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Marine Corps Marathon when I see my mom for the first time at mile 23.... such a treat! I was so happy!!! Gave me the extra umph I needed for the last 3 miles!

Marine Corps Marathon when I see my mom for the first time at mile 23…. such a treat! I was so happy!!! Gave me the extra umph I needed for the last 3 miles!

I Love many of things….most of which revolve around Running, Eating, Coffee-ing, Costco-ing…. I am currently a grad student who questions the decision to pursue a Master’s in Public Affairs and a Masters in Environmental Science, every other day! But luckily I have the greatest family, friends, and hobby that is Sweating (via various activities-mainly running) to keep me SMILING : )

I am a 23 years old, born and raised in Indiana yet very blessed to have done extensive travel, thus making me absolutely obsessed! With that said, I am a true lover of America! There is nothing like home!

My strength in life comes from God and my Family.  I am in weak in all things, and I have to constantly remind myself that God knows me. He has written the beginning, middle, and end of my story.  It is all laid out before Him, so how can I have anything to fear? He is in control.  A daily reminder of this is needed, because I have a Type A personality and LOVE to be planned out and organized.  My family is my other strength.  I have the greatest family in the world (sorry, but I do) and my mom, dad, and older sister are the most cherished things in the world to me! We have so much ridiculous fun together, and I swear that when the 4 of us are together we are an unstoppable force that could take on anything you throw at us!

One of my favorite pictures of us! In Munich at the Hofbrauhaus... so many great memories of that night!

One of my favorite pictures of us! In Munich at the Hofbrauhaus… so many great memories of that night!

Arn't we cute together? : )

Arn’t we cute together? : )

I have been an athlete my whole life. Literally can not recall a down time.  From the beginnings there was soccer (that turned very serious very fast), and eventually I was no longer playing for “fun” anymore. As a 4th grader I discovered running. And not to toot my own horn, but I was pretty good. Soccer had conditioned me well! I continued to run through out all of junior high and high school, becoming Captain my senior year.  I can hands down say that Cross Country was the best decision I made in high school. It was my niche. It was my group of fellow obsessed crazies that loved to torture ourselves everyday after school. No one understood, except other runners. And that was how I liked it! I also swam for year, and really discovered what an a$$ kicking felt like! WOW. But it was a great experience and I learned so much about swimming that helped me in the few Sprint Triathlons I have done. More recently I have started Crossfititng and LOVE it!! It is truly incredible and each “box” (aka gym) is filled with encouraging, like-minded, fitness-y people!

Did I mention I made my dad run the marathon with me? He was a rockstar... Meant so much more to me when we found each other at the finish!

Did I mention I made my dad run the marathon with me? He was a rockstar… Meant so much more to me when we found each other at the finish!

I struggle a lot with weight and food issues– I tend to not eat enough or when I do it is the wrong “kind” ((Um…. tortilla chip binge fest?? yessss)) and am working on what a “normal”, balanced meal looks like. So if I talk a lot about foods/meals, it is because I am hoping that writing it down will keep me accountable to eating well/lots to maintain levels of fitness I demand of myself.

**Don’t worry though, I would not want to read a blog that is down-in-the-dumps everyday about working out/food/weight/stress/school. Can you say Buzz Kill?? So that is not what mine will be about either!**

I don’t run everyday. I don’t crossfit everyday. I don’t eat extremely healthy everyday. But I do strive to be happy everyday. And sometimes that is easy, and sometimes that is not! I am often very stressed with school, and the totally unwarranted ridiculous pressure that I put on myself over running/work-outs and with food just makes me that frustrated, stressed, and anxious.  It is what I am focused on working the most on!

Skiing at Copper Mountain in March 2013-- best skiing weather/conditions ever!

Skiing at Copper Mountain in March 2013– best skiing weather/conditions ever!

This blog will mostly be about my daily workouts and food obsessions… but be warned, it will also be filled with my ridiculously random thoughts and occasional grad student vent sessions ((I mean that is only healthy, right?)) Please ask me if you have any questions! I am so excited to get this blog start and hope to post as much as time will allow! Have a good one : )

23 comments

  1. Hey Andrea – you replied to one of my comments about overcoming exercise obsession/disordered eating/regaining my period on Hungry Runner Girl’s blog. Feel free to email me directly if you have other questions or are interested in other aspects of my story. In addition to being a lifelong runner, I’m also a CrossFitter. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for getting back with me!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!! It has been such a blessing reading yours and others stories and feeling FOR THE FIRST TIME that I am not “the only one the way I am” out there! Thank you for replying and I will not hesitate to email you in the future with more questions/comments/etc… thank you again Sara! Have a great day!

