Hello and welcome to my blog!
My name is Sue, I’m 32 years old, and I live in a small village in Southern Germany, in Bavaria, to be exact. My blog Sue In Training is about my quest to combine a full-time desk job, great food, and a healthy active life style. I enjoy writing about my workouts, delicious recipes, and other fun stuff.
I recently got married, and I’m really enjoying being a wife.
My Story So Far
To be honest, I used to spend the largest part of my days on the couch, I hated physical activity and loved sweets and snacks. Back then I didn’t really care about my health and was clearly overweight. I wasn’t happy with myself, but I just ignored my problems, focusing on working and studying instead.
Vegetarian For Life
My first major turning point happened in December 2006. At that time I had severe stomach problems, probably from the cafeteria food at the college I was working at. I noticed that I felt better whenever I ordered only side dishes, like salads, plain rice, steamed veggies. So out of a whim I decided to try a vegetarian diet for a while, and also to cook my meals from scratch. I felt so much better! My stomach problems vanished, I had more energy and felt less sluggish. And I lost 20 pounds in the first five months, without even trying!
So far, so good, but I was still sitting on my couch.
The Big 3-0
And then I turned 30. The thought of it nearly freaked me out! I thought that my 30th birthday meant I was officially starting to get old. But to me it also meant it was time for me to finally grow up and get a grip on my life. Yes, this is MY life and I can control it and change it, to be the person I’ve always wanted to be. So I finally decided to lace up my shoes and get my butt off the couch!
When I wanted to start exercising seriously, tried to find activities that I would enjoy. I don’t really like gyms, and the few decent ones around here are too expensive for my liking. So I got myself an elliptical trainer, some workout dvds, a pair of dumbbells, and set up some kind of “home gym”. I also found a local Pilates class, that is really fun. But after a while I wanted more. I was looking for a real challenge! Enter my arch-enemy: Running!
From Couch To 5K
I really used to hate running! For me running has always been the worst form of activity. Even back in high school I dreaded the days when we were supposed to run. It was horrible! By chance I found the blogs of Caitlin (Healthy Tipping Poing) and Emily (Daily Garnish). They (among others!) taught me, that it IS possible to go from having to stop after 1/4 mile, to run a full marathon! So one day I just went out the door to RUN! I was huffing and puffing and had to walk a lot, but I was RUNNING. And it wasn’t half as bad as I expected. I’m still a total beginner and so slow that even the snails pass me. But I’m RUNNING, and I’m even starting to enjoy it.
5K And Beyond
In May 2011 I finished my first official 5K and had so much fun. So there will surely be more races soon. Check out my races page for updates!