Well, first of all, I absolutely hate writing “About Me”s; There’s absolutely nothing in life that makes me feel less interesting. If it were up to me, I would let my blog speak for itself, but you all probably want to know a little bit of background huh? Well here we go…
Stina/27/F/Chicago. That’s enough right? No? Okay, fine.
Formally, the name is Kristina, but my friends all call me Stina. We’re all friends here, so you can call me Stina too. I live just outside of Chicago my dog Maxwell Edison and my cat Sgt. Pepper. (Bonus points to you if you know the common theme in their names.) Currently, I work for a large insurance brokerage while I try to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
I started this blog as a means of chronically my weight loss journey. Along the way, it’s changed and evolved in a lot of really fantastic ways. It’s also helped me to change and evolve in a lot of wonderful ways as well. It’s taken me a long time to find my “blogging voice.” I’m hopeful this newest incarntion of Girl Can has finally helped me to do just that.
My story is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, I’m about as average upper-middle class, suburban white girl as they come. I haven’t struggled with disordered eating. I’ve never had an exercise obsession (a laziness obsession maybe). I grew up with family dinners of mostly home cooked meals. I ate fruits and the occasional vegetable. I brought my lunch to school. (I was far too picky for school lunches.)
Then came college with its fast foodesque dorm food, processed convenience foods (think Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, and any other “Helper” out there), and hectic schedules which meant I “didn’t have time” to cook real meals or work out.
Then came the desk job in the city with its easy access to any and all take-out options and delicious restaurants, happy hours and 3 hour round trip commute on public transportation which, once again, meant I “didn’t have time” to cook real meals or work out.
The pounds crept on slowly and without much notice. I wasn’t fat. Yes, my clothes were consistently getting tighter, and when I went shopping I found myself reaching for that larger size, but I wasn’t fat – not in my mind and not by comparison. Fat or not though I was unquestionably unhealthy.
In January 2009 I decided it was time to get healthy. At 24 years old, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and oh yeah, I was actually kinda fat. I had joined SparkPeople a few months prior but never actually utilized the site. However, the time had come to get serious about it. Little did I know I was signing up for so much more than lower cholesterol and smaller pants.
For the first year or so I did the calorie counting. I tracked my food, sometimes more diligently than others, and my exercise. I took up running. I measured my cereal, and rice, and cheese, and fruits, and veggies. I started doing yoga. I lost about 30 pounds. I brought my cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides to normal (or at least more acceptable) levels. I learned a lot about myself.
I’ve learned to challenge myself. I’ve learned I’m capable of things I never dreamed possible. I’ve learned that I can make my dreams my reality. I’ve learned that life requires strength and courage and hard work, but if you’re willing to put in the work, life pays well.
I am by no means at the end of my journey. In fact, I recently joined Weight Watchers in an effort to loose my last 20 pounds of so. But truthfully, I don’t believe this journey has an end. I can always make the healthier decision (or not). I can always be working to get the most of our life and be the best possible version of myself.
From time to time, I fall into my old ways. I battle bouts of laziness. I allow fear to prevent me for going for the things I want. I allow myself to take the easy way out. But my goal is always to challenge myself to live life to the fullest; I want to be the girl who can do anything she sets her mind to.
More Fun Facts.
I have never met a set of stairs I can’t fall down.
I bake like a champ.
I can watch a TV marathon like it’s my job.
I lcan run a marathon like it’s my job..wait, no I can’t, but I do love running…most of the time.
I have an uncanny ability to spill things, run into walls, knock things over, and injure myself in the most random ways.
I resist labels.
I appreciate silliness in my life.
I was a competitive swimmer for 10 year, and I hate being wet.
I would wear black Converse Chuck Taylors all the time if I could.
I am really sarcastic – really, really sarcastic.
I tend to ramble and over-explain myself. Trust me, you get used to it.
I have two younger brothers and a sister in law. The sister in law is my favorite.
I have a mouth like a sailor.
I frequently abuse grammar, punctuation, and the English language as a whole. Ironicly I’m certified to teach these things to grades 6 – 12.
Contact Me via email StinaGirlCan@gmail.com or Follow Me on Twitter stina6584