Hello and welcome to Leading the Good Life! Through this blog, I am hoping to help myself stick to a healthy lifestyle – reflecting on food, fitness, happiness, and growth.
I first became interested in food and cooking when I became vegetarian in 2002, while I was a sophomore in college at NYU. It all started as a challenge to myself (just to see if I could do it for 2 weeks) and ended up becoming so much more. All of a sudden I had to think about what I was eating! I found myself making healthier food choices, as well as healthier life choices. I started reading a lot about vegetarianism, food, and cooking. And since I was living in New York City at the time, I had so many resources (restaurants, grocery stores, other vegetarians) available to me. I loved that I was learning something new and making a change in my life.
I ran cross-country in high school and took yoga and the occasional kick-boxing classes in college. After I moved back to Nebraska in 2005, I got back into the sport of running. My aim was to become more active / healthy, and I was surprised when it became such a big part of my life! I have successfully trained for several races, including 6 half marathons and 3 full marathons. (You can see my times and recaps on the Race Recaps page.)
This is my brother and I after our first marathon! (Richmond 11/14/2009)
(Sorry, it's blurry, but I just love this pic!)
We are both close to our families, love being active, and enjoy traveling together. We have a Rat Terrier named Stella and an Italian Greyhound/Boston Terrier puppy named Barley.
Thanks for stopping by - I hope you enjoy following along as I learn all about Leading the Good Life!