First off, thanks so much for reading my blog and taking the time to learn a little more about HEAB.
After graduating from Auburn University, I decided to make some changes in my life. Mostly, I wanted to get healthy, though at the time, I really did not know what that meant. As long as I could remember, I had been overweight, and we’re not just talking a few pounds. I was like Chunk from The Goonies x 10! As a senior in college, I think I weighed about 220. I never knew the exact number as I NEVER stepped on a scale.
I started making little changes…water instead of soda, less sugar, more walking. The weight started falling off, and after about 2 years I had lost over 100 pounds, all on my own! I found what works for me: No white sugar or anything “white” for that matter, but I do enjoy vegetables, fruit in moderation, some grains, meats, and of course almond butter!
Over the years, I have toyed with different eating & exercise habits. I was a vegetarian for about 5 years, and almost vegan for about 3. I say “almost” because I could not give up the ice cream! I started eating meat again and even tried the high protein low carb diet without much success. I love experimenting with raw foods, but would never go completely raw. Raw desserts are my specialty, but I’ve been known to serve them after a flank steak dinner. Anyway, I keep coming back to my whole grains, lots of veggies, and meats and seafood. It works for me.
It’s been about 12 years (wow – I can’t believe it!), and I’ve kept the weight off through diet and exercise. Contrary to what many people think, keeping the weight off is not that challenging. I love eating well and exercising, and the excess weight does not come back. I ran ran ran for about 8 years, but now it’s just yoga, walking, and hiking. My body is leaner, stronger, and much happier.
Currently, I live in Nashville with my husband, daughter, and our 2 dogs. Before our daughter came along, I worked as a massage therapist, but now I’m a stay at home mom. Hopefully this blog will allow me to share my ideas and thoughts about healthy living with others, and, hopefully, it will inspire someone out there.
The HEAB Family November 2010.
Update: We’re expecting again…coming to the HEAB household in July 2012…TWINS.
Update: Charlie and Katie arrived in June 2012, and baby #4 due November 2013.
Update: Hannah arrived on 11-12-13. Our family of six is complete.