Well hi there! I’m Anna, a 25 year old good-food-junkie and wanna-be-runner. After about a year of lurking around various healthy living blogs, I decided to start my own to keep myself accountable!
I suppose that if I stop to think about it, I have been dieting all my adult life. It took starting a new phase of my life in a new place to realize that what I needed wasn’t a diet, but a lifestyle change.
I graduated college in 2007 at one of my lowest weights ever. I was 5’7″ and about 155lbs. My weight wasn’t out of hand, but I also wasn’t happy with the way I looked or felt most of the time.
Living in DC led me to believe that I could eat anything I wanted because I was walking everywhere. Grad school also threw my eating habits off and I found myself eating two dinners: one before class and another after. Six months after moving up, my clothes weren’t fitting right and I was frustrated with how easily I got tired. With the scale was pushing 180, I decided it was time for a change.
I joined Weight Watchers for about a year, started moving more and eating less. I kissed full fat foods goodbye and started learning how to cook so I could prepare better meals. Weight Watchers helped me rethink my proportions and what I was putting in my mouth. It also helped me get down to mypre-DC weight. However, after about eight months the “points” started making me feel guilty.
I decided I didn’t want to have to worry about the “points” for fruit and vegetables. A banana or an apple should never make me feel guilty. I started to focus more on eating good things and exercising. This was also about the time that I discovered food blogs! I cannot explain how much these bloggers motivated me and pushed me to try new things (food, work outs, mindsets).
Thirty pounds lighter than when I started, I have no plans to stop! I want to continue to feel healthy and I want to feel more athletic. This is my journey to continue the healthy lifestyle I’ve tried to ingrain upon myself. I work behind a desk 40 hours a week and am a reluctant runner. I love good food (and a lot of not-so-good-for-you food) and enjoy a tasty beer. When it comes to my health, I find that I have great intentions but not as great follow through. My hope is that this blog will keep me accountable and serve as a motivator for me when I drag.
Other things about me? Let’s try a list (cause I love those): only child. married my best friend on 03/27/10. type-a. did my undergrad work at the greatest university on God’s green earth (University of Georgia). got my masters at George Washington University. will read anything I can get my hands on. like the idea of being a runner more than running itself. blessed beyond measure with wonderful (and supportive) friends and family.