Hi everyone, today I’m heading to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park for an extended family reunion. I’ve hardly spent any time in Estes since moving to Denver, so I’m excited to get back there!
Last weekend I was thinking a lot about what #fitlife means to me since I tag this a lot on Instagram. Here’s a little background about my fitness lifestyle. Growing up, I played a lot of house league sports and never really excelled at any of them (I blame my parents for that one). I started skiing in elementary school through many lessons at our local HILL, yes this seems crazy now that I live in CO. In high school, I joined ski team and this quickly became my favorite sport.
Back then, I really didn’t enjoy exercising, I would go to practice, but it wasn’t a lifestyle for me. I actually HATED running until I got to college. When I started at University of Wisconsin I was a little freshman who wanted to avoid the “freshman fifteen.” I started doing exercise classes and working out at the gym. A friend of mine asked me to do a Valentine’s 5k with her and I was instantly hooked on running.
Fast forward 7 years, and I have run 7 full marathons and 4 half marathons. I have done one sprint tri, countless hikes, and many many ski days.
Marathon #7- In Green Bay, WI- I deserved those Miller Lites
My idea of #fitlife will inevtably change throughout my life, but for now, its about being healthy and feeling good about the food I put in my body. I am a pescatarian (eats fish and veggies), I try to work out about 5 days a week, usually 4 days of 30-60 min of exercise and 1 longer day of exercise.
Statistics and studies recommend 150 min of moderate exercise a week, which is about 30 minutes a day. Research also recommends 2000 calories for women and 2500 for men. I will never count calories because I enjoy food way too much, but I make sure to balance out my eating with regular exercise. During the work week, I try to eat home-cooked meals every day as a way to save some cash and to eat a little healthier. On the weekends, I indulge with friends, on Sunday night I went to True Food Kitchen with friends.
In general, its always good to balance a day of bad eating and no exercise (my past Saturday) with a better diet and a good workout.
What does #fitlife mean to you?
Also, a couple things I’m loving this week-
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Sweet Cow Ice Cream Oatmeal Cookie flavor (actually I love this every week)