Hi and Welcome! 🙂
I’m Colleen, and I’m breakin’ into the blog world!
I’m 23 and I am a Northern Virginia native. I’m extremely passionate about food, fitness, healthy living and enjoying life 😉
I have not always been a healthy living fanatic. Throughout middle school and high school I struggled with self-acceptance. I thought that “skinny” was synonymous with “beautiful” – and I thought the only way to be “beautiful” was to obsess over and restrict what I ate.
Once I went off to college, everything just clicked. I was tired of being hungry and a new gym opened on campus, so I decided to try it out. That was the first time I’d ever stepped into a gym. I was terrified. I meekly made my way over to the elliptical and almost broke my neck getting on. Did that totally fit girl just see me?! I started truckin’ away. Oh yeah – my lungs were burning. My legs felt like jell-0. I.was.sweating. I had covered the timer with my towel – and when I felt like I was close to my goal of 20 minutes, I took a peak: 9:25. Nine minutes and twenty five seconds. I got off the machine, feeling defeated. But the next day, I went back and made it to 18 minutes before taking my towel peak 😉 Long story short – in a few weeks, I saw improvement: in my endurance, in my confidence, in my mood, in my diet. This whole “healthy” thing made me feel good.
Another real motivator in my life is Muscular Dystrophy. My dad has this disease, and because of it’s hereditary nature, I ended up with it as well. MD is essentially the progressive degeneration and shrinking of muscle tissue. I was diagnosed in the beginning of my sophomore year of college. It was rocked my world, that’s for sure. I am beyond lucky that I am virtually unaffected by the disease so far, but it serves as constant motivation to take care of my body now so that it stands a chance of being healthy later. The diagnosis helped me stop thinking about only the outside of my body, and it helped turn the focus inward. A blessing in disguise! 🙂
That said, over the past four years I’ve been dedicated to building a healthy relationship with food, exercise, fun and myself. I’ve started a blog because I want others to know that living a healthy, balanced life doesn’t consist of working out for hours on end or eating tasteless foods. I hope this blog encompasses and documents the constant journey I’m on: to find my best self, to make my meals healthy, to keep my workouts exciting and to keep my life full of love and laughter – all while keeping a good sense of humor! 🙂
Cory – My HUSBAND TO BE!
Cory and I met my first weekend in college, and he was a junior. He graduated two years before me but stayed to get his MBA, so be both graduated together in May and he proposed!! (My mom gets this photo credit) He’s my best friend, and I feel so incredibly blessed to have found my other half so early in life.
My Parents – Kate and Jeff
My parents are just wonderful. They’ve always been my number one supporters. In fact, my mom may be the only person that reads this blog. My parents created a life for my brother and I that was full of love, laughter and fun. They’ve been married almost25 years. That’s a pretty big deal.
My “little” Brother
I got lucky in this area of life as well. My brother, Brian, is one of my best friends. He’s outrageously funny (but don’t tell him that) and is easily one of the nicest people I know. I always have fun with him! Cory, Brian and I went backpacking through Europe after graduation.
That’s all our luggage for two weeks in Europe! We walked all over Madrid, Paris and Rome. What an adventure with my two favorite men! 🙂
So, that’s me in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy my blog!!