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I would restrict my intake too low, over-exercise, and engage in binge eating.
As a result, my weight – and mood – went up and down over the years.
One thing I do know for sure is that I’m at a much better place than I used to be.
From the age of 11 or 12, I struggled with an eating disorder until my mid-twenties.
If you saw me, you probably wouldn’t have thought that I was suffering as much as I was.
Eating disorders come in all shapes and sizes and much of the grief is mental.
However, I did it mostly to burn calories and did not appreciate fitness for fun. I trained for my 3rd half marathon and my first try-a-triathlon (with Eric).
Then I finally graduated, passed my oral defense, and got married. These challenges keep me motivated to stay on a healthy path. I am learning to be good to myself a bit more each and every day. He went from a highest weight in university of 210 pounds to 172 pounds (April 2010).
We also moved out of the city to a town that was a better fit for our love of nature and peaceful surroundings. I learned to have FUN with food and I fell in love with cooking! I also switched to a vegan diet after many years of experimenting on and off with a vegetarian diet. After battling back from a pelvic injury from Jan- march, I ran my first race ever in June- a 10k- and got hooked on running! You can read about his changes and see his progress pictures here.
We started dating just a month after I began at my new school.
It was puppy love that blossomed into a real, beautiful, – love.
I was stressed to the max and my weight kept dropping.
I was juggling being a full-time Master’s student, writing a thesis, part-time teaching assistant, working at a new FT research job, and planning my wedding.
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I defended my thesis at the end of July 2008 and we got married just one month later- all while working a stressful new position.