All About Me

Hey and WELCOME to Fresh Berries and Fitness! I am Amanda, a 24-year old living in Franklinton, Louisiana.  After high school, I moved to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University.  In May 2011, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and in August 2011 I luckily got a job teaching as a third grade teacher back home in Franklinton.  I then married my best friend, Dustin, on June 2, 2012.  We moved into a quaint little house after returning from our honeymoon, and we have been making it our own ever since.

Finding Healthy

I grew up as a traditional southern girl in a house of five kids.  Growing up on a dairy farm, we ate plenty of fresh garden vegetables, however, loads of butter, salt, and plenty of  fried foods took over many of our meals.  I was always self conscious of my body, but I thought the way to fix that was to skip a meal here or there, or to choose some other unhealthy diet option.

It was not until my senior year in college, during student teaching, that I finally began to research clean, healthy eating.  I went and purchased Tosca Reno’s, “The Eat Clean Diet, Stripped.” It definitely changed the way I thought of food.  I began to eat clean and work out every day with my roommate’s P90X DVDs.  I ended up losing close to 15 pounds. I instantly became obsessed with living a healthy life style.  Unfortunately, I am human, and it wasn’t always easy.  After I graduated, I moved back in with my parents while looking for a teaching position.  While living there and starting my new career, I found tons of excuses to eat unhealthy and not work out.  I was constantly exhausted because of this!

Luckily this did not faze Dustin, because he proposed to me in December of 2011.  Hating slow-moving processes, we began to plan to have the wedding for the beginning of June.  I knew I had to get back on track!  So, I got out of the rut I was in and began to treat my body better.

I now eat clean, with the rare occasional unhealthy option, and I work out 5-6 times a week.  This summer, I actually began to work out with my sister-in-law and a few other girls.  Doing this I began to include running into my routine, as well as, the INSANITY program.  By body has definitely gotten much stronger from this.  On February 24, I finished my first half marathon in 2 hours.  It is still so amazing to say that.   If it wasn’t for our workout group, I’m not sure if I would have ever had the guts to accomplish the things I have(half marathon and Shaun T:)).  I definitely push myself because of them!

Why Blogging?

Because of my obsession with health, this summer I began to get into reading some health blogs.  I have been hooked ever since.  I read a few of my favorites every day.  They helped me stay motivated and gave out great healthy tips.  When reading one of these blogs I found out about, “The Happiness Project,” by Gretchen Rubin.  In the book she publishes a blog to discuss her Happiness Project.  I thought that I myself could begin a blog like all of these wonderful ladies before me.

So blogging is now my new and exciting hobby.  I will be writing about my healthy life, including food, exercise, family, and my career.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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