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Mykonos, Greece - Honeymoon, Sept. 2008

About Me

I am a fitness-loving health-nut with an enormous passion for nutrition!  I haven’t always been this way, but recently I have grown extremely interested in my own health, as well as the health of others.

I am a certified personal trainer who loves to workout with others!!  I love to run, and therefore, try to eat the foods that fuel my body for those workouts.  But, I also love my dessert!  I love to find, try-out and create my own recipes using all-natural healthy ingredients.  My husband gets to be my guinea-pig!

We welcomed our beautiful daughter, Hayden Lynne, to our family on March 31, 2011 and couldn’t be happier!

 

I hope to write my thoughts, recipes, race training and love of yoga and fashion on this blog in order to help myself, as well as inspire others!  Enjoy!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at healthylaps@gmail.com.

Background

I was never a skinny kid.  I was always involved in sports, whether it was softball, field hockey, tennis or swimming, but I always had a few extra pounds to lose.  I continued on with these sports throughout high school, but it wasn’t something that I loved to do, so I didn’t put in that much effort.

I graduated from Thayer Academy in 1999 and went on to Union College in Schenectady, NY.  While in college I lived it up and took full advantage of the all -you-can-eat meals in the cafeterias.  That, along with the drinking and late-night eating added to the Freshman 15 or 30 or 40 (whatever you want to call it!).

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Before: Graduation, June 2003

After graduating from Union in 2003 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Art History, I began working at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in clinical research.  I moved into an apartment in Boston with some friends, and began walking the 1.5 miles to and from work everyday.  This felt great!  I loved being outside (except during the pouring rain or in a blizzard!) and loved the way this form of exercise made me feel.  I noticed my pants getting a little looser, just by this 3 mile daily walk, however I never did anything to change my diet, so the weight stayed on.

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Before: Long Island, November 2003

My mom, grandma, aunts and I used to go on a girl’s weekend every year.  On our girl’s weekend to Chicago in 2004, my Aunt Linda was on the South Beach Diet.  She had us eating on the diet for every meal!  On the plane ride home, my mom, Aunt Carol and I decided to have a competition to see who could stay on the diet the longest.  We all tried very hard to change our eating habits (and I believe that I won!!).  Over this 2-week period on Phase 1, I noticed so much about myself.  I felt better every morning that I woke up because I was putting good healthy food into my body, I began walking/running for at least 30 minutes per day, and my sweet cravings greatly diminished!  The pounds seemed to melt off.  In 2 weeks I had lost 16 pounds!  This was the start of the rest of my life…

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After: Napa Valley, August 2005

I have always hated diets.  I don’t believe in them.  I believe in living a healthy, well-balanced life.  Life is all about balance.  If you balance out your life with healthy wholesome foods and exercise, then you deserve that dessert!  This diet did kick-start my 65-pound weight loss, but what really kept the weight coming off was my change to healthy, whole foods.

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After: New York, May 2007

I also grew to love running and working out.  Sweating everyday really does make me a better person, even if it is only for a few minutes!  I am happier and healthier than I have ever been.

It has been almost 8 years since that trip to Chicago, and I worked very hard for over a year to lose that weight.  I have continued to keep the weight off by following my values, eating healthy, and running.  The past 8 years have probably been the best of my life and if I can lose all that weight, then anyone can!  You just have to put your mind to it and follow that dream…

Check out my Weight Loss Tips that helped me lose my weight.  Hopefully you find them helpful as well!

**Weight Loss & Healthy Living Advice**

13 Responses

  1. Hi Jen,
    You are amazing ! You have totally inspired me.I am starting my healthy habits tomorrow. I will be checking in with you !

  2. Hey Fabulous,
    You are an inspiration! I loved reading this about you. As many women do, trying to balance my life as a working mom, I am realizing that when I take care of myself, like running and eating healthfully, I am a happier wife and mom, a better person, like you said. I too struggled with taking off all that lovely baby weight and find that running keeps me on track. I just signed up for my first half-marathon coming up this spring. I feel like I gain confidence and strength with every mile. I like your website! Congrats on running your marathon, what an accomplishment! Take care, Noelle

  3. Do you still live in Boston? I hope so cuz I love finding new Boston bloggers. Maybe it’s cuz we can all complain about the weather together? Haha.

  4. Hey there! I just found your blog and I am loving it!! What a great story!!

  5. Jen, I have been looking through your website this week and am so inspired! I am trying to eat whole foods and will definitely be making some of your recipes! Everything you make looks delicious! I love the pictures! And I am trying to be better at working out. I did a muscle conditioning class this morning and plan on going to yoga tonight. I’m going to keep checking your website for inspiration!!!

  6. Thanks for the comment on my blog and congrats to you for keeping it off! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading your blog!

  7. I love your style of eating/cooking. What are you most conscious about? how many calories something has? how much protein? how much fat? where the ingredients come from?

    • Hi Nikki,

      I actually don’t really count anything, but I do try to make sure that the majority of my meals and snacks have good proteins, fats, carbs, etc. I aim to eat a well balanced diet, but I am by no means on a ‘diet’!

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