Hi! Let me introduce myself. I am Lindsay and have recently entered a new decade in my life. I am a 30 year old woman who has gone through a lot of changes in the past two years! Once an elementary teacher, last summer I made the tough decision to change careers and am now a personal trainer. I am continually encouraged, by my wonderful husband, to follow my dreams and do what it is that truly makes me happy.
So here’s the background on the past two years of craziness . . .
The Engineer and I were engaged on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2010. While looking at the calendar to set ‘the date’ we found that we had a lot planned throughout that year. So, we were married 4 months later on May 8, 2010. We went back to work the following Monday to finish out my school year and so he could let his company know he’d be leaving. Rewind – back in April 2010 we spent spring break in Golden, Colorado and decided that we were going to make the move for The Engineer to go back to school to get his Master’s degree. I quit my teaching job in Southern California and luckily found a teaching position at a small private school. We left for our honeymoon on July 13th, 2010 and spent 3 glorious weeks in Spain and Italy. We returned to CA late on July 28th, were able to eat breakfast with my parents, hopped in the cars with what we had left of our belongings and headed out to Colorado. We have lived in CO for a year and a half now, and have decided to settle here for the time being! So as you can see, our lives have been SUPER busy!!
After teaching elementary school for six years, I had come to the conclusion that it is just not for me anymore. And now I am pursuing another passion of mine, health and fitness, as a personal trainer. I have been an athlete since the age of 5 when I was a soccer player. I didn’t do well with team sports at that time (I wanted to do it all) and so instead of being a team player, I just stood around out on the field. That was until my dad bribed me with doughnuts! You should have seen me play that day! Oh wow! (Hmm. . .this eventually led me to an unhealthy relationship with food, that I will get into later.) Eventually my parents and I figured out that I needed more of an ‘independent’ sport. That’s when I picked up a tennis racquet. I played for 15 years. I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship and play Division I tennis for my college. I never let my love for fitness go, always had a gym membership to maintain my workouts. Then three and a half years ago I feel in love with running when I decided to train for a marathon! I know, kinda crazy to start with a marathon when I had zero running experience, but I did cross the finish line.
So as you can see, I have always maintained an active lifestyle. Eating healthy on the other hand, was a challenge for me. I have the biggest sweet tooth out of anyone I know. I was a chubby kid, though people like to say that I just took a bit longer to lose the ‘baby fat’. But who are they kidding? There was a time when I ate close to an entire box of twinkies (enter the whispers; ewww gross!!) Crazy enough there was a transformation of ‘losing the baby fat’ when I went into high school. Sadly, it was very unhealthy. I drank a lot of Pepsi and ate a lot of gummy bears (they’re fat free right?) And sometimes that would be all I ate. But hey, guess what?? Everyone commented on how ‘good’ I looked. Which led to the continued unhealthy relationship. Eventually, I tried eating what I wanted and not worry about being ‘fat’ (something I worried about for years). And I was doing pretty well not being so hard on myself. If I wanted a treat, something greasy I would have it. Then my body became fed up with my food choices. I started to have trouble digesting food and ended up with very painful stomach aches (many of you know this as IBS). And I lived with that (even tried two prescription medications that never helped) for a few years.
Now I am very fortunate that I have an amazing husband. And I can go on and on about him and why he’s wonderful (that’ll be a different post), but my point here is that he too, desires a healthy life. We decided not to have ice cream in the house and go from a diet of highly processed foods to one consisting of whole foods. We both lost weight (10-15lbs for me), I do not have to take any pills for IBS, the stomach problems went away (they do come back when I am not careful) and, truthfully, we’ve never felt better!
So this thing called life has led me here, to this little blog where I want to share my love for an active and healthy lifestyle with everyone! Hope you enjoy, thanks for visiting!