My name is Dottie and I am a 37 year old wife and mother living in Arizona. I have three amazing kids–my adorable stepdaughter, my big boy kindergartner, and my preschool age son.
I have an oddly varied background, having worked as a firefighter, a paramedic, and a personal trainer, as well as some background in teaching and freelance writing. I love to workout, the more intense the better. I’ve completed half a dozen marathons, a mud run, and I’ve had two Ironman attempts — I will conquer that race if it takes a lifetime. I kept racing while I was pregnant (at least for a while), and managed a halfway decent 5K time under the circumstances — pushing a rowdy 3 year old and having the occasional wave of nausea.


I met my husband in 2011, and a little over a year later, we were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple. He is completely amazing, and I am so lucky to have him in my life!


In August of 2013 I gave birth to my adorable baby boy after a surprisingly short and drug-free labor (I wasn’t sure I could do it, but I’m glad I did!)


Then, in February 2015, I gave birth to our second son after a much longer but still drug free labor.


They look like twins! It is spectacular watching them grow and learn; I love being a mom more than I ever could have imagined. If I could get away with it, I would never be away from any of my kids!

Unfortunately with back to back pregnancies, I gained a bit more weight than I should have, and I now have about 30 pounds to lose to be back at a healthy weight. This blog documents my life as I journey back to a healthy me: my workouts, my meals, and my musings as I try to balance work, school, fitness, and my family.

Disclaimer–Please remember that I am not a doctor, and nothing I say on this blog is a replacement for medical advice. These are merely my own ramblings and opinions, and what has worked well for me.


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