    2. dreams · · Reply

      Gosh, I’d love to talk to u both 🙂 Could u email ? I’m a bit different (used to be great athlete). Now 32 and last few years have gone major ddownhill and cant exercise anymore…walking is a laborious task. I’m fatigued, insomnia, but also have anxiety-depression involved. Now I’m “binging” at night…but underweight, but not exercising (and never ever purge and also very constipated or the opposite—extreme “ibs” issues or worse). My gut health is very poor, my metabolism SLOW , brain fogged, and major hormonal problems …so I’m a mess and quite different from u young girls, but still….

      so u can both email if u wish…

      and u might want to read these:

      http://www.youreatopia.com/blog/2012/10/31/bingeing-is-not-bingeing.html

      http://www.youreatopia.com/blog/2011/10/4/weight-recovered-and-still-bingeing-updated.html

      http://www.youreatopia.com/blog/2012/11/23/phases-of-recovery-from-a-restrictive-eating-disorder.html#comment20078707

      http://www.youreatopia.com/blog/2011/9/14/i-need-how-many-calories.html

      and Matt Stone has a “diet recovery” book of possible theory to metabolism recovery, etc…

      Plus I read this post here on “binging” : http://fitting-it-all-in.com/you-dont-have-bed/

      1. p.s…the 3rd and 4th article might interest u most…..

      2. Thank you so much for commenting and connecting with us!
        I am so so sorry to hear about your struggles… I don’t wish that on my worst enemy. I am not in ANY position to be giving out advice since I myself am in the beginning stages of healing and getting healthy… but I can say that coming clean to my family and friends and seeking help from professionals was the BEST decision I have made. I am very lucky that I was able to seek help before I got any worse (i.e hospital) and I pray that you are able to find healing and strength as well.
        I am sorry I cannot offer more advice… I am not qualified to do so nor am I confident in my thoughts (this is all new to me too) but I will absolutely be praying for you!!

        Thank you so so much for all the links and articles you posted! I love reading/connecting with others in similar situations or who have recovered from a similar story. Educating myself via professionals and other peoples stories/thoughts is a great tool that I have found and use!! So THANK YOU SO MUCH for supplying me with more information/stories/relavent informaiton!

        I hope you have a great night and know that you are so much stronger than you know. That is key… no matter how bottom of the bottom… or low…or just exhausted and ready to give up… i PROMISE you are stronger than you think and have some reserves you just need to tap in to!!

  2. Besides the fact that I am a tad bit jelly of the fact that from what you wrote you seem to have traveled a lot – I think I can relate to you a lot.

    1st – I finally after a 2.5 year break (which was 1.5 years longer than suppose to be) I started back school so I am at the end of my 1st semester as a grad student. Actually studying as I type. And every day I think why oh why did I want to go back again?! lol

    2nd – I LOVE to travel. I want to run a race in every state and country! I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like but man when the day comes that I do. It’s going to be freaking awesome sauce!

    3rd – It’s a constant battle for me too with the whole eating/working out thing. I want to get to the point where I can just enjoy eating GOOD (maybe not so healthy food) every once in a while without stressing over having to HAVE TOO get in a workout to offset it. I’m working on this as well.

    I loved this: I am in weak in all things, and I have to constantly remind myself that God knows me. He has written the beginning, middle, and end of my story. It is all laid out before Him, so how can I have anything to fear? He is in control.

    I need to remind myself of that daily!

    Well this is long. Oopsy lol. Looking forward to reading your blog 🙂

    1. Oh my goodness thank you so much for the comments and for the long posts! I love long posts! Keep up the awesome work with Grad school and know that you are not alone (ahem meee) and to just make it day by day with studying/projects/exams/papers/etc !
      Traveling IS the best! And getting in run’s to explore a new city is even BETTER!!!
      Thank you for sharing your own struggle with eating and exercising… I have found so much support from the Blog world that has been instrumental in helping me realize that 1.) I am not alone. 2.) I can overcome this 3.) LIFE is so much more than the little things I stress over. God,Family,Relationships— THAT is where I should put my time. Running and food are just fun additions! They should not be the source of our stress!

      I loved hearing from you and I enjoy reading your blog as well! Keep in touch! : )

  3. I just found your blog 😀 I look forward to reading more from you! I’m a grad student as well, getting my Masters of Science in Environmental Education! I just finished my first year and I’ll be 23 in July 😀 I’m a fellow Midwesterner…although I’ll never move back 😉 I was born and raised 30 minutes south west of Chicago, but I live in FL now!

    I love to run, but I am not speedy by any means! I’ve also only been running for a couple of years, but I can’t remember what life was like without it! I’m super excited to read more of your writings and hopefully get to know you better since it seems like we’ve got quite a few things in common!

    1. Ahh you have no idea how happy and EXCITED I got reading this!!! I love that we have so much in common!! GREAT to meet you 🙂

      Environmental Education!– what a great degree! I am not entirely sure what I want to do with my degrees ((maybe environmental consulting)) but I have also considered different organizations that are looking for environmental educators! Most are more “summer only” jobs at camps or something, but I definitely see the attracting of that degree! Where did you do undergrad?

