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My name is Katie. I am a
22 year-old student at James Madison University 23 year old graduate of James Madison University. I have my Bachelors degree in interdisciplinary liberal studies (fancy name for education) and spanish. Next semester, I plan on taking pre-requisite courses for nursing and hope to start an accelerated BSN program either this coming June or September! I am going to be moving back to NJ to complete the BSN program and will probably live at home with my parents while I finish up schooling (saving money > my sanity?).
I have had a love-hate relationship with food in the past. When I got to college, I loved any and all food unconditionally. This love lead to weight gain. A lot of weight gain. Before I knew it, I was 60 pounds overweight. Statistically, I was not only overweight, but obese.
In the summer of 2009, I decided to change. I started the couch-to-5K program. I didn’t change my eating habits much until I got back to school that September. At that point, I began keeping a food journal. I have always known what I’m supposed to be eating. I feel like most people do. I was just in denial about how much I was eating/what I was eating. Keeping a food journal helped keep me accountable. Between the food journal and exercising, the weight started to come off.
I don’t know when, but I lost control. My focus changed from being healthy to being skinny. In March of 2010, I got very sick. I lost 10 pounds in one week. I couldn’t keep anything down, yet I was still exercising three times a day. I found myself contemplating continuing this cycle even after I was better. It was then that I realized I needed help. I sought help from the counseling center on campus. I went in for an over-exercise disorder. It wasn’t until I met with my psychologist for the first time that I realized I had developed anorexia. I was eating less than 500 calories a day and exercising three times a day at that point.
My treatment plan that semester comprised of weekly appointments with my psychologist for individual therapy, a nutritionist to monitor my caloric intake and a doctor to monitor my blood work. I was able to incorporate more calories to my diet and began to realize what was going on with my body. The only problem was, I didn’t care. I still wanted to be skinny.
This semester, I consider myself to be in recovery, but not recovered. I credit my psychologist (who credits me), my nutritionist, and most of all my group therapy sessions for the dramatic improvement in my anorexia. To this day, I still do not eat enough calories to maintain my weight given my activity level. That is still a work-in-progress. But I eat way more and way more healthfully now. I want to be healthy, and (usually) realize that skinny doesn’t mean healthy. I focus on what I am putting into my body now, not just how much. I still battle with anorexia and exercise addiction (just ask my family), but I am more capable of realizing when I am slipping.
At this point, I have lost 90 pounds and gone done 9 pants sizes! I have completed numerous 5Ks and a couple of 10Ks. I am training for my first marathon – the National Marathon (which happens on March 26, 2011).
The million-dollar question: Why blog?
There are a couple of reasons why I have found a niche for myself in blogging.
- I hated journaling, but I love writing. I have found blogging to be a great outlet. I also have found it easier to focus on the positives when I am blogging. I spent so much time focusing on food negatively. Blogging has given me a medium through which to focus on my food positively, which has greatly aided in my recovery.
- I love cooking. Creating my own food from a recipe, giving me control over my food and taking away the control ED (my eating disorder) has over me, has been cleansing… freeing… purifying. I wanted a place where I could share that with others and document it for myself. Hence, Live for the Long Run.
For what it’s worth, I have no degree/training in anything that would make me an expert on diet/exercise. The only thing I can tell you with any semblance of authority are my experiences and what works for me.