Hola, my name is Maria but my friends call me Angie (you can too!).  Welcome to Jack + Noosa.  I am an island girl from Puerto Rico living in Midwest.  I am a retired Army officer and military spouse, doggie momma, full-time stepmother of three, and a fitness and food enthusiast.  Jack + Noosa is my little corner of the world where I ramble about my my two passions in life-- running and dogs.  Why Jack + Noosa? Simple: my dog Jack and my favorite running shoe model (even if newer versions are not as good). This blog is not about me being super fit-- but about striving to be as fit and healthy as I can be and getting plenty of doggie snuggles in the process.  :) 

I have been running since kindergarten, when I discovered my love for running.  And then moved on high school and college as a track and field athlete where my passion and competitive spirit really showed up.  But once I joined the military, running became more of a job and lost its appeal to me-- still I had to do it-- hence the love/hate aspect. :)  Now as a thyroid disease patient, fitness plays an important part of my life, as a way to counteract the effects of this chronic silent illness. 

But to me fitness is not just physical; it is spiritual even more so.  I am a believer in Jesus Christ and that belief cements the foundation of who I am as a person-- not perfect but simply striving to be the person I can be and be pleasing in the eyes of the Lord.  I find that when I am spiritually fit, my life is balanced.

Favorite Quotes

"We all have a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be." — Jane Austen

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." — Gloria Steinem

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage." — Anaïs Nin

"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." — Coco Chanel


Featured, MaryJane's Farm, 2014
Featured, Nutrion WOD, 2015

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