Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My Top 5 All Time Health and Fitness Decisions

It's Tuesday and I am linking up with hosts Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers for their The Fit Dish Link-Up every Tuesday.
Today's topic is to list my "Top 5 All Time Best Health and Fitness Decisions". Thinking back there are lots of good health and fitness decisions I've made but these are my top 5:

1. Participating in sports like basketball and track and field when I was younger. They gave me that extra boost of confidence that I needed when I was in school. I was pretty shy back in school and participating in school sports got me out of my shell. It was great being part of a team and I learned that winning wasn't everything but just being able to share experiences with others made it all worthwhile.
2. Hiking with my friend Mindy to Mt. Pilchuck for the first time. This was back in high school and I had never been hiking before. She took both me and my sister to hike up Mt. Pilchuck and I thought it was the coolest thing! It was steep and long and when we got to the top, there was a lookout and the views were amazing. After this hike, I knew hiking would be a part of my life from that point forward. I was in awe of nature and knew there was more I wanted to see.
3. Running my first half marathon in 2005. My first half marathon was the Seattle Half marathon in November of 2005. It was a big deal and what made it fun was I did it with a bunch of friends. After that first half marathon, I caught the running bug and just wanted to keep on running and improving. Within a year I improved drastically and new that running would be an important part of my life. 
4. Signing up for the Nike San Francisco Women's Half Marathon in 2009. This was a big deal because the time I signed up I was pregnant with my first son and did not think we would actually get in because it was a lottery. Low and behold we got in and it was a great decision because training for it, helped lose a lot of my pregnancy weight. Most of the 40 lbs I gained was lost training for that race. I ran the half marathon 4 months after giving birth and it was an awesome race. 
5. Starting my blog Run-Hike-Play. This is a great decision in that with blogging I have found all of you. It is great to have such a wonderful and supportive #fitfam! I have gotten to communicate and even meet people I probably never would have if I had not started my blog and gotten on social media like Twitter and Instagram. I have found that with blogging I can share my experiences and inspire others, just as other bloggers are inspiring me. I love to read other peoples blogs and I learn a lot from them in regards to training, what to wear, gear, races, etc.. It is so cool that I can be a part of this great #fitfam #dishthefit community. I love connecting with you all.
Those are my top 5 health and fitness decisions, what is one of yours?

18 comments:

  1. Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet StuffJanuary 20, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Hey! I'm just joining this link-up for the first time so I wanted to meet some new peeps and I see you live in Seattle. How cool! I live an hour North of there! Are you from WA?

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  2. Impressive you went on your first hike in high school! Was that common amongst high schools in Seattle? I don't think I started hiking until college :)

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  3. Geat list of health/fitness decisions! Participating in sports in school was fun as well as that first hike with Mindy. Great job with your blog! You are an inspiration! :)

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  4. Thanks for visiting Lauren! This linkup is awesome! I actually no longer live in WA. I used to live in Bothell and my parents are in Mill Creek. Where are you?

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  5. Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet StuffJanuary 20, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Samish Island

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  6. I really wish I'd done more sports when I was younger! I was actually going to do track (yay sprinting!) during my senior year...but I auditioned for the school musical and got in, so I did that instead. Props to you for doing both basketball and track! :O

    Yay for the SF Nike Women's Marathon! :]! That's the first and only race I've ever run! (I did it a year after you though.) That's incredible that you did it 4 months after giving birth! Totally agree with you on the blogging too! :]

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  7. Thanks Jenny! A lot of friends from the track team have gone hiking. I don't know about the rest of the school. ;) I'm so glad I was introduced to it back then.

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  8. Thanks Sherry! It was fun and you are definitely an inspiration as well! :)

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  9. Thanks Farrah!! Awesome you did the SF Nike 1/2 too! It was my first time running in SF and I enjoyed it (except for those hills) ha! :)

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  10. Running is in the top 5 for many! It's a life changer for sure.


    #fitfamlove

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  11. High school sports are great on many levels and very important! Thanks MB!!

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  12. You've done a couple of races, that are on my "bucket list". It's so awesome to look back at what we have done, to realize where it has brought us. I always find history, even my own history (LOL) facinating! I am also with you on the blogging, it does bring a whole new community of awesome relationships and even great friendships!

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  13. Thanks Jessica!! You are amazing and inspiring as well!!! So glad I am a part of the #dishthefit #fit family! As always thanks for a great linkup! :)

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  14. Definitely for me too Abby! :)

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  15. It is awesome to look back at what we have done! Blogging is awesome! :)

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  16. One of my biggest regrets is not having done sports as a child. I think it would have made me much more confident at that age and set me up for better running as an adult. That's why I love coaching Girls on the run! Nice post

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  17. Thanks Deborah! So great that you coach Girls on the run!!

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