I was the band geek. Six years of band and you wonder how that translates into running half-marathons and going on juice fasts.
Well first let me just say that marching band camp is no laughing matter when it comes to being fit. Second, my passion for health came to me in college.
I took a couple courses, and I started running. Then I started to feel good.
When you're banging your head into expensive textbooks, slamming your fingers on keyboards, and staring at blank Word documents...feeling good is something to hold on to.
I ran my first 5k and was hooked. After that, I continued signing up for miscellaneous 5k's left and right. Then my mom brought up the idea of going back to San Francisco to run Bay-to-Breakers 12k. That was the best thing ever. Seriously. We have gone back every year since. The half-marathon was actually at a really bad year for me, but I did it anyway and came out alive even with my minimal training.
Since that injury, I got hooked on reading and learning all I could about running so it wouldn't happen again.
From there, I was reading a magazine and found my all time favorite Tara Stiles. She introduced me to yoga and I never looked back.
Then I was on a reading and video watching frenzy. Soaking up all the knowledge I could about anything related to fitness. I was hooked.
It was then that I integrated what I was learning on my free time with what I was learning in college. For the remaining years of college I researched mindfulness and its efficacy in multiple areas of psychology, including PTSD.
As you can see, I caught the learning bug.
Anything I can get my eyes & ears on I will. Then I'll try to apply it to my life and share it with everyone I know.
I am so passionate about learning and teaching this stuff that I'm looking into getting certified as a personal trainer AND a health coach.
Passion (noun): Strong and barely controllable emotion.