      I will be 23 in May 🙂 And can I say that I am insanely jealous that you live in Florida now?? All I can think about is how you can pretty much run outdoors there year around haha ((we had a pretty brutal winter here this year!!)) So glad that you discovered running! Isn’t it awesome?!?! Yes, yes it is 🙂 Well if you are ever back in the midwest area to run a race or something PLEASE let me know and if I am doing it also it would be super fun to meet up!

      Can’t wait to read more from your blog as well!! I have seen you writing on lots of the same blogs I follow and just love your comments and everything! Cant wait to hear more from you!!!

      1. I did my undergrad at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC. I got my BS in Marine Science 😀 I really want to work in a non-formal setting and have worked at state parks and summer camps. I love it so much, so it’ll be fun to be friends with someone who’s an environmental nut, cause usually I’m just the one getting all hyped up about the environment!

  4. Hello from Sydney!!
    I think you’re blog is great.
    We’re very similar, and it’s great to know that there is a growing support network for women going through what we are going through.
    Thank you for being so open and honest about everything. It is awesome.
    sarah 🙂

  5. I just found your blog! I’m excited to start following :o) I feel like we have a lot in common!

    1. GREAT! Thanks so much!! That is so funny because I just discovered yours a few days ago and have been LOVING it!! so great to finally touch base with you! 🙂 I look forward to following your blog as well!!! have a great evening!

  6. Amanda · · Reply

    I just found your blog. You and I are so similar an currently going through a lot of the same things, except I am 34 years old and still struggling with all things in moderation and being comfortable taking west days. Good for you for recognizing the obsession/addiction at your age and taking the steps necessary to make your mind and body healthy. I wish I had not waited and had addressed sooner.

    1. It is so good to hear from you! Thank you for your kind words, and know that it is NEVER too late to start turning this around! I still struggle alllll the time. Balance is so hard for me and my body image some (or most) days is so bad that my whole day is in an awful mood and it is all I will think about.
      I am so happy that it sounds like you too are taking steps toward getting mentally and physically healthy. Please keep me up to date on how you are doing and how it is going!! What really helped me is knowing that I was not alone out there– not by a long shot!! I have found so much support in the blogging community and I know you will too!!
      I hope you have a great rest of the weekend full of happy thoughts and smiles!

    2. dreams · · Reply

      Amanda, u can read my story above in a comment….I feel u 😦
      I HOPE u get this comment?

  7. Hi – love your blog and especially your first picture in this post (running during the race – adorable!). I can relate to some of the things you posted about – finding good balance with food, loving fitness, etc. However – I really admire that you can get up in the morning and run. Want to move up here and wake me up to come with? haha. Looking forward to reading more.

    1. Hello and thank you so much!! I am glad you were able to find some connection to a bit of my “story”! I find more and more that struggles like mine are all over the place (unfortunately) but that when you DO find others who have been through or are currently recovering from these negative thoughts… it is the greatest, strongest, KINDEST community! I can honestly say that several bloggers are what finally helped me decide to get help back in May! I could not have come to that decision alone!

      I am most definitely a morning person! I get up so ridiculously early! (some of that is due to the eating disorder and some undiagnosed post traumatic stress from a few years ago) but mainly I just love the slow wonderful pace of the early hours! And once you get your body used to quiet morning runs… you become obsessed! I would LOVEEEE a morning running buddy!! The more the merrier (and safer!) in the morning haha

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! Always great to meet new people 🙂 Have a fantastic day!

      1. I do like mornings, when I’m up for them. They’re very peaceful. I’m excited because I found a spot around here where the sunrise should be AMAZING, so my next morning long run, my goal is to see it!
        As for the negative thoughts, I gain encouragement that Paul in Philippians tells us not to expect an automatic change – that we have to train to “run the race” of life in a similar way that we train to run our road races – practice, practice, failures, and learning to bounce back from them. And more practice. But we have such a wonderful finish to look forward to, no? 🙂

      2. You are wonderful and you could not have written this at a better time. I read this in bed last night, and God could not have been more present in my room! THANK YOU. This helps a million times over. You are so right. Everything in life… and most importantly in our relationship with God… we practice, strive, work hard, and as always, FAIL to be perfect sin-less humans, but all of that is OK!! Jesus was perfect without failure or flaw. But WE… as Paul reminds us… have that perfection to strive for even though we will not reach it. But it is a long journey, with lots of “practice”. And that is exactly how I should view my eating/recovery.

        I really cannot express my gratitude for this reminder. God was definitely reaching me through you!!
        I hope you have an AMAZING day/week and keep spreading the Love ❤

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