About Me

My name is Kelli, and I’m a 21-year-old student/healthy-lifestyle-junkie with an appetite for learning, laughter, and balance in all aspects of my life.

Driving to the trailhead for a quick hike with family, January 2011

I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen.  That can mean adapting one of my grandma’s classic recipes for a healthy twist on an old standard or whipping up a tasty treat I’ve spotted in Blogland!  After several years of travel and health struggles, I’m starting over and settling down.  Settled or not, I’ll always be a Baker on the Run 😉

If you have any questions or just want to drop me a line, you can find me at bakerontherunblog@yahoo.com or you can leave a comment anywhere on the blog.

With my mom, Dianna, over Winter Break 2010/2011

Food:

Growing up I was one of the pickiest eaters ever.  I know that a lot of people claim to be picky, but my diet consisted mainly of chicken nuggets, pb&j, boiled hotdogs, and broccoli.  Until high school I didn’t eat: rice, eggs, beans, cheese, most vegetables, berries, mayo, mustard, the list goes on.  When my family relocated to Boise, Idaho, I opened myself up to the possibility that maybe foods I hated as a kid weren’t so yucky anymore.  Shocking as it may be, living in Idaho was a culinary revelation.

Still not the most adventurous of eaters, I stuck to a lot of fast food, frozen corndogs and pizzas, barbecue, Mexican, and Chinese takeout.  I wanted food fast and I didn’t want to bother preparing it for myself.  My parents both had busy schedules and my sisters and I were pretty much on our own for food once we moved to Idaho.

Fast forward to 2010, after spending time attending college in Massachusetts and interning in Orlando, Florida.  I have become much more conscious of the way my food choices affect the way I feel.  At some point I began cutting out most of the fast food, many of the processed foods, and a lot of the meat in my diet.

Meat eating has been a point of contention for some time.  I was a loud and proud carnivore for the first twenty years of my life.  “Vegetarians don’t know what they’re missing!”  But through a lot of trial and error, I’ve discovered that my body and mind function much better in a mostly meat-free diet.  I’d describe my food choices as pescatarian with the exception of the “high holy days.”  My HHDs are Christmas, Thanksgiving, my birthday, the 4th of July, and my family’s yearly visit to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.  On these days I give myself permission to eat meat if I so chose, without guilt.

Today some of my favorite foods include: broccoli (hey, that one hasn’t changed!), corn, peanut butter, pumpkin pancakes, homemade breads, tortilla chips and salsa, and shrimp.  I tend to think of my food choices as 80/20 (or 75/25 depending on the day) with 80% of my choices being home-prepared, healthy choices with that extra 20% for small daily indulgences.  I never guilt myself about what I’m eating.  I simply try to listen to what my body is telling me and satisfy its needs.

If you have questions about my desire to go “mostly meatless,” feel free to drop me a line here or at my e-mail: bakerontherunblog@yahoo.com.  I’d be happy to discuss my various reasons with you.

Entirely unprepared for an impromptu round on vacation December 2010

Fitness:

In elementary school I played soccer and took ballet classes.  Once I moved, I couldn’t bear the thought of joining a new team or studio, so I stuck with the family sport.  I joined the golf team.  Okay, not the greatest exercise in the world, but I was a skinny kid and I never worried much about keeping in shape.  I still like to get in the odd round when I have the opportunity, but I only get out on the course a few times a year.

Once I hit college I starting gaining a little weight.  Nothing major, five pounds or so, but it made me realize that I needed to take control of my health if I wanted to take care of myself.  I started running sporadically during my internship in Orlando.  My schedule kept me pretty busy, so I never got on a strict schedule.

Over the last few years I’ve struggled with several health issues which prevented me from keeping any regular exercise regime.  Now I’m back on my feet and training for my first half-marathon, the 5th Missoula Marathon and Half-Marathon, in honor of my sister’s wedding the following week!  Training posts are forthcoming.

I view running as a way of keeping my body and mind in sync.  I’m not one of those people who will ever be capable of Zen-like calm when they run.  I huff and puff and chug along.  It’s not pretty, but I have a lot of fun doing it which seems to be more important.  At least it is to me.  Getting up in the morning for a run or cross-training puts the rest of my day in perspective and elevates my mood.  I don’t know about endorphins, but I definitely have some extra pep in my step on the days I work out.

School:

I’m a 21-year-old student living at home while finishing up a medical leave of absence from school.  My recovery was actually lucky timing, since I’m now able to help my mother while she’s recovering from her own medical issues.

In fall 2011, I’m planning on transferring schools to be closer to my family (something I value a lot more after spending a few years 2,000 miles away from them).  Up until now I’ve been an English major, but I’m strongly considering a switch to Criminal Justice.  I’m interested in a career in law enforcement.  This is yet another driving force behind my quest for a healthier mind and body; I need to be in excellent shape for the field!

With my younger sister, Shawn, on a HHD at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Why Baker on the Run?

Why not? 😉  Over the last few years, I’ve learned the joy of eating food you’ve prepared yourself.  Baking is now one of my favorite activities, closely followed by my renewed interest in running.  Plus a busy girl is always on the run.  A Baker on the Run is born!

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