The Healthy Everythingtarian

finding a better balance in exercise, food and life

about me April 22, 2009

I’m a 24-year-old Midwestern gal who likes food.  A lot. 

Unfortunately, for many years, I liked food a little too much.  Food for me (as well as for many others) became a way of dealing with emotions I didn’t want to deal with.  By the end of sophomore year of college, I weighed more than 165 pounds.  Although I wasn’t technically obese or even overweight, I still felt extremely uncomfortable in my body and knew I wasn’t living a healthy life.  Most importantly, I wasn’t living up to my potential.

Throughout college, I progressively began eating healthier and working out more.  More than four years later, I can proudly say I’ve lost more than 25 pounds and have found a new interest in health and fitness.  Although I’m no health consultant or nutritionist, I’ve amassed a great amount of knowledge that has helped me stay happy, healthy and feeling fit.  I have my bad days (oops, did I just eat four scones?) and my good days (Whoa…never thought I would run a half-marathon!).  In the end, it’s about finding a balance that works for me.

I like to call myself an “everythingtarian” because I don’t really subscribe to any one food or exercise plan.   Somedays I may eat vegan, others vegetarian, and yes, I do eat meat on occasion. It’s just a mix of everything: lots of fruits and veggies, a pinch of yoga, throw in some running, pile on the grains, make room for LOTS of sleep, drinking bucketloads of water, maybe some occasional trashy TV and most importantly, regular doses of dessert.

I’m a administrative assistant by day and an aspiring something (haven’t quite found what it is!) by night.  My ideal job would be to have my own show on the Travel Channel (call me :)), be Oprah or become a castmember on Saturday Night Live…more realistically, I’m looking at getting into nonprofit development work.  I like traveling, cooking, running, yoga, reading, dancing, writing, peanut M&Ms, ice cream and singing at the top of my lungs to musicals.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and y’all come back now, ya hear?


Before (on far left)




















After (still having fun…but in a healthier way!)



18 Responses to “about me”

  1. Jessica Says:

    you go girl!

  2. Ashley Says:

    Keep it going sister…. more half-marathons and veggie spaghetti ahead 🙂

  3. megan Says:

    Hol you are amazing and such an inspiration!

  4. Kristin Dean Says:

    Love the website. Great info with a bit of humor. Also, it hurts my brain thinking about how you would create such a cool website!

  5. Tommie Timbertoes Says:

    There once was a man who lived a very regimented life. He, for example, ate the same way every day. Breakfast at 7 am, two eggs and toast, lunch at noon, a bowl of chicken soup and a bologna sandwich, and dinner at 5 pm, meatloaf, baked potato and salad (no dressing). One day he was out with a friend and his friend asked if he was hungry. He told his friend that if he would be so kind as to tell him the time of day he would not only know if he was hungry but would also know exactly what he was hungry for.

    Moral: Make sure you shuffle the deck every once and a while.

  6. Amy Says:

    Great idea Hol…I’m excited to read your blog…(BTW you looked great in the top picture but I’m very happy that you have found a lifestyle that you are comfortable with!)

  7. angiesappetite Says:

    Cool blog! Love the “everythingtarian”! I have to agree with you on that!

  8. Jenny Says:

    what a wonderful story, girl! Your progress and all that you have accomplished is absolutely amazing :)!

  9. Matt Says:


  10. Hi! I just found your blog. I’m also a 24 yr old food blogger who works as an admin assistant by day 🙂 I like the term “everythingtarian”. I love veggies and grains, but couldn’t live without the occasional burger!

  11. Alison Says:

    Hey there, I’ve noticed your comments on some of the blogs I frequent and thought I’d pop over to see what yours was about! I too weighed 165 lbs (you look taller than me though!!) and am maintaining a 35 lb weight loss. I like what you’ve written here and follow a lot of the same principles. Nice reading about you! 🙂

  12. Maggie Says:

    Thanks for commenting on my blog!! I love yoga too. And I love that you don’t subscribe to one specific way of eating/exercising/whatever. That’s how I am too 🙂

  13. hayleycepeda Says:

    What a great blog! I love the idea of being an “everythingtarian.” I can’t wait to read more. 🙂

  14. The Healthy Apple Says:

    I love your blog; I just found it today and it is amazing; you are hysterical and I will surely be reading everyday…

    Have a great day…I wish you were closer to Manhattan!!!!!



  15. You’re a UW Madison alum? That’s awesome! My parents went there, my sister went there, a lot of my friends went there…what a great, fun place to be. I myself am actually heading down South to Vanderbilt University, but I can’t see myself staying out of the Midwest for too long!!!

    • Holly Says:

      i totally understand, but you will LOVE vanderbilt. i have some friends down there and at Belmont – you are going to love college!

  16. Karena Says:

    Hi! Just came across your blog and LOVE that you call yourself an ‘everythingtarian’ and that you’ve got a picture drinking out of das boot! haha. Looking forward to reading more 🙂

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