Hey! My name is Rachel and I am a Kansas transplant living in the Denver, CO area. After graduating with my Bachelors in Bakery Science & Management (yes, that’s a real degree) and completing my MBA from Kansas State University, I moved Denver with my hubby for our new jobs and a new adventure.
I started this blog while in grad school because I figured, since I am in school to improve my future career, I should also start improving myself. My health definitely improved throughout those two years–unfortunately I didn’t chronicle all of it (blarg!)–but you can view my previous progress in older posts. Before my journey to healthy, I had been consuming too many processed foods, eating dessert like it was going out of style, and not working out. Although my strategies to lose weight worked temporarily, the weight ended up creeping back on.
Where was I going wrong?
For starters, I was doing a bunch of “fad” diets like paleo and juice cleanses, all the while counting endless calories. None of these were doing me any favors. Though they did lower my weight initially, they were not sustainable. I also used these techniques to get into shape for my wedding (June, 2015). But six months later I had packed on 12 more pounds. Something needed to change.
Here’s some background info about me: I was a dancer K-12. I was even on the dance team at a local studio and was practicing almost 10 hours a week. It was the best workout of my life. Best of all, I could eat ANYTHING I wanted and not gain a pound. Then college happened, and my carefree diet didn’t change, but my weight did! I was about 115 lb when I graduated high school. After my undergraduate years five years later (any other “Super Seniors” out there?), I was 20 pounds more. Although embarrassing to admit, I try to be as transparent as possible on here for my own sake and so that anyone else following can relate, learn from my mistakes, or get inspired.
Initially, Health My Lifestyle was where I posted about what I ate, when I ate, my workouts, and recipes. I wanted to make myself accountable by having this blog. Now, I no longer NEED the accountability. *GASP* I have reached a point where I am completely satisfied with my diet and find that cravings are few and far between. No more calorie counting for me! And I am sooooo passionate about this diet and what it can do for anybody who gives it a try. The Whole Food Plant-Based (WFPB) diet. It really has changed my life for the better. You’ll still see me posting recipes on here, but it’s going to be more nutrition based, focusing on the many benefits of this diet/lifestyle.
If you’d like to follow this blog along from the beginning you can start with my first post appropriately titled “The Beginning”.
Otherwise, stay tuned for some awesomeness and perhaps geekiness as I blab about my favorite topic–FOOD (and perhaps some randomness as I pursue balance in all aspects of my life).
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Thanks for visiting and feel free to comment and share your own journey to being healthy, workout tips, or recipes.
xoxo – Rachel