YOU ARE. But then I saw that Hannah said it first.

    I have all kinds of healthy-living knowledge but I really struggle with the application part.

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