About Me

Hi and Welcome! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

My Background

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.Β I was terrified. I meekly made my way over to the elliptical and almost broke my neck getting on.Β Did that totally fit girl just see me?! I started truckin’ away. Oh yeah – my lungs were burning. My legs felt like jell-0.Β 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.Β 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 myΒ towel peak πŸ˜‰ 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 meΒ 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! πŸ™‚

That said, over the past four years I’ve been dedicated to building a healthy relationship with food, exercise, fun andΒ 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! πŸ™‚

Who’s Who?


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 MayΒ and he proposed!! (My mom gets this photo credit)Β 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! πŸ™‚

So, that’s me in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy my blog!!

44 Comments on “About Me”

  1. Renie says:

    Hi Colleen, I am a regular reader of fannetasticfood.com. I just read your comment on Anne’s blog and decided to read yours. I really like it and have signed up for future post. I guess I am not your regular reader. I am 59 years old, a diabetic and have lost 39 pounds since July. Anne encouraged me along the way. I have been married to my recently retired USMC guy for 40 years. We have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. I never really read blogs before I saw Anne’s and found that it was just delightful. I browsed yours and I think yours is going to just as much fun. Good Luck.

  2. Teresa Kozlowski says:

    Hey Colleen! I was doing my usual late night stroll through facebook and noticed your post on newsfeed. I read through your entire blog and found it very interesting and fun. I myself have been trying to get on a more healthy lifestyle. Heck I joined the Army for goodness sake! (Its hard to fight temptation when you work in a restaurant). I deploy really soon to Afghanistan and my biggest challenge is going to be maintaining healthy eating habits. Your blog will definitely be a source of encouragement. Congratulations on your engagement! I wish you all the best and happiness. I recently got engaged too! Good luck with everything!

    • Colleen says:

      Teresa! It’s so nice to hear from you! That’s so amazing that you’ve joined the Army – I really admire that. Thanks for reading the blog, I’m glad you enjoy it πŸ™‚ And congratulations to YOU on the engagement!! How wonderful! Take care, Teresa!

  3. Cindy Harlow says:

    I’m so proud to be your aunt. I’ve only read this introduction page and I’m crying happy tears. You’ve always been such a good writer and I’m so glad you’ve picked it up again. I look forward to reading more!

    • Colleen says:

      Thank you, Cindy! That’s such a kind compliment – I’m so glad you like it. And I’m so proud to be your niece πŸ˜€ You’ve always been beautiful on the inside and the outside.

  4. Kristin says:

    hi there! i like to browse through blogs and somehow stumbled upon yours – i am moving to fairfax (from austin, tx) in april! hope to hear a little bit about fairfax through your blog – austin is such a great spot for FOOD and fun, I am so nervous to be away from my treasured mexican food πŸ™‚

    • Colleen says:

      Hi, Kristin! So glad you stumbled across my blog! I hope you can learn a little more about the area through reading πŸ™‚ I’ve been hearing SO MUCH about Austin, TX recently – I hear it’s an awesome place!! If you ever need tips from a local, let me know!

  5. Oh my gosh, I LOVE the photo of your engagement! So cute! I’m excited for my own moment one day, hehe.

  6. I absolutely love that you saw the silver lining in your diagnosis and started taking care of the inside! πŸ™‚

  7. dressed2dish says:

    I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! πŸ™‚ I’m buying Nutella this weekend…I can’t wait!

  8. In one word, you are awesome. I love your blog, and you are a great writer. You’re so real, and I seriously love how honest you are! :)!!

    • Colleen says:

      Thanks you, Sophia!! That seriously just made my morning πŸ™‚ I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog, comment, and keep coming back! I think your blog just awesome!

  9. so glad i found you!!! wow i love the sound of you and how exciting about your engagement!!!

  10. woohoo for 23 year old virginia bloggers! πŸ™‚

    I live in VA Beach and just graduated college as well. we’ve got a lot in common… I’m so glad I stumbled over to your blog!

  11. Oh GIRL! Totally love the blog! Your way too gorgeous!:)

    HOW EXCITING about your engagement! When is the wedding?

  12. Katy says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I’ll add you to my readin glist, I look forward to reading more! I love making new blog world friends!!

  13. Trisha says:

    I love your blog! And I think it is so amazing the way you have dedicated your life to healthy living even with MD. So cool! Glad I stopped by the blog πŸ™‚

  14. Colleen! I’m from southern VA (VA beach area). I love your blog and have stopped by a few times and thought I would let you know. πŸ™‚

  15. sanjapanja says:

    Just wanted to let you know I gave you the Stylish Blogger Award:


  16. You are so cool! I’m so glad I found your blog πŸ™‚ The picture of your graduation/proposal is priceless. My boyfriend and I are starting to talk about where we will move after I graduate next spring and Virginia has jumped off and on the list, I’d love your take sometime in the future!

  17. This is so sweet- you are beautiful!!! Where in NorVa are you from!!?

  18. Hi Colleen! I love your blog! It’s so fun. πŸ™‚ And your story is so inspirational. I love that you are taking care of yourself, both on the outside and the inside! You rock!

  19. Hey you! I just got your comment about self-hosting. Here is the link that I pretty much memorized! It breaks down the process: http://www.thesingingrunner.com/2011/01/01/making-the-switch-moving-to-a-self-hosted-blogging-platform/

  20. The Teenage Taste says:

    Nice to meet you! I’m so glad I found your blog – you have such a fun writing style and you seem so upbeat! Can’t wait to read more girlie! πŸ˜€

  21. HI COLLEEN! Your getting on the elliptical story is probably identical to mine, i love it! I’ll be following πŸ™‚

  22. I just stumbled upon your blog and feel like we have a lot in common – can’t wait to start following!

  23. Hi Colleen! I just stumbled upon your blog from My Inner Shakti – wanted to say hello! πŸ™‚

  24. Hi Colleen! I am totally loving your blog! πŸ™‚

  25. Dorsa says:

    I really love your blog, I gave your blog an award, please do stop by my blog to accept it!

  26. Jenna's Journey says:

    i just found your blog and i love it! can’t wait to keep reading moreee πŸ™‚

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