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Hitting the ground running

Posted: Thursday, May. 31, 2012

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Sheri Riley is currently seeking a post-graduate degree in Invasive Cardiology. She enjoys sports and spending time outside with her fiance, Jeff, and their two dogs, Lola and Cami. She is getting married October 12, 2013. Contact Sheri here.

Hi guys!

My name is Sheri and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to get into the best shape of my life before our big day! Along the way, I hope not only get my own health in check, but to hopefully inspire other women to do the same.

I am originally from South Florida where I met my fiancé, Jeff, in the 4th grade. He spent two years as my arch nemesis before we went to separate middle schools and then high schools. Ten years later, I ran into his mother while I was on summer break from school. She told me how well he was doing -- playing baseball all the way over at Southern Mississippi. I took her up on the offer to find him on Facebook and here we are, almost three years (and one heck of a long distance relationship) later, getting married in October of next year. He is the most loving and supportive person I have ever met, and I cannot wait for him to go from best friend to husband.

Alright, so here's the big question: why have I started this eight month journey? Well, I've never really worried about my health or physical fitness -- I didn't have to. I played soccer through college, have been a vegetarian for quite some time now and even majored in Exercise Physiology (where's my excuse, right?). When soccer was over, I began to focus on competing in pageants which kept me working out every day. This time when the pageants ended, so did my not-so-busy schedule. Between balancing going back to school for a second degree, working and planning a wedding, I put my health on the back burner. Not only did my pants get tighter, but my energy level dropped to zero. That's when the pouting started. I had to find a way to learn to balance my time and health before it got even more out of control then it already was. When I saw the Get Fit Challenge by Carolina Bride, I knew it was my chance.

So now I'm ready to hit the ground running (literally!). I look forward to sharing my goals, tips and wedding planning with all of you and cannot wait to cross the finish line to a new and healthy lifestyle.

World peace and skinny jeans,

Sheri

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