Hi, I’m Jenn and this is my story:

I’ve struggled with my weight and body image for as long as I can possibly remember. I was the fat kid and teased for it relentlessly. My highest weight ever was over 250, when I stopped getting on the scale.

I have dealt with disordered eating, yo-yo dieting, being skinny, being very obese and everything in between. I am now at around 180 and would love to lose about 20-30 pounds, but the difference now is I appreciate my body and everything amazing it has given me — no matter what I weigh.

I had my daughter in November of 2006 and spiraled into a depression. Here I had this perfect little being and I couldn’t snap out of this funk. I didn’t know who I was anymore. Between working full time, taking care of a premature baby, being a wife and taking care of a household, I all but lost myself. Instead of losing weight after the baby was born as most women do, I gained.

At one point, I just had enough and decided to do something about it.

I was starting on the road to wellness and health when in 2009 I was running on the treadmill one day and felt excruciating pain. I could barely walk. Numerous orthopedic doctors, countless physical therapy sessions, one wrong diagnosis, MRI’s, a ton of money later, a nervous breakdown and a year later….here I am. Finally – with a diagnosis for SI Joint Dysfunction. I have since been in physical therapy targeting the exact issue and I’m thrilled to report that I (almost) feel back to myself.

I have my good days, and I certainly have my bad days. But I’m grateful for every day that I’m able to get up and move – so I don’t want to waste it!

Now, almost four years after having my beautiful daughter, I am beginning to find myself again. I can no longer run but I walk, ride a bike, do workout DVD’s and the elliptical machine. And my most favorite obsession of all that I believe is the reason for this whole mess – I found yoga. Or maybe yoga found me. Either way, I absolutely love it.

Through yoga and healthy living blogs, I discovered Clean Eating and haven’t looked back since.

I am a new vegetarian (started in June 2010) and can’t get enough of all things food related – food network, cooking, baking, reading healthy living blogs and reading every book I can get my hand on. I recently finished Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I also saw Food, Inc. and now I can’t bear the thought of eating an animal.

Speaking of animals, I have three rescue pups: Yoda, my thirteen year old pit mix, Daisy, my 7 year old bulldog and big dog (!) mix, and Stormie, my almost 2 year old crazy bulldog mix. She keeps me guessing.

I’m a mama to almost 4 year old Meghan and my husband of nearly 5 years, Sean. We have been together for 13 years.

This blog is to document my journey to back to myself through fitness, fun and food.

Body, Mind and Soul.



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