About Me

This is me in a nutshell…

I am a 37 year old wife (to a wonderful husband who I cherish) and mother of 5 beautiful children (ages 3-14).

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I am a health enthusiast and I strive to eat as “clean” as possible.  I am always trying healthy new recipes and “healthifying” old ones.

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I love enjoy running and working out as well.

Epic Relay Race 2011

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Sawtooth Relay Race 2012

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I love to read anything and everything related to health and fitness.  I also love to “pick the brains” of those I know who inspire me and are successful at living healthy and happy lives.  I really do strive to live the healthiest and happiest life possible. 

However, I haven’t always been like that!

I’ve been a fairly healthy person most of my life.  I was always very thin growing up (although I didn’t realize it and certainly didn’t appreciate it!), so I didn’t give much thought into health and fitness.  I exercised fairly regularly, but I just ate when I was hungry and didn’t really think about it.

My sisters and I in 1991 (I’m in the middle, age 15)

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My sisters and I in 1994 (I’m in the melon colored shirt, age 18)

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I lived the next 10-15 years just like that…exercising fairly regularly and just eating without putting much thought into it.

Well, a couple years ago I was looking through a bunch of our old pics.  I was surprised to see I wasn’t the “same old, same old” thinish person I thought I was!  In fact I told Kev, “ya know, I really have only been thin about 2-3 years out of the past 12 or so years!”  It was then I realized that clothing sizes hadn’t gotten smaller and my clothes did not all shrink….I was just fatter!

Sad reality check.

I never got really huge, but I could definitely stand to lose a few pounds. :-)

Here are a couple of those “sad, reality check” pictures from a Hawaiian Cruise Kev and I went on in 2007…

Kev and I at the LDS (Mormon) temple in Oahu.

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Kev and I at the Waimea Canyon in Kauai.

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After this cruise, I went on to have 2 more babies (gained and lost ~50 pounds with each one!)  I was not looking or feeling very cute. :-(

Here’s our little family when I was about 7 months pregnant. As you can see, I am not a very cute pregnant lady. My stomach doesn’t get too huge, but my whole body just blows up! It is so not cute.

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Whoa, those are some scary pics….not for the faint of heart. :-)

So, call it a mid-life crisis or whatever, but it really motivated me to get myself back into shape while I still could!!!  I started going to the gym again and tried to eat a lot healthier.  I quickly realized that eating well didn’t have to be bland and boring.  In fact, I have found so many yummy healthy recipes that I LOVE!  I don’t feel deprived at all!

So, I started this blog in July 2011.  I thought it would be a great way to hold myself accountable to “someone” and keep myself motivated.  I went on a quest to get in the best shape of my life!

Well…..I’m happy to say I have achieved that goal!

Wahoo!

Kev and I after a 10k race on July 4, 2012.

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I’m not as stick thin as I used to be in high school, but I’m definitely healthier and stronger than I’ve ever been!  And…..I don’t plan to stop….ever.

I’m also happy to say that if I can do it, ANYONE can!  I am a crazy mom of five young kids and am always going a million miles an hour!  I also have a giant treat addiction problem.  Chocolate chip cookies, brownies and chocolate are my favorite things out there!  However, I have learned how to still enjoy them occasionally…and not feel guilty!  I’m happier (and healthier) because of it!

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This is my life….and I love it!



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