I am so excited to FINALLY be starting a blog! I have been following healthy living blogs for months now, but have procrastinated starting one until I was officially on winter break. Well, now i’m on break, so no more excuses! Thank you so much for reading.
So, let’s get started. I have found that most healthy living bloggers have a story. Well, so do I! I have not always been healthy, in fact I was far from it for most of my life. Ever since I was young, I remember being slightly larger than my friends, which led to insecurities at a young age. I remember being young and trying to “lose weight” and having my friends tell me I was too young to try to diet. Even though I was always slightly larger than the majority of my friends, I was always active. Being active and athletic was always very important in my family. I played soccer since I was 4-years-old and was involved in other activities such as swimming and ballet since a young age.
Fast forward to high school. I maintained my love for athletics throughout all of high school. I played soccer, ran indoor track (non-competitively), and played lacrosse. I loved being part of a team, and am extremely competitive! Even though I was active, I was STILL larger than most of my friends. I would go through stages where I would “diet” which meant not eating for 6 hours and then deciding I was hungry and over-indulging. Haha, yes, I had no idea how to eat healthy. My family was always pretty healthy, but I had a hatred for all fruits and vegetables. I still don’t eat fruit, by the way. Strange, I know. Well, high school happened, and I was off to college.
My first year of college was pretty much awful. I was at a very small catholic college in New Hampshire in an all girls dorm. I was unhappy at school, and was actively involved in girl-drama and drinking. Lots of drinking. I went to college feeling healthy and at my lowest weight I had been in awhile. That quickly changed and by the end of the year I had gained about 30 pounds, making me very uncomfortable in my own skin. I also had a lot of other personal things going on in my life. I knew a month into school that I wanted to transfer, but I listened to advice and stuck it out until the end of the year.
I transferred my sophomore year to a large university where I blended in. It was quite a change from what I was used to. I quickly found out that I liked being at a large school, and did really well academically. I found a major I enjoyed and was starting to finally gain happiness with life. Throughout college, I went through weird stages in regards to health. I remember going through stages with running. There were weeks I would have to run two-miles every day, and then i’d get sick of it and not run again for months. This continued for awhile. I never really had a knowledge of what was healthy and what was unhealthy and pretty much believed that calories were invisible and didn’t matter to me. Well, I was wrong. For my sophomore and junior year of college, I lost about 10 pounds of the weight I had gained my freshman year, but was still unhappy in my own skin. I knew deep down that something had to change, but didn’t know what to do.
Fast forward again to May of 2007, the summer before my senior year. My mom joined weight watchers, and I saw how quickly she was losing weight. She offered to pay for me to go to meetings with her, and I decided hey, why not? So, I joined, and I haven’t looked back since! I was losing weight so quickly, and also started running. I started running two-miles around my neighborhood, and then gradually kept increasing my miles. I was so happy at this point of my life as I was watching the pounds literally fall off. Here is a picture of me in May 2007 right before the weight started to come off:
So for the next 8 months or so, I kept losing weight. I lost a healthy 1-3 pounds each week, throw in some weeks where I gained weight or only lost .3 pounds. Those weeks were frustrating! I have a very addictive and competitive personality, so losing weight was actually fun for me. I loved losing weight! I went back to school for my senior year and felt amazing. I received so many complements and was truly healthy. I had a fantastic senior year of college with great friends and would not change one thing about it! I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in May 2008.
I am now a graduate student at UMass Amherst. I am getting my Doctorate of Audiology. It is a four year program, and I am in my second year. I have managed to keep all of my weight off and am very happy with the way I am now. I will NEVER go back to the way I was.
So what is up with my title? Well, like I mentioned before, I am a runner. I have been running consistently since May of 2007. I love running and it is the one time where I can completely zone-out and de-stress! This past winter (2008), I developed frostbite on my pinky toes, which was extremely painful and a HUGE set back to my running. I was forced to go to the gym and elliptical if I wanted to work out. Finally, once April came around and the sun started to shine, I was able to start running outside again. Well, now it is that time of year again and I am worried about my toes flaring up again since they STILL aren’t completely healed. I am very careful and protective of my toes and don’t want to push my limits. This winter will be a journey, but I hope to run outside as much as I can!
I am not sure the direction that I want this blog to go. I know I don’t want to take pictures of everything I eat, but I do want to document my work-outs and talk about life! I am a single twenty-something year old and have lots of funny life stories to share! I hope you enjoy! Thanks again for reading!