I’m a fun-loving Canadian girl named Ali. Over the last couple years I’ve made a lot of life-style changes and I wanted to write a blog about me, my family, my new found domestication and my journey through fitness and self-discovery. I am not a professional, I am the furthest thing from it! I am however a foodie and a fun-loving person, with a normal life, learning how to run and be active while balancing eating amazing foods and being a good mother & wife.
I have an awesome family. Colin; my superman husband. Who is one of the only people I’ve ever met that can deal with all of my craziness and still love me without trying to change anything about me. Rex; who is our dog. We got him back in 2008 from the SPCA. He is some sort of Doberman and German Shepherd mix….he used to be amazingly agile and slim and then I got pregnant and he, like me, got lazy and gained weight. Finally, there came Logan; our beautiful son who is always inspiring me to change myself for the better and look for and enjoy the little things in life. He is a joy. I love him more than anything else in the world.
Colin and I got married in Hawaii on May 23rd of 2011 (yes Logan was born first…oh well, such is life). We couldn’t be happier. It was the best spent money ever and although we are now in a lot of debt we have wedding photos that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
I am an ex-party girl that traded in cigarettes, drugs and alcohol (though I still like my red wine) for baking, cooking, and exercise. I started baking because I needed something to distract my mind to avoid falling back into the “sinister trap” (if you are a smoker start reading Allen Carr’s Easy Way to quit smoking). I am so proud of the person I have become now.
Then I began eating the very amazingly awesome treats I was making and thus began gaining weight. So instead of stopping my new found love for food and the indulgences that came with it. I decided to keep stuffing my face and start working out! So I set goals for myself and made it to my target weight by calorie counting, doing full body workouts coupled with cardio and fell in love with being active!
Which led me to becoming a running addict! I couldn’t stop! I started running in June 2011 and I’m getting better with each run! If you’re a runner or an athlete please don’t ever judge the times or distances I post on this blog because I am aware they aren’t special. I just like running. I enjoy feeling like a horse; running just to feel the breeze in my hair. I always think of Phoebe on “Friends” and I’m like that, but not nearly as frantic. I just enjoy it.
In the winter of 2012 I got my first running injury and therefore I was forced to adopt other means of exercise and everything snowballed from there. Now I only run 3 times a week and although I do still plan to tackle a full marathon (Fall 2013), I’m more into strengthening and cleaning up my body.
I fell in love with swimming and yoga and body weight HIIT workouts! and although I love treats and sugar I have recently begun changing my diet and have started eating much cleaner. I feel like Running with Spatulas is more so the journey and I’m enjoying the ride.
Did I mention I love nature?? and outside?? and especially water??
Well I do. I went to school for Fish & Wildlife and Enviro-Science. I love fish!!! they are my favourite. Something about them is just so unique and amazingly cool. I love trees and animals and hopefully you don’t mind reading about the things I find along my journey in the natural world as well as my mundane daily life. (random tales tend to frequent RwS)
I am very spiritual….in the eastern philosophy sort of way. I like the chakras, reiki, dicussing human energy and ancient lore. I like to believe in a spirituality where personal and communal growth is the main priority. I have always enjoyed introspection and philosophical discussions among other like-minded individuals. I am a lover of ALL beliefs and believe that if we have love in our hearts instead of fear it keeps us together and forms a community <3
I hope you enjoy reading my blog and if you don’t well there’s nothing I can really do but say thanks for visiting!! I look forward to meeting everyone and hearing YOUR stories too!!!
NAMASTE – Hope you have a great day and see the good in everything around you.