Hello! After a week or so of viewing this site from afar I'm finally creating a post and profile!
I've been an active person all my life. I played volleyball in college, played a year professionally in Finland, and after I took up running and completed 7 marathons and many half's since 07'. In the beginning of 2010 I signed up for an Ironman without biking or swimming experience and completed my first IM distance in Sept 10' and then did another one in May of 11'.
Having the active lifestyle I never really "got" the nutritional piece. I've tried low carb, lots of meat diets, and also high carb but lots of dairy and never really felt great (GI problems, etc). In October I watched "Forks Over Knives" and was really intrigued by the information presented and the data that backed it up. I work at the Cleveland Clinic as a nurse. Dr. Esselstyn is one of the main contributors in the movie also happens to work for the Clinic and that really impressed me. So I tried a 20 day vegan diet in Nov. Thanksgiving rolled around and I kinda slid back in my ways. Dec came and I had to stop running (which I love) b/c of the pain. I recently just had surgery on my right foot and I thought what better time then now to get my diet in check. So as of last week I'm back on the bandwagon. Ok so I've had a couple bumps. No meat, but a lil' yogurt that was left over in the fridge and some half/half in my coffee. But I feel AMAZING. I really do. I thought I was going to be miserable being stuck in the house, not working, not working out but I'm not.
So since I can't run or do anything that involves standing I've started focusing on lifting and core work. After volleyball I haven't really lifted much so it's kinda nice to get back into it again. My goal this year is to have a six pack! I really want one!! haha. But here's too a great start to 2012!