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my story.

quick facts.

  • basics. My name is Mindy. I’m 27 years old and live in the fabulous city of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • education. I have a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and Public Relations and a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
  • fitness. I love running, yoga, and Zumba.
  • food preferences. I’ve been a vegetarian since February 2009.  I prefer local restaurants over chains and try to eat locally and organic when I can.  I love a good glass of wine or beer.
  • other. When I’m not blogging, eating, or working out, some of the things I love are reading and traveling.

my journey.

Most of my life, I struggled with my weight. I was always that little girl who never quite outgrew the baby fat. But, in the summer of 2006, I reached my all-time high weight. I was deeply unhappy with myself and the numbers on the scale multiplied that unhappiness. It showed. Although I knew I had been gaining weight, I truly didn’t realize how bad things had gotten until I saw myself in pictures from a Labor Day weekend trip to New York City. I didn’t like what I saw. I was ashamed and embarrassed at myself and where I gotten.

When I got on the scale a few days later, it read 233. I was crushed. I knew I had to make a change.  Later that same month, I started Weight Watchers with Nicki, one of my sisters. Slowly, but surely, the weight came off.  I wasn’t where I wanted, yet, but it was progress.

I found a self-confidence I forgot I had.  I didn’t have to hide behind the weight anymore.  For the first time, I started to see myself as a strong, beautiful woman.

I had great success losing about 85 pounds over the course of about 2 1/2 years.  At that lowest weight, I felt like such a different person that who I had been as the former “fat kid”.

In March 2009, I started working full time while continuing attending grad school as a full-time student. The stress of that schedule lead to gaining some of the weight back, but I’m still much closer than I ever thought I’d be to a “normal” weight. There is so much of my journey I am proud to share. I used to adamantly hate running. On May 8, 2010, I crossed the finish line of a 25K.

Before, I despised fruits and vegetable, living on a diet of mostly processed junk. Today, I love the farmer’s market and make an effort to buy foods with an ingredient list where I can pronounce everything . There used to be nothing I liked more than a juicy double cheeseburger (hold the lettuce, tomato, and onion, naturally). Now, I’m a vegetarian. While there has been so much positive growth in my life, it has not all been so great. Over the course of the three years I did Weight Watchers, I developed an unhealthy obsession with numbers: weight, Point values, the size of my clothes, BMI, calories, you name it. If you could count it, you can be sure I was. I would weigh myself at least once a day, sometimes more. I knew that I couldn’t keep living that kind of life.

As of December 2010, I have about 25 pounds left to lose to reach the goal weight I set my sights on when this journey began. These days, rather than stressing myself out over the numbers, I am learning to focus on eating the right foods and listening to my body.  I still have weight loss goals, but now I know that I’ll get there in a truly healthy time and fashion. So now, rather than focusing on a number on the scale, I’m learning to focus on a healthy lifestyle: nutritious foods, exercise, the whole nine yards.

Learning is definitely the key word. I know I still have things t. Thanks to the inspiration of some other amazing healthy living bloggers, I decided to start my own blog. This is my journey. I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.  Maybe someday, I’ll reach that goal weight I set for myself all that time ago.  But, if I don’t, I am so proud of how far I’ve come.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. 05.28.10 9:15 am

    your experience with weight watchers sounds very similar to mine. I think it’s a great learning tool but for me can lead to obsessive thinking/behavior over calories, points, and weight. looking forward to reading your blog!

  2. 06.12.10 7:06 pm

    Wow! Such an awesome story. I relate to the obsession with numbers and it sounds like we both are trying to put our focus into be healthy and happy. I’m excited to read more of your posts!

  3. 07.10.10 11:11 am

    how amazing! you are an inspiration, and i can’t wait to read more.

  4. Heather permalink
    08.20.10 4:52 pm

    I have been reading several entries in the healthy tipping point looking for someone’s story I could relate to. All are truely amazing and I identify with many- but you nearly told my story word for word. The only difference is the number on the scale for a starting point. I started at 264 and lost 85 with WW until I was obsessed with the scale, points, ounces the food weighed. I started binge eating after a break up I just couldn’t handle. You are an inspiration.
    Ps. I’m from Cadillac (up north) but currently on the west coast.

  5. 11.8.10 4:30 pm

    I stumbled on your blog from SavvyEats and the fantastic 25 Little Things movement. So far, I am intrigued by your story and cannot wait to read more!

  6. Merrie Palmer permalink
    11.20.10 8:15 am

    I discovered you on the Kent county Girls on the Run fb fan page. Welcome! Your story fits with GOTR perfectly. We want to encourage all women to love themselves for who they are and to grow into being strong, fit and courageous women who are not defined by others. A healthy lifestyle is the foundation for that growth. It is a lifelong journey that can take us down different trails and paths which are all part of the process. At GOTR we strongly believe in changing the world “one girl at a time”. You are an inspiration!

  7. 12.14.10 3:50 pm

    What a great story! I love the photos too.

  8. 01.10.11 3:50 pm

    Hey Mindy! Glad you found me! What an awesome story! 🙂 I look forward to reading more and staying connected with a fellow-Michigander! 🙂

  9. 01.19.11 10:26 am

    Hey!! I’m so glad you found my blog! I love that there’s another food/health/fitness/weight loss blogger in GR! I look forward to reading more 🙂

    BTW, was that 25K the 5/3 River Run? My friend is training for that right now! I plan on running the 10K. It’ll be my first 10K ever and I’m pretty nervous!

    • 01.19.11 12:43 pm

      It was the River Bank! It’s still up in the air which one I’m doing this year, either the 10 or 25. Don’t be nervous! If you train well, you’ll be fine!!! Believe that you’re stronger than you realize!

  10. Beth permalink
    01.19.11 8:03 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile (since before we met at HLS!) but just now read this page (I use a reader most of the time) .. .and WOW!!! way to go, girl!

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