Karla's all smiles after completing her first triathlon in 2007.
Back in junior high, my favorite meal was chicken fingers (which I ate for lunch or dinner nearly everyday), and I was fairly inactive (an afternoon of watching TV talk shows? Yes please!). But after being tired of feeling tired and getting teased for my size, I made a pledge to hit the gym for 30 minutes every school day and cut back on fried foods. The plan worked, but I admittedly took it a little too far in the other direction, being too strict with my diet and running to the point of stress fractures and constantly sore muscles. After some time and practice, I learned to find balance in my daily lifestyle, incorporating reasonable amounts fitness and healthy living without going overboard. This experience made me realize how important good health is, in moderation, and from then on, I made it my goal to work in the wellness world.
I’m now proud to say that my body is strong and healthy enough to complete sprint triathlon, a five-mile road race or a spinning class (just not all in the same day!). But these days my favorite fitness activity is workout DVDs, so I can’t wait to share all of my new picks with you in the coming months. Take a look at our past DVD reviews, then get ready for the 2011 list coming in the March issue, which hits stands in just a couple of weeks! And then tell us: How do you find a healthy balance?