About Marah

First things first- the name.  It sounds the same as Sarah, just starts with an M.

I’m a 27-year old special education teacher living right outside of Washington, DC in Arlington, Virginia.  I attended the University of Virginia (wahoowa!) for undergrad and grad school, where I pursued my passion for teaching.  I currently teach in a classroom for middle school students with severe disabilities and love (almost) every minute of it.  I know that no two days will be the same and no more than two minutes will be restful each day.

I started this blog with the intent to focus on 3 things that are big parts of my life each day- food, fitness, and fashion.

Food: I spent all of my childhood and teenage years being overweight.  Food has always been an issue in my life.  Being overweight is not fun at any age and I can say that it was often a source of unhappiness.  I finally got to an age when I realized I could change myself and finally did!  I began working towards a healthier self late in high school and have continued ever since.  I did Weight Watchers for a while in college, but primarily just became really attuned to principles of healthy eating.  There were no crazy fad diets or extreme measures to lose weight- just slow and steady progress.  In May of 2010 I began attending Potomac Crossfit and learned about the Paleo eating lifestyle.  I began eating this way and have never felt better!  Paleo is often called ‘the caveman diet’ because it’s based on meats, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruit.  I love creating and researching new Paleo recipes and am excited to share them with all of you.  I think my weight journey has turned into a blessing for me.  I learned many things about nutrition and feel armed with a set of tools to navigate through life in a healthy way.   Many people don’t encounter this struggle andhave to change their way of thinking about food until much later in life when it’s a lot harder.  I am a healthy eater by choice now as I genuinely enjoy the food and realize how important it is to fuel my body with quality things.  Oh, I still have an undying love for ice cream.

Fitness: Fitness is now one of my biggest sources of happiness and motivation…but it has not always been that way.  I know it sounds crazy, but I have never been on an organized sports team.  I will admit that it’s now one of the main regrets of my past.  Being overweight was embarrassing and I was too scared to try a sport when everyone else seemed to know what they were doing.  As I got older, I realized how important exercise was, especially if I was going to lose weight.  I began working out at a gym during my senior year of high school.   Regular working out really became a priority during college and I was thrilled at the results I saw from it.  As I got more comfortable, I began to try new things at the gym.  I also started running on my own.  After college, I moved up to Arlington and joined the Gold’s close to my house.  I went almost daily and started to attend group exercise classes.  I loved the vibe of these classes and working out with other people.   I also ran some races with friends.  A mix of running, group classes, and workouts at Gold’s was my ritual for close to 4 years.  I started to feel in a rut and like I was just putting in the time at the gym, but not getting a ton out of it.  I heard people talking about something called Crossfit and decided to look into it.  It sounded crazy and intense- just what I was looking for!  I started my foundations (intro) classes in May 2010 and haven’t looked back.  Crossfit provides a daily challenge that continues to improve my body and mind on a daily basis.  I’ve never felt stronger and am amazed at what I can push my body to do.  I have also met an incredible community of people at Potomac Crossfit.  I now smile when people tell me I look like an athlete.  Although I would not place myself in the athletic category (sadly, coordination isn’t one of my strong suits), I consider myself fit and strong.  I am happy with what my body can do.

Fashion: I am by no means a fashionista.  Ask my closest friends and they’ll tell you that I automatically tune out when the conversation turns to designers and celebrity dresses.  However, I am interested in real-life fashion.  In my mind, I have 3 categories of clothing: teacher clothes (these have to be practical as a typical school day has me standing for long periods, playing on the floor with kids, interacting with aggressive children, and encountering snot/pee/poop), home clothes (anything from casual running errands clothes to outfits worn for nice occasions), and workout clothes (this category has increased in size as I’ve gotten more interested in high-quality, attractive, performance-enhancing gear…it’s now one of my favorite things to shop for!)

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