Welcome to A Healthy, Happier Bear. Here, I chronicle my daily adventures in striving for a healthy, happier life. I started the blog in April 2009 to document my training for the 2010 ING NYC Marathon, my first. Since then, the blog has evolved into a place where I share my attempt to find balance. Initially, in the “city that never sleeps” and then, for two years, while living in Europe. Now I’m back in New York City and still very much a work in progress. But, my goal hasn’t changed. Each day, I do my best to inspire my readers as I balance corporate life with the roles of wife, friend, workout partner, and blogger.
I’m originally from Savannah, Georgia a wonderful, historic southern town which will always be near and dear to my heart. My childhood instilled in me a love of learning, travel, the outdoors and the belief that family and friends are the most important things in life. After four great years at the University of Georgia including a summer studying abroad in Cadiz, Spain, I graduated in 2006 with a degree in marketing and a minor in spanish.
During college, I also fell in love with Bo, a wonderful man who I married in 2009. Following college, I began my dream job with the company for which I still work: Procter & Gamble. My career, along with that of my husband has taken us to Philadelphia, New York, and now Geneva, Switzerland.
My attempt to find balance with a healthy lifestyle began in college when I was overweight and unhappy with my looks and health (yeah, that’s me on the left).
I began running and attending Weight Watchers meetings in 2005 and completed my first 5k race in 2006. Through the support of Weight Watchers and my friends and family I went from weighing 198 pounds to 140 in one year. My love of running has continued since then and I successfully completed the ING NYC Marathon in 2010.
In 2013, my husband and I moved to Europe, initially splitting our time between London, England (where he was working) and Geneva, Switzerland (where I work). In May 2014, my husband relocated to Geneva.
I feel incredibly blessed not only to live in the same city as my husband (try living apart for 10 months and you’ll understand why) but to be in a city where so many of the things I love doing are right at my fingertips. In Summer we’re able to swim and boat in the lake, go for long runs and rides through beautiful countryside and hike through the Alps. In Winter, we are only 45 minutes away from some of the best skiing in the world. I am so fortunate to also have friends here that enjoy the outdoors as much as I do.
I have learned a great deal over the past few years as I have transitioned from college to professional life. While I do my best each day to live a life of no regrets, I do wish I had learned some of these values earlier in life, especially moderation and balance. I believe that for life to be truly fulfilling, it must be balanced. While I workout six days a week and do my best to eat healthy, natural foods, I still enjoy having a few glasses of wine down by the lake while relaxing with friends. Balance extends beyond nutrition and fitness. My career at Procter & Gamble is very important to me, however I believe a happy employee is a productive employee and therefore I strive to embody work life balance. My family and friends are the most important things in my life and, despite living on a different continent, I see them several times a year. My relationship with my husband, Bo, is a blessing. We have been together for 10 years and during this journey we have each grown. One of the biggest things to develop through our relationship is the ability to understand, respect and support each other and our endeavours.
With my blog, A Healthy, Happier Bear I hope to to inspire happiness in others by helping them lead healthy, balanced lives. Many people have questioned the theme and tittle of the blog, i.e. what do bears have to do with being healthy? Its genesis is the fact that “bear” is my husband and my pet name for each other. I am the Heathy, Happier, Bear.
These days, most of my posts revolve around three of my passions in life, travel, fitness, and food. In addition, you’ll also find a few fashion and beauty posts thrown in here as well. Below you’ll find a sample of a few of my favorite posts including a few recipes that are guest-authored by my husband Bo. I hope you enjoy!
- Where to Eat & Stay in Rome
- A Few Tips for Visiting Versailles
- The Munich Beer Hall Tour
- Weekend in Zermatt
- Exploring Ephesus
- St. Croix Adventures
- Biking Around Bermuda
- Café des Federations
- High Protein Snack Ideas
- Cooking with Bo: Healthy Chicken Fajitas and Pico de Gallo
- Truffled Twice-Baked Potatoes
- Peach Cobbler Smoothie
- Low Fat Pumpkin Bread
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