About Me

Hey guys! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well I started blogging in August 2009, because prior to that, I had been feeling pretty average, down in the dumps, didn’t really know what I wanted for my future or what to do with myself and it was really starting to get me down. Around the time I started blogging, I discovered a number of Healthy Living blogs, and I immediately became hooked, reading them everyday, soaking up the positivity and love that these happy, healthy bloggers were emitting, just through words in cyberspace.

I wondered how I could feel that happy and positive, so I looked at the way I was living and realized some changes needed to be made. Before I started living a truly healthy lifestyle, I had very low self-esteem, I felt worthless, I wondered how anyone could ever love me, I had been in an abusive relationship a few months prior that had left me feeling weak, lost and completely depressed. I struggled with disordered eating, I’d feel the need to count kilo-joules but then give up and binge on chocolate and other high fat, high sugar foods which left me feeling absolutely wretched.

After I found blogs like healthytippingpoint.com,ย ohsheglows.com and eatliverun.com, I realized I didn’t need to restrict my kilo-joules and stress myself out by wondering how much I’d eaten on that particular day. I realized I just needed to eat the right foods and snack wisely. I could still have chocolate, my FAVOURITE food, just not as often. I started out slowly, removing certain things from my daily diet, such as the bowl of ice cream I’d for so long been unable to resist and had consumed daily and felt horrible about it. I built up from there with support from my ex-marathon runner Mother. After a while Healthy eating was just second nature to me.

I felt inspired to begin my own blog. Obviously though it didn’t really take off very well as I hadn’t determined a “niche” first, I then decided I would continue the well-loved theme of Healthy Living.

I started running inย March 2009, before then I HATED exercise. Truly! I was a lazy little sh*t and you’d be lucky to get me to walk to the letter box to collect the mail. I’ve always been a very musically orientated person, and until recently, saw myself doing nothing but rocking out in a band for a living.

Much to my mothers dismay..

So you see how this lack of exercise, bad attitude and negative outlook on healthy living, contributed to my very low self-esteem and massive depression that I battled along with insomnia for months..

I was aware that my mother had been a marathon runner when she was in her twenties along with my Grandmother and Grandfather, but I’d always disregarded running and never gave it a chance. Then one day I was flipping through some old photo albums of Mum back in the day and I stumbled across a whole bunch of photos from her race days. There were tonnes of photos of her crossing the finish line and at the start line with her best friends and all of a sudden something in me clicked. And just like that I began to gradually ease my way into running.

I became hooked.

However, I never really had very much motivation, or anything “keeping me going” as it were, until I started blogging and reading other healthy living blogs. I find that reading about races that these other woman have completed or their training schedules ALONE, motivate me in so many ways to get out there and run. I LOVE running now and can’t imagine not doing it. For me it is the greatest stress reliever and it has completely changed my life. It sounds tacky and cliche, but it’s true ๐Ÿ™‚

Unfortunately, I sustained an injury in October 2009 in my knees and my right hip. I went through five months of Physical Therapy and although my hip is pretty much cured, my knee’s aren’t, they’re an on-going problem and have now prevented me from being able to run. When I first realized what had happened, I was heart-broken, heart-broken that I’d finally found something that made me so happy and healthy and it was taken away from me. But, the world doesn’t stop turning. I found alternate means of exercise such as swimming and cycling and it was ok.

Because of the severity of the knee pain I get during most intense exercise, I’ve been experimenting with other forms to try and find something that I love and that doesn’t cause me a lot of pain, I’m not committing to one particular form of exercise, just experimenting and getting exercise where I can. Although I have developed something of a passion for yoga ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t say whether or not it’ll stick though, I do get bored easily.

I took up cooking in September 2010, a sudden shift from my 16 -year hatred for the hobby. I’m not sure what it was but one day I was reading a food blog and was overcome with the desire and urge to go and bake. The first thing I seriously baked was Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes, which I don’t think I’ll ever forget because they were fairly horrible haha. However I’ve been cooking daily, sometimes more than twice daily and I just love it. I’m also getting better at it! It’s not doing much to help me stay healthy though because I’m very partial to dessert ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since I took up cooking, this blog has gradually been transitioning into more of a food blog, and in December I’ll update my domain name most likely to something cooking related. Stay tuned!

As you can probably tell from this blog, I’m quite the writer. I love to write and wish toย pursue a career in journalism. I’ve got a very determined attitude and I’m proud of the accomplishments I’ve already made in the area of journalism, getting published inย 6 different publications during 2010.ย I’m happy to say that I’m proud too because I had to work SO hard to make it happen.

I graduate high school in 2011 and when I finish that I plan to attend University and study Journalism and Media, to help achieve my ultimate goal of being a newspaper or magazine reporter. Maybe even write my own book someday?
It was through blogging that I realized my genuine love of writing. I love film, photography and media.

My blogย is really just an outlet for me to share my love of food, cooking, writing and newly, yoga. I appreciate the time that you as readers spend on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you.

Oh, and I welcome ALL comments, questions and suggestions ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kate  |  November 12, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Great story, you’re a fabulous writer also. Funny those three blogs were the first ones I really got into too! Love them.
    Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply
    • 2. jennylikestorun  |  November 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you for your kind words ๐Ÿ™‚
      And thanks for the compliment on writing! That makes me really happy ๐Ÿ˜€

      Reply
  • 3. peonynutshell  |  January 29, 2010 at 7:01 am

    i realy love your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx peony

    Reply
  • 5. Trip  |  February 10, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Nice blog…Just found it via Google… pretty good ๐Ÿ˜‰ keep it up. On the Rss goes your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheers. )

    Reply
  • 6. benefitsofsite  |  March 13, 2010 at 2:44 am

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  • 7. Amanda  |  April 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Love your blog since I’m a teen too! I started(ish) the c25k program but now I’m thinking of no program and just taking my own up!

    Reply
  • 8. ReadersHeaven  |  September 21, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Hi, nice to meet you !

    Reply
  • 9. katshealthcorner  |  January 6, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I just found your blog and it is AWESOME! I love your story! I can’t wait to read more! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply

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