|~My first 4miler race - 3 weeks pregnant~|
I might not be stick thin or the "typical" fit image but I still try every time I run and exercise to do my very best and improve. Some days are not so good, but most days are AMAZING! I'm a strawberry blond ginger working to connect the dots between fitness, health and life!
Be sure to check out my PREGNANCY TAB to view posts on my pregnancy. And if you want me to help you reach your health and fitness goals for FREE click on my Work With Me Tab! Keep reading to read my story on why I run!
So why Connect The Dots Ginger? Well, I am a ginger. A strawberry blond ginger. I am covered with spots or dots. My husband always joked with me that if we just connect all the dots together I would actually have a tan. So there you have it. My sun kisses helped inspire me to name my blog and yes the more I run outside the more I get and maybe just maybe eventually, I might merge all of these little dots into a TAN LINE! (A tan line is a big thing for a very fair skinned girl who grew up in Arizona and couldn't get tan for her life, just red, red, red.)
|~My first 5k - 2013~|
My blog originally started as a running blog. To help motivate plus size women that they don't have to be a certain weight to start running. But it has since morphed into an overall health and wellness blog and I LOVE IT! My journey to finally start working on me began in 2009. I had tried to lose weight before that point, but it never worked.
When my husband got deployed and I needed something else to keep me busy. No kids yet and teaching piano was fun but I needed something for me and needed to get my big butt in shape. I wanted to have kids and the thought of getting pregnant at 230 pounds scared me to death! So I hired a personal trainer and after about 6 months of personal training I started running. I lost 30 lbs and got below 200 lbs. It only lasted for a few months because we became pregnant with our first son through the help of fertility treatment.
|~First 10k- 10 weeks pregnant~|
My husband was deployed to Iraq when our son was 3 days old and I didn't have family around so I had to say bye-bye to going to the gym. I worked with a nutritionist to help me learn to eat the right kinds of foods that my body needed and ended up losing the weight again after my first son. But after suffering 2 miscarriages I gained a lot of my weight back because I started to emotional eat. It took 2 more years and heartbreak to get my big butt again back into shape. May of 2013 I suffered my second miscarriage in a year and I had made it to almost 12 weeks pregnant. The pregnancy was so stressful. Went to the doctor all the time for blood work. My husband was in AZ for training the entire time I was pregnant. the day before Mother's Day I miscarried. Broke my heart, my faith, and I became angry. Plus I gained 12 lbs in just those 12 weeks. So I had the 12 lbs plus what I had regained.
|~2014 Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon - 29 weeks pregnant~|
|Pregnancy with my 3rd baby. Exercised 5 days a week and gained 26 pounds. By 3 months postpartum I was only 8 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.|