My name is Annie and I am a 26 year old JD/MBA (law and business graduate degree) student. I love law school and am so looking forward to beginning my career as an attorney in the coming years, but I have an equally uncontrollable passion for food and fitness. I am vegan, with a focus on eating a whole foods, plant-based diet. I hope to share passion and inspiration for whole body wellness, weight loss, and (hopefully) getting ripped. Right now, I am focused on getting STRONG & LEAN.
My journey toward health began the summer after my freshman year in college, when I found myself at a staggering 210 pounds. I lost over 55 lbs. of that weight, but am still currently struggling to attain my best self. Through highs and lows, a struggle with disordered eating, a lot of internal work to come to a healthy relationship with food, and then becoming vegetarian and finally vegan, I am finally at a place in my life where I have found my mojo. I desire to be my best self – not because of what others might think – but because I have a passion for food and fitness and its role in physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.
My diet right now follows an 80/10/10 macronutrient breakdown, meaning that I get 80% of my calories from carbohydrates in whole food form. For the majority of the day, I eat fruit and only fruit. I then usually have a salad and/or low fat cooked vegan meal later in the day (what many refer to as Freelee the Banana Girl’s Raw Til 4 Diet). I do this for many reasons: 1) It is the only way of eating I have found that gives me perfect digestion and no stomach aches, bloating, congestion, and lethargy. 2) By eating raw foods all day, I am keeping my body in an alkaline rather than an acidic state, which helps in preventing ALL diseases, but especially cancer. 3) I LOVE FRUIT!! It has always been my favorite food, so when I found out I could eat it all the time, I knew this was the plan for me! 4) I can eat as much as I want whenever I want until I am completely full without ever counting calories, and I will not gain any weight. This food freedom for me was an incredible step in further healing my relationship with food. I can now say that I fully and completely view food as fuel for my body rather than the enemy with which I am in constant battle.
I will likely never go fully raw because I still love having a social life and the option to eat out at restaurants and travel with ease. I also love having a big, warm, cooked meal in the evening, as I find it settles me and marks the end of the day. I am not saying I would never go fully raw, but I have no ambition to do that now. For me, vegan or plant-based is the main focus, and the rest of my dietary “restrictions” are just the things that work best for me and my body. Find what works for you!
I have used strength training to make myself a MUCH better runner. I used to struggle to run 3 miles at a 10 min/mi pace, and I can now comfortably run 8 miles at an 8:30 min/mi pace! As my trainer would say, LIFT HEAVY, RUN FAST! It really has changed my life. My goal when I started this fitness journey was to become a better runner. I even had ambitions of doing an ultramarathon one day. I can’t honestly say those ambitions have died, but I struggle a lot with joint pain from distance running. The biggest part of my journey towards health has been buying into this idea of whole body wellness. Every day my body is changing, and I’m figuring out what’s working for me, so I no longer have a clear goal of doing more marathons. Rather, my goal is to the best I can at whatever suits me best, and I think that may manifest itself differently than I expected, such as lifting competitions, figure competitions, or sports. Right now, I am exploring and learning a lot about olympic lifting and am loving the complex, functional, whole body movements.
I hope this blog will be a great chronicle of my journey from weight loss champion to super ripped ultra athlete :) or something in between…BUT – I WILL DO THIS THE HEALTHY WAY. I hope to inspire you all to learn to FUEL YOUR BODY through listening to it carefully. Every single body is unique and has unique desires and needs, but I wholeheartedly believe that everyone can benefit from a more plant-based diet. Also, this blog, for me, is a testament to my faith in God, and a testimony to the fact that everything in physical reality is connected to and a pure reflection of spiritual reality. I have found an unbelievable sense of support and community through plant-based living, and both meditation and affirmations are a part of my daily practice. I often share that spiritual existence as an integral part of my physical existence. I know that not everyone believes or accepts this, but I hope you’ll find some great inspiration here anyway.
A little peek into my 7-year journey:
Also, in case you’re curious about the name of the blog, ummm…have you eaten avocados? They’re delicious. Although my diet lately has consisted of 80% carbs, 10% fat, and 10% protein, I will always include avocados as part of my healthy fats because they are nature’s perfect, delicious, creamy, nutrient-packed, plant power fruit!
Body shots since I’ve started my blog:
And trust me…