About Me

Hi! My name is Callie and I am a wannabe athlete.


I started this blog in April 2010 as a way to track my journey to a healthy lifestyle. I went from being unable to run a mile to running a 10k and completing a sprint triathlon.

And then, the day before my first ever 10k, I found out I was pregnant!

I wasn’t able to workout during my pregnancy as much as I would have liked due to some health complications. I ended up gaining 40 lbs with my first pregnancy.Β I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy (aka “the Mini Athlete”) on June 1, 2011.


Just eight months later, I ran my first EVER half-marathon.

Two weeks later, I ran another one (in a tutu)!


And then, just over a month later I found out…I was pregnant again!

After a much more active second pregnancy…


I gained only 22 lbs before giving birth to Little Miss Athlete on Thanksgiving Day 2012!


I’m now a busy working mom with an amazing husband and two kids under the age of three.


It’s a busy life, but it’s a blessed life with lots of love, laughter and a little bit of crazy along the journey.


And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment on any post β€” I read them all. I’d love to hear YOUR story too!

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I hope to hear from you soon!

34 Responses to About Me

  1. I’m so not a born athlete either, we got this!! πŸ˜‰

  2. I can relate! The lack of ability part. But we’re gonna rock it out anyway! πŸ˜€

  3. Love it! Love your blog. <3

  4. PR_Cal

    Congrats on all the amazing accomplishments!
    How did you get started on all this? Was it easy or did you have to push yourself?
    In general, how do you motivate yourself?

    • Thanks! It has certainly not been “easy”, but I am amazed at how attainable it has been. I have definitely had to push myself on certain days, but the progress I have seen is a great motivator!

  5. My friend Emily (blog: http://sheleaps.blogspot.com/) introduced me to yours and I have to say that I am in the same position (https://valbonabushi.wordpress.com/). I am completing my first olympic distance triathlon this Sunday, and then training for my first marathon (NYC 2011). Maybe we’ll do a race together in the future πŸ˜€

  6. Greetings from a new reader! I can totally relate to the “wannabe athlete” feeling. I just had a conversation with my mom the other week about running and she said something like, “…but it comes naturally for you…” To which I replied with, “No it doesn’t!!!”

  7. You rock πŸ™‚ Your bullet points inspire me!!

  8. I just found your blog and I love it. What do you teach? I’m majoring in math and education so I’ll probably go down into the middle school age.

    Anywho-I can’t wait to read more.

  9. Love the blog! I’m a personal trainer and I love hearing about people getting excited about their accomplishments. Keep up the good work!

  10. Hello from a new reader!! Love the blog and can’t wait to read more! πŸ™‚

  11. Ok so I must admit – I’ve been following your tweets for some time now but this is the first time I’m commenting on your blog. I wish you lots of luck on your pending mommyhood – my best friend is about to pop as I type this so “know” the feeling (as much as a non-mom can “know”)! Hang in there and I look forward to reading lots more!

  12. Oh I can relate…to the not being able to run a mile part? LOL I don’t even want to try BUT, you’ve inspired me to at least pull out my yoga mat and get back into that!

  13. Love your story. And don’t you look amazing pregnant! Thanks for sharing your story.


  14. I love the name “wannabe athlete!” I think it describes a lot of us out there πŸ™‚

  15. LOVE this! We’ve been on similar journeys!

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  17. Callie,

    Continued success on your journey. Stay focused!


  18. Your story is inspirational! Stopping by from the Fitfluential group on Facebook. πŸ™‚

  19. Hey Callie!

    I just found your blog. I’m training for a 5k and then the Warrior Dash. I’m look forward to getting to know you more and picking up some tips to help me along my journey.

  20. Hmmm I’m going to have to dig deeper into your blog! I am sooo unathletic and decided I’d start the year off running (1 yr after baby; 33 yrs old). OF COURSE I started too hard and got injured immediately. and haven’t done sh*t since! Looks like you’ll be good inspiration πŸ™‚

    found my way over from Kara’s blog. I’m a working mom, too. it’s lame.

  21. Sue Burgett

    Hey Callie–I clicked on Pregnancy Updates tab and didn’t see any pics of baby number 2. It was so fun to see the changes with mini athlete that I am now looking forward to seeing the changes with this one. So glad to read you are still trying to find time for yourself.

  22. Hi Callie! I wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award! All of the information is in my latest post: http://runinspired.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/. I chose you because I have loved following along on your journey as you trained for your half marathons after baby, and now that you are pregnant with #2! I think you’re such an inspiration for so many people! Keep up the great work!!!

  23. Brittney

    I love your blog!
    I just recently got hooked to running again. I used to run in high school and college all the time for fun, but fell out of it as i got older and busier with life. Marriage and one baby later I am trying to get myself back in the mood. So far it has been great, but like you i find it hard to fit it in. oh yah, it doesn’t help that i am playing mommy and daddy right now to a 3 year old in a state with no family close because my husband is currently deployed.
    I ran my first race a few weeks ago (10 miler) and am looking for my next one. (hopefully a half marathon). I will look to your blog for a little extra motivation.

  24. Mandy

    Love the blog! I am running my first half marathon this month, 8 months after having my baby girl. It was my plan to do it to help me get all the baby weight off. Due to complications during pregnancy and bedrest I turned into the michelen man and gained 100 lbs. To date I have lost 85 lbs in just over 8 months. I was almost there and then last week I found out I am pregnant again. So baby number two is due in June 2013. I am still running the half marathon this month since I have been training and am hopeful to keep running throughout my pregnancy this time as long as complications do not arise. I think its great that you are tracking all of these events. Good luck with baby number two.

  25. Ah, I want to run the Disney Princess Half-Marathon so badly! LOVE your outfit for it. How fun!

  26. Marla

    Such an awesome journey you’ve been on so far! I just recently got into long distance running myself. My fiance is obsessed, but I’d never run longer than 2 miles before earlier this year. After looking at your photos and others who ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon, I informed my family that the only way I would run 13.1 miles was if I could do it in a tiara and a tutu. Looks like I’ll be doing that February 2013 πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the inspiration and the great photos! Can’t wait to see what other races you get into after baby #2. Maybe the Tinkerbell half marathon in California…?

  27. Nala S

    Hi Callie!
    I’m stumbled from your blog from Lawfullyweddedwife.com. However, I do feel a connection since I’m also a wannabe athelete. I love running and hoping to run my 1st 5K race soon!

  28. Sandy

    Callie, I just found your blog from fitness magazine,, will still reading and catching up.. are you doing the princess half next month? I am.. just wondering..

  29. Jennifer

    This is a great blog, and I love your posts! Keep up the hard work and inspiration for us “slower” runners!!! πŸ™‚

  30. corynn

    Your family is beautiful. Great blog, thanks for the inspiration. πŸ™‚

  31. Gijoeman

    Look at me! I am a modern woman! I have a black husband, so that makes me better than everybody else. I am so sick of white rasist women, with their black hubbies. That’s right I am calling you a rasist! why do you need to make a big deal of your interacial relationship? BECAUSE YOU ARE A RASIST!

  32. Angie

    I just found your blog via Meals and Miles!! I love the title and it completely describes me too!! I can’t wait to read more!!!

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