How Fitness and Nutrition Changed My Life

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by Allie Voss

CBC Marketing Coordinator, Allie Voss, shares her own fitness transformation!

“I grew up playing soccer and was constantly on the move, so naturally, I was able to eat what I wanted. I became more aware of what I ate in high school, but even then, my metabolism was on my side. Then college hit, and between the cafeteria food options and my laziness to get to the gym… I put some weight on, by some, I mean the freshman 15-20. I was having a ton of fun, but my energy levels were low, and I didn’t have the knowledge or motivation to make a change. I spent most of college trying to lose the weight but not changing my habits. When I did go to the gym I would barely break a sweat, and it was more of a social activity.

It wasn’t until I graduated college and was feeling down about not landing a full time job yet, that I signed up for my first half marathon. It was November 2015 and I was registered to race the following summer. This was HUGE for me… considering other than running during soccer, I would never have picked up my shoes and headed outside for a long run. I signed up because I needed some motivation, and something to help me feel good about myself as I worked two internships in search of a job. Leading up to the race, I spent most of that summer training, and trying to eat healthier in order to feel better while working out. The day came, it was hot and I finished with a time of 2:06:06. Although I REALLY struggled during the final three miles, I felt good about my time and what I had accomplished. I assured everyone that I was never going to do that again, but I was glad I did it. Once my legs recovered and I had more time to think about it, I signed up for another race. This one was for April 2017… 8 months later. This gave me plenty of time to train, and I hoped that April’s weather would be much better than that of August. The day came, and I was really nervous, but also very excited. I finished with a time of 2:02:30. Beating my previous time felt very  rewarding, but internally I was mad at how much I still struggled with those final three miles again. Looking back, it’s likely because I only ever trained up to 10 miles,so that was all my body was prepared for. At this point, I was hooked. I signed up for my third half marathon and convinced a few friends to run it with me. This time I really focused on my nutrition. For the month leading up I cut out added sugars, dairy, gluten, and alcohol. I finished the race with a time of 1:57:10… and the best part was… I could have kept running. I felt SO good, I couldn’t believe I had cut off 9 minutes from my first race. This was the wake up call I needed to show me that nutrition is vital in a healthy lifestyle.

Rewind back to December 2016, about a year and a half after I graduated, I created an Instagram to share healthy tips and recipes with the world. Doing this held me accountable and pushed me to try new things, in turn I learned to love cooking for myself. It’s been fun to look back at the account and see how my tastes have changed, and how I’ve become more creative with my meals. Now it’s January of 2019 and I am registered to run the same April race again this year and I’m strongly considering running the Twin Cities Marathon in the fall. If you would have told me after I graduated that this is where I would be right now, I would have laughed. All of this goes to show how hard it can be to turn your life around. When you’re feeling sluggish and stuck in your ways, it’s hard to see another way to live.

It’s taken me 3+ years to get to where I am now and I’m still learning. I’ve returned to my pre-college weight and am constantly experimenting with new ways of eating to see how it makes me feel. Do I have bad days? Absolutely, sometimes even bad weeks, but the key is to never give up on yourself and keep pushing through when you want to give up and eat a tub of ice cream. I started working at Calhoun Beach Club in December 2018 as the Marketing Coordinator and I finally felt like my personal and professional lives aligned. I LOVE what I do. I get to share with everyone the benefits of having a healthy and active lifestyle, and I get to see transformations just like my own. This is exactly where I feel like I should be and I am excited for what the future holds!”

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