Hi there, I’m Sam, and this blog is about my journey to find optimal health by living a lifestyle that’s a bit on the (
wild) natural side. I do so by eating organic foods that nourish my mind & body and also by limiting my exposure to toxic chemicals found in personal care products, cleaners, etc. I call it my Organic-dote™!
In 2011, I started this blog to document my journey back to health and happiness after ballooning to nearly 140 lbs from 113 lbs in college. Through consistent diet and exercise, I successfully lost 25 pounds and managed to keep it off for three years. In fact, in 2013, I reached my fittest at 113 lbs and successfully put a few 5k races and a half marathon under my much slimmer belt!
From my heaviest to my fittest.
Unfortunately, in 2014, I found myself at a job I hated. I. WAS. MISERABLE. However, it was the first sense of stability I had experienced in quite a while, and the pay was good– so I stuck it out for 18 months. To get through the painful 40 hour weeks, I began to medicate myself with food, and I’m not talking about green juices & salads. Treating myself to fried and fattening snacks and trips to Austin’s tastiest food trucks for lunch and dinner became the regular. The combination of a bad job, a “comfort” food diet and lack of exercise resulted in a 15 lb weight gain.
At the start of 2015, I quit my job that I hated so much– it was freeing, and I was instantly happier. But, for the next eight months, I was a ball of stress as I worked 12-18 hours a day as a freelance writer & web designer. All the stress and lack of sleep I experienced during that time span caused the scale to tip past the 130 mark very quickly.
To be honest, at 137 pounds I feel incredibly unhealthy, and my pants don’t fit. It’s a bit hard to walk up the stairs with all the added weight on my frame, and I can’t wear stretchy pants forever. So, please join me on my journey to get healthy… AGAIN.
I don’t believe in deprivation, but I do believe that health begins in the kitchen!