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About Me

I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You’re all I’ve ever wanted, (and) my arms are open wide…

I promise that will all make sense in a minute. πŸ˜‰

My name is Erin, and I’m a 30 year old health and wellness coach living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Well, I technically live right over the border in South Carolina.Β  I moved down here after living up north for my entire life because I wanted to live closer to my parents and my sister who moved down here about ten years ago. Now I’m a southern gal. I have the sweetest puppy everΒ and a wonderful, loving, and supportive husband named Michael (we were married in April 2010).

I was born onΒ April Fool’s Day (which is ridiculously appropriate).Β  When I was a child, I used to wear a button that said Normal is Boring and also used to insist on being called Pickle Juice.Β  I won’t get into too many other oddities just yet since I am trying to attract readers and not frighten them off! πŸ˜‰

Anyway, somewhere along the journey of growing up, I covered up my true self and just wanted to please everyone around me. It took a lot of self-discovery to realize that I need to be the best version of myself and that I cannot live for other people. So, everyday I pretend that I am walking out the door with my Normal is Boring pin stuck to my shirt as reminder to just be me.

And I cannot forget to add that I am the world’s biggest Lionel Richie fan. In the history of the world. Ever. Times ten. The last song played at my wedding reception was even “Dancing on the Ceiling” and it was glorious. πŸ™‚

Why a health blog and not a Lionel Richie fan page?

Healthy living is my passion, and I have wanted to start writing my own health blog for quite some time now. I’m constantly inspired by all of the amazing blogs out there, and I am so excited to bring my own voice to this amazing community in 2011 (and hopefully beyond!).

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in health and fitness. As a little girl, I’d workout in my bedroom with my Get in Shape Girl! (anyone else have those?), and I’d often pretend that I was an aerobics instructor (with Denise Austin as my role model).

Throughout my adolescence and early teenage years,Β  I enjoyed reading about diet and nutrition, but for some reason, I remained clueless when it came to applying what I read.

When my body started to change and develop, I put on a normal amount of weight. However, I had a grandmother who criticized me for it and would often send me coupons for Slimfast in the mail. At 13 years old, this was confusing (not to mention hurtful), and it screwed up my relationship with food and significantly impacted my body image.

In high school, I lived on bagels and diet food. I’d go to the gym and then come home to polish off a box of Snackwell cookies. They were fat free after all!

My turning point came when, at the age of eighteen, I was diagnosed with Lupus. It was a horrible time for me both personally and physically. I was just starting my freshman year of college yet I couldn’t have any fun because I could barely lift my arms to change my shirt or bend down to put on my socks. Walking to class was a horrible chore, and climbing into my lofted dorm room bed at night made me want to cry. My weekends were not spent partying with friends. Instead, I was traveling home to visit my family doctor, so he could run more tests.

Finally, my Uncle (who specializes in nutritional research at a major university) called me one afternoon and told me the plain and simple truth. My diet was destroying my body. He taught me to cut out the refined carbs and diet snack foods and eat real nutritious foods. Within a matter of weeks, I reached a healthy weight, and I was feeling much better. I felt so good, in fact, that I was able to hit the gym everyday and attended a kickboxing class twice a week.

Since then, health has taken on a new meaning for me. I appreciate my health and treasure it. I am proud of the fact that I am no longer on prescription medication and that my body is able to workout almost everyday. Food is a source of fuel and has healing powers (not to mention that it is downright yummy!).

This blog will follow my life as I continue to manage my health through my diet and exercise…and some other fun stuff too. πŸ™‚

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42 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2011 7:57 PM

    Awwww congrats to almost a 1 year wedding anny!!!! My fiance name is Michael, we are getting married in June! My birthday is on tax day and everyone hates that day, lol, so I feel ya on the being born on april fools, tax day baby is just as bad!

    • January 22, 2011 8:00 PM

      Aw, thank you SO much! πŸ™‚ Congrats on your upcoming wedding. June is the perfect month for a wedding. πŸ™‚ Tax Day is DEFINITELY just as bad as April Fool’s Day! Everyone dreads both!

  2. actorsdiet permalink
    January 26, 2011 7:10 PM

    you are adorable. i think “stuck on you” is one of the greatest songs ever written.

