In life, there are some things that remain a distant idea. I always thought running a health blog was just another one of those things! Here we are though, I am busy typing out things that I hope will be beneficial to you.
To many of you, I am the face of Auburn Total Health. I am a female business owner with a passion for total health. I love this part of my story, but it does not fully reflect on who I am because it does not include how I got here. Maybe it is cliche to begin my blog with an origin story like I am a modern superwoman. I would never go so far to call myself a hero, but I have worked hard to become the woman I am today. Hopefully my story will inspire some of you!
During my pregnancy with my youngest, I gained a lot of weight. There were health complications and after he was born I found myself unable to lose it.
A few years went by and I realized something needed to change. I was 100 pounds overweight and quickly approaching so many heath problems. I was a future diabetic if I lived that long. I was unable to do many things with my children, and the idea of an active lifestyle was far out of reach. We took a family trip to Mammoth Cave and I was so limited in what activities I could participate in. I was missing out on quality moments with my children and jeopardizing my chance to spend time with them in the future. That was the day I decided that I needed to change.
I was not a heath guru and had limited knowledge of nutrition and health. Looking back, my path to weight loss was not too healthy. I tried a little bit of everything. I cut carbs, counted calories, and tried the point system. I made an effort to be more active, however limited it was. I would have successes, but I would also have failures. I lost weight, but I also gained it back. It took eight years before I had finally lost the weight and was able to keep it off.
Even though I had finally reached my weight goal, my path to health was far from finished. With my newfound energy I began trail running. I discovered parts of Auburn and the canyon that I never knew existed. I also turned my focus onto finding a healthy way to live. I spent days and weeks researching. I learned about nutrient dense foods, the role of protein in diet, and the benefits of kale. I began to study about the toxins present in our foods and how important it is to keep an active lifestyle.
Through my newfound love for running, I began to train and entered my first official race. It was a half marathon in Lake Tahoe in the late fall. The temperatures were low and the elevation high. It was far from my easiest run, but I was hooked. I continued to train and entered 25Ks, 50Ks, and even a 50 mile run. I found myself in a community of ultrarunners. In this new circle, I discovered that my plant based lifestyle was more common than I thought.
In my races, I am never the fastest runner, but I have endurance. I like to think that that is the story of my life as well. Philipians 3:14 says, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Even when things were not clear and my own goals seemed out of reach, I kept pressing. I would be remiss to say that I have arrived, because I still have a long way to go. What I do know is that if I keep pressing, there is no telling what I can do.