"L stands for little": dedicated to every girl who has ever said, "I'm starting Monday"!
Learning to love & take care of the body we have!
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Journey Begins
I created this blog as a chance for me to start a new outlook on food, exercise and health and share my journey with women struggling with theses issues. I have always been very active in sports and recreational activities. I am a former college athlete, marathon runner, and triathlete. Exercising has never been a problem for me. My nutrition, however, has. I have always eaten healthy, but in excess or found my self bingeing on "forbidden foods". My new philosophy is that there are no bad foods, just unhealthy portion sizes. I am not a registered dietician, but I do have a B.S. in Exercise Science and a M.S. in Physician Assistant Sciences. I am currently working as a PA and love the medical field and the opportunities it has given me. Follow me as I embark on a journey to change my body, mind, and spirit and learn to love the body God gave me.
I am a woman who has been on a journey for "the perfect body" since I was a chubby child. No matter how much I weigh, I never feel "skinny". Well, skinny isn't what I want to be. I want to be the woman on the outside that I believe I am on the inside; strong, empowered, healthy, and in control.
The title of this blog came from a very cute moment I had with my six year old niece about four years ago. I had returned from college for the summer and took my niece to the mall with me to go shopping. I tried on a shirt and asked her, "do I look fat in this"? She looked at me with her big brown and most sincere eyes, pointed to the Large sticker on the side of my shirt and said, "no Jen, L stands for little". It was so precious yet very eye opening for me at that time. Here I was, a twenty year old woman asking a six year old girl "if I looked fat, seeking for some positive validation from a child. What kind of example was I setting for her? What was I teaching her about women and their body image? It is time for all women to change their feelings about their body's, food, and diets and be the woman God intended for them to be... healthy, happy, and strong!