Welcome to In Sweetness and In Health
My name is Lindsay, and I’m a 23-year-old graduate student working toward my master of science in occupational therapy. I am extremely interested in all things health and fitness, and have been for several years. However, sometimes I have a warped view of my body, and I’m hoping that with this blog I can work toward having a positive self-image!
I’m also hoping that this blog will force me to actually go out and enjoy the sweet things life has to offer. I always say that I’ll get around to doing something later and then never do it. I want to live my life now!
I love to eat, all the time haha, but I am not a good cook. I’m attempting to learn how so ultimately one day I will be successful in the kitchen :). I have a ginormous sweet tooth, but I always try to balance healthy eating with occasional indulgences- I’d rather splurge on something yummy than eat so-so tasting junk food everyday. Dark chocolate on a daily basis, however, is a must!
Fitness, Health, and Food:
Growing up I was always very active. I started dancing around the age of 6 and danced competitively from age 10-16. Tap dancing is one of my favorite things and it’s an awesome workout! I stopped dancing after my sophomore year of high school because it was taking up too much of my time and I wanted to focus on my academics and high school experience in general. I was also a cheerleader all four years of high school. These two activities allowed me to stay in great shape while also having a fun time.
My junior year of h.s. I went through a period of disordered eating because I had stopped dancing and was afraid of gaining weight. I ended up losing almost 20 pounds. Seeing my low weight at the doctor’s office somehow, and thankfully, scared me into going back to my normal eating habits. However, I am often still cursed with obsessive thoughts about my body.
All throughout college I took advantage of the rec center and exercised most days of the week. Freshman year mainly consisted of cardio because I felt intimidated by the grunting males (with large upper bodies and skinny legs) in the weight room. Slowly, I started to learn more about strength training by lifting with some friends and attending total body toning group fitness classes. Exercising was basically just a form of weight control and I didn’t really start to enjoy it until my junior and senior year of college. Enter my amazing boyfriend Chris:
Chris and I started dating my sophomore year of college and he has been a major contributor to my healthy living. Chris is a very natural and “clean” eater. Being with him sparked my interest in eating healthy and nutritious foods. Chris was an athlete for most of his life and is now a personal trainer. His absolute love for fitness and the joy he gets out of being active has revitalized the way I view exercise and over the past few years I have come to love it. I ended up majoring in Exercise Science and learning about the body and all of the healthy ways that exercise impacts your life only increased my affection for fitness.
I am now in graduate school and usually workout 6 days a week. I try to switch things up so that I don’t get bored and this allows me to enjoy my workouts. I also try to eat healthy foods- lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, etc. However, I always love to eat sweet foods- especially ice cream and chocolate of any kind. I believe that having a balance is important, but I will never give up my treats. That is no life for me to live. Even though I love fitness and try to have a balanced diet, I still go through periods where I have agonizing thoughts about how my body looks. I hate this about myself and after reading so many healthy living blogs I am inspired to learn to really love and appreciate my body once and for all. Having a mind that is less clouded by thoughts of my body will hopefully allow me to pursue the wonderful things and activities in this world that are waiting for me.
Thanks for stopping by!