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.
Update: We’re expecting again…coming to the HEAB household in July 2012…TWINS.