I’m Stina. That’s me over in the side bar. I live, work, and play in the greater Chicago-land area. I have a dog named Maxwell Edison and a cat I call Sgt. Pepper. (Bonus points to you if you know the common theme in their names.) I work for a large insurance brokerage where I like to pretend I’m as cool as Flo from the Progressive commercials.
I debuted in the blogosphere in 2009 as a weight loss/ healthy living blogger. While I am still losing those last 15 lbs and still living a healthy lifestyle, this blog is much more of a lifestyle blog. As a former blogger once put it, it’s a happy living blog. My blog is my story and something for me to look back on later in life. Yes, there will be elements of a healthy living blog. I love to cook, and I’m sure there will be recipes to share. I love to run so there will be plenty of race recaps and posts about running. But my goal is for my blog to be so much more than that.
Where I Come From…
I like to think I’m something special, and I guess I am in that “we’re all unique snowflakes kind of way,” but the truth is, I’m pretty average. I’m okay with that though. 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.) I gained weight the same way a lot of people do: college, desk job, lack of time to exercise, slowly without much notice until I’d packed on somewhere between 40 – 50 lbs since high school. in 2009 I decided it was time to get healthy and lose some weight to avoid being 25 with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a mess of medications in my future. I lost the weight the “old-fashioned way” through improving my diet and exercise using SparkPeople
The decision to lose weight and improve my health was one of the best decision I’ve ever made. Not only am I healthier and more fit than I’ve ever been, but it was my weight loss journey that really taught me to embrace life. I learned to challenge myself and to strive to be the best possible version of myself. I accomplished things I’ve never thought I would, and found confidence in myself I never knew I had. And I learned that no matter what the goal is, there is always more to life than just a finish line.