and so the journey begins!

In the the past eight months I’ve lost nearly 30 pounds. (163lbs to 134 lbs) Something I thought I would never accomplish like seriously ever. I was so very wrong and I want to share my struggle, my experience and my goals. Being where I’m at feels so great but it’s kind of scary. Where do I go from here? What else can I accomplish? A part of me felt guilty for feeling confident about myself. I’m over that now and instead of wasting time only thinking about what I could do I’m just going to do it. One of the first steps in that direction is writing this post.

OK. Sooo…I’ve been gluten free since June 2013 (when I discovered my intolerance to gluten…that’s another story I’ll share later) and this coming Monday marks my 2 months veganniversary!!! ( I tried to be clever there hahha) Anyways, the point here is that I’ve found my niche. Since high school I have struggled with eating disordered behavior. It’s been hard finding a healthy balance. It took everything in me to strive for health instead of just an image. The past few years have been such an interesting journey. This May 2014 I will be graduating with a degree in Exercise Science and I couldn’t be happier. I changed my major twice before that and had to take an extra year to finish. I’m thankful for the bumps in the road that led me here. My struggles give me potential to connect to others who have been there too and may be currently be trapped in that mind set. The rough patches are worth it because I’ve found my passion! Yaayyy! Health and Wellness make me happy, truly happy. I love helping people in any capacity that I can. The most rewarding experience is helping others nourish their mind, body and spirit. First I must take a leap and work hard for my own progress. This week I started putting more effort into my mentality and work ethic. I want the strength to push myself forward with confidence. I have conquered building a healthy relationship with food and now I want to be stronger, (physically, mentally and spiritually) so I can help other people do the same. I want to pursue a graduate degree in exercise psychology so I can help break down the mental barriers keeping people from reaching for what they deserve and help make a plan to build them up!! It all starts in those complex thoughts of ours. The brain is a crazy thing. I’m posting my first photo of my body and will continue to post my progress. I appreciate the support. Thank you!!!

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