Welcome! My name is Sarah and I am so excited that you stopped by! I am a busy mom, wife, wannabe recipe developer, and blogger behind Mom on the Run.
A little background about me: I was born in Massachusetts and raised in Connecticut. I am a true New England girl (a true lover of the four seasons it gives me). I live in Connecticut with my husband and our four children. You will hear about them a lot as they are what keep me a very busy Mom on the Run.
My journey started after I graduated college in 2001. This is when the real world met me and I did not keep up with all the demands that came with it. My weight slowly crept up and with that began the downward spiral of the healthy lifestyle I created for myself in college. I dabbled with different weight loss programs to help get my weight back in check, but the vicious cycle of my weight just kept happening. I would lose a little weight then something would give me an excuse to stop what I was doing and go back to unhealthy habits. Unfortunately this cycle continued until I had my son in 2015. It was when I gained over 40 pounds during that pregnancy on top of the already unhealthy weight I was prior to his birth that I realized enough was enough. I needed to take control and stop letting life get in the way of me living the lifestyle I so want to live.
My Current Health Journey
After many years of dabbling with all the weight loss programs of the world, I have finally found one that really works with my busy lifestyle. With the help of Flexible Dieting/Nutritional Coach Paige VanDemark, I have committed myself to a healthier lifestyle using the principals of Flexible Dieting (also known as IIFYM (If It Fits in Your Macros).
What is Flexible Dieting/IIFYM (as described by my amazing Coach Paige)?
Flexible dieting is somewhat similar to counting calories, but a bit more specific, and in turn, quite a bit more rewarding! Instead of just counting calories, flexible dieting (also known as ‘if it fits your macros’) involves counting and working towards macronutrient goals- grams of carbs, fat, and protein instead of just said overall calories. By keeping track of those using a food diary site or app like My Fitness Pal, My Net Diary, or My Macros + to journal foods, flexible dieters are able to enjoy a variety of foods without restrictions like cutting out certain food groups, banning restaurant eating, entirely removing alcohol, or taking out sweets. In moderation, if these things can ‘fit’ into one’s macros, they are all ok. Most people who follow flexible dieting subscribe to an ’80/20′ rule- 80% ‘healthy’ eating with micronutrient-dense foods but then with 20% ‘fun’ foods to make up the rest of one’s intake.
Counting macros instead of solely counting calories means that weight can be manipulated, like with just calories, but also, body composition, performance, and overall health can also be bettered and improved. Flexible dieting can be used for any goal whatsoever- fat loss, muscle gain, sports performance, weight maintenance, and anything else that one can think of- in addition to being customizable for both personal preferences and any specific health conditions or needs, making it a viable option for almost anyone, no matter their activity level- sedentary individuals to weekend warriors to elite athletes, and everyone in between, too!
I started Mom on the Run in January 2008 when I was inspired by a friend to document my recipe finds and creations. Throughout the years the blog has been a place for me to highlight recipes I find and love, review healthy food finds, and highlight things and places that my family loves.
I love creating and finding healthy recipes that are fast and family friendly. As a busy mom of four I must maximize the time I have in the kitchen. I love finding food that helps in my journey to a healthier lifestyle. I am hoping I can help fellow busy moms find recipes they love as much as I do to recreate in their own kitchens.
You can expect to find…
Recipes that are family friendly and fit within my MACROS way of life. Many are under 30-minutes to make, and all use simple ingredients that you are likely to already have in your home. My goal is to help you find recipes to use in your own health journey no matter what program you are using.
Occasionally I will be speaking of my personal fitness journey as I think it is important to highlight this as well as it has had a huge impact on my personal results and health goals.
Mom on the Run Loves:
Iced Tea, Mexican Flavor Profiles, Traveling to new places, anything DISNEY, and Bad Reality TV
Tuna, Balsamic Vinegar, Snakes, and Rude People
If you’re a company or brand seeking partnerships: I’m open to all kinds of creative ideas. Shoot me an email and let’s chat.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or Registered Dietitian. The information presented is purely to share my experience and for entertainment purposes. As always, check with a doctor before making any fitness or nutrition changes. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities or ideas from this site.