Katie is a Philly-based blogger and editor. Once a gym class mile boycotter, by some sort of sorcery she has now turned into one of those people who runs marathons for fun. Formerly a personal trainer, now when she’s not blogging, she spends her time playing with Bailey, the sassy and energetic Australian Shepherd mix. She has loved to write since she was a little girl, and is on a mission to share the tips and tools women need to feel good about running and eating well.
About Katie: How Hungry Runner Came To Be
Hi! I’m Katie. I’m
23 24 25 26 27 28 years old.
I’m a personal trainer (former) turned health and fitness writer, a runner and a self-proclaimed food enthusiast.
I love running to stay fit and eating to feel healthy and strong. The funny thing is, I haven’t always been a runner. In fact, I used to hate running. And it wasn’t until after I graduated college that I started thinking about how the foods I ate were affecting my body.
For most of my life, I’ve been an athlete. When I was younger, I dabbled in just about everything from cheer leading and horseback riding to softball and ice skating before I tried out for the swim team when I was 11 years old. I don’t know what it was about swimming that hooked me so quickly, but I ended up sticking with it for seven years until I went away to college.
As you can imagine, being a teenager, plus swimming competitively for two hours a day, six days a week, for seven years straight had a profound effect on my body. I was burning a whole lot of calories during my workouts and in in turn, I had quite an enormous appetite. I was able to eat Poptarts as dessert after breakfast, french fries with lunch, and have three servings at dinner without my weight changing much at all. I was effortlessly able to maintain a healthy weight while quite literally eating large amounts of whatever I wanted.
Then came college. After much debate, I chose not to swim competitively because I knew how big of a time commitment it would be. I was interested in pursuing other things (like writing and editing for the school newspaper) that I knew I wouldn’t have time for if I had chosen to join the swim team. So, my high-intensity, two-hour-a-day workouts were suddenly taken completely out of the equation, and at the same time, I was introduced to the tempting and not-so-healthy world of college campus food. For someone who was used to being able to eat whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted with pretty much no consequences, this was basically a fool-proof recipe for gaining weight in a matter of no time at all. And that’s what happened. I began to gain weight for the first time in my life and suddenly discovered what it felt like to feel uncomfortable in my own skin.
I gained about 10-15 pounds, which might not sound like much, but for someone like me with a very petite stature, who had previously always been fit, it was a pretty significant amount. Technically, I was still at a relatively “normal” weight for my height, but I just wasn’t used to carrying around the extra few pounds (mostly in my stomach), and I desperately missed the feeling of strength and stamina that came along with being highly active every day. I had managed to remain somewhat active, frequenting the gym about three times a week, but it wasn’t a consistent routine and it mostly consisted of 20- to 30-minute half-assed sessions on the elliptical.
When I look back at that time now, I see I had two major obstacles that were holding me back. One, I was working out without really knowing what to do and solely because I wanted to lose weight. It was a chore, not something I was doing for enjoyment.
And two, I had no idea what it actually meant to eat well, I was just guessing. So, for the most part of the three years I spent at school (yes, I earned my bachelor’s degree in three years), I held onto the extra weight I had gained and I couldn’t figure out why — no matter what I did — I just couldn’t crush those “Freshman 15.”
Fast forward to now. After a lot of hard work and dedication, I’ve said “see ya later” to that extra weight, and I feel stronger and fitter than ever. I still love to eat, but in a way that’s more nutritious and that allows me to have an overall healthier relationship with food than before.
The two biggest changes that I’ve made are that I run* more (much more!) and I’ve learned a lot about nutrition.
It definitely takes work, but if you’re interested in learning about living a healthier lifestyle I invite you to follow along with me (here on hungry-runner.com, and on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and YouTube ) for healthy eating and fitness inspiration straight from my day to day adventures.
(*Note: Getting fit does not require running. You have to find the activity that you love, that will keep you coming back for more, so that it becomes a consistent part of your routine!)
I owe a lot of credit for my success to help from others, but I’ve also learned a lot on my own along the way. And I’ve found that the real changes came when I decided to stop trying to lose weight and shifted my focus toward goals like running more and getting stronger.
As I wrote in my introduction to Hungry Runner: “Your weight is this futile thing and life is too short to count calories or pass up your favorite dessert. If you want to get healthy and fit and feel strong, that’s GREAT! But I would highly recommend that you leave the number on the scale out of it.”
And I’ll leave it at that!
Thanks for taking the time to read about my journey and how Hungry Runner got started!
P.S. To learn more about what I’ve learned about health, weight loss, fitness and happiness over the past few years (I’ve been blogging since 2011 and wrote most of the above when I was 22) read the following:
- Health, Fitness & Happiness: Let’s Take a Look at the Bigger Picture
- What Hungry Runner is All About