About Me

hi!

my name is alicia and i blog about my journey to a healthier, happier life. my journey is all about discovering and adopting healthy habits. what those habits are, i don't always know, but i can tell you most of them (right now) involve running, learning how to love myself and figuring out how to eat to fuel my body (and not make it sick). health is a learning process and i'm sharing what i learn along the way here in my little space on the internet :)

hi! this is a very close up picture of me :)

the vitals

i am a 20-something year old, living in a digital world in a small hippy town called ann arbor. i work hard as a recruiter for a top fortune 100 company - keeps me on my toes and i am always learning something new. i'm super active in a women's leadership group at work and it's probably one of the most fun things i get to do outside of my core role.

i live with my fiance and our 4 furries (3 cats and a dog) in a cute little condo. we're now in the constant process of bringing this little piece of real estate into the 20th century (the condo was livin' in 80's glory when i bought it. think pink walls and lots of mirrors).

a little back story

i'm finally back in my running stride after a two+ year battle with depression that kept me in sandals instead of running shoes. i'm still working through my depression, but i'm happy to say i have more happy days than sad days now. along the way, my generalized anxiety began to snowball and i now spend a lot of my time trying to understand my anxiety and figure out how to some day move beyond it.

when it comes to running, i have run multiple half marathons, 5ks and it is all rooted back to my high school days of running cross country. best thing i ever did in high school, and for myself! my goal is to complete a marathon some day and run a half marathon in under two hours. two years ago i finished my 5k challenge, which was to run a 5k every month for an entire year. i consider it one of my proudest running accomplishments and i also set a new 5k pr! i'm also a proud member of the oiselle running team and couldn't be more excited to represent oiselle in the upcoming year!


yes, i like to cook and eat. but food isn't always easy

i discovered in the past year that i have dairy and gluten sensitivities. while not full blown allergies, i still feel pretty sick if my diet contains too much of either ingredient. to make matters even more fun, i have irritable bowl syndrome, and one of the ways to help ibs is to eat a low fodmap diet. (what the hell is that? you may be asking. check out my post here). sticking to low fodmap foods has probably been the biggest challenge, but i'm figuring it out more and more each day.


i should probably mention the eating & body image disorder

i am working through body dysmorphic disorder and binge eating disorder, and my journey to health is a lot about conquering and removing those two poisons from my life. though these are things i don't want to define me, they certainly have had a huge impact on who i am. i am finally recognizing them as a problem in my life, whereas before the down hill plunge of depression, i didn't think there was anything wrong with my behavior or thoughts.


so why "in healthy habits we trust"?

being healthy, losing weight, finding happiness, etc is a journey. a journey that is made up of different steps and paths and habits that help us grow and get better each day. but trusting that doing these things is going to get you to the place you want is hard, and that's why we have to put our trust in these habits. trust that the effort we put in to change our habits or make new ones is worth it. whenever i feel doubtful that something i'm doing is worth the risk or effort (like eating almond cheese or working out in the morning or trying to make time for me), i just remind myself to trust what i'm doing and that it's all part of the bigger life plan.

if you'd like to contact me, you can do so via email (or you know, one of the various social media networks - use the icons on the right).



me and my pup, moose, running free on the shores of
lake michigan

17 comments:

  1. Hi Alicia! I love how you "get naked" your writing; it's powerful. We have so much in common. I am really looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at the Inaugural Coffee Talk! :) - Julia

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Julia. I'm really looking forward to meeting you as well!!

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  2. Just started following your blog and I love how open and real you are in explaining your struggles. It takes courage to admit your weakness and a strong woman to fight on! You are amazing and I look forward to following your journey!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet thoughts! :) I just started following your blog as well - looking forward to sharing stories!

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  3. Hey Alicia! So great to "meet" you -- thanks for stopping by my site and introducing yourself! I love meeting fellow Michigan runners and bloggers. :) Looking forward to following your journey as well!

    - Heather

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  4. Ah. So after (finally) reading your About Me page I realize that we are alike in a few ways...I have developed a huge issue with my body in the form of body dysmorphic disorder and extreme binge eating. I never purge, but I binge. A lot. I know that it is mainly out of stress or boredom. But I am still having massive issues with both. Ugh. At least someone else understands what I am going through.

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    1. I'm here for you! Glad Susan connected us. It is so helpful to have someone who understands!!

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  5. I'm glad you commented on my blog so I could discover yours! We're neighbors... I live in metro Detroit and love Ann Arbor -- I went there for undergrad so it's very near and dear to my heart!

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    1. Yay! I love finding local bloggers. I have grown to LOVE LOVE Ann Arbor. It's such a special place. I need to get to Detroit more and spend some time discovering over there!

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  6. HI Alicia,
    We've just discovered your blog and are really enjoying it. We Run Disney races too! Can't wait to follow along your journey!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you found me. Looking forward to check out your blog. Yay for runDisney!

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  7. I can never comment on your blog page (GRR!!), but for whatever reason I can comment on your other pages. I just wanted to say good luck on your race this weekend!! I loved your most recent "race week" post!

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    1. Gah! I have no idea why :( Can you take a screenshot of what it looks like when you're trying to comment? Maybe I can try and troubleshoot that way. Thanks for the nod of good luck! I'm nervous and anxious, but in a good way!!

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  8. I am so glad I found your blog - I struggled (and sometimes still do struggle) with a lot of similar issues. Running has really helped with easing depression and body issues, and since I haven't been able to run lately, I'm trying to find new ways to move, find peace and try to remain calm. Looking forward to reading more - and PS I've always wanted to visit Ann Arbor...it looks like such a great place!

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    1. Hi Miriam! I'm glad you found me, too! It is a blessing to find other who can understand and empathize with what we feel. Its not always easy to explain, but just knowing someone gets "it" is so helpful :) Yes, Ann Arbor is a great city! I didn't think I would love living here, but I absolutely do. It won me over!

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  9. LOVE Your blog! Great meeting other runners from the mitten state! Ever race around Grand Rapids?

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  10. Hi Alicia! I just found your blog and am so excited to find a fellow Michigan blogger! I love your story and am excited to start following your blog!

    Brie @ leancleanandbrie.com

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Getting comments feels as good as a freezing cold glass of Gatorade on a hot summer day. So don't be shy - share your thoughts & opinions! - Alicia