Hi, I’m Marisa!
I began my fitness and lifestyle journey back in the summer of 2012. I had been a vegetarian for about six years but it was more of eating a ton of “vegetarian” fast food than being nutritionally conscious of the food I was eating. Over those six years, I gained close to 45 pounds. In high school I was an athlete, playing field hockey in the fall and trained for field hockey during all the other seasons; I was in that glorious stage of being able to eat whatever I wanted and not gaining a pound from it. Once I graduated high school I played on an intramural team at my college but that lasted about a year before the girls who started the team graduated and the team graduated with them. I continued on the same dietary path I’d been on since high school but physically, I wasn’t doing anything close to what I had been and as a result, I started seeing the effects of that in the jeans that no longer buttoned and the bras that no longer fit. Although physically my body was changing, it took me until that summer in 2012 to mentally become aware of the weight I had gained. I was happy; I was going to parties and football games, going river rafting with my family so what if my pants didn’t fit? My thought process was always “I’ll just go shopping, those *insert clothing items here* are old I’ve just outgrown them.” But then, at my yearly physical, I was told my cholesterol was high and I was at risk for diabetes. I was 20. Let me be clear, I wasn’t considered overweight or obese I was still within a “normal” weight for someone my height. But I wasn’t fueling my body with the nutrients it needed to function like a 20-year-old. I was filling myself with McDonald’s, Taco Bell, pizza, whatever was quickest and easiest and, at times, didn’t require me to leave the house (cue the Domino’s app!) Hearing that news from my doctor really opened my eyes to how poorly I was treating my body and how my health (and my closet) were suffering because of it. I decided the next day that, although I still had the same strong feelings towards being cruelty-free and animal rights, I needed to abandon my vegetarianism for just a little to get my health back on track.
The following evening I decided, along with the support of my now husband’s sister, to join WeightWatchers and a gym and get myself back on track. From July 2012 through April 2013 I lost most of the weight I had gained (I honestly never thought of weighing myself prior to starting my journey, it didn’t occur to me until after I lost the weight that I had no idea where I started).
Truthfully, I didn’t notice the difference in my body until I took that “after” picture in April. But once I noticed the change, I was addicted to it. I reached out to the wonderful world of Facebook to see if anyone could recommend a personal trainer. I had spent the past 9 months with the sole focus of losing weight. I knew nothing of getting toned and building muscle. I started seeing my trainer in May of 2013 and from May to July my results were incredible. Then I turned 21.
I tried so hard to stay on the same strict schedule I had been on for so long but the partying and going to bars got the best of me. Fast forward years and here I am. I’ve gained back all, if not more, of the weight that I lost and I hate myself for it. But that’s where you guys come in. I decided to start this blog to get back on this journey and do it with as many people as I can. I’ve always loved helping people, so much so that I sometimes forget to help myself. As the saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup,” so here I am, filling my cup. I hope to use this blog as a platform for my fitness journey, to post all of the things I’m trying when it comes to workout plans, meal plan services, dining out, gadgets and tech etc. In addition to all that fun stuff, I plan to pepper my posts with makeup reviews, books/music/movies, as well as some travel posts. All of these things are what make me ME and I want to share that with all of you. I hope will you enjoy going on this journey with me and will feel inspired to start on your own journey to fill your cup.