Most of my childhood was spent on a small hobby farm in rural Indiana. We raised sheep, goats, chickens, and a few vegetables. For a couple years, my dream of having a horse came true as well. My father had always wanted to be a farmer and so he completed his college degree in agriculture. My mother was a food science major that went back to school years later to obtain her degree in dietetics. Growing up with a dietitian has many advantages, but also many disadvantages.
Healthy eating was a priority. Our meals were balanced and always made with low fat substitutes. Eating fast or fried food was a rare occurrence. Sweets were seldom found in the cabinets. Often, if mom was not home after school, my sisters, brother and I would mix up some butter and sugar as a sweet treat.
Growing up in our household, I was constantly made aware of calories, eating well, exercising, etc. While it was bothersome as a young child, I am SO thankful as an adult. I have an awareness and understanding that I can use when making wholesome choices for my young family. Although, I am not as strict as I remember mom being, I can already see the benefits blossoming in my children. On several occasions they will choose strawberries over ice cream for desert. Juicy, sliced apples are a more favored snack than a bag of greasy potato chips. And exercising or staying active is a part of every day life.
Training for races became a big part of my life not long after my second child was born. Extra “baby” weight gained during pregnancy was holding me back from the look and lifestyle I wanted. At the time our family lived on a farm raising Clydesdales and cattle. I wanted to get back in the saddle. To ride correctly, I quickly learned it takes a lot of strength and energy. Therefore, in order to accomplish my riding goals, I needed to “get in shape”.
Races are addicting and after my first 5K Turkey Trot, I was hooked. A third child put my plans on pause and set me back a bit. But my goals and desires have remained the same. I look forward to sharing my journey, some helpful tips, reviews, and all the other ingredients to live a wholesome lifestyle (with just a bit of runner bias). I hope you enjoy and are encouraged to conquer your dreams and ambitions.
All the best,