My name is Whitney, and I am a fitness-loving, healthy-food-eating 20-something girl that takes every opportunity to live to the fullest and keep a smile on my face. I love my family, I love my husband, and I wake up each day thankful for the life I live. So who am I?–glad you asked!
The early years…..
I was never your typical high school girl. Never the socialite, I bounced between groups like it was my job. I played fastpitch softball, so I fit in with the jocks. I was in advanced classes, so I fit in with the nerds. But the “popular crowd”–nope, count them out. I never really drank or partied, so I chalked that one up to a loss real early in my life. I can’t say I regret not striving to be popular and fit in–I graduated as valedictorian of my class with a full ride college scholarship to play softball at Georgia Tech. Like I said, not your typical high school girl.
The college years…
I had a great career in college, and I got a fantastic education along the way. I set the single season records for home runs, RBIs, total bases, doubles, hits, slugging percentage, put outs (I played first base), and saves (random, I know). I set career records for home runs, slugging percentage, total bases, and a few others. It was truly a magical time for me–I was Rookie of the Year, All-ACC, All-Region, All-American, and All-Academic American all four years of my collegiate career.
I graduated at the top of my class with a 3.93 GPA in Industrial Engineering, and I went on to get my masters in Health Systems Engineering at GT the next year.
The real world…
After graduation, I started work as an industrial engineer/business manager in the real world at the hospital of my dreams. I love my job, and I enjoy going to work, interacting with some of the best people I know, and making a difference in the lives of my coworkers and patients. After working for a year, I went back to school at night to pursue my MBA at Kennesaw State University.
The love of my life…
As I walked into the first class of my second masters program, I remember thinking that this degree would be different. It is a part time program, so class only meets on weeknights during the year, and for a solid week during three “mini-mesters” during special weeks. This first class was a mini-mester class, so it was five days in a row, eight hours per day. I was one of the first people in class, and I sat down in the second row, ready to get started (I am a closet nerd, after all). I looked around the class for someone to talk to, and my eyes caught on a guy sitting in the back row of the classroom. Now, historically, I was always shy around guys because the social world was never my strong suit. I dated here and there in high school and college, but never anything serious or over a few months. To be honest, I never even had a relationship that would fall into the “love” category. I never approached guys, and I tended to keep to my introverted self. BUT, something about this guy drew me in. He was….handsome in a way that I had never seen before. He was buff, but he seemed very approachable and down to earth. He was extremely attractive, but he didn’t seem cocky. He looked powerful, and he looked fun. Something about this guy held my eyes as he sat in the back of the room, and I remember stealing glances of him as the class started for the first half of the day….and to my surprise, he was stealing glances of me too!
The class broke for lunch, and, to my own surprise, I walked up and introduced myself. His name was Matt, and he invited me to lunch within the first five minutes of meeting. MAN–who IS this guy? We had lunch and it was 100% natural..he was an accountant who went to the same high school, lived in the same area, had the same basic values, and enjoyed the same athletic interests that I did. He was older by four years, but we had friends in common. Needless to say, I think we were both surprised at how natural and easy it felt. After that lunch, we sat together for the rest of the week, talked constantly, had lunch everyday (at his expense, he he), and even went to a Braves game together. It was a whirlwind week, but I had never felt so attracted to someone in my entire life.
Fast forward through the best eight months of my life–full of trips, love, laughter, learning, and excitement, and I am now MARRIED to that guy I met in class that day. He is truly the love of my life, and I now know the meaning of the word “soulmate”. I am only truly myself when he is around me, and he loves me for my faults as much as my good features. He is what I always dreamed about as a husband–two years in, and we are still falling more in love with each other everyday.
The beginning of the blog!
So why a blog, you ask? Because, through the ups and downs of my life, one thing has consistently stuck with me–fitness, nutrition, and the determination to live a healthy life. I have learned just how important it is to have a healthy outlook and approach to life, and I want to share my outlook, ideas, experiences, and teachings to anyone who will listen. I have fallen in love with CrossFit, and I want to share my journey to becoming an elite athlete and competing around the area and hopefully nationally! My goal is to compete at the 2015 CrossFit Southeast Regionals, and I train everyday with OPT private training to make sure I give myself the best chance to make that goal a reality. My box, Warrior Pride Crossfit, is my home, and I absolutely love everyone there–they are the most supportive group imaginable, and I can’t picture training without them. I also drop in every week to CrossFit Fenway in Boston (I travel every week for work), and that is my home away from home. Great staff and great environment there as well!!!
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Check out my 20-questions post for more info about me!