March 2016

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How It All Began

When I was 10 years old, my dad once said to me during dinner “Kid, you better not ever slow down.” I looked down at my plate piled high with spaghetti and meatballs and wondered what exactly he meant by that.

Luckily, I’ve always been an active person. Instead of a bus, I walked to and from school. Depending on the season, you could usually find me training and playing on a sports team. I loved to run. I rode my bike constantly. And swimming was second nature to me. During college I skipped every Business Development lecture on Monday nights, because my best mate (yes I said “mate”) and I found a kickboxing class that was way more fun than sitting in a stuffy lecture hall. You might say that I have ants in my pants—I just can’t seem to sit still for very long.

So when I moved to NYC almost 7 years ago and started working in the corporate world, I quickly realized that type of lifestyle wasn’t fulfilling my spirit. I remember one particular evening, I was out with my roommate having a dinner of Spanish tapas and sangria in the East Village. We started discussing life—our dreams, goals, passions—as well as ordered another pitcher of sangria. In order to balance out our overindulgence, I made us promise to get up early the next morning and run the Williamsburg Bridge. That’s when my Dad’s words from when I was 10 years old finally clicked.

Soon thereafter, I became a personal trainer. I wanted (needed!) a career where I would forever be active and help others to do the same. I wanted to stay strong and healthy, while still enjoying everything New York has to offer.

Some people eat to live. I live to eat…and drink. It brings me closer to the ones I love and motivates me to follow my dreams, to work harder, and to be better. And when I wake up the next morning feeling a little heavy or over served, what my body needs most is exercise: a good dose of it to counter-balance the previous night’s fun.

It’s not a guilty pleasure if you work it off the next day.

So welcome to my blog! It’s my ongoing story of how I eat and drink my evenings away with the ones I love and find ways to work it out the next day. It’s my idea of balance, both spiritually and physically.