HI and welcome to my little corner of the blogging world. My name is Rachael and I am a 27-year-old research coordinator living in Worcester, MA. I’m passionate about food, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. I started Ready to Get Sweaty in November 2011 as a way of documenting my daily (well, almost daily) eating and fitness routines.
The Early Years…
I have always lived a very active lifestyle, participating in dance and cheerleading.
I have always been what you would call “average” although I wasn’t very happy with the way I looked or felt. I never thought I really had to pay attention to what I was eating, because I was always so active. I thought nothing of stopping at Wendy’s for their crispy “chicken nuggets,” drinking soda, eating bagels for lunch, skipping meals, or stopping at Dunkin for a breakfast muffin. You get the idea.
College and beyond…
I continued to stay active in college by joining dance team.
I also managed to fit in a few ballet and hip hop classes for credit. I would visit the gym every once in a while, but never on a consistent basis. I maintained a healthy weight over the four years and never gained the infamous “freshman 15.” Even in grad school I maintained a semi-healthy weight. My clothes always fit and if they got a bit tight, I would just cut back on eating.
This thought process continued even after graduating from grad school in 2009. I was working over 60 hours a week, going out with coworkers during the week and on weekends and eating anything other than healthy. In December 2010, I finally hit my limit and realized I needed to get ahold of my life again.
In January 2011, I joined Jenny Craig. My parents had been on the program for a few months and had great results, so I thought why not. I lost about 10 pounds in 7 months and felt great. I was exercising on a regular basis and becoming more in tune with what I was putting in my body. I even signed up for a 5K Mud Run (see post). I was on my way to living a healthy lifestyle and becoming the best I could be.
Today, I have no problem maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle, which includes food, fitness, friends and family.
I’m a vegetarian and currently experimenting with a vegan diet. I’ve learned to only surround myself with people who have a positive outlook on life. And most importantly I LOVE the new life I’m currently creating for myself.
I hope you have as much fun reading along as I plan to have sharing with you!
xo – Rachael