About Me

Hi! Welcome to Running and Losing! I'm Mary. I live in a small beach town outside of Jacksonville, Florida with my wonderful boyfriend and pup, Roady. I love to feel the sunshine on my face and the sand under my toes. Who doesn't?

For the last year I've been on a serious health journey. This is a journey in progress for me as I constantly fight a fierce sweet tooth. Over four years ago I dropped all meat besides fish from my diet. I didn't do much research beforehand, I just decided I didn't care for it anymore. In the weeks that followed I ate a lot of cheese and bread to fill myself up. It didn't take long for me to realize I needed to do some reading. Skinny Bitch was my first vegetarian inspired read, and after that I knew I'd never go back. After that I filled my head with documentaries and books that helped me develop the reasons that would drive me to stay meat-free and work towards eliminating all animal products from my life. I am still learning when it comes to complete vegetarian meals, but things have definitely moved beyond cheese pizza and PB&J. If you have to put a label on it (which I don't like to) I guess at this point I'd be considered a pescatarian. I'd prefer to just think of myself as food-conscious. I like to know what I'm putting in my mouth and how it got there.

Part of the last year's journey has also involved re-introducing exercise in to my life. I was very active and athletic when I was younger, with four years of ballet, nine years of competitive soccer, high school cross country and a couple years of rock climbing. I was naturally thin and still always wanted to be thinner. When college came around I found Papa Johns, light beer and parties far more interesting than the gym and the pavement. I slowly packed on a few extra pounds while enjoying a slightly more grown-up woman's body. That sedentary, care-free lifestyle stuck with me for the next several years. The athletic me stayed packed away in a box deep in the back of my closet. When I finally dug that side of me out in January of 2012 (more than 8 years after leaving college!), I feel like I found myself again, and I committed to never letting exercise out of my daily routine again.

12 months later, 10 pounds and 5% body fat lighter, I'm happier and in better shape than I've ever been. And I'm never turning back.

I'd like this to be a place where I can share some of my journey in life, career, fitness and health. I'm usually a very private person and I take a while to warm-up. I'm hoping this avenue allows me to share more and allow others to know me more than my timidness usually allows.

So that's just a little on me so far. There's more to come as I get comfortable and think about what I am willing and not willing to share. Thank you so much for stopping by! And please, please, if there's something in particular you want to hear about, let me know!

Side note: I sadly had to crop my best friend out of this picture because I haven't yet asked her if I can share her beautiful face on this page. I hope she agrees because I know I'll be talking a lot about her. Roady, however, doesn't have a choice.

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