My name is Erika- I am a stay at home mom of two preschool age girls. I am not crafty, I am not an aspiring gourmet chef, I can’t teach you how to save a fortune by clipping coupons, nor am I very organized. Actually, I am probably alot like you- a mom doing her best to raise healthy, happy children while not losing herself in the process.
Since having children, my health has become incredibly important to me. Not only do I want to be a good example for my girls, but I also want to do everything I can to ensure that I am around for them as long as possible. In recent years, I have taken up running as my primary source of excercise- in the blog you will learn how badly I hated running most of my life, and how I finally learned to enjoy it. You will also read about my struggles with food- I am a picky eater who wants desperately to eat and enjoy clean, nutritious foods and cut out all of the junk. You will probably also hear about my slight obsession with Lululemon, my love of reading, my frustrations with home remodeling and of course, my beautiful daughters and fantastic husband!
My name is Christina- I have been married to a wonderful man for 12 years and we have two (soon to be three) beautiful kids who are my world. I am a professional photographer who loves coffee, reading, shopping, and going antiquing. I may or may not have a small obsession with Pinterest, Instagram, Lululemon, and my iPhone. I mean really, how did one ever live without these things?
Although I come from a family of runners, I wasn’t a runner myself until a couple of years ago. Since then, I have run numerous 5K’s and 2 half marathons. I had plans to train and run a full marathon in 2013, but that had to be put on hold for baby #3. I also enjoy staying fit by cross-training with classes at my local YMCA. Right now my biggest challenge is realizing the limitations of pregnancy, while coming to terms with what I can and cannot do. I am by no means an expert on running, fitness, or healthy eating. In fact, I learn something almost daily and my hope is to share these things with you through this blog.
The two of us met in kindergarten in Houston, TX and managed to stay friends even when thousands of miles separated us. Though we currently aren’t close in distance (Christina is back in Texas and Erika is now living in Southern California), we are actually closer than ever now that we are both moms. We share texts and emails nearly every day, and decided to start this blog together because quite often our discussions are about the same things: how to stay fit and healthy while juggling family obligations and raising kids.
We both seemed to start taking a greater interest in our health at the same time, which more or less, began with our first 5K that we ran together.
We had both given birth to two children, and like many moms were struggling to get our bodies back into shape. After this race, we both started running more- Christina ran her first half marathon the following year, and Erika followed suit the year after that. We also both started paying closer attention to nutrition, and placing a greater emphasis on our health in general.
Each of us has come a long way since then, although we are still most definately works in progress. We hope you will enjoy this blog, our labor of love- and also hope that you find some inspiration in our struggles and triumphs.