    • January 26, 2011 7:13 PM

      I think that you have quite an ear for music! πŸ™‚ And thanks for the compliment. I really enjoy your reading your blog. πŸ™‚

  3. February 1, 2011 1:25 AM

    Hi Erin! I absolutely LOVE your blog and everything it portrays! I have a HUGE obsesssion with food and fitness too. It’s nice to see such a healthy balance between the two! And congrats on the wedding this past year! I’m excited to start planning my own soon! πŸ™‚

  4. February 2, 2011 2:42 PM

    I just found your blog, and your story is incredible!! You’ve come so far! I am also big into health and wellness, and am interested in becoming a health coach. What training/certificatin did you undergo? BTW, I’m in Charlotte, too!

  5. Michelle permalink
    February 9, 2011 9:52 AM

    LOVING the blog already! So proud of you, Er – you are an amazing person and I’m inspired by your courage and ambition to do what you love. I’ll keep secret all the other “oddities” of our shared youth but I’m thrilled that you brought back “Normal is Boring!” No truer words have ever been spoken πŸ™‚ Love you!

    • February 9, 2011 9:56 AM

      Aw, thanks Michelle! You’ve played a huge part in shaping who I am…and for making me as odd as I am. πŸ™‚ Love you bunches!

  6. Liz permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:35 PM

    Great story! I was just recently diagnosed with Lupus and am trying to figure out what works for me and what doesn’t. Luckily I have no joint pain, I am simply tired all the freaking time. It’s nice to see that you are able to enjoy exercise and other healthy activities while having Lupus. Also, while you insisted on being called pickle juice, I enjoyed drinking pickle juice. My husband tells me I am the weirdest person he has ever met…and he taught high school for seven years. Sounds like we have a lot in common!

    • February 18, 2011 6:34 AM

      We sure do have a lot in common! πŸ™‚ I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I’ve been very fortunate that I am able to control my symptoms through lifestyle (though some days are harder than others). I’m not a doctor, but speaking from experience, I’d cut back on refined carbohydrates and increase your protein intake a bit. Doing that really helped me. I also starting using protein powder in smoothies all the time in the beginning until I got my health back in order. Walking a lot was great for me too. I hear you on being tired though! Any time you need to vent or want advice, feel free to send me an email at πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my blog!

  7. February 24, 2011 3:58 PM

    Ah, you live in Charlotte?? We’ll have to meet sometime!! I am ALSO a big Lionel fan- Nice!

  8. February 28, 2011 7:21 PM

    So happy I found your blog:)

  9. March 1, 2011 1:50 PM

    I just found your blog and I think it’s one I need to add to my list! I am also studying to be a health and wellness coach πŸ™‚ Where did you go? Glad your health is under control!!


    • March 1, 2011 1:52 PM

      Hi Lauren! I studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and loved it! I am actually still finishing up the last bit. I am so glad that you found me! πŸ™‚

      • March 5, 2011 8:47 PM

        Really?! I just signed up there and my classes start on Monday! I am so excited to get going, especially since EVERYONE I’ve talked to about IIN says that they loved it. πŸ™‚

        We should chat about it sometime!

  10. March 6, 2011 8:57 AM

    Congrats Lauren! We can talk about IIN any time! πŸ™‚

  11. March 7, 2011 3:27 PM

    Hi! I found your blog through Brittney at LIAHP. I live just north of Charlotte (Mooresville), so I’m a local blogger, too πŸ™‚ I love your blog and was curious who you did health and wellness coaching for? I’m in the same field and actually own a nutrition company now in Mooresville. I’d love to meet you sometime… maybe at the next CLT blogger meet up πŸ™‚

    • March 7, 2011 3:32 PM

      Hi there! I got my degree from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and I’m starting my own wellness coaching business. Let me know if you want to meet up! It would be fun. πŸ™‚

  12. March 29, 2011 6:15 PM

    Love the wit and personality you have in this About Me section…Pickle Juice?!?! haha

    Happy almost 1 year anniversary! My hubby and I got married April of 2009 so we’re almost at 2 years..yowsa

  13. April 13, 2011 11:30 PM

    You are lovely!! I used to workout to DVDs when I was little too- I would try to get everyone to do Tae-Bo at my sleepovers simply because I thought it was a blast LOL. -jamie

    • April 14, 2011 6:49 AM

      You’re so sweet! It is so cute that you used to do Tae Bo at sleepovers! We used to do Tae Bo in my dorm room because I thought it was fun. Of course, it was pretty short-lived since our room was so small. We’d end up kicking each other or our bed posts which hurt like crazy!

