Hello new friends and welcome to Blonde Bostonian! My name is Sarah and I hope you enjoy my little blog about figuring out the young-adult life in Boston. In an effort to not write a novel and bore you about my life here’s a quick run-down.
I’m 24 years old and originally from upstate NY. I made my way to Boston, MA in 2006 when I attended Northeastern University to study English. I graduated in May 2011 and began working as a contract writer/editor for a local publishing company. I loved living in Boston so much, I knew I wanted to stay after graduating. So far, it looks like I’m not going anywhere!
My Fitness and Food Story:
Beginning from age 5, I rode horses, and began competing at age 8. I leased many different horses as I learned more and more, and at age 16 I purchased my first horse, “Five Card Stud” aka Ace. He taught me a ton of responsibility, compassion, and skills that I still use to this day. I competed until I was 20 years old until we sold Ace when I was 21. With my time being spent almost completely in Boston, it was no longer smart to keep him.
The summer after my freshman year of college was when I got serious about health and fitness. I had always worked out when I was riding – doing weight training and low impact cardio – but nothing too strenuous. Once I got to college, I was no longer riding for 3 hours every day or doing barn chores. Because of that, I gained my “freshman 15” – well, actually it was freshman 12. I vowed that summer to get back into shape, not only for the summer horse show season, but for my health. With hard work, I lost the 12 pounds, and then some. I read everything I could about healthy diets and got really into running and weight training.
5 years later, I’m in the best shape of my life, and discovered my new love – running! I’ve run a ton of 5ks and ran my first half marathon in March 2012 (2:12 finishing time). With my new emphasis on exercise and running, I realized that I had to clean up my diet. I hold the mentality that your body is a machine, and in order to be at your best, you have to feed that machine the best fuel possible. I try to stick to eating nutrient-rich real food, instead of fake diet food that many young women fall into the trap of choosing. This mentality isn’t always the easiest to follow on a young twenty-something’s budget, but I try my best. The recipes I use are always simple, quick, and healthy. Of course, there is nothing wrong with sensibly indulging from time to time.