Hi, I’m Allison. I’m a twenty nine year old newlywed living in Brooklyn Heights with my husband, Chris, and our dog Daisy. I have been active for most of my life, but it wasn’t until about a year ago, when I was trying to deal with some health issues and looking for outlets to deal with wedding planning stress, that I discovered how much I love exercise, running in particular. This despite running track and cross country throughout high school. Not only did running work wonders for me mentally, but I also noticed incredible physical changes. Although I’ve always been thin and have eaten a healthy diet, I’ve had high cholesterol since I was seven years old. A few years ago, doctors were talking about putting me on Lipitor. Lipitor! Me! I was twenty six years old, worked out regularly, kept myself at a healthy weight, ate a healthy diet, and they wanted to put me on Lipitor? That wasn’t happening. Here are some of the side effects of Lipitor: muscle pain, stomach problems, fatigue, diarrhea, joint pain. Um, no thank you. I came to the conclusion that even though I worked out, I needed to increase the intensity. Reading Us Weekly while casually gliding along on the elliptical, while keeping me trim, clearly was not giving me enough of a cardiovascular workout. I embraced group fitness classes like Physique 57, Refine Method, Pilates, TRX, and indoor cycling (I love Flywheel) and started running outside. I ended up loving group fitness and running so much that I cancelled my gym membership. I also cleaned up my diet as much as possible. I had been flirting with the idea of eliminating meat from my diet for some time and the thought that a vegetarian diet could keep me off of medication gave me the push I needed. Now I eat mostly plant-based foods (I’d say about 80% of my diet is plant-based) and I try to keep the processed foods to a minimum, but I’m human. Sometimes a girl needs Cheetos.

I truly believe that running, group fitness classes, and adopting a vegetarian diet are responsible for lowering my cholesterol from 225 to 170 in the past year.

I started this blog as a way to keep track of my runs and my progress both in terms of physical fitness and just overall health, along with any other thoughts going through my head that I feel compelled to write about. It’s also a way for me to keep track of great recipes I find, since usually I print them out and then toss them, then spend an hour trying to find the recipe online. I basically started this thing for purely selfish reasons. Accept. I don’t pretend to have all the answers (or any) and I’m not here to give diet or exercise advice. If I could do it all over again, I probably would have gotten a degree in nutrition, but I didn’t. Everything I write about is purely my own experience.

What else? I love my friends, I love my family, and I’ve become one of those lunatic dog people I used to make fun of. We adopted Daisy from a rescue organization in March 2011 and she’s such a love bug. I love to travel but don’t love flying. My love of the beach is surpassed only by my love of high SPF sunscreen. I can’t dance to save my life, but have been known to throw down at a karaoke bar. I have very little shame. If it’s a song from the 90’s, I probably know the lyrics and will probably sing them loudly. If it’s a pumpkin-based food, I’ll eat it. I haven’t parallel parked since the day I took my road test twelve years ago. I constantly look for bargains on work clothes, but spend entirely too much money on workout wear. I grew up in New Jersey, and it will always have a special place in my heart, but always talk about how I want to move back to the South (I went to college in Atlanta). However, I love New York and I love living in Brooklyn. It’s truly like no other place in the world.

That’s pretty much me in a nutshell.

Chris and me.  I think you can guess where this was taken.  That's right.  Law school graduation.

Chris and me. I think you can guess where this was taken. That’s right. Law school graduation.

Two of my best friends and me

Two of my best friends and me

My Daisy-belle.  This little girl has softened my heart of stone

My Daisy-belle. This little girl has softened my heart of stone

Running in Rome > running while dodging strollers in Brooklyn

Running in Rome > running while dodging strollers in Brooklyn


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