Well hello there! Welcome to The Fit Well Vet! I’m Shannon 😁 I’m a small animal veterinarian (that’s dogs and cats mostly) in the San Francisco Bay Area and I’m pretty obsessed with living a healthy lifestyle.
It all started back in 2013, when I purchased a $25 Groupon for a month of unlimited CrossFit classes. I had no freaking clue what I was getting myself into…
The morning after my ‘on-ramp’ session – that’s where they teach you the basic movements with a barbell – every muscle in my body was SCREAMING. I could barely lower myself onto the damn toilet. And I played sports growing up. But I have NEVER felt that level of sore.
I WANTED MORE.
I hopped in on a 30-day paleo challenge that my gym was doing shortly after starting. And it just so happened that I had my quarterly lipid panel due at the end of the month. I was absolutely shocked when I saw the results. My long withstanding hypertriglyceridemia and hypercholesterolemia that I struggled with since I was young, was gone.
Like, are you kidding me?! Years of bloodwork, pediatric nutritionists, diets, restrictions, you name it. And all it took was eating REAL FOOD. I laugh looking back on the ‘foods’ that my pediatric nutritionists were recommending (i.e., smart balance, cheerios, soy milk, tofu).
Not only did I see positive changes on the inside, but I also lost about 40lbs in 4 months.
Since that day I walked into that CrossFit gym, I have never looked back. CrossFit and paleo are no longer just an exercise class or a diet. They are my lifestyle.
I’ve stuck with this healthy lifestyle since 2013 and even had the dedication and discipline to stay with it throughout my four years of veterinary school. It wasn’t easy, AT ALL.
I started The Fit Well Vet because I’m pretty good at this whole healthy living thing. I have a lot of knowledge and advice and what better way to share with all of you!
I’m slightly obsessed with food and fitness. Ok just food if we’re being honest here… I’m not sure I really know what it’s like to have a minute of my day where I don’t think about my next meal.
Within The Fit Well Vet, you’ll find everything that makes me whole. Food, fitness, wellness, all things veterinary medicine, my lifestyle, hobbies, travel, and so much more!
I’m SUPER excited to share all of my knowledge with you all and let you in on the wonderful happenings of my daily life. And my downright crazy mind. Things might get interesting… I frequently use foul language and incorporate a considerable amount of witty banter, so consider yourself warned. In all seriousness though, I hope you enjoy The Fit Well Vet as much as I enjoy sharing with you the craziness that is my life. 😀