If you have ever met Lindsay Poindexter Rizza, even just once, you remember her. Whether you are like me and met her years ago at The White Dress by the Shore while shopping for bridal gowns or bridesmaids dresses, or you simply chatted it up while standing in line for coffee, chances are you parted with a BIG hug and a smile on your face. Check out what this adoring wife, mother of two, and good friend to many has to say about staying positive, staying healthy, and living the good life.
Linsday’s Runitlikeamom Run-down:
* I have two kids: CJ age 3 (4 in Nov), and Finley age 1.5 (2 in Jan)
* I work at Maggie’s of Madison – a luxury home boutique
* How do I stay active? My son and daughter are true power houses like their Momma so we hit up the trails at Chatfield Hollow, the beaches along our awesome shoreline, or some of the amazing playgrounds we have. I am also an avid mile longer, whether it’s running or walking for our dear Lizzie and OutRun38!
* In terms of fitness goals, I would just love to offer a good example to my children, friends, and family of what healthy living is all about. Also embracing balance, something at a young age I had to learn as a 150 lb. 11-year-old.
* The funniest things my kids have said…Right now Fin gets me with her “No way!” and she’s not even 2 yet! CJ is all about “his boys” and usually that includes all police, firefighters, and landscapers:-)
* If stranded on an island with my children I would bring…lifejackets, snorkels, and fins
* My favorite indulgence is coffee (the life blood of our family) at my local Willoughby’s – mainly Iced Vanilla Cappuccino’s or Mocha Mexican Spice’s 0:-)
The Shoreline Times recently ran an article about OutRUN the Odds- can you tell us more about your connection to Elizabeth and OutRUN38?
Liz was and is the Big Sister I never had. I was inseparable with her younger sister, Katherine, and many times we found ourselves under Liz’s wing. Whether it was making a D.A.R.E. video for a school project, or just goofing around on a snow day making our own musical rendition of Little Mermaid, she was always that soul you were just drawn to and felt loved by right from the instant. Everyone should have a Liz in their life, and OutRun38 has given her an amazing platform to spread her love to all. And for us to give her some love right back and raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). When I hashtag #greenspingsloveforlife I do it with a whole lotta meaning.
It seems like being a part of something so much bigger than yourself would change your life perspective- how has it impacted you (and/or your kids)?
I love that my son wants to hit the paths on his bike for Liz. My husband will ask on a Sunday morning if we should go for a family walk and log some miles. What’s cooler is that CJ understands at such a young age how exercise is so good for you. I’m glad we can give that positive role model to our kids and hopefully they will follow through with the same.
When big movements such as OutRun38 or anything of that sort come into your path of life it’s hard not to feel compelled to contribute. Maybe these values are just in my DNA and being a part of something such as this just confirms it all the more. It’s how we sail our ship.
You mentioned healthy living and embracing balance at an early age- those can be big concepts for us as adults never mind an adolescent- how do you think you were able to achieve that? Who were your role models?
I can honestly give a lot of credit to my Dad for offering such an amazing role model of balance in so many aspects of life. We actually entered into Weight Watchers together, before these numbers shenanigans were even a blip in their mind, but one concept that was heavily stressed was balance. Yes, the band wagon comes and I fall off, but I have enough of a conscience and love of self to get back up. I’m incredibly lucky as well to have two kids who have a great love for healthy foods. Yes we embrace the Happy Meal, but when my daughter insists she have her apples before all else, I guess I’m not doing so bad 🙂 We even grow a family garden of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, and cucumber.
It’s all in how you embrace the life your given. My Mom, and my Grandmother truly taught me about making right choices for me. I would not be the woman I am today without their core values running through my soul.
When we first met you were working at a bridal boutique and immediately I knew you were (and still are) one of the most upbeat, energetic, and genuine people I had ever met… and it’s not because you have lived a life free of struggles. How do you capture the positivity AND hang on to it, even in your everyday life?
I’m as red as a lobster. Truthfully! I find it is who I am, it’s my being. Yes, I have my down days, or what my husband would like to call my Martha Stewart days :-0 But for the most part I try to keep a positive attitude. I concentrate on TODAY’s little gifts…a quote I live by and my Grandmother pounded into me is “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and TODAY is your gift.” I make the most of my gift, and boy do I have a good one. Maybe it’s in my intense concentration on the positives in my life and not allowing the negatives to get me down…but when they do, I realize it and make the choice to smile. It’s amazing what a smile can do.
Thank you Lindsay for sharing your story and for spreading a little more happiness around this earth. To learn more about OutRUN38, check out their website as well as the OutRUN The Odds group on Facebook!
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