About Me

Welcome to In Sweetness and In Health

Quick Intro:

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!

  1. Hi Lindsay! I saw that you’re a new blogger (as am I) and just wanted to say hello! I’m excited to read more – I think we have a lot in common πŸ™‚
    But as a new blogger, your blog looks gorgeous. Want to design mine?? haha

  2. Great story! Thanks for being so open and honest!

  3. lillyandpearls

    Hi!!! Like you and Jessica I’m also semi new to the blog scene!!! I love your blog and your outlook! I also almost went to get my masters in OT but went with sports psychology instead!! Look forward to hearing more about your adventures!!!

  4. I agree 100% with your thoughts! I too am extremely interested in nutrition and health, but sometimes have trouble with not being too hard on myself.

    This is the first time I have stumbled across your blog, and I’ll be sure to keep visiting. πŸ™‚

  5. I thought that I had made a comment before, but I guess not! πŸ˜‰ I really like your blog… and believe me, I understand about trying to learn to cook! I can follow a recipe fairly well, but I’m not creative enough to come up with fun dishes on my own haha!

  6. healthycollegegirl

    i just found your blog and i LOVE it!! i think it’s awesome that you are so open and honest about your struggles. i can really relate to a lot of them! can’t wait to read more about you!

  7. ittybitsofbalance

    I’m so glad that I came across your blog!
    I think all of us girls have a skewed image of our own bodies sometimes– but whose to blame us! The media is constantly brainwashing us with ridiculous crap about what defines “perfection”
    If we all just stick together and focus on being healthy, then I’m confident that we’ll be fine πŸ™‚
    I look forward to reading your blog!

  8. I am so excited to find ur blog! I graduated with a masters in OT about a yr ago and I am now working at my first job as an OT. I also blog at lizashlee.com. Can’t wait to chat with u more!!

    Have a great day!

  9. Hi Lindsay! I just stumbled across your blog. I love how candid you are in your writing– being open about the daily obstacles that so many can relate to, but with a tone of optimism and positive thinking! Can’t wait to read more πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Lindsay – What an honest story – thank you for sharing. I struggle with some of the same things – I recently lost 20lbs by drastically changing my eating habits (from junk to clean overnight!) as well as using the P90X fitness system. I absolutely loved the program and I got great results from it! But great results led to the craving of even better results and so obsession kicked into high gear. I (comfortably) admit that I was diagnosed with OCD when I was a teenager and so the obsession over food, calorie-intake and body image got the best of me – and I’m not surprised. I’m really making improvements, though, and I believe blogging (I recently started my own, too!) is a major help in doing so. Together, us bloggers can (and should!) support each other – especially when it comes to bettering ourselves through our shared interest in living a healthy lifestyle through clean eating and fitness.

    Though I am not in any way, shape or form happy about your struggles by any means, there’s an undeniable comfort in knowing that I’m not alone out there. I’ll be visiting your site on a daily basis indefinitely πŸ™‚

  11. Hi Lindsay! I’m a new blogger and I just discovered your blog πŸ™‚ I was excited to see that you’re working towards your masters in OT… I’m working towards my masters in speech therapy πŸ™‚ Looking forward to reading more!

  12. Love your story! Great job on your blog too!

  13. Hi Lindsay!
    My name is Lyndsie too! πŸ™‚ I just came across your blog and have really enjoyed catching up. I am a relatively new blogger myself and love to read blogs of other newbies. Your’s is great! Thanks for sharing!

  14. So excited to find your blog. I’m new to the blogging world so it’s amazing to find people and read their thoughts and even relate to them, so hello! πŸ™‚

  15. Hi there! I just stumbled across your blog. It’s so great! I’m a new blogger, too, and having a blast!

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  17. I just found your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more! Nice to “meet” you πŸ™‚

  18. Nice to meet you! πŸ™‚ I just found your blog and am loving it already! πŸ™‚

  19. I just found your blog recently and I LOVE it!!!!

  20. Very inspirational! Can’t wait to read more πŸ™‚

  21. We all get our daily dosage of negative thoughts about our physical appearance, but i hope it helps to know that you’re not alone! It’s so encouraging to see how open you are about the daily obstacles that so many can relate to. Even on days when I’m feeling crummy, I try to remain optimistic and happy that I am healthy and enjoying life. I look forward to more recipes from you!

    Feel free to stop by my food blog anytime for sweet and healthy recipes… I sure do like the company!



  22. Hey Lindsay!

    I just stumbled across your blog and I am so very glad I did. I can’t wait to hear more about your love of fitness, food and life. Keep doin’ your thang, girl πŸ˜‰

  23. Hey I just found your blog and I looove it! It is so refreshing to hear people talk about their struggles so openly and honestly.

  24. Hi Lindsay! Your blog looks fabulous, love the pink. I’ve read your introduction and will definitely be following you throughout your healthy journey! I find writing about my struggles is the best therapy. Lots of blog love!

  25. Hi Lindsay! I just found your blog and I love it. I am in OT school too! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to following along!

  26. I just found your blog and immediately added to my blogroll…I’m in grad school too, studying health promotion/education. my undergrad is in public relations/advertising and as much as I love it, looking back I kind of wish I had gone with exercise science! anyway, looking forward to reading more of your blog

    • YAY I’m so happy you found my blog!! What you’re studying for grad school sounds really interesting. I hope it’s going well for you πŸ™‚

  27. Hey Lindsay!

    I’ve been following you for a while, but I just now realized that you went to grad school for Occupational Therapy. I’m looking into going to grad school for Occupational Therapy too!! What school did you go to? I need suggestions and recommendations!

  28. Hi there! I just found your blog through Lisa’s. I’m looking forward to reading your posts πŸ™‚

  29. Hello there Lindsay! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award! All of the information is in my latest post: http://tinynfit.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/nominated-me-no-way/ Keep up the good work!

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