Hello and welcome to Striving for Strides

My name is Megan and I'm 26 years old. I currently reside in the Tampa Bay area with my husband Michael. Michael has recently got out of the Marine Corps and has become a Police Officer with the local Sheriff's Office.

Growing up, I've always been somewhat on the heavier Athletic side. I always said that since I was a softball pitcher, I was meant to have thick legs. Yeah, I was a little heavy growing up but it didn't bother me nonetheless. 
I'm on the bottom row on the right hand side. Yeah.. the one with the nerdy glasses.

But it wasn't until the year 2005 that I started to change my eating and exercise habits drastically. It started off very innocent at first. I started to cut some of the "unhealthy" foods in my diet (poptarts, sugary cereal) and started to go to the gym a few times a week. Months later, I began to cut a lot more out of my diet and went to the gym every day for an hour and a half or more. Needless to say, my weight drastically dropped and I was soon underweight. One thing led to another and I was well under 100 pounds for my medium 5"7 frame. I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in 2008 and was hospitalized at Sheppard Pratt Center of Eating Disorders in Baltimore, MD. After 69 days, I was released and was armed with information and a plan to recover. I've had a few slips since then but now I can officially say that I'm in recovery. 

Now I'm a healthy 147 pounds and I'm extremely happy. There are days that I wish I was a bit smaller but I'm not going to go back to my old habits. I continue to be big into exercise, but I know to not over do it. I have a better relationship with food where I can eat something and not regret it days later. 

Life has been going great for me since 2008. I'm happy. I have a college education. I have a job. My husband and I own our own home and have two awesome dogs. And I have a the most perfect husband in the world.

Thank you very much for visiting my blog! It is within these pages that I hope to share my journey with fitness, food and life in general.