My name is Jen and I’m a 20-something living and working in Albany, New York. I started this blog as a way to document my healthy living accomplishments and strive to maintain a drastic weight loss.
In the summer of 2008, I decided to change my lifestyle. Growing up I was a chubby kid, but after gaining a lot of weight during and after college, I was considered obese and very unhappy. Tired of being overweight, I read “Skinny Bitch“, a book that motivated me to change my unhealthy eating habits. Along with learning to love fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods, I gave up beef and pork for ethical and health reasons in August of 2008. My interest in ethical eating continued when I read “Eating Animals” in April 2010. Now, I choose my meat wisely, eating it rarely, and when I do, I choose only humanely raised/ locally raised meat, avoiding conventional meat products.
Also, in August 2008 I began to exercise almost daily, and started running. I went from barely being able to complete one lap at a high school track, to finishing multiple races. I also ran my first half-marathon on October 10, 2010.
On November 10, 2012, I ran my first full marathon, the Richmond Marathon.
Needless to say, I caught the running bug. As of November 2012, I’ve ran over 40 races. I also practice yoga regularly to stay fit. Words cannot express how changing my life has made me feel. I’ve lost around 70 pounds, and now my goal is to keep it off by making wise food choices and exercising regularly.