Welcome!! I’m Alexandra (Alex), the twenty-something year old behind this blog: Get Big, Go To Work! I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but moved to Richmond, Virginia in 2013. I currently work in Facilities Management, but pursue my interests (fitness and nutrition) in my spare time. I enjoy working-out, and my favorite focus when in the gym is strength training. I recently passed my certified personal training (CPT) exam through ACE Fitness, and am pursuing part-time work at my local gym to help others reach their fitness goals too.
What the heck does Get Big, Go To Work mean? I was working as a manager at the local hospital in Pittsburgh when I first moved back to the area after graduating from college. I was on the evening shift (2PM-midnight) for nearly a year. Not fun. I re-arranged my schedule and started lifting weights before going to work. My co-workers and employees were always commenting on how my arms were so big. At first, this made me pretty self-conscious; were my arms really that big? Of course not. They were strong, beautiful, muscular arms. These arms can do pull-ups,chin ups, pushups and so much more each day in the gym. Along came Nick; my wonderful boyfriend, turned fiance of nearly four years. He is a personal trainer as well and likes to lift weights too. He thought it was hilarious everyone at work was telling me I had big arms. He jumped on the bandwagon and started telling me everyday to “Get Big (go lift some heavy weights), Go To Work.” Thus, my blog name was born.
Side note: As if it is any surprise after my opener above, we actually met each other at the local gym where he was working. The rest is history.
My journey to health and wellness has always been a gradual movement. Growing up, I ate whatever my mom and dad served me and my siblings each night for dinner along with the snacks in our cupboard. I would consider our meals healthy (protein, vegetable, carbohydrate), but the snacks I use to eat..yeah, not so much. I don’t think animal crackers, popcorn shrimp or popsicles fit into any food group on the pyramid. I didn’t have to worry about calories back in the day because I was so active. This continued all the way until my senior year of high school when I started to adopt healthier eating habits by including more fruit and vegetables in my diet .
Now, it was time to go off to college, and I was acutely aware of the dreaded “Freshman 15.” I made a conscious effort to make healthy choices in the dining halls and exercise daily. I used the elliptical a lot – running scared me back in the day; it was hard! – and started lifting weights at the Rec Center. This really helped me clear my mind and feel energized while sitting in classes for an hour at a time. I also started off my day with oatmeal, and I watched my portions when in the dining hall. This by no means meant I deprived myself. Rather, I made healthy choices I felt were right for me. I was known to frequent the ice cream parlor on a regular basis, but I didn’t drink much alcohol during my undergrad career. I simply didn’t like the taste.
I have since graduated, and I continue to eat healthy, balanced, flavorful meals everyday. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I enjoy getting my fitness on with track workouts, running, biking and lifting weights in the gym. Variety: it’s my key to staying focused, energized and excited for what’s to come each day. This blog is a compilation of workouts, recipes, and daily musings from my life.
Today, and everyday, I continue to pursue my healthy life. Unprocessed foods as much as possible. Strength training on a weekly basis. Laughing with the ones I love.
Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy the site.