For now, the updates are that I recently moved in with my boyfriend, I started a new job in November, and plan to join a gym next month.
Goals for 2015 include reading a book every month, trying out a new restaurant weekly, losing the 25 pounds that I have packed on since moving back to Portland in 2013, and getting my teeth fixed up (terrifying isn't even a good enough word for this one).
I found this AWESOME opportunity for getting my book reading on: Blogging for Books. It combines my want to blog and my want to read more books all into one great package. I love reading but it takes some serious plot/premise to get me interested enough to start so while I may have tons of books (still in boxes, mind you), this gives me a great opportunity to try newer books that I see people talking about.
Andie Mitchell's "It Was Me All Along," which you just may have heard of by now. Her blog is also pretty great. Below is my review:
"I had seen this book around the internets and was intrigued as to why it was so anticipated. I checked out a few blurbs here and there and figured it was just another blogger writing about their healthy living experiences. Upon being given the option to read the book for review, I immediately picked this one because I wanted to be "in" on what everyone was talking about. That's how I roll--I get annoyed that everyone is talking about something that I know nothing about and then I become one of those people. Simple.
Andie discusses in great detail her childhood and growing up with a unhealthy dependence and addiction to food. It isn't just an "I eat crap" kind of thing; it is something much larger than that. Being a chunky kid myself, and also struggling with my weight as an adult, I understood her emotional reaction to reach out for food in times of great stress or great joy. It became a safe zone for her, when things such as family, friends, or life were uncertain. It became something that represented a way to control the chaos and also celebrate the successes. Her study abroad to Italy was where things shifted and her time after that represented what I think a lot of people struggle with: the constant worry of calories, minutes of exercise, and reading through and comparing every nutritional label. It is so exhausting and I think Andie really captures that internal struggle and dialogue that happens when you start to get on the right path but are terrified of back sliding.
I appreciated her honesty in sharing her thoughts and the reality that everything is not perfect just because you lose the weight. I wish she would have included more on her relationships--more insight into how her weight affected her friendships and romantic relationships--but i understand that this was much more about her perception of the world and how she was dealing with everything. I would recommend this reading for anyone who is struggling to create a healthier lifestyle and needs to hear that it isn't going to be easy but that little steps make a big difference."
Please note: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.