Happy Thursday all!!
7 months and 149 posts into blogging and it wasn’t until I began participating the Grow Your Blog Hop last week, that I realized, I have never really introduced myself to any of my readers when I started my blog.
As a part of the blog hop, I get a spotlight day that is today Thursday, Nov 5th. If I did this ‘schedule a post’ thing correctly, this post should have posted at 12am today (Thursday, Nov 5th).
It was suggested to use some of my post to introduce myself to the new readers visiting through the blog hop. I will be using my entire post to introducing myself to everyone reading today.
Before I get into that, a special thank you to Kristy @ Runaway Bridal Planner for this Grow Your Blog Hop opportunity. It has been so much fun connecting with so many different and awesome bloggers since last week and I am thankful for the opportunity to introduce others to my blog as well.
For anyone visiting through the blog hop, welcome-I am so glad you are here. To my ‘regulars’, thank you for being here and I am honored to re-introduce myself to new and returning readers!
The short version of Who is Fit Balling Running Mom
My government name is Tamieka. Many people call me Meeks. Only my sister can call me Tammy (don’t even think about it!!) I am 41 (about to be 2 in less than 2 months). I am a wife (married 9 years this past October 1st) and a mother of two young children (7 and 5). I play women’s contact flag football, run and workouts out. I have 2 degrees in human Development and Education with specialization in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. live a fairly fit, active and healthy lifestyle.
The long version of Who is Fit Balling running Mom:
Ever since I was young, I have always been the ‘skinny fat’ girl. You know the girl that could eat whatever she wanted and it never showed up anywhere. The one who was thin but no muscle definition AT ALL!!! Yup that was me and as I look back, I surely do miss those days (of eating what every I want with no consequence!)-lol!
I have been physically active most of my life and into sports through college and up to my 1st pregnancy in 2008. Well after having my first kid, I was so overwhelmed with being a mom and was struggling on how to fit working out into motherhood. I never really figured it out then actually. I easily got into the ‘I have a kid, I don’t need to work out-I need to take care of my child’ mentality and then I had another kid and was enjoying mommy life a bit too much (for my taste at least). I went from a comfortable athletic looking size 4 to not so athletic looking tightly fitting size 12 (2 years after my 2nd child). Just when I was feeling like ‘enough was enough’ and was about to get my sh@# together (after numerous previous attempts) to get back in shape, my girlfriend began to plan her 40th birthday and had decided on Belize. So there it was the REAL motivation I needed to get my sh@# together. In 2012, I started the mission to be able to fit comfortably in a 2 piece on the beaches of Belize and I have not looked back since!
I have been committed to a healthy lifestyle for the past 3 years learning more and more each day about health, fitness and my body. I am committed to being and staying a Fit Mom to set a good example for my children and my family.
I am planning on studying to become a personal trainer with a concentration on nutrition. I have the book-I just need to get focused and make a plan for studying and taking the test.
Since 2002, I have been playing contact flag women’s football. We are able to block of the line and down field. My team’s name is Lady All Met. Don’t let the pretty faces fool ya….we are a force to be reckoned with. We have won 3 National Champions and numerous local and travel tournaments. We are known for being a very physically aggressive team and have a mean run game!!
I have won multiple MVP and All-American accolades as being a shut down corner. As I have aged, I have transitioned to line-backer and still as aggressive as ever-always going at 110% and playing harder and smarter than many of the younger players on the field.
I met my husband playing football. His best friend used to be our coach. My husband used to come to our practices to get better at flag pulling (so he says-lol!). He has been pulling my flag ever since ;). Oh and he is our current coach now…there is some good and some bad of this (ha!).
I was a runner in high school and some of college but after a bad ankle injury in college, I stopped running all together. In my late 20s and 30s, I ran a 5k here and there but nothing to serious and nothing that I was really committed to. Fast forward to June 2013 while playing football and I tore my right ACL and meniscus. Getting past the devastation, I put my energy into rehabbing my knee to be able to play in Nationals in January. Part of my rehab was to run to put pressure on my knee and build strength in my quads. With the support of my Dr. and my PT, I set my goal to run the annual Turkey Trot in November 2013 ( 4 months post surgery). Mission accomplished and I have been running ever since. I have run multiple 5ks-half marathons and recently completed my 1st Ragnar (DC) in October . I am currently training for my last half of 2015 (Rehobeth Half in December). I have developed severe arthritis in my right knee and have been advised by my Dr. (not my sports doctor) to stop running half marathons as it is putting a bit too much wear and tear on my knee (blah…blah…..blah….). For a minute, I was going to listen to him but I have changed my mind. Instead, I will reduce the number of half marathons I run (I usually have done 3-4 a year) to probably 1 or maybe 2 a year. I will also be looking into Duathalons and Triathlons as suggested by my sports Dr. (he knows me so well). We will see what 2016 brings for the runner in me :)!
I have been blessed and chosen by God to be the mother of 2 amazing children. I know I am a bit biased here but they are the BEST!!! I never in my life thought I would be a mom and every day, I give thanks for being chosen. These two right here….are my joy!
They make every day worth living and everything I do, I do for them! One of my biggest motivators for transitioning into a healthier lifestyle was to be able to keep up with them (literally!) We have so much fun together! I love them so much! They are often captured here on my blog…I just love showing them off #proudmama!
Why I blog:
I had been contemplating blogging for about a year before I got the nerve to actually begin blogging. One day I mentioned that I was contemplating blogging to Cynthia and she being the supportive gal that she is said ‘you should totally do it!’ and so I did. I wanted the name of the blog to represent me and the things that I was most passionate about and most likely to blog about. In March 2015, Fit Balling Running Mom began and is have been an amazing experience thus far!
I blog to really just get thoughts out of my head. I blog to save my friends and family from consistently hearing me talk about running stuff, fitness stuff, health stuff, etc., I started blogging to connect with others who were interested in what I was interested in and who were excited about sharing, talking and networking.
7 month in and I am loving it! The blogging community is so welcoming and supportive. I get excited when I get to meet a blogger friend in person. I got to meet Sue at one of the exchanges at Ragnar DC. It was totally unexpected but a great surprise!!! I love the connections I have made so far and look forward to many many more.
Future plans for my Fit Balling Running Mom:
I am really enjoying blogging and learning so many wonderful things from different bloggers. I am so amazed by blogger’s inspirations, content, niches and creativity. I am still working on what the niche is and will be for my blog and what direction I want to take it in. I need to spend some time thinking about the vision I have/want and I know that will lead me into the right direction for the blog.
I intend to develop my Soleful Saturday posts (Soleful Saturday posts are posts that are exclusively running related and vary in topic based on what is in my head that day. If you have any suggestions for Soleful Saturday, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the immediate future (by my 1st anniversary), I plan to transition to my own URL.
In the meantime, I will continue to jot my thoughts down as they come and hope that my readers enjoy the content.
I hope you have enjoyed my introduction. Thanks for stopping by and for reading this longer than usual post :). I really appreciate it!
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