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“me”

Hey! I am Lisa.  Like all moms, I am in a constant state of trying to keep all the balls in the air without letting anything of importance come crashing down.  While in many ways women have it so much easier than our mothers, in other ways are lives are so much crazier, busier and more stressful. Our kids are in activities multiple days a week, and the activities are all over town, not just at their school. We have stressful jobs but still are carrying more than half of the load at home. We are taking care of aging parents while we are still raising our own children.   We put out the hottest fires first, which generally means we do not take care of ourselves, we skip the gym, we buy convenience foods, etc. 

I did not really start cooking until after college when I first moved out of the house.  Through my twenties I found a love of cooking not only for myself but for others. I loved having friends over for dinner parties.  I still love having people over for dinner but my meals have become so much more sophisticated than those early dinner parties. Through the years I have become quite the foodie and love playing with new flavors and food combinations. 

After the birth of my first child, I started my journey with “clean eating”.   However, my journey has been slow. Over the past ten years, I have been balancing my legal career, two kids, a husband who owns his own business, moving my family to a new state, and a host of other stressors. Early on I made small changes. But I never felt like I had the time to meal prep or the time to cook after a long day of work.  Most days my mantra was “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” 

  Today,  my family eats “cleanish,” which means we eat clean for most of our meals but we also incorporate some “worth it” foods into our lives.  That doesn’t mean I am always in the kitchen. I have learned to streamline my food shopping and cooking so that I am not constantly at the grocery store or in the kitchen. 

Welcome to my page where I will share with you my love of cooking with my pursuit to eat cleanish.

Lisa

"my fitness journey"

"my fitness journey"

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I didn’t grow up an athlete. This comes to quite a shock to my children. Logan has been playing soccer for seven years and currently trains up to six days a week.  My daughter plays soccer and also takes gymnastics.  

In college I went on “a run” with a sorority sister in which I huffed and puffed the entire time.  This was definitely a one and done situation.  I also attended an aerobics class where I did such a horrible job that the instructor fussed at me to keep up with the group.  Again, this was a one and done experience. Sadly, that was the extent of my “working out” in college. The college gym terrified me. I had no clue how to use any of those machines and my friends that worked out seemed so comfortable going into the gym, as most had been athletes in highschool.  I was completely intimidated. 

After law school I started at a major national law firm, which was extremely stressful.  A friend of mine at the firm, who grew up an athlete, convinced me to sign up for a couch to 10K program. In 2004, I ran my first 10K. During the first run of the 12 week program, I think I cursed the entire 5280 feet. My poor friend asked if we were still friends. I said I was bound and determined to complete the program but that there would be a lot of cussing along the way. 

From 2004 through 2012, I would workout for a few months then go months without working out. I never worked out more than two to three days a week. While I was able to lose weight, I did not have any muscle tone, endurance or strength.  During this time: 

     - I ran episodically but not consistently, with various running partners.

     - I hired a personal trainer for a few months when I had reached my heaviest weight (outside of pregnancy) of my life.

     - I took a few yoga classes at the YMCA but was absolutely horrible at it.

     - I signed up for a half-marathon and dropped out after my first seven mile run. 

     - In 2007 I had my first child and in 2011 I had my second child, my “working out” during my pregnancies consisted of walks in the neighborhood. 

You cannot out train your diet.

From 2012 through 2013, I ran more consistently but nothing more than six miles.  In 2013, I tried my first hot yoga class, which was so much different than the yoga classes I had previously taken, and although I fell in love with hot yoga, I did not go very consistently. 

In the fall of 2014, I found a running partner that changed everything!  We consistently ran three to four days a week. She forced me to wake up at 5:25 am to go for runs. THIS MADE ME INCREDIBLY MISERABLE. I was not a morning person. But I got up anyway because I enjoyed our runs.  A few months into our running, I told my friend my desire to run a half marathon, she said “Well, let’s do it!”  A few weeks before the half-marathon, Brooke said “Let’s sign up for the Richmond full marathon.” I told her she was absolutely crazy, there was no way I could run 26.1 miles. When Brooke had to miss one of our long training runs for the half-marathon, I found myself having to run 12 miles by myself.  It was during this run that I decided that if I were ever going to try to run a full-marathon that the time was now since I was already half way there in my training. In the fall of 2014, I ran my first marathon and finished in under four hours. I cried like a baby. 

In 2015 I moved to a new city. I found myself without a running partner and while I ran in my new city, it just wasn’t the same.  My first few months I alternated between running and hot yoga but my consistency had fallen away, until a new friend Melissa invited me to sign up for a trial period at a new bootcamp gym that was opening in the neighborhood.  When Melissa and I attended the open house for the new gym, the owner asked how many days were we going to commit to coming. Melissa said five days a week.  I looked at her like she was crazy. I had never worked out more than four days a week.  I fell in love with the boot camp classes and it changed how I looked at working out and free weights.

For the past three years, I have consistently exercised five to six days a week, alternating between lifting weights, running and hot yoga.  I currently lift weights with a trainer that does small group classes and he has me lifting weights that I would never in a million years thought I would be lifting.  I look back to that college girl that was intimidated by weights and wish I could tell her how strong she was and that there was nothing to be intimidated by.  

Today, my outlook on exercise is not just about getting into those pair of skinny jeans but it is about the mental, emotional and physical benefits that come with exercise.  I no longer feel guilty for taking this time for me because aside from the mental, emotional and physical benefits, I am setting a good example for my kids.  While I have to wake up before most college kids have even gone to bed, I know that if I don’t get my workouts in early they are probably not going to happen. 

Today, working out is just as much for mental and emotional health as it is for my physical health. Oh and for fitting into those skinny jeans.
In March 2004, I ran a 10k after a 10 week coach to 10k program. I huffed and puffed the entire time. I don't think I have ever been that red faced in my life.

In March 2004, I ran a 10k after a 10 week coach to 10k program. I huffed and puffed the entire time. I don't think I have ever been that red faced in my life.

On November 15, 2014, I ran my first marathon with my dear friend Brooke.  I completed the 26.2 miles in 3:56:55. 

On November 15, 2014, I ran my first marathon with my dear friend Brooke.  I completed the 26.2 miles in 3:56:55. 

"my first few weeks making sourdough"

"my first few weeks making sourdough"

"relationship with food"

"relationship with food"