I have taught spinning for 9 years at the local Y. It is my favorite workout, and I have always had a special connection with our members. What they don’t realize is that they inspire me more than I feel like I could ever inspire them.
A few years ago, one of the members approached me after class was over to tell me that her husband was in the ICU. She had an hour to herself, and she chose to spend that time in my spinning class. Her husband passed away a few weeks afterward.
I will never forget that experience. The purpose of my ‘aha!’ post isn’t that I’m some great instructor – it’s about the human connections we make, how vital exercise is in stress relief, and how precious our time is.
I am new to the SweatPink community, and I just wanted to drop in and say hello and tell you all a little about myself!
I am a total health freak going to school for Holistic Nutrition (Certification) and with a degree in professional studies with a minor in nutrition and psychology. I love fitness, colorful foods, food photography, and boxer dogs. My favorite way to Sweat Pink is at a spin class or any type of heart pumping cardio.
My health journey started a few years back when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, a thyroid condition, acid reflux, and was 25 pounds heavier. I realized that I needed to drastically change my lifestyle. I changed my diet, and incorporated exercise into my life and have been better off ever since.
I am now living a vegan, gluten-free active and fabulous life. You can find me at fitandfabveganlife.com
June 2013 – I had a 3-yr-old, a 4-month-old, and I was tired and overweight. I started to use the elliptical machine and noticed that I felt better after I exercised! I started to see subtle differences and thought “I should start running outside.” In the beginning, I could barely run the distance of our block before feeling like I was going to pass out. A couple weeks into running, my knee started hurting. After a few weeks, I had an MRI and was told that I had a stress fracture of my tibia. No running for 12 weeks! I was so bummed – I had already signed up for my first 5 K and wouldn’t be able to do it. I was also concerned that I would gain weight again.
Thankfully, I made it through that 12 weeks eating a bit more healthily and continuing to lose weight. I was cleared to start running again in January 2014, and ran The Color Run. It took me 1:49 to complete it, but my goal was 2 hours so I was happy! Since then, I’ve completed 3 more Ks, and Pat’s Run here in AZ.
In all of this, I realized I AM a runner! I love to run. I look forward to running! I also like to do yoga. One year later, I’m 60 lbs lighter and 4 sizes smaller. I’m helping my girls learn to eat well, have an occasional treat, and get out there and be active. My four-year-old ran a 5K with me recently and we finished in under an hour! Now I strength-train, do yoga, and keep running! Looking forward to running more 5Ks and a 10K in a few months.
I have friends ask me about running, telling me that I’m an inspiration to them. I encourage them all to start at their own pace and to try to better themselves. This isn’t a competition, it’s about improving ourselves! I look forward to being part of the Sweat Pink family, learning more about staying fit and healthy, and spreading my love for getting fit and having fun!