Hello and thank you for stopping by Fit Foodie Finds! My name is Lee and I am a recent graduate of The University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Fit Foodie Finds is a blog devoted to healthy living through nutritious/wholesome foods (most of the time), exercise, and everything in between.
I have pretty much been a healthy eater my entire life. I was one of those kids with an everlasting metabolism who could chow down on 4 bowls of Froot Loops like it was my job, only to be hungry a few hours later. Although I was a non-stop snacker, the food I was consuming was all relatively healthy. My parents kept the house stocked with nutritious foods and I was thankful enough to have a bagged lunch with a least 1 fruit and vegetable in it every single day. We never really drank soda growing up and cooking was sort of a family thing. We often ate as a family and my mom’s Italian cooking never failed; she can really make a mean spaghetti and meatballs
|Baby Lee loves her veggies!|
During my high school years I was an athlete, participating in Varsity soccer, cross country, and volleyball. I also played competitive soccer since the age of 5. During the off seasons, I trained at our local gym to stay in shape. With my active lifestyle and access to healthy foods, I never really worried about what or how much I was eating, not to mention my adolescent metabolism was in full force! When my high school years ended and I began college, my lifestyle habits got a little rocky.
|Senior Year Varsity Soccer (Spring 2008)|
As a freshman at the U of M, I had a difficult time adjusting to the res hall food. I was so used to having a constant supply of fresh fruits and vegetables at home, that not having this at school was a big change for me. Something about mass producing food just doesn’t appeal to my taste buds. There was a limited amount of fresh food, the entrees were bland, and there was little day-to-day variety. My new friends at school didn’t seem to mind the food and definitely took advantage of the all you can eat style of the dining halls. I did what everyone else did. Ate. Ate a lot of poor quality food.
I tried to make due with my resources and utilize the salad bar, but an active girl can only take so much salad. Cereal was something I knew I could rely on because it was straight from the box and there were quite a few selections. This is where my portion control got out of wack. 1 bowl of cereal = 2 cups = 4 servings. It didn’t stop there, I also became a little too friendly with the ice cream machine. All you can eat soft serve, yes please!
|Fall Freshman Year- Erika Lee and Emily (2008)|
A little thing called metabolism slowly starts to bite you in the be-hind as you get older. My weight fluctuated during my next few years at school an I wasn’t happy with how I felt. I finally moved into a house off campus and slowly began changing my lifestyle habits. I cooked my own meals, amped up my exercise, became gluten free (mostly), completed my first triathlon, obtained my yoga sculpt certification, etc.
It took a long time and a lot of trial and error before I was able to fully understand what was best for my body, more importantly, what made me feel best. Along the journey to my optimal health (which continues), I had a few bumps in the road like anxiety and disordered eating (PART 1, PART 2 tbd ). I’ve been there and done that, now I am continuing down the road to a happier and healthy Lee.
What am I up to now? In May of 2012 I graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Individualized Bachelor’s Degree focusing on Design Studies, Spanish Studies, and Public Health. Right out of school, I started working for Anytime Fitness Corporate on the social media and marketing team (click here for more on that). I love my job and I love who I work for. I teach Yoga Sculpt and am currently working on becoming a certified personal trainer, hopefully in early 2013. I am a FitFluential Ambassador, a yogi, an amateur gluten free baker, a dog lover, and a blogger of course
Oh yah, how could I forget…my family. I live with my best friend and boyfriend, Blake, who is my other half. You will see him often throughout my posts. He’s my grillmaster and taste tester and my all around cheerleader. Oh yah, he’s also a Kansan native…go KState! I have an older sister, who I refer to as Sister, who is currently seeking her JD from the University of Colorado Boulder and a younger brother getting his undergrad from the University of Colorado Boulder (hence my frequent travels to Colorado). Sister Boy, is Sister’s boyfriend, who still lives here in the cities. The parents moved from my hometown of New Berlin, WI and now live in a suburb of Cleveland. Just because my family lives a far, doesn’t meant I’m not a family girl. One day we will all be back together and la.dee.da. Everything happens for a reason.
Neil, Kay, Clay, Sister, Sister Boy, Me, and Blake
[Interesting facts you probably didn't know]
-I can’t go a day without peanut butter
-I have lived in 6 states: Illinois, Missouri, California, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Minnesota
-My real name is Leanne, but I’ve always been called Lee
-My brother Clay and I have the same birthday, but 4 years apart
-I love oatmeal
-I am addicted to gum
-I’d rather be hot than cold
-I am an early bird, which means I’m usually in bed by 9
-I’ve gone Shark Diving in South Africa
-I like white wine
-I brush my teeth like 4 times a day