Welcome to my blog!
My name is Holly and I have a passion for health and fitness. I wasn’t always this way – in fact, Little Debbie was this girl’s BFF growing up. And it wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to consume a sleeve of Girl Scout Cookies after school.
I finally saw the light and took up running when I was 16. A boy I had a crush onfriend was running the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon (a half), so I decided to do it, too. From the moment I crossed the finish line, I was hooked. I knew I found my passion in life. Never before had I found something I was good at or excelled in – and this was it!
I went on to run 8 more 1/2 marathons, most recently in May of 2009. I’ve also run 3 full marathons and fulfilled my lifelong dream of qualifying for Boston when I finished my 2nd marathon in 3:35. Running Boston in 2006 was a surreal experience for me. I’m not the fast girl, or the athletic girl, by any stretch of the imagination. I’m the girl who trips and falls on twigs and up stairs! This is just proof of what I believe about running: most of it is mental. If you tell yourself you can – and will – do something…..you sure as hell will!
I’ve struggled with many injuries throughout my running career, but my goal is to get out there and run a marathon again. Hopefully one day, I will make this happen!
Unfortunately my background with eating is a little more complicated. My senior year in high school I became very thin – 108 pounds (I’m 5’9″). Before I went to college I gained back the weight I’d lost, but went on to become bulimic for the next 6 years off and on. I wish I could say I’m magically healed and 100% of the time have a healthy attitude towards food. This truth is, it’s still a struggle for me at times. Although I’ve very proud of how far I’ve come, I still know it’s something I have to work at.
As for the title of my blog – who doesn’t struggle with balance? (Oprah, you are the exception). I struggle to find a balance with eating, working out, spending time with my family, work, pretty much everything. I LOVE my fruits and veggies, but this girl loves her cookies. I work out 5-6 days a week, but sometimes I want to take a day off just because I want to. I work a full-time job and 2 part-time jobs, but spending time with family and friends is so important to me. I will never be perfect, but I’m trying to be the best version of myself.
Thanks for coming to “see” me – I hope you enjoy and I know I can learn something from you, too!