March 16, 2011, I went back to my doctor to follow up. I was on xanex and valium daily for panic attacks and paralyzing back pain. I was obese, clinically depressed, and generally miserable. I had gone through every medical channel to get better, but I just wasn’t.
I was a full-time art student, working 2-3 minimum wage jobs, and hadn’t done any type of sports since I was 9. What I ate consisted of primarily coffee and Dunkin Donuts for breafast, with energy drinks and pasta or pizza for other meals.
My doctor literally yelled at me, told me there was nothing he could do for me, and that if I wanted to be better I needed to lose weight.
I drove straight to the gym closest to my house and signed up.
Today I’m more than 70 pounds lighter. I’m a runner, a weight lifter, a yogini, and all my health problems are gone. I’m drug-free, I hike every day, and eat like a nutritionist. And I’m a full-time artist.
To stop myself from losing it, I had to lose it. Health and fitness have changed my life. Follow me and maybe they can change yours too.
FEW RANDOM THINGERS
- I work full-time as an artist and it is amazing.
- I’ve been working as an artist at least part of the time since I was 17.
- I have the life I always wanted as a kid.
- I live in Connecticut with my boyfriend, my dog, my roommate, and her dog.
- I almost became a tattoo artist. I ended up going to college for mural painting and art history instead.
- I had purple hair for four years.
- I’ve been a vegetarian for eight years.
- I’ve been overweight since I was about 9.
- I was bulimic in high school, weighed about 180 at the time, and then gained 70 pounds in four years at college.
- I’m a revolutionary socialist—I’m a Marxist and a feminist.
- I listen to punk, rockabilly and hip-hop.
- I watch a lot of Doctor Who. Prepare yourself for lots of reblogs.
- I’m a workaholic overachiever. I am Super Girl.