For those of you who don’t already know me, I’m Samantha, I’m 25 years old, and I’m just your average gal. When Melissa asked me to be a blogging member of this community, I was so excited and honored! I can’t wait to write along with my good friends, Melissa, Evanna, and Devin, and I’m looking forward to getting to know David.
Like millions of others, I’ve been riding the health rollercoaster for as long as I can remember. I first gained weight around middle school (all of those Big Mac’s caught up with me, I guess). From there, it was a slow climb up the scale until I was 15 when I reached my extreme high, and I was technically obese. From middle school until forever, I attempted to incorporate running into my lifestyle. I first started in 7th grade, but when I gained weight and, you know, breasts, I stopped.
Fast forward through 12 years of weight fluctuation, eating disorders, and failed and successful goals, and here we are. My eating became healthy and normal in late 2009, and I was no longer starving/restricting/binging/purging/over exercising. What a blessing it has been to be, for the first time in almost 10 years, free of the constant (and I mean constant) obsession with and fear of food. I’m much healthier and more confident, however, I’m not quite happy with my body or daily diet. Not yet.
About a year and a half ago, I temporarily moved to Los Angeles, and I began running for the last time. I’ve been running consistently ever since, and it has changed my life in remarkable ways.
When I started running in LA, it was different than all of the other times that I’d tried. This time, I wasn’t doing it to burn off the piece of bread I’d so guiltily eaten. I wasn’t doing it to lose weight. I wasn’t doing it so other people would be impressed if/when I got skinny.
It was no longer about losing weight, and let’s be honest, running is not exactly a fat-burning exercise. I began running for me, for my health, and to prove to myself that I could.
And I could.
All the time, I continue to discover that I can do more than I ever thought possible. I’m so excited to get to know you, the readers, and share with you my journey to reach new heights in health and fitness. I’ve learned so much, and I will continue to learn and pass it all along.