My name is Kimberly Bouldin and I am a gluten-free runner/athlete. I enjoy running, strength training and yoga to stay healthy. I blog over at Gluten-Free is Life about all aspects of living life gluten-free. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2006 with my son (now 16) following in June 2006.
As a child I loved gymnastics. I wanted to be the next Nadia or Mary Lou Retton. As I grew, I naturally started to gain weight, but started to fight it because gymnasts were small. Little did I know at that time that the choices I was making, would haunt me later in life. I suffered from anorexia as a teen and again after the birth of my second child. It was only then that I came to the realization, through counseling, that this would be a battle that I would fight for the rest of my life.
I began to try to find ways to channel that into something more productive and healthy. I had never really exercised much as an adult because with young kids it was just easier for me to watch what I ate, but that never ended well for me. Scrutinizing the foods that went into my mouth put too much of an emphasis on food and it was easy to slip back into old habits. I found it was much healthier for me to exercise. Not only would exercise benefit my body, but my mind. I joined a gym in May of 2008 and haven’t looked back. The only time I have taken time off is when I had surgery in the fall of 2008 and was forced to not exercise for 10 days. It was then that I realized that I would stick with living a healthy lifestyle for life.
I began running in the fall of 2008. I found that I actually liked it and not hated it, like I previously thought. Running was like therapy – it was “my time” to decompress, to think, to be. When I ran, or did other workouts, I had to eat to fuel my body. The better I fueled my body, the stronger I would be. I began heart rate training for running in January 2011 and have seen amazing results. Listening to my body has proven to be a much smarter way to train than listening to my brain. I love the saying “Strong is the new skinny”! Since I started running I have completed one full marathon, 7 half marathons and numerous smaller races. My fall race schedule includes three half marathons with the hopes of running sub-1:50 in the October race.
Once I discovered I wanted my life to revolve around health and fitness, I decided to get my personal trainer certification. I just recently completed my certification through the NASM and hope to find a personal trainer position this fall.
I am so excited to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador as I journey down this new path in my life!