About

Welcome to Life In Leggings!

I’m so glad you found this little corner of the Internet I call home.

Heather in yoga pose leggings

That’s me, Heather. I’m a 29-year-old personal trainer and blogger living in Metro Detroit, Michigan. I have been a resident of The Mitten State for three years come October 2015. Although I am still getting used to the (unnecessary) brutal winters, I am proud of our new home in Motor City and try my best to find everything the city has to offer. (Check out my Detroit page!)

I grew up in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida, moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida, then moved back to Central Florida in 2007. I started dancing professionally for the NBA and met my husband, Scott, while working for the Orlando Magic shortly after.

scott and i cavs game

Out in October with Scott

sledding with scott

We completed four amazing seasons (and traveled the world!) together before taking a leap of faith and moving everything we knew up to Detroit to accept an opportunity to work for the Detroit Pistons in October 2012.

orlando magic dancers sidelines 2010

dancing on court

I continued dancing in the NBA for two more seasons and retired from the court in April 2014 after a year and a half with the Detroit Pistons. It was a crazy experience I am very thankful to have been a part of. Read more about my dancing days here.

I became certified in personal training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in October 2014 and spend my days working as a personal trainer, web coach, and social media assistant for a training facility in Rochester Hills. I work hard to create a strong health and fitness-filled foundation, and truly believe everyone can reach their goals with the proper coaching, commitment and mindset. Work Out With Me!

heather hesington personal trainer

If you asked me what I would be doing for a living five years ago, I would have never guessed the answer to be blogging and training. I am very grateful to have found a way to combine two huge passions of mine into one world I write about on Life In Leggings every single day.

I love connecting with anyone who stumbles upon my blog. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, and Sweaty Nation, and I can always be reached by email at heather@lifeinleggings.com.

 

About the Blog

What started as a way to document our wedding plans quickly turned into a passion of sharing my stories about healthy, active living through blogging.

I came up with the name Housewife Glamour as a blog title when I was a newlywed in 2011, while I was also overly into being Betty Homemaker and creating everything do-it-yourself. Since then, my focus has changed into documenting healthy living, but I kept the name and built a following around that brand for three years.

Life In Leggings came to life in February 2015 and was long overdue. You might see a photo or article pop up with the Housewife Glamour watermark every now and then, but I assure you that it is all coming from the same place.

heather headshot

Through this blog, I strive to help others reach their goals by sharing original recipes, quick and healthy meal and snack ideas, workouts, and everyday fitness tips. I am a proud Ambassador and content contributor for FitFluential, Sweat Pink, POPSUGAR Fitness, IDEA, and Sweaty Nation.

For a list of my press and media coverage, please see my Press page.

 

Food, Fitness & Fun

I take an excessive amount of photos of my meals and workouts to help me inspire anyone and everyone to join the healthy living lifestyle through blog posts. I do not, however, post everything I eat.

granny smith apple snack

Every once in a while you will come across a fashion post, but those are mostly to highlight my latest budget finds. I absolutely love to travel and explore cities and countries around the world!

eiffel tower paris kiss

I ran my first half marathon in March 2012 and felt on top of the world that day crossing the finish line at exactly 2:00. Since then, I have fallen in love with running and raced in two more half distances along with a handful of (fun and timed) 5 and 10Ks. You can read all about my races and training plans on the Running & Race Recaps page.

neon dash glow party

Training for and running a full marathon is on my bucket list, but until that day comes, I keep plenty busy training clients and myself with a mix of cardio, circuit, and strength workouts at the gym and at home.

Generally, I do a variety of group fitness classes, weight training, and cardio workouts 4-5 times a week with one long run outside on the weekends. My routine changes a bit when I am training for a long distance race, but I still try to keep a consistent balance between cardio, strength training, total body workouts, and rest days.

tabata workout lateral lunge

I always listen to my body, rest as much as I need to, and encourage you to do the same!

I have to admit that I eat a bit differently now than I did when I was a dancer who needed to have abs in a two piece at all times. That said, I still never used to cut out anything from my diet entirely. I still enjoyed (and still enjoy) desserts, pizzas, and baked goods, but definitely in moderation. That’s the key!

urban remedy cleanse dessert

I never worry about the scale and instead focus on how I feel during a workout and in my clothes. I found a love for consistently eating (mostly) clean during my dancing years, and got the inspiration to start experimenting with nutrient-dense foods like new fruits, proteins, and vegetables. Eventually, incorporating them into my recipes and meals to make meals healthier came second nature.

leftover fajitas with extra fresh veggies

I was lucky to find a balance between it all early on, and hope you find the inspiration to eat more of the rainbow too!

 

Special Thanks

I couldn’t have launched this new site without the encouragement from readers and the help of professionals!

Thank you to Scott, my friends, and family who helped with advice, many site design questions, and for ongoing support for running this blog.

Thank you to John Richmond Photography for the beautiful head shots and fun photos in leggings you will see pop up every now and then.

heather stretching for running

 John Richmond Photography

And last, but certainly not least, thank you to Murnan Creative for this beautiful site design and blog migration. I worked directly with Jeff who went above and beyond my expectations to make the process of designing and switching over as seamless as possible! I can’t recommend him enough to anyone looking.

 

Thank you for reading Life In Leggings!

Life In Leggings pose

I hope you’ll stick around and join the journey of… well, an active, fun-loving life in leggings.