About Teri

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! How about I give you a little TMI so you know who is behind A Foodie Stays Fit? Let’s go!

My first name is TeriLyn. I usually go by Teri. (But really prefer TeriLyn. Oh, and it’s Teri-Lyn, not TerAlyn.) Nice to meet you!

  • I’m 28 years old.
  • I was raised in Utah, but currently live in North Carolina.
  • I have a boxer named Maizey. I’m slightly obsessed with her, as you may have figured out by the fact that she gets her own page on my blog.

  • I really love food. Good food. Real food. I believe in putting wholesome food (not food products) into my body. On a daily basis, I eat a lot of leafy greens, lean meat, fish, nuts, quinoa, rice, and wine. :) I eat gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free as much as possible. I figured out a lot of my health issues were related to those products so I avoid them 99% of the time. The hardest to avoid is soy.
  • I was a vegetarian for a few years, and then a pescatarian (i.e. fish eater, not a meat eater) for a few years. But I introduced meat back into my diet about 6 months ago and have been feeling great!
  • I love to bake. I ate my mom’s famous homemade bread my whole life and still love to bake it myself when I want to splurge on gluten or want to take something to my neighbors.
  • I love running. I’ve run one marathon, three 180-mile relay races, multiple half marathons and 5K-10Ks. Check out my Races page for pictures and times! I’m also a certified group fitness and Les Mills RPM instructor, but am not currently teaching.
  • I regularly practice yoga. I was a Bikram (hot yoga) addict in the past but am currently hooked on Vinyasa and Power Flow. I also took up Pure Barre a few months ago.
  • I have five brothers. And I’m the only girl. And the youngest. I wasn’t spoiled…I just happen to be the favorite. ;)

  • I love traveling and being outdoors. I desperately miss the Utah mountains.

  • I work full-time at a bank. No, I’m not a teller. I’m work in Advertising on the Digital Strategy team.
  • I keep a Brita filter at my desk. I drink a lot of water. And green tea.
  • I love red wine.
  • I hate cucumbers.
  • I change my hair a lot. I’ve had it very long, very short and everything in between. It’s been platinum blonde, a more natural-looking blonde, black, all shades of brown, red, auburn, and I’ve even had maroon highlights.


There you go. TMI.

Wanna know more? Just ask! :)

Email me: afoodiestaysfit [at] gmail [dot] com

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1 Amy at TheSceneFromMe 02/02/2011 at 8:50 pm

Love all your hair changes. I was looking at all the pictures and was like “who is that,” “who is that,” oh its the same pretty gal!
This page sounds like a fairytale to me :)
And that doggy is so adorable. I have two sharpeis and they are so funny :)
Amy at TheSceneFromMe´s last blog post ..Luscious Lemon Pudding Cake Cups


2 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) 02/17/2011 at 5:38 pm

Wow you are gorgeous! I love your blog :D
Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)´s last blog post ..To Be In Love


3 Teri 02/17/2011 at 9:02 pm

well, my goodness, thank you! So glad you enjoy my blog! :)


4 Ellie@fitforthesoul 03/01/2011 at 3:50 am

I enjoyed reading about you and will stay posted :D Just wanted to tell you in case you didn’t know, you have a beautiful smile! And you guys are a very cute pair of peas in a pod :)
Ellie@fitforthesoul´s last blog post ..Visiting our Fave Place


5 Sarah 03/07/2011 at 4:19 pm

Hi Teri! I stumbled upon your blog a week or so ago and I’m so glad that I did! I love your writing style, running tips and recipes. I too have a great appreciation for GOOD food, and am kind of obsessed with running. Keep it up!
Sarah´s last blog post ..The Best Ever Stir-fry


6 Teri 03/07/2011 at 9:09 pm

Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog!


7 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing 03/11/2011 at 12:39 pm

I love your hair in that race photo : ) I think our food philosophies are very similar! I will definitely be keeping up on this blog!
Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing´s last blog post ..Vegan Split Pea Soup


8 Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup 03/22/2011 at 12:54 pm

Hey Teri! I just found your blog yesterday and have been searching through old posts since then! Thanks for giving me a new reason to slack off at work! I can’t wait to read more :)


9 Little Miss Fitness 05/01/2011 at 2:53 pm

I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog! This is wonderful! :) and it’s so great that you’ll always be able to remember what year something happened based on the progression of when you changed your hair! :) So fun.


