About Me

So what's up with the title?
My husband jokes with me about my biceps since I started working out. I protest saying you can't see them unless I flex. His response: Where's the Beach [flex] The Beach is This Way.

About the me and the blog:
I am a late-30 something year old with both my BA and MA in Professional and Technical Writing living in the South - the land of meat and potatoes. I am also an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and RRCA Certified Running Coach and owner of Where's the Beach Fitness, LLC.

I have always had a passion for writing and it is indeed my career. This blog allows me to indulge in a few of my passions like writing, exercising, and cooking. My blog is about getting fit, staying fit, eating right, and hitting the beach! Since I can't hit the beach as often as I'd like, it's mostly about fitness, food, and my life

I never thought of myself as particularly athletic. I also never realized how active I truly was until I realized how inactive some are. I guess I have always taken activity for granted. I started off in gymnastics. I was horrible at it. I am a big chicken. My dear friend took ballet and convinced me to take a class. This was in the 5th grade. I was the oldest girl in the beginner ballet class mind you. Oh, and the fact that I am painfully shy did not bode well for this experience. However, from the moment I placed my hand on that ballet barre, I was in love with ballet.

I simply loved ever single thing about ballet. I loved that it was very scheduled and uniform. We all wore buns, black leotards, pink tights, pink shoes. Each class was structured the same way. But more than anything, I loved the way I felt when the music filled the room and moved. I was no longer shy and reserved and scared. I took ballet, and even taught, for well over 20 years. Eventually, it started to become more and more difficult to find advanced adult classes that could fit into a full-time work schedule. For the longest time, I simply took the advanced and pre-professional classes with the teenagers. But after a while, dancing with kids makes you feel very secluded.

Not dancing meant that I needed to find another outlet. I was never an athlete; I have asthma and could never run more than half a mile. But I started to take medication daily and was able to build up my endurance. My husband belonged to a gym so I ended up going along and walking on the treadmill. Slowly I began to add in bouts of running until I was able to easily run 3 miles. My sister also introduced me to workout DVDs. I bought myself an aerobic step and some hand weights.

Now I run - 5 half marathons down - bike, do kickboxing, and lift weights as. I love how lifting can totally reshape the body. I love how it makes me feel strong. I am very petite and have always hated people assuming I just didn't eat. I don't want to be called skinny. I want to be called strong. My goal is to share my passion and hopefully inspire others.

I am also passionate about food. I am vegetarian and love to cook and try out new recipes. I know that there are so many misconceptions out there about what being vegetarian or vegan means. One goal is to show that just because a recipe is vegetarian or vegan, doesn't mean that a meat-eater won't enjoy it. It's far more than lettuce, sprouts, and tofu. I also take pride in trying to eat as healthy as possible to fuel my body for my workouts.

Vegetarian/vegan does not equal healthy eating. I think that is another major misconception. There are plenty of vegetarian/vegan junk foods out there. There are plenty of unhealthy products that are loaded with chemicals and processed junk. So I try to incorporate clean eating into my vegetarian lifestyle. I am not perfect, however, and will never claim to be so. I love pizza, but I try to make healthier versions. I do often still crave things like chips, cookies, and ice cream. I try to avoid them, but will allow myself an indulgence every now and then. It's about balance for me. Life's short and sometimes ice cream is what you need ;-)

Email me at Heather [at] wtbfitness.com 

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