I’m a twenty-something wife, daughter, friend, employee, and goofball. I’m a health nut in theory, but I have plenty of indulgences to keep me grounded. This brings us to the brews. Yup, I’m also a beer nerd. Throughout my blogging, you’ll see how I embrace my passions (and my nerdy quirks), so I’ll just give a brief synopsis to get everyone up to speed.
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I enjoy being active, so I hit the gym 5 to 6 days per week (or go for a run at home to mix it up). Granted, I would love sleeping in an extra hour at least 3 days per week when my alarm goes off at 5 a.m., but the runner’s high makes it all worthwhile. I get a runner’s high from any good workout, not just running. A sweaty spin class or an empowering weight-lifting session also does the trick.
I’d love to tell you about my typical routine, but there’s really nothing typical about it – except that it’s almost always in the morning. Yup, I’m one of *thoooose* people who is chipper in the early hours. Sometimes I go for a full-body weight lifting plan that I follow three days per week. Other times, I go for a 3-, 4-, or even 5-day split that works different body parts on different days, which allows me to lift heavy. Go big or go home, right? I also change it up constantly with cardio.
I don’t ever remember a time where I didn’t work out regularly. Sure, I’ve gone through periods where I’m more or less fit, but I’ve always been up to something. I started soccer at age 4, and I played all four years of high school on the varsity team before kicking the habit. (Get it? I told you I was nerdy.) I also ran cross country for a few years in high school before my joints told me they weren’t down for that kind of activity. I still run from time to time, but I cannot run more than two or three days per week without injuring myself.
Despite only running three days per week, I managed to run my first 10k in November 2010. I ran it in 50 minutes and 53 seconds. Woohoo!
Food and I have always gotten along pretty well. I can hardly name any foods I truly despise. I guess that’s a good thing because it makes dieting, kitchen experiments, and traveling much easier.
I try to stick to a healthy diet most of the time, so prepare for food pictures, recipes, and tales of kitchen mishaps. However, I’ll be the first to admit that I indulge… a lot. I wish I could pick out one weakness, but that’s not possible. I guess that’s how it is when you’ll eat about anything. Pizza, bratwurst, baked goods, ice cream, and of course, beer, are all regular weekend treats.
It’s a good thing I really love wholesome stuff, such as apples, sweet potatoes, kale, berries, and Brussels sprouts. I need something to keep me on-track during the week!
I guess this naturally brings us to the beer section. I enjoy tasting new brews, touring breweries, learning about the brewing process (there’s that nerd part again), and just enjoying a cold one every now and again.
I cannot pick one type of beer I like the most. I joke with my hubby that I’m a “seasonal drinker.” I love marzens and brown ales in fall, porters in the winter, American IPAs and ESBs in the spring, and hefeweizens in hot summer months. Granted, I don’t actually restrict myself to seasons, my handy guide helps me make up my mind when I can’t decide what to order!
I guess this part of me fits my foodie side. There’s just something special about a good beer. It’s served in cool hangouts (I’m a tavern/pub chick), it pairs well with food, and you always know what you’re getting. Ever had a too weak or too strong margarita? That doesn’t happen when you order your favorite beer!
I’m an only child, and I love it. Period. My parents are my buddies, and I’m sure I’ll mention them from time to time.
My husband is pretty awesome too. We were married in October 2008.