Hello! I'm Lauren, the blogger behind Oatmeal after Spinning and am so excited to be taking over Fit Foodie Finds for the day!
Here's a fun fact- Lee was the very first healthy living blog that I ever read. It was by accident one day in the spring of 2011. I saw her gorgeous photographs of delicious recipes, and I was hooked! We even got to meet in person at the Blend Retreat last May!
I'm so excited for the accomplishments that Lee has made in the last year with her blog, graduating college and landing a kick-butt job at AnytimeHealth.com! She is truly an inspiration (and so wise beyond her years- I seriously did now have my life so together when I was her age :)).
Staying healthy and fit is something that is super important to Lee- and I really admire that! I know that being active is also a passion that Lee and Blake share- as they often work out in the gym together and also enjoy doing things outdoors like hiking, biking and skiing. (Lee here: I seriously want to thank Lauren for all of the comments and support when I first started blogging. It is people just like her that made me love blogging and never want to stop! So thanks :) ) This is also something that my husband Greg and I have in common (well, except for skiing...), so I wanted to tell you just a little bit about our story and how we make fitness a (fun) priority in our relationship.
I met Greg a little over five years ago- shortly after having lost about 60 lbs. (ahhh mayyy zingg) through healthy eating and exercising. I was getting really interested in running and had a few 5ks under my belt. Greg told me that he was really passionate about mountain biking and often competed in races. We bonded immediately over our love for being active and realized that we both had a very competitive nature. I encouraged Greg to continue to compete in mountain bikes races, no matter how crazy they were (like the 24 hour race he did!). Greg also encouraged me to continue with running and sign up for 8k, 10k and half-marathon races. We even ran a few races together!
My interest in running generally progressed into many different areas of exercise and I even tried my hand at mountain biking a few times. I'm still a little bit too much of a wuss to mountain bike like Greg does, but I do enjoy riding on "baby" trails. We even got engaged during a bike ride/kayak trip in Colorado!
One of the greatest things that Greg has helped me discover is that I have an intense love and connection to being out in the woods and hiking. He introduced me to all of the awesome hiking trails that we have around Maryland - and all over the country!
We are both so passionate about hiking that our honeymoon was a two week adventure of hiking, biking and kayaking through the Pacific Northwest.
We generally plan our vacations to places where we can constantly explore and challenge ourselves, because it's what we both really love to do. Being outdoors is something that is so important to both of us, and is also something that closely binds us together. I'm a certified Spinning and Bodypump instructor, and recently quit my job of 7 years as a school teacher to pursue a career in personal training. I could have never done this without Greg's support, and am so grateful that he understands how passionate I am about teaching others to be healthy.
We made a pledge to "stay fit together" for the rest of our lives, and I don't see that being a difficult promise to uphold. If you're able to find a fitness activity (or 5!) that you both love doing together, it can make a relationship that much stronger.
We recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in the best way that either of us could think of: hiking two 14ers in Colorado !
(in case you don't know, a 14er is a mountain that peaks above 14,000 feet elevation. Talk about a tough hike!) I'm so lucky to have found my partner in fitness for life !
Thanks for reading- hope to see you again soon over at my blog . :)
What types of fitness-related activities do you like to do with your partner?
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I love love love Lauren's story about how she fell in love with fitness and her husband. I think it's important to share some sort of passion with your significant other. Luckily, Blake and I are just like Lauren and Greg...we love the outdoors and can share this together! I also admire Lauren's passion decision to pursue her dream in personal training! There really is nothing better than loving your job..."Do what you love, and you'll love what you do. Seriously.
I'm off to a wedding in Kansas. If you don't follow me on Instagram yet... DO IT. My new iphone5 makes instagrammin' a lot easier. My username is hers0108 ( I want to change it to FitFoodieFinds, but I don't know how! If you do...leave a comment!)