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 living in the South - the land of meat and potatoes. I have both a BA and MA in Professional and Technical Writing. 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

Fitness
I never thought of myself as particularly athletic. I also never recognized 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, which was definitely not my talent. In the 5th grade, my dear friend took ballet and convinced me to take a class. 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. 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.

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. I started walking on the treadmill then incorporated run/walk intervals 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 - 8 half marathons down - bike, do kickboxing, and lift weights. I love how empowering running can be and how lifting weights can totally reshape the body. My goal is to share my passion for fitness and hopefully inspire others.

Food
I am 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. I take pride in trying to eat as healthy as possible to fuel my body for my workouts, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a nice slice of pizza. Balance is key.

Email me at Heather [at] wtbfitness.com 

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