Welcome to My Fresh Sprouts!
To start, my name is Nicole, nice to meet ya! I am 31 years old from Upstate New York, married to my hubby Brad for 3 1/2 years now. We have no children as of yet, just 2 fur-children; Jack, our cat we got when we first moved in together at least 7 or 8 years ago and Abby, our almost 2-year-old boxer I gave to the hubs as a gift for Christmas/his 30th birthday (Christmas Eve!).
As for food and my life. It has always been a struggle. I have always been overweight, but healthy and active at the same time. Before our wedding in 2007 I successfully lost almost 80lbs on the Weight Watchers program. In the picture above, I was one of my lowest adult weights. At the same time, a friend and I completed a 3 day, 60 mile walk in Boston to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness (such a rewarding experience!). This meant lots of trainings walks (I fell in love with walking, how I felt after, how it cleared my head) and it helped my weight loss. Once the wedding and the training was over, I crashed. I let myself go. Eating way too many processed foods, eating to support my emotions and just eating….. because I could.
When I was finally ready to attack and get my life back under control 2 1/2 years later after gaining back over half my weight loss, I became sick. To this day, I still am not 100% better. No one could diagnose me. I was poked, prodded and zapped (CAT scans and MRI) more than anyone I know. First diagnosis HYPERthyroidism. What? I’m fat and my thyroid is overactive? That is just crazy! As I get treated for this, I gain 60lbs in 3 months! The doctor says I will lose the weight now since my thyroid is better….. nope not yet. From that point and after new doctors, more testing it came down to be Anxiety and Depression as a diagnosis. Really? I was ashamed and embarrassed to hear that at first. I didn’t understand how my mind and body could make me so sick. Look it up, amazing what your body can do. Now I have it under control, some days better than others but that is actually what leads me here…
During all this craziness this past year, I took 3 months off from work to focus on me. Every doctor I went to said I needed to take care of myself and focus on me again. I used this time to do lots of research on food and exercise and how it can affect our bodies. Again, amazing what I learned. I came across a few blogs on food, and healthy living. I became obsessed with reading these blogs and tried so many new things! Somehow the first I came across was Kath at http://www.katheats.com/ and her good friend Emily at http://www.thefrontburnerblog.com/. Then from there I found so many others who shared the same love of food and healthy living, it was a whole other world. I was motivated to change my life and join in!
So here I am and excited to be part of the blogging world! I’m here to share my adventures of learning to become healthier and find my peace with food, my body and mind.