I’m a simple girl living the dream in Austin, Texas. I graduated from The University of Texas in May of 2011 and ventured into the corporate world immediately after. Throughout 2013, I learned about health, fitness, and how I’d been making myself fat, unhealthy, and unhappy for the last 15+ years.
I struggled with being overweight for most of my life. My body issues started in 2nd grade when my family moved to Texas, and they continued to grow from that point on. I spent YEARS miserable with the way that I looked and wasted several thousands of dollars on pills, personal trainers, surgical procedures, and special diets trying to get things under control. Nothing ever seemed to work, and I figured I was just “destined” to always have a weight problem. Read this post if you want to know more about all of the times that I failed at losing weight before things finally clicked for me.
I partied my entire 4 years through college and spent almost every night — including some days — bar-hopping around 6th Street. The “Freshman 15” was really a 20-30lbs (or so) for me, and they just kept adding on. I’d gotten myself into a semi-concerning party-girl lifestyle, but it was definitely fun. I made some amazing friends and great (blurred) memories over the years, and I honestly wouldn’t change a second of it. But, the countless vodka-waters, shots, and late-night fast food binges didn’t do much good for my health and/or fitness. I gained even more weight immediately after college, tipping the scale at 216lbs when I was my heaviest. I had completely lost sight of how important my body was. It was time for a little intervention.
At the end of 2012, I was introduced to a new boot camp. I also met a guy at one of my “home base” bars and wound up in the most amazing, fun, and fitting relationship I could have ever dreamed of. My habits completely changed over the following 6 months, and I lost over 40 pounds. My long-term health started mattering more, and the immediate gratification of partying/eating crappy food fell to the bottom of my list of priorities. Basically, I grew up. Read this post for a recap of the 12 months where I really got my shit together.
I’ve always had a sincere passion for cooking, and I feel at my best when I’m creating in the kitchen (which I think I inherited from my late grandma, whom I’ve always dreamed of becoming when I grow up because she was a complete badass). Once I started focusing more on my health and fitness by making workouts a 5x/week habit, I got into the “clean eating” mindset and started making food for good (nutritional value) instead of evil (using as much butter/sugar as possible). Once I gained control over my nutrition and learned how to feed myself, my body started changing drastically. Coworkers, family, friends, and pretty much everyone else started asking me the “what diet are you doing”/”what have you changed”/”what pills are you taking”/”how the hell did you do it” questions. All of the details were too much to cover in a quick conversation. I’ve always loved to write, and I work on a freaking corporate Web team, for goodness sake. Why not post everything to the interwebs? Thus, a blog was born.
I haven’t reached all of my fitness goals yet, but I’m finally making good progress. In the words of my boot camp’s empowering tagline, I’m continuing to improve every day. After 15+ years, I think I’ve finally cracked the code: it’s all in what you eat, and you can’t out-train a terrible diet.
I still love food, and I still LOVE to eat. I didn’t get in shape by starving or depriving myself. I don’t believe that “clean eating” or having a “healthy diet” should ever equate to only eating salads or chomping away at a celery stick. Food shouldn’t be boring. I refuse to make things that taste dull or flavorless, and I always try to challenge myself with every single recipe I attempt. The ones that pass the taste test will end up here for you to try, and I’ll include the occasional health-minded tips that I’ve found helpful along the way. If you want to see a post about a specific topic, feel free to post a comment somewhere or contact me!
MyFitnessPal (Food diary is viewable to friends!): mackenzie8907