Hello, I’m Artney a lifestyle blogger from Birmingham, AL! Welcome to My Pretty Brown Fit where I share about food, fitness, recipes, fashion and beauty inspiration, faith, travel and so much more! Back in 2008, I joined Weight Watchers and began my weight loss journey. After joining WW’s, my love for fitness and cooking ignited. Years later, I decided I wanted to create a space to share my experiences, ups and downs, weight loss struggles and victories, recipes, workouts, challenges, and whatever else you can think of. (You can read about my feature in Weight Watchers Magazine May/June Issue here).
I knew it was time to put something different out there, especially for people who look like me. I’m not “skinny” and I’m far from perfection. I am a curvy girl. To many I am a plus-size, and to others I am in-betweenie. That word is so cute! I don’t wear a sports bra without a t-shirt while working out showing ripped abs, I’m not an elite runner, and I love occasional indulgences. I love staying active and striving to improve myself daily.
Running has become a great passion of mine and has shown me that I CAN go the distance! I started distance running in 2011 and because I am a back-of-the-pack runner, it has been a great challenge for me. But guess what I did? I kept pushing! When I started running, I couldn’t jog 15 seconds without being winded. As of today, I have completed several distances starting with a 5K (too many to count). I would have never considered becoming a distance runner if it were not for my faith and Jeff Galloway’s: Galloway Method. I have gone on to complete: one official 15K, one official 10K, 12 half marathons (13.1 miles), and I completed FOUR full marathons (26.2 miles) all in 2015! Never in a million years would I have believed that I could run a marathon. I am a proud back-of-the-pack’er and I give my all! I hope to be a source of inspiration to those who may feel discouraged on their running journey. Trust me…I’ve been there and I’m still doing that! I‘m a marathoner—and the rest is history in the making! If I can do it, YOU can do it, too!
It is my mission to encourage others to live balanced, active, and healthier lives no matter their size. You can also start your fitness journey no matter where you are. All you have to do is take the first step! This blog is a place where foodies can unite as well as a place where go-getters can focus on personal goals and celebrate progress and non-scale victories. It’s not about having the perfect body because we are all created differently, but it is about allowing the person in the mirror to be your motivation every single day. Whether you want to complete a specific distance of running, get started on your weight loss journey, or want to get fit—you can do it! It’s about body positivity, self-love, and finding YOUR happy pace and enjoying the ride!
When I’m not wearing my running shoes, discovering local eats, or trying new recipes—you will find me sharing about my favorite fashion, beauty, and vintage finds. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to stay up-to-date on this crazy-fun journey with running, fitness, food, beauty, and fashion—with a little randomness in between!
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