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.