My name is Ali, I’m 29 years old, living in Boston, MA with my amazing husband and my adorable fur baby dachshund, Oscar. I currently work full time as a Guidance Counselor at a local High School, write Food, Fitness, Fashion and am a partner/editor in an online magazine called Coffee With Caesar . I also moonlight a few nights a week as the hostess with the mostess at a local Bistro. Talk about busy!!! I’m currently maintaining a 30 lb. weight loss. I began this blog as a way to document my food, fashion and fitness choices and to hopefully encourage others to become the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. I love running, yoga, Crossfit and nutritious, whole foods.
My Change of Pace (Pun Intended)
Up until entering college, I was always really happy with my weight. I was active, always running around; I was a gymnast, dancer and volleyball player. Once I entered college, a combination of a pretty sedentary lifestyle and the fatty cafeteria food caused me to gain the dreaded freshman 15. The extra 15 pounds was noticeable on my smaller frame, I immediately became uncomfortable with my body. All through college, I “worked” at loosing the weight, but never made enough changes diet and exercise wise to make any difference. One thing that held me back immensely was my smoking. I smoked throughout high school, but it worsened in college and the years after because I had gained so many college friends that smoked.
After college, I took a job that I was really unhappy with and as a result lost all motivation to eat healthfully and work out, I gained another 5-10 pounds. When I left that job, I accepted a position at the College I got my undergrad degree at and since I was comfortable there, I went right back to my old habits of eating the fatty foods in the cafeteria. In February of 2007, I realized that I was 24 years old and uncomfortable with my body and treated it really badly with too much alcohol, fatty foods, cigarettes and a sedentary lifestyle. I quit smoking cold turkey as a way to improve my overall health. It was hard; I realized how bad it was for me and the damage it had done to my respiratory system. I used that damage as an excuse and a crutch to not get healthy, “Hey, I quit smoking; I have to give my body time to heal.”
Continuing with my bad eating and here and there working out had resulted in me getting up to a little over 150 pounds. When I started feeling so bad about my weight and body to the point of depression I knew it was time for a change! I had so much going for me: I was engaged to the love of my life, I had a great job, was perusing my Master’s degree, this should be one of the best times of my life and here I was miserable! Honestly, between the weight gain and the depression I barely recognized myself.
(these pictures are from our trip to FL in October of 2008 – 142 lbs.)
(this picture is from New Year’s 2009 150 lbs)
While doing some research, I came across so many sources that inspired me to make a change. The more I read the more I realized that I could be healthy and happy, I just had to change the way I looked at food an exercise! I started eating better and working out more, and I noticed that when I treated my body well, it treated me well!
I fell in LOVE with running, shocking, I know! It was a struggle at first because my lungs were so damaged. But I pushed through. The more I ran, the easier it got and the more I was able to challenge myself. I ran my first 5k in April of 2009 and felt so accomplished. Since then I have ran 8k’s and 10k’s and two first half marathons . Some days I cannot believe that this smoker is a runner. I enjoy yoga and Crossfit as well, I guess you could say I just like to be moving! Now after a complete diet and fitness overhaul I have lost 30 lbs. and am the happiest and healthiest I have ever been in my entire life.
(this picture is from my first 5k in April 2009 – 136 lbs please ignore my tired face)
(this picture is from my first 8k in June 2009- 129 lbs. PS -that kid is totally schooling me! )
(August 2009, 120 lbs. excuse the sweaty face, this is after a run during a heatwave)
(Crossing the finish line of my first Half Marathon with my husband. We finished in 2:21:34)
Feeling FANTASTIC after my Half Marathon finish!
After my first marathon 10/16/11. I am still in utter shock that I am a marathoner!
GRAB IT, IT’S YOURS!!!!
Random Fun Facts about Ali:
- I have lived in the same neighborhood of Boston my whole life and will most likely NEVER leave (and I am ok with that).
- My two favorite foods are dill pickles and whole wheat pasta with my mom’s spaghetti sauce (and yes, I like them together!).
- I have been with my husband since we were both 15, and I was his first kiss.
- I co-directed a benefit production of the Vagina Monologues.
- I really love beer! I like trying all different kinds!
- I love running in the heat, even though it is not good for me, I just love to sweat. (Is that gross?)
- I have had the same best friend since as far back as I can remember and talk to her almost every day. I have no idea what I would ever do without May (that is her name).
- My favorite part of my body are my quads and I totally flex them and check them out at least once a day, and am not ashamed to tell you guys .
- I think I am the only person I know that actually wishes they were a few inches SHORTER, for some reason I think shorter women are adorable.
- I truly believe that nut butter (of any kind) makes the world a better place!