About

Hi, I’m Julie. I grew up in sunny Southern California but I wasn’t your typical California girl… at least not until 2 years ago and I was living in North Carolina. I led a sedentary childhood and duh, got fat. Fortunately in high school, I studied a little and was kind of nice so life wasn’t terrible. My meals consisted of Sourdough Jacks, chicken soft tacos, and personal pizzas + buffalo wings + bread sticks with ranch.

It only got worse in college. I ballooned up to 185 pounds on my 5’3 body. Times were hard – my parents got a divorce and I was on my own emotionally.

At 185 in February 2007.

Then I found my passion in teaching and worked at a local high school all the time. I finally got my act together in school and earned my degree in history with honors. Things were going well. By the time I graduated, I was down to 150 pounds with no effort. I ate a little less and drank lots of water.

I partied a lot after college. That was how I made up for all my years being a fat girl, kind of. Student teaching helped me lose another 10 pounds. I ate the Taco Bell fresco menu and Subway all the time. It worked.

I started going to the gym and lost 20 more pounds by May 2010. I looked darn good at 120-125. It was natural.

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Naturally 125 post-college partying days.

I overdid it. I was out of school and wasn’t substitute teaching during the summer. I went to the gym 5-6 hours a day. I woke up, went to the gym, ate, napped, and went to the gym again. I had a combination of anorexia and exercise bulimia.

I went down to 111-113 pounds at my lowest. I lost my period and was always aggravated.

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My lowest at 111 in September 2010.

I started to gain weight. 10 pounds here. Another 15 pounds. Another 15. I kept exercising and I kept eating like I had and nothing would stop the weight gain. It wasn’t just weight gain, my body fat percentage shot up way high and my belly looked permanently pregnant (not really). My body stopped responding to the workouts and I experienced pain in my knees, back, shoulders, feet, everywhere. My smooth dance moves got rickety, I couldn’t jump as high, and my hips were extremely tight.

And that’s where I am now. Trying to figure it out. I’ve had my period back for 2 years now. I’m back to my pre-working out state. It pretty much just sucks with all the work I’ve put in. My new plan: do a little less. Break the anorexic/exercise bulimic thinking, get back to the point where I was losing weight naturally and was happy, and remember I’m more than my weight.

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A good selfie from summer 2013 at 135.

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Around 135 in 2013, a drop from going up to 150 in summer 2012.

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Between 135-140 in December 2013.

There are good days and bad, but I’m realizing a few pounds here and there are no big deal anymore. My body can run if I ever choose, traverse mountains, lift some pretty heavy things, and bend into unimaginable positions (I’m talking yoga here). I’m also a woman who teaches, loves, laughs, and enjoys life.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Julie, thank you so much for sharing your story. I was extremely anorexic my last semester in high school and was admitted to an inpatient program immediately afterward, so I have some idea where you’re coming from. I saw all shapes of people needing treatment, including children who thought not eating food and over exercising were a fun game. At least for me, recovery is the longest and hardest part of this, but I think true healing comes when you start sharing your story. I’m looking forward to reading more about your journey to better health, so keep it up 🙂

  2. Hey girl! I just found your blog and I can’t wait to continue reading, learning more about you and following you on your journey! I love hearing the story’s of others, and I just have to say that right now you are absolutely beautiful!

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  5. Wow…I just found your blog from the Marvelous Monday link-up and we sound very similar with our health journeys! I too suffered a bit of orthorexia at one point and over-exercise tendencies. Still trying to slowly figure out my own balance of food and exercise now actually but my blogging has helped a lot! I will definitely be following your blog more often. Glad to have “met” you!

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