  14. April 20, 2011 4:19 PM

    Great blog and fantastic cleaning tips on Katheats blog:)

  15. April 21, 2011 10:47 AM

    SO happy to have stumbled across this blog! I’m drooling over all your photos of delicious and healthy food. πŸ™‚

  16. April 21, 2011 12:06 PM

    Wow! Just saw your blog for the first time on Freshly Pressed. Congrats on that! I was first drawn to your recipe but liked your sense of humor and looked at more including the about me page. I think I will subscribe! I too am into health. I was recently diagnosed with Cancer and have been trying to be healthier and healthier. Take care.

    • April 21, 2011 8:39 PM

      I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but you should be so proud of yourself for taking control of your health! I visited your blog, and it is just lovely. πŸ™‚

  17. April 21, 2011 2:33 PM

    Love you already!

    • April 21, 2011 8:44 PM

      Aw! I’m feeling the love! πŸ™‚

      (PS- I went to your blog and your son is adorable!)

  18. April 21, 2011 2:39 PM

    Congrats on being ‘Freshly Pressed’! I’ve jsut been looking around for information on the proper and ideal diet of a 25-30 year old…lovely looking around your blog, your personality certainly shines through..

    God Bless.

  19. April 21, 2011 3:52 PM

    I just came across your blog! I love it! I have recently started my own food/entertaining blog… any suggestions on how to create a successful one? πŸ™‚ jen

    • April 21, 2011 8:44 PM

      I still consider myself new to this whole blogging thing, but the very best advice I can give to you is to be yourself and let your personality shine through. Don’t write to please others. Just be you and the readers will follow. πŸ™‚ Also, photos really make a difference. People like to see personal photos as well, so they feel connected to you. Good luck! And thanks for your sweet comment. πŸ™‚

  20. April 21, 2011 11:23 PM

    Thank u for sharing, Erin πŸ™‚ Yeah, have a passion to healthy life isn’t easy. I felt that! I like fried foods very much like omelet πŸ™‚ I can eat the omelet everyday! When I read ur blog, i remind myself to try get healthy life. It’s hard but I must to do it. Coz, all of the food come into ur body, can affect ur mood too πŸ™‚ Thx 4 inspiration, Erin πŸ™‚
    Have a great day!!

    • April 22, 2011 8:32 AM

      Aw. You’re so welcome! πŸ™‚ By the way, I love omelets too. I’m pretty good at whipping up healthy ones. Michael loves them! Hope you have a great day too!

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  22. April 30, 2011 5:56 AM

    Hi Erin

    Hello from Australia! I discovered your blog after you were Freshly Pressed recently πŸ˜€

    Your food creations sound delish, and allow for inspiration and random creativity in the kitchen…! The photos are fantastic too!

    Just read your post about the royal wedding… It was just today that I was discussing with a friend of mine (an American, living in Sydney) about what attention it received in the US… was it a big event; did it get a strong TV/online audience in the USA?

    Looking forward to staying tuned to your blog.

    Cheery bye!

  23. April 30, 2011 5:57 AM

    Hi Erin

    Hello from Australia! I discovered your blog after you were Freshly Pressed recently πŸ˜€

    Your food creations sound delish, and allow for inspiration and random creativity in the kitchen…! The photos are fantastic too!

    Just read your post about the royal wedding… It was just today that I was discussing with a friend of mine (an American, living in Sydney) about the attention it received in the US… was it a big event; did it get a strong TV/online audience in the USA?

    Looking forward to staying tuned to your blog.

    Cheery bye!

    • April 30, 2011 8:14 AM

      Hello! πŸ™‚ I am dying to go to Australia someday! I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. Yes, the Royal Wedding was a big deal here. It was on all of the major networks and featured in many of the magazines. Oprah did a special on it yesterday and many other talk shows had Royal Wedding themed shows. I didn’t expect to get into it, but I did! Thanks for visiting my blog! πŸ™‚

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