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Like many other women in the United States, I also have suffered with my weight, my relationship with food, my love/hate affair with exercise (mostly hate), and my ridiculously unhealthy self esteem issues.
But that’s all changing now.
I started this blog in March 2010 and realized that I wasn’t just a little overweight anymore. It wasn’t something I could ignore or avoid. In addition to being heavy, I was also experiencing some inconvenient truths - I was unhealthy, really though.
My periods were irregular, I was experiencing horrible mood swings, I had no energy, I felt like my heartbeat was irregular, my thyroid was diagnosed as being underactive and out of whack…and I knew I wasn’t functioning like a healthy human being. In addition to all that, I wasn’t happy. I didn’t even want to look in the mirror anymore, I didn’t want to go out with my friends or in public and I felt like I had nothing to wear. I felt like people around me could never get a chance to get to know the real me, or see me for me, when I was wearing this huge fatsuit everyday.
I was sad when winter was over because I couldn’t hide in my oversized coats anymore.
I have established some legitimate routines, practices & ‘rules’ for myself, which have contributed to my success thus far. Also important - sticking to a diet of mainly plant based & live foods.
Age: 24 / Sign: Cancer
Current Location: Arizona
Occupation: I’ve held various titles while maintaining my avid lifestyle blogger status. Nanny, full-time college student, hostess, waitress, nonprofit fundraiser.
After graduating in December 2010 with a dual degree in PR and Advertising I job hunted for months while working at a sandwich shop and finally landed an amazing job in March 2011.
Fast-track-to-present. Now, I work for a truly amazing company with awesome coworkers and am utilizing my degrees in marketing and advertising. However, I struggle on a daily basis with balancing my job-life and my life-life.
I am constantly trying to find ways to juggle healthy & delicious live foods, plenty of sunshine and exercise, relaxation, playtime and all things domestic while advancing my career. It’s hard work.
Favorite HEALTHY Foods: Zucchini, tofu, celery, carrots, spinach.
Sweet Tooth Treats: Chocolate soymilk, peanut butter & banana smoothies
Favorite Exercise: I can zone out with good music on the elliptical machines, and I also get results from circuit dvds, even though they’re hard as hell sometimes!
Favorite Activities: I love hanging out with friends, going downtown, getting coffees/stout beers/chai teas. I really love the outdoors - camping, fishing, hiking, etc. I am really into crafts, I love making things, like anything, I never give store-bought cards. Sunshine, water, smiling, music, good books.
If you want to know anything else, feel free to ask!