Hello to all my new friends and followers! Welcome! I'm so glad that you've all joined me. Really, I do appreciate all of you who read and comment (or just read) regularly. Knowing that other people, other than my mother, are reading is a really great feeling. Blogging has been such a great outlet for me and has definitely helped to keep me on a healthy path. I thought it might be good to share my story for those of you who are new (or for those that need a refresher). And I have a small challenge for you at the end.
I began blogging almost two years ago (blog-iversary next week, celebration with giveaways to come!). Soon after I started blogging I got engaged and began training for my first triathlon. The start of triathlon training for me signified the beginning of my running regularly. I was a swimmer in high school and desperately needed some consistent activity in my life after trying to help start a rowing team in college. In August of 2009 I completed my first triathlon and I was hooked. Through training I also lost about 20 pounds.
Returning to school that fall also began the return of the weight, although I continued to run. In fact, I realized that running is something I really enjoy. This was the first time I ever ran throughout the winter months. In the summer of 2010, I completed triathlon #2 and #3. I also got married (pictures HERE, HERE, & HERE)! Unfortunately, I let my wedding and my honeymoon derail me from healthy living. And honestly, I didn't get my act together until very recently. I am now back at Weight Watchers and proud to say that I am exercising regularly. I set some lofty goals for 2011, but I know I'll get there. Especially with all the support I get from the blog world.
I am looking forward to graduating in May with a degree in chemistry and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a full time position. My husband, Patrick, and I are currently living in Maine while I finish school and are originally from New Hampshire. Not only do I love running and training for triathlons, I also love to read, crochet, and scrapbook.
So for you newbies, welcome! To those that have been around for awhile, thank you for returning. I leave you with a small challenge/favor. Would you all leave a comment and let me know you're here? Tell me about yourself or ask me a question you'd like me to answer on the blog. I know you're out there!