About

That's me!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!Β  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.

My diet consists of about 90% healthy whole foods, and 10% sweets and treats. Come with me as I try to balance life, relationships, fun, and a healthy lifestyle as a young twenty-something in Boston.

-Sarah

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11 thoughts on “About

  1. Stumbled upon your blog via the Freshly Pressed page, congratulations! You tell a great story and I wish you the best of luck with all your endeavors (except the whole Patriots thing πŸ™‚

    Looks like you have a great blog here. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hey Sarah, I just came across your page from Ali on the Run – the “Blonde Bostonian” name caught my eye, since that’s exactly what I am! πŸ™‚ I was just trying to comment on your “spinning instructor” post but I couldn’t seem to find a comment section for it.. so here I am. What gym are you taking classes at that you love so much? Just curious – I am a spin instructor in the area, and I love learning about good instructors/good studios around Boston!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Amanda! Yay for fellow Boston bloggers! I go to the Cleveland Circle location Beacon Hill Athletic Club. It’s not necessarily a spinning studio, but they offer classes like 6 days a week. I take classes with Karleen (she also teaches at the Brighton Center and Brookline Village locations). She’s a marathon runner and offers a really high energy, motivating, and sweaty workout! She actually is on maternity leave now with her first baby, but she’ll be back in May. There are a lot of other spin studios in the city that I’d love to try, but haven’t yet. I only got into spinning maybe 5 months ago and I’m loving it. Any suggestions for great places in the city?

      • Too funny – that’s the same gym I belonged to last year at my old apartment! I wonder if we ever took the same spin class. I still live right in that area, but switched to the BSC Allston gym (at The Ring for this month though – have you been there? It’s freaking awesome, and they do free trial classes and lots of groupons… you should check it out sometime!)

        I used to take classes with Jess (I just checked the schedule, I don’t see her name on the list anymore.. she’s the fitness model trainer there, aka my motivation during class)

        I teach at Benefitness in Brookline Village, and a spin studio in Wellesley called Spynergy. That place is really unique and awesome – about 45 bikes, really great sound system, and brand new bikes, they also have video capacity. Check it out sometime if you are ever in the area!

        This weekend I am taking a class at the Recycle Studio in the South End – never been there before, but it’s another boutique spin studio, I have heard great things so far! Sorry for the novel, I am spin obsessed – glad I found your blog!

  3. Hi Sarah! Just came across your blog from Carrots n’ Cake, and I love your blog! I noticed you grew up in upstate NY – whereabouts?! I’m originally from up there (the Lake George region), and I moved to Boston back in ’04 when I graduated college. And now I’m here to stay! Will regularly be reading your blog now! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for visiting my blog! I grew up in Schenectady. I love Lake George! One of my friends had a lake house up there and I loved spending summer weekends there. Glad to see Upstate represented in Boston!

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