10 Teri 05/01/2011 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for visiting! And you’re right, my hair color/style is a great memory trigger for things! :)


11 Crista 06/07/2011 at 5:46 am

ha ha ha!!! I just found your blog, love your about page and I can’t wait to read more :) I have been a barista at Starbucks and few people have screamed at me… mostly when we were out of whipped cream. However I too screamed back the other day, when I tried the cake pops, screamed in delight!
Crista´s last blog post ..Public Service Announcement


12 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] 06/08/2011 at 1:11 am

Miss Teri – I know you teach spin classes… are you also a certified group ex instructor? If so, with whom did you get your cert from? I’m interested in learning more about your fitness journey/career :)
Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]´s last blog post ..happy trails


13 Teri 06/08/2011 at 4:39 pm

Hey girly – I am a certified group ex instructor and taught a weight lifting class for about a year. I actually have a whole series on the certification process. Check this out! http://afoodiestaysfit.com/popular/become-a-fitness-instructor/


14 Anna 06/27/2011 at 5:36 am

Fantastic blog, I’m really enjoying it. Just curious though, when mentioning where you work, why did you feel that you had to say you were not a teller. Why just tell us what your title or job is at the bank. ??


15 Teri 08/01/2011 at 9:20 pm

A girl has gotta have some secrets, right? ;)

Actually when I wrote this, I worked in an area that’s deals with confidential information and just preferred not to share. But now I work in Marketing and love to talk about it!


16 Baking 'n' Books 06/29/2011 at 8:49 pm

I love this! …and all your different hair colors ;)

I have yet to read “In Defense of Food” – on my list. I do eat meat though…not like 5 times a day! I am a die-hard Veggie lover, whole-grains, yogurt, etc. But still enjoy my chicken, fish and eggs.

Could be worst!


17 Ameena 07/11/2011 at 9:20 pm

You have gorgeous hair! And your hubby is super cute too. :)


18 Teri 08/01/2011 at 9:19 pm

Thanks and thanks! :)


19 Susan 10/13/2011 at 10:15 am

I love the red. Is it one you can share or do you just have a great hairdresser?


20 Teri 10/17/2011 at 5:35 pm

I just had a great hairdresser. However, the brighter red that I had for a while was a DIY color:

The color combination is:

*2/3 bottle of 607 Cyclamen
*1/3 bottle of 445 Light Auburn
1/4 bottle of 507 Burgundy

ONE PART is the above mixture to TWO parts of developer #10 with a splash of #20. All purchased at Sally Hansen. :)


21 Alycia 10/20/2011 at 2:19 pm

I just wanted to say that I am really enjoying your blog! I stumbled across it about a month ago, and am now an avid reader. I live in Wisconsin now, but am from NC originally, so its always good to see some flavor from home! ;)


22 Teri 10/21/2011 at 10:41 am

oh thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog!

I’m happy I can share a little bit of your home with you! I love NC!


23 Simone MdeSa 10/24/2011 at 12:12 pm

Hey there! Came across your blog and I am just having a ball reading through your posts! I also live in NC…but am originally from Brazil. Anyway, just wanted to drop a note and say that your blog brightened my day! XX =)


24 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries 11/07/2011 at 9:16 pm

Just found your blog – love it so far! I noticed you’re originally from Utah, which is where I currently live. Which area are you from? Look forward to reading more!!
Ashley @ My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries´s last blog post ..One Of Those Days


25 Teri 11/07/2011 at 9:23 pm

how funny!! I grew up in Draper! :) You?


