Hello, my name is Leslee and I am addicted to food. No seriously, I really love good food…and sometimes even crappy food too. Oh crappy, greasy food how you taste so good! Like frozen pizza on a Friday night after a long night at work. Pepperoni cheesiness, you are the friend I love to hate. You know what though? I think eating crappy food every once in awhile is perfectly okay. It’s all about finding your happy balance in life! I’m finally at a point in my life where I am thinking about my habits with food and making the choice to be a healthier person. You can find me blogging about my journey towards health and fitness over at Her Happy Balance.
My relationship with food and fitness was not always in a happy balance though. I used to go to extremes. Towards the end of high school, I was eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to. As a young adult able to drive myself places, I was experiencing the freedom of being able to go out and eat with friends at cheesesteak joints and burger places instead of staying home and having nice, well-rounded meals with my parents. Then when college started, I started drinking with friends on the weekends. I was so busy having fun, that I never even considered how many calories were in a single beer or that maybe I shouldn’t be chowing down on pizza rolls at one in the morning. When I started to gain weight, I would go on crash diets. I’d cut out almost all carbs and eat tiny portions until I was happy with my weight again. Then I’d go back to my usual habits of eating anything and everything that made me happy. During my junior year of college, I decided I needed to change. I was tired of watching the scale go up and down and being so focused on the number it read out at me. So what did I do? It’s actually really simple – I joined a gym. It never even occurred to me to join a gym until a friend persuaded me to give it a try. After all, my previous version of dieting never actually involved much in the way of exercise. Crazy, right?! Over the last 3 years I have been going to the gym, learning how to run, exploring different facets of fitness (like mountain biking!), and changing my eating habits.
In my blog, I post about my adventures and all the tips I’ve picked up along the way that are helping to keep me on track. That means sharing the workouts that I am loving; like my HIIT treadmill workout which I’m using to help me train to run races. Fun fact: a little over a year ago I couldn’t even run a mile! I used the Couch to 5k plan, and now I’m hooked on running and even sharing some of my favorite running essentials with readers. I also try to include some of the healthy recipes I’m cooking up, like my gluten free pizza experiment, as well as how I make healthy food choices when I’m at work. I have a crazy morning commute that doesn’t leave me a lot of time to make lunches for myself each morning, so I’ve adopted the idea of prepping my meals for the week on Sunday nights. And the best part, you don’t have to sacrifice taste to eat healthy foods! In a busy world, where multi-tasking is the norm and my days are full from start to finish, I’m making my health a priority. And let me tell you, it feels so good! I hope you’ll join me as I travel towards a healthier me at Her Happy Balance.