For my whole life I have loved food. I grew up eating “typical” american food until about sixth grade when I decided to become a vegetarian. I made this decision when a friend showed me the book “Old McDonalds Factory Farm”. Even after making the decision to cut out meat and although I have always loved fruits and vegetables my diet was very high in processed food, sugar, fried foods and too large of portion sizes.
My love of ranch dressing and pop-tarts unfortunately led to a steady weight gain throughout high school. I did enjoy occasional exercise but it was NEVER a priority. I was extremely active in my high schools amazing theatre department and that took up the majority of my time.
I ended high school at a weight that was already too high for my very short frame (I am just under 5 feet tall) and unfortunately this was the time I discovered alcohol.
The summer after high school through the first semester of college was insanely exciting and probably the most unhealthy time of my life. I had chipotle on a regular basis, late night pizza, too much alcohol, greasy cafeteria food and took advantage of the local wal mart by clearing there shelves of mac and cheese and cookies.
When I arrived home for winter break, the first time I had access to a full length mirror in some time and the first weekend sober in quite a while as well. I took one look at my self and basically said “WTF have I become?” Right then I made a commitment to get my life, weight and health in order.
I lost nearly 40 pounds through a commitment to exercise, reducing and eliminating alcohol, keeping track of my calorie intake throughsparkpeople.com and all around changing my life.
Throughout this journey I developed an absolute LOVE for all things fitness and health related. I spent hours researching nutrition and fitness related topics and quickly developed a passion for running and weight lifting.
Unfortunately things got a little out of hand and soon health, weight and exercise became an obsession. I am now working on maintaining a healthy though much more balanced lifestyle. Through this blog I hope to educate, share and hold myself accountable for proper fueling of my body.
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