Happier, healthier…and in Europe! (March 2012)

I always loved being active. Even though I was only ever mediocre in sports, I ran track in middle school, played backyard basketball and volleyball in high school, and of course, soccer from the time I was itty bitty. I loved going for walks and hiking. I liked doing physically challenging things like rock climbing or swimming as far out in the ocean as I could.

I grew up in Bangladesh, and even though the strict dress code often required me to wear a salwaar kamiz (baggy pants, loose knee-length top), I managed to still play my sports. We even went swimming in the ocean wearing the whole getup! Not even the orna (the accompanying scarf) could hold me back!

After college, I started working as a writer at World Gospel Mission, a missionary-sending organization in Marion, Indiana. I love my job, but the sedentary lifestyle was killer. Eight hours a day in front of a computer?  I added over 50 pounds to my 5’8” frame. I was still active intermittently, but I also loved food. Portion control? What portion control? My mother and grandmother developed adult-onset diabetes, and if things kept going the way they were going, I was set to get the same thing. That was my wake-up call. In December 2010, right before my 29th birthday, I decided enough was enough, and it was time to get healthy again.

Steve and I in 2010, before I started my weight loss journey

I started tracking my calories, exercising almost daily, and joined a Facebook fitness accountability group. After doing the Couch-to-5K plan, I discovered running. Since 2011, I’ve run four half marathons, a triathlon, two 10Ks, and about half a dozen 5Ks.

In the fall of 2013, while training for a marathon, I found out I was pregnant! After five years of infertility struggles, we were thrilled. Our beautiful Amelia (bloggy nickname) was born on June 5, 2014.

This blog is about action. It’s about running, biking, getting strong, loving the great outdoors, and understanding food as fuel for a happy life. And I am unapologetic in my belief that Jesus Christ is the only way to find meaning in this life and the next one. Most of all, my goal is for my relationship with Him to grow deeper and stronger.

All the magic happens in Marion, Indiana, a small town about an hour north of Indy. It’s our adopted home, at least for now.

Ready? Let’s go play!

I ran a 5K in October 2013, a few weeks after we found out we were pregnant with Amelia
I ran a 5K in October 2013, a few weeks after we found out we were pregnant with Amelia
Hungary, March 2012