About My Blog:
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by I Am Katie Jo. With tens of thousands of blogs being started daily, I’m so thankful you’ve taken an interest in mine. I started I Am Katie Jo in the fall of 2014 in an effort to record and share healthy dietary and exercise habits I’ve incorporated into my life over the last several years. I firmly believe living a healthy lifestyle takes persistence, not perfection. It’s something I’ve committed to doing and work at it every single day. It didn’t happen by chance; it’s my conscious choice. My hope is that by documenting and sharing my conscious choices with you, I will inspire you to create your healthiest way of life, too.
I’m a 25-year-old advertising account manager, writer, fitness enthusiast, health-oriented blogger living in Minnesota. I graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, (Go Cyclones!) in the fall of 2011, with a double major in Communication Studies and Journalism, with a Public Relations emphasis. I grew up in a very small town of roughly 1,300 people in the central part of Minnesota. It had no stoplights and definitely no Starbucks. Life was hard. Kidding. I have a identical twin sister, Kristin, and a younger sister, Jayme, who is almost exactly 4 years younger than Kristin and me.
About My “Healthy” Habits:
I’ve always been a very active person and have played competitive sports my entire life. My dad was a varsity girls basketball coach for 30+ years (he’s rocking a spot in the MN Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame), so of course, basketball was my jam from the time I could walk all the way through high school…and into the intermural scene in college. I was also a strong tennis player and still miss playing that sport more than anything.
In college, I took an interest in the ISU Triathlon Club, where I learned how to swim laps, run more than wind sprints and most importantly, wear a singlet with swagger. My triathlon days slowly morphed into a love for distance running. Through my final years of college I competed in a full marathon, several half marathons, fun 5ks, 10ks and 10-milers here and there, and even crazy obstacle races like the Chicago Urbanathlon.
I ran so much that I burned myself out and developed an apathy toward working out. That didn’t sit well with me. So I did something about it. I hired a personal trainer who introduced me to what I didn’t know I was missing: STRENGTH TRAINING. Lifting weights, coupled with a newfound interest in health and nutrition, sparked a desire and a confidence within me that I didn’t know I had. It transformed my mindset and subsequently my lifestyle.
As the years have gone by, I’ve continued to grow my knowledge of heath and nutrition by reading anything and everything that I can related to the topic. I’m constantly experimenting with new foods and work to maintain a balanced diet filled with high quality protein, as many veggies as possible, healthy fats, a moderate amount of fruit and treats here and there (I am human, after all).
I will be the first person to tell you that I do NOT believe in magic supplements or workouts to make you lose weight and tone-up at the same time. Nothing can replace real food and it shouldn’t. I could go on for pages about my thoughts on shake meal replacement plans, but I’ll spare you. Just know that I don’t condone them and you’ll never see me post about trying any of them. Ever.
I tend to eat foods that are gluten free and lactose free, not because I have a sensitivity, but because I feel better about what I’m putting in my body when those ingredients are not on the label. This is in most instances – not all. I avoid scary additives I can’t pronounce and artificial sugar like the plague. If I have a sweet treat, I prefer to make my own for the simple fact that I can use real ingredients. I do make exceptions (see image below from the MN State Fair) every now and then because I don’t believe deprivation gets you anywhere, and again, I am human. I like corndogs and cookies and wine just as much as the next girl.
My current exercise regimen includes 5 workouts a week. During the week, my workout is typically a 40-minute, body part focused lift and then 15-20 mins of high intensity cardio, if I have time. My 5th workout of the week (Saturday AM) is typically an interval of sorts for a longer cardio burn. Depending upon the season and what I’m training for my, my cardio routine will fluctuate.