Who is Foodbin?

Foodbin is a nickname graciously bestowed on me by my silly  husband. It’s a play on my last name but also just something ridiculous to say because I always seem to have my lunch bag with me. I’m in my early 30s and have been married for almost 10 years to a great guy. My one regret is that I don’t take time to document anything and I have a horrible memory. Bad combo. I’m doubtful that anyone will read this or find this interesting in the least. Mostly I’m doing this so I can remember.

I don’t have a big before/after story like so many of the wonderful women I’ve gotten to read about in the blogsphere. My before is best summed up by saying that until I was a teenager, I ate fast food every day. Mostly out of necessity because my sister and I were competitive gymnasts and didn’t get home until after 9pm most nights so we’d stop at one place or another on the way home. Mondays was McDonald’s, Tuesdays was Burger King…you get the idea. When I stopped gymnastics, I was also in the middle of puberty and something terrible happened: I grew everywhere! I couldn’t eat whatever I wanted anymore. At that point I started getting interested in nutrition. Of course I went through the low fat, vegetarian, low carb genres. My diet has changed radically through the years and finally I feel like I’m at a nice balancing point.

Since college I’ve also really gotten into running. And thanks to my mother-in-law I’ve run 6 marathons. She is such an inspiration: she is running a marathon in every state. That’s not my goal, though. I get injured too easily with marathon training. These days I’m running a couple times a week, playing tennis, practicing yoga and pilates and throwing some weight training in for good measure.

We’ve lived in Southern California since 1999. I guess most people are transplants here. I’ve become a total weather snob. Coming from the Midwest, it’s so awesome to be able to run outside with shorts and a tank top in January.

I’m at the age of existential crisis so I’m hoping that this website will help me find my way as well as document the great (and likely not so great) things in my world.


5 responses to “Who is Foodbin?

  1. Oh, I remember those late nights with gymnastics. I NEVER ate good growing up. I lived on mac n cheese, taco bell, etc after late night practices. What level did you get to?

    • This will totally show my age but I was a gymnast when they ranked you by class not level. I got to class I which is the class before elite. That sounds really silly and snobbish but I don’t meant it to be! It sounds like our childhood gymnastic experiences were really similar.

  2. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I’m actually happy to meet somebody who doesn’t have a before & after story. That doesn’t happen very often on the blogsphere. And I really believe everybody’s life is a treasure chest of interesting stories, you don’t have to have been standing at the edge to have something interesting to tell.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment so that I could find you! Looking forward to following along.

    PS: I live in Chicago, and as you mentioned, cannot even imagine running outside (much less in shorts!) in January! You’re lucky. 🙂

    • I’m only lucky for 2 more months then I’ll be living in Traverse City, Michigan. It’s going to be tough getting used to the weather in the Midwest again.

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