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Fit Fam Feature – Paulina Baca

Name : Paulina Baca

Age : 29

Currently living In : Memphis, Tenn.

For work I : am a Systems Engineer at AutoZone, working in Ecommerce department

Smile2GetFit member since : April 2015

Motivation to start living healthier : Relieve stress, have fun, meet people, overcome challenges and do things I’ve never done before.

What’s been easy along the way? : Meeting new people and making awesome friends along the way.

What’s been the most difficult? : Being disciplined with my training, specially when I set myself high goals like a big race. It is very difficult to fight laziness, and declining invitations from friends to go out and choosing to workout instead.

What are you most proud of? : I’m very proud of my achievements from last year, after being out for almost six months with a broken ankle. I ran my first Ragnar Relay race, PRd on the St Jude Marathon, and I completed a Spartan trifecta (ran the three distance races in less than four months).

How do you celebrate milestones? : Beer, good food and friends.

Favorite way to get fit : Running

First word that comes to mind when I say Burpees : INSANITY {so many burpees!}

Go to healthy meal : Tuna salad

Favorite food you didn’t like before : Quinoa

Favorite “fun” food : Tacos!

What makes you smile? : Having a good workout, enjoying a good meal with friends, achieving my goals, and dreaming about new challenges.

Being healthy is a journey – What’s next? : I’m looking forward on running the NY marathon this year, as also completing some other obstacles races.

Where can we bump into you? : Downtown as I live and work there, and that’s where I do my runs.

What can we call you for help with? : Motivation and advice to get started in running, and crazy obstacle races. (Find me on FB)

Favorite Quote : “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”