26 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries 11/07/2011 at 9:47 pm

Draper is beautiful. My husband and I currently live in Eagle Mountain. I’m originally from Arizona and have only been here a couple years, but we love it here!
Ashley @ My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries´s last blog post ..One Of Those Days


27 Wendi 12/10/2011 at 10:17 pm

Hey girl! Just stumbled upon your blog and I am soooo glad I did! Can’t wait to see more :)
Wendi´s last blog post ..Friday Notes


28 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction 02/07/2012 at 6:28 pm

Just discovered your blog and I love it! Can’t wait to read some more posts :)
Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction´s last blog post ..Little Things


29 Bollychees in Paris 06/20/2012 at 10:11 am

Your title caught my attention coz I’m increasingly finding I’m becoming a foodie trying to stay fit since we’ve moved to Paris. Great to find “company” virtually :)


30 Meghan 06/22/2012 at 1:15 pm

Thanks for sharing. I am really into clean eating, eating real food, and I love the health benefits I get as a result of eating this way. I’m in the Midwest so it’s great to find like minded individuals. I appreciate you putting yourself out there and providing such great info. Thanks again.


31 Teri 06/30/2012 at 9:21 am

Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)


32 Sara @ sarasmiles 06/25/2012 at 5:38 pm

I am so glad I found your blog! I have just read your “About” page and we have a lot in common: real food, I’m 27, the youngest of 5 (and the favorite; probably a lil’ spoiled too), love wine, work in marketing in a bank…except that I love cucumbers…can’t wait to read more!
Sara @ sarasmiles´s last blog post ..A Day at the Beach


33 Teri 06/25/2012 at 8:28 pm

oh my gosh, that is too funny! I love it! :) I have to go read your blog now too!


34 Amy 07/12/2012 at 9:28 pm

man! i am relatively new to the blogging world…and am obsessed. love your blog!!!


35 Jess@atasteofconfidence 08/09/2012 at 10:43 am

I have been having skin problems for a few years now too. I avoided the teenage problems, but it flared up when I was 21. I still have hormonal acne, but I find that using over-the-counter Clean and Clear acne solution really does help, and I honestly feel like I will always have a few pimples during my period, and that’s just how it is. Haha. I do have some scarring as well which has gotten so much better after using retinol cream. My doc recommended it and it does help slowly. You can get it on amazon for about $10, and it lasts months.


36 Clair 08/20/2012 at 12:16 pm

I am all over your food philosophy. Sounds a LOT like me. =) It was great to meet you (however briefly) yesterday, and I’m looking forward to browsing around here a bit!


37 Caren @ voodies 11/03/2012 at 8:57 pm

I love your blog! We have so much in common from insatiable dog obsessions to whoe food nerds. So nice to meet you!



38 Nikki 04/20/2013 at 7:37 am

I just stumbled upon your blog and I was so excited to see you live in North Carolina. What part of NC do you live in?


39 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 04/20/2013 at 8:09 am

I’m in Winston-Salem. I’m loving this beautiful weather we’ve been having in NC! :)


40 Sophie 07/05/2013 at 3:52 am

Hello nice to meet you!

You look pretty cool amongst your 5 brothers! You have a cool & fun foodblog over here!
Many greetings from a foodie from Belgium! ;)


41 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 07/07/2013 at 3:35 pm

thanks Sophie! Glad you stopped by my blog! :)


42 Amanda 01/05/2014 at 7:48 pm

Great blog, but you come off as sort of pretentious with the “No, I’m not a teller” bit. Does your advertising job make you leaps and bounds more comfortable with yourself than if you were some lowly bank teller?


43 Teri [a foodie stays fit] 01/06/2014 at 12:30 am

haha definitely not! It’s just “are you a teller?” is the most common question I get when I tell people I work at a bank. :) I certainly didn’t mean for anyone to interpret it as pretentious.


44 Kim @ Roaming Raspberry 01/14/2014 at 6:03 pm

Oh my gosh, I feel like we’re the same person! I grew up in Utah, with 6 brothers, me being the youngest and only girl too! Does everyone ask you if you were spoiled too? More like picked on, am I right? I lived in south Carolina for a time, so close to north Carolina! I sure miss those beautiful Utah mountains too! They’re my favorite thing in the world! Also, found your blog through a guest post you did about your trip to Switzerland paris and rome. My husband and I did that EXACT same trip. How awesome was Gimmewald!? I want to retire there!


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