Katie is a New York City-based writer. She is a marathoner, former personal trainer and a lover of all things food. She loves teaching others about exercise, healthy eating and running. By sharing her expertise and daily experiences she aims to inspire and help others to find the fun in fitness and the excitement in eating healthy.
I’m Katie. I’m
23 24 25 26 years old.
I’m a personal trainer (former) turned health and fitness writer, a runner, and a lover of all things food.
I love running to stay fit and eating to feel healthy. Hence, I am a “Hungry Runner.” 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, 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 ever gaining so much as a pound. I was effortlessly able to maintain a healthy weight without ever really having to give a second thought to diet or exercise.
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 absolutely 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 active, frequenting the gym 3 or more times a week and my diet wasn’t atrocious, but it could have been a lot better and I definitely could have been working out a lot smarter.
When I look back at that time now, I see that my two major obstacles were that I didn’t know how to work out to lose weight, and despite what I thought, I had no idea what it actually meant to eat healthily, I was just guessing. So, for the most part of the three years I spent at school, 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 much more nutritious way than before. The two biggest changes that I’ve made are that I run* more (much more!) and I’ve learned how to really eat well.
It’s not easy, but if you’re interested in learning about living a healthier lifestyle I invite you to follow along (here on hungry-runner.com, and on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram) for healthy eating and fitness inspiration straight from my day to day adventures.
(*Note: Losing weight or becoming fit does not require running. You have to find the activity that you love, that will keep you coming back for more, and stick to it!)
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 made the commitment to just do it.
So, if you really want it and you’re willing to make changes there’s no reason at all why anybody can’t lose weight, get in shape, and stay fit forever!
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 the above when I was 21) read the following stories: