About Me

Growing up, I was always incredibly involved and was definitely an over-achiever.  I started working as a professional actress at a young age, and fell in love with dance.  I loved my career and think it taught me some very valuable lessons, although it left me very busy.  My days were long, but they were filled with activities I loved so I didn’t mind it.

With Ballet Friends During Recital Season

As Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls"

Even though I never ate well as a teenager, I was blessed with good genes.  Plus, I was incredibly active.  I danced for about two hours a day in class in addition to rehearsals and show choir.  I also had a busy part-time job that kept me moving around for hours at a time and I taught dance classes at my studio.  I worked out regularly and lifted weights to supplement my dance classes.

I was accepted at the University of Virginia where I double majored in English and Drama and minored in Dance.  Even though I still danced and worked out regularly, I wasn’t nearly as active as I had once been.  I also started drinking alcohol for the first time, and before I knew it, I started to gain weight.

Out with College Friends

I was having a great time at first, but as I gained weight my confidence started to deteriorate.  The summer after my third year of college, I did the South Beach Diet and lost ten pounds.  My clothes started fitting a lot better and I looked great!  However, trying to maintain a low-carb diet was difficult work.  I was still acting and dancing, and I found that I didn’t have enough energy to last through my classes and rehearsals.

As Ado Annie in "Oklahoma"

I started researching and teaching myself about nutrition.  I eliminated a lot of processed foods from my diet.  I gave up all soda, artificial sweeteners, and fast foods, and limited my alcohol consumption.  I taught myself to cook and discovered a passion for it.  Learning to cook taught me how to make healthy foods just as appealing as their unhealthy counterparts.  I also kicked my exercise up a notch.  I started running and completed my first half marathon in August 2009.  I hope to complete a marathon and a sprint triathlon in 2010.

After the New Orleans Rebirth 5K, September 2009

I currently live and work in Washington, DC with my boyfriend, Pete, who is very active as well and is very supportive in my efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle.

At a Friend's Wedding in June 2009

I’m very passionate about eating seasonally and locally.  I shop at the farmers market regularly, and buy organic whenever feasible.  I aim to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.  I do count calories, because I’m still teaching myself to eat intuitively, however I don’t have a set-in-stone goal for each day.  I don’t think calorie counting is a perfect science, yet I aim to be “calorie conscious” of what I eat, since I believe it’s effective, and gives me the freedom to sneak in a glass of wine every now and then.  I love food and being healthy, but I don’t let it consume me.  Life’s too short for that.  I give myself regular cheat meals and make sure to enjoy my food and workouts!

If you ever have a question or just want to chat, shoot me an email at SuzanneECasey@gmail.com or follow me on twitter.  Thanks, and please let me know what you think!

One response to “About Me

  1. Hi Suzanne! I stumbled upon this blog through Tumblr’s Outside the Box challenge because I was thrilled to see that someone made Almond Butter! (LOOOOVE IT). Anyway, I wanted to stop by and comment since I had read your About me section. I think it’s great what you’re doing, and I have also (recently in the past year) developed a passion for healthy, simple cooking. By simple, I mean ingredients that are as close to nature as they come. 🙂
    I hope more people catch on and realize fast food and sodas are no way to nourish your body just because it’s convenient.

    Anyway, good luck on your tri!

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