Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Kelli

Hello blog world! My name is Kelli and I am one of the “lives” that is trying to follow “one lifestyle”. I am a 23 year old woman living in Connecticut with my husband, Stephen, and working in the corporate world. While I love my job as a hedge fund accountant and consider myself a finance and accounting fanatic, my true passions in life lie with food and exercise.

I have been active my entire life. I cannot remember a summer day that I did not spend swimming at Kipps Run Swim Club, or playing outside all day with my siblings and neighbors. Throughout childhood I played soccer and took ballet, tap, and jazz dance classes. With a stay-at-home Mom, and a Dad who was a college professor it seemed somewhat easy to have my entire family sit down to a well balanced every night of the week. My Mom cooked almost every night, and take out was a rare treat. As I entered the horrible world of being a teenager, however, my relationship with food went from good to horrible. I suffered from eating disorders and severely disordered eating all through middle school, high school, and part of college. During this time my weight was all over the place. My constant weight fluctuation, having buffet style food, and a “wall of cereal” did not help my relationship with food. Despite being active I struggled with my weight throughout most of college. One of my main focuses since graduating from college has been trying to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle along with a good relationship with food.

I am proud (and for the first time in my life NOT ashamed) to finally say that I love food, like really love food. I never realized before this past year that food can be both HEALTHY AND TASTE GOOD! What a concept! I have realized that I love food that is whole, unprocessed, and has flavors that are natural and stay with you for a long time after you eat. I love the way both my body and mind feel when my diet is filled with natural ingredients, limited animal protein, and an abundance of fruits and veggies. I love to indulge as well! Sometimes a girl really just needs some greasy take out, a dark beer, and some ice cream to wash it down!

As I said before, I have always been active. I was captain of my field hockey and swim teams in high school, and also enjoyed cheerleading and several other activities that always kept me on the move. In college I was able to find a passion for running (with the help of Katie!) and have competed in several 5K’s and 10K’s. Katie and I even did a triathlon together during out senior year at Bucknell! This past October I competed in my first half marathon, and I plan on running another in May. I am also training for my first FULL marathon in October 2010!

This past year and a half has been an incredible “growth” year for me.  And with growth, comes growing pains.  After getting married in July 2008 (best day of my life!) I gained what I call the “newlywed 10”.  I was not as active as I had been in college.  I started eating the same food portion sizes as my 6′ 4″ husband (much more food than a woman who is 5’3″ with a medium build needs!), and was struggling to balance my incredibly stressful work life with studying for the CPA with being a newlywed.  I was BEYOND stressed, and my body was showing it.  I was getting much softer around my mid section, my skin was oily and I had very little energy.  In January 2009 (after seeing a VERY unflattering picture of me from New Years Eve) I decided to start a healthy lifestyle.  This was not going to be another diet, or another short time period where I lost weight and then went back to old habits just to gain it back.  I started doing a TON of research, and reading food blogs!  I felt great, had tons of energy, fell in love with running, and was really doing well.  This year, however, has brought lots of twists and turns for my husband and myself and I have been derailed a few times.  I have realized though that I feel better about my life, myself, and my body when I am eating healthy, whole, and unprocessed foods.  It is much easier to stay on track when I stop to think about how the food I am eating will make me feel afterward instead of how it makes me feel while I’m eating it.

I love my life and love to fill it with people, things, and activities that I am passionate about. Those things, people, and activities include my absolutely incredible husband, good wine, the color pink, sushi, runs, races , bikram yoga, a great spinning class, my amazing family both near and far, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, and my college soul mates.

So we invite you to follow us as we strive toward one “lifestyle”. My life is one that seems to be built around an 8AM to 5PM schedule. Before, during, and after I balance the many ways I love to work out, learning to cook with good and whole foods, a loving husband who is my everything, family, and all of the other struggles that life throws at you when you are living in the “real world”.

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i stumbled on your blog randomly, and am so excited to see another accountant here in the blog world! can’t wait to start reading 🙂

Comment by Cassie

I also just stumbled onto your blog–good to see another Kelli (spelled the same way) with such a lovely blog! It’s so amazing that you’re training for a full marathon. I’ve always wanted to run, but have suffered some knee problems in the past that make it pretty difficult. Wishing you all the best in your training!

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