Ten Things You Didn't Know About Me!

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I thought it would be a fun to introduce myself a little more on this blog of mine, and let you all get to know me better! I love it when I read blogs or articles and the authors are real, honest and let their readers know they are real people with similar lives. That's when a real connection is felt. So here we go, hope you all enjoy reading more about me!

1. I don't eat a perfect diet - Let's just get this straight from the get-go! I definitely do not eat a perfectly healthy, nutritious diet all the time. This question and assumption seems to come up quite a bit when I tell people I am a nutrition professional. The answer is NO! Trust me, I have learned throughout the years that striving for a perfect diet without any sugar, carbs, or fat, or whatever we deem as "unhealthy" in society is not achievable. I do eat healthfully the majority of the time, but I still eat ice cream, donuts, cake, and chips without regret whenever I feel like it. I do not let "food rules" stress me out, take over my life or dictate what I eat on a regular basis. It has been a long road to get to this point of food freedom, but it's possible and it feels great once you get there! (I'd love to help you get there too!)

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2. I just got married to my husband, Eric about a month ago! We opted for a simple, stress-free courthouse wedding in Denver with our families. It was a perfect day. We met online about two and a half years ago, and life has never been sweeter!  I'm enjoying married life so far and can't wait to see what adventures together lie ahead.

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3. I have an adorable pup named Leo - He's just the best. He's definitely my "fur child" and gets treated like a real kid (spoiled). I got him from a puppy rescue about three years ago, and he was really sick the first week or so after I got him. He survived a bout of Parvo, and since then he has been healthy and so well behaved. He goes on all sorts of adventures with us, and loves to chase his ball in the park then relax on the cool grass. Life would not be the same without him, he's such a sweet guy and brings such happiness to our lives! 

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4. I used to exercise way too much  -  In 2012 I really began getting into fitness and lifting weights. I was running a considerable amount of miles per week, going to the gym regularly, riding my bike for hours at a time, going to yoga many times per week, and getting in a home-workout whenever I had free time. At first, this felt great and I was really happy with how I was transforming my body (muscles!!)  and getting into the best shape of my life. This schedule started to wear on me physically and mentally however, and I realized I had to cut back. Now, I don't beat myself up if I miss a workout (or two, or three or ten) and I am mentally ok with the fact that I am weaker than my strongest, and yet still stronger than my weakest. And that's a perfect place to be right now. 

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5. If I had to choose only one type of exercise to do for the rest of my life it would be YOGA! - I started doing yoga in 2011, and it's been the one consistent type of exercise that I always find myself coming back to. I've stopped running, I don't lift as much now, I don't ride my bike as much, but I always am up for a yoga class. I love that yoga provides such a wide variety of physical benefits; strength, flexibility, endurance... I know that if I only did that for the rest of my life I would stay in great shape and continue to enjoy it. 

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6.  My favorite food is sushi - I love good sushi, even the raw fish! 

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7. I never knew I wanted to study nutrition - I entered college not knowing exactly what I wanted to study, and having no real "passion" or career that I wanted to pursue. Then, I took Nutrition 101 as an elective and a few weeks into the class I chose my major as Human Nutrition. I'm so glad I did, I can truly say that nutrition is such a passion of mine and the more I learn about it, the more I love it. I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Nutrition has ultimately changed my own life for the better and I hope I can help many others' transformation through nutrition as well! 

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8. I love collecting quotes - I have a pretty large collection of quotes from books, magazines, podcasts, lyrics, the internet, chipotle bags!...wherever I can find them. I have some hand written in a journal I've had for years and others in a big word document on my computer. I just love reading over my quotes again after I've forgotten about them months later. It's also a great way to remember certain events or times in my life based on the quotes I deem memorable. 

9. I play the guitar - I decided when I was a freshman in high school that I wanted to learn to play. My grandma had an old acoustic guitar that she got at a garage sale for $2 and I taught myself to play on it. I mostly learned Taylor Swift and Tristan Prettyman songs! I don't play for anyone or do much with my "skills" but I like knowing the basics and hearing a cool guitar song and attempting to play it now. It's a fun skill to have!

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10. I have a tattoo on my left forearm that says "simple as it should be" - This is the name of a song by one of my favorite artists, Tristan Prettyman (as mentioned!). This song, Simple As It Should Be, was one of the first songs I learned on guitar. I also love the meaning of it, and in every aspect of life, I try to live with simplicity in mind. This thought not only stemming from the more obvious things in life like not owning many physical “things” or reducing clutter, but also things like relationships, bad habits or limiting thoughts. A simple life is a good life, and I try to live my life very simply.

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Hope you enjoyed learning more about me! I also wrote a post a while back more about my nutrition journey here if you want more information about me.