Post Title. 12/07/2009
 
Hi everyone! I just received an email from Jenny in Arizona asking me, "When was your first encounter with pressure on your body image?"

I can vividly remember the day I wanted to obtain the perfect body.  It was freshmen year of high school and a few of my girlfriends brought in a magazine full of celebrities and tips to become a sexier woman.  We went through the whole magazine and idiolized over all the women we saw in it. I pictured myself in those advertisments and articles.  Its a scary thought that at my age I wanted to grow up so fast but I wanted to have the perfect body and would do anything to obtain it.   Although I did not change my eating habits right away, this experience in the lunch shaped my high school years into thinking my body image was the most important factor in my life. 

I tell this story now to let you know that young female's mind is very fragile and in that transition from girl to woman, many pereceptions are made.  In my case I was negatively impacted on my perception of reality by a magazine. 

I hope that this post serves my readers well and I look forward to more of your questions. 

;) Katie
 
Post Title. 12/02/2009
 
For my first post, it is only appropriate that you get to know me and understand who I am.

My name is Katie and I am 20 years old.  I grew up in small-town America with my parents and 2 sisters.  I enjoyed a healthy childhood where I participated in after-school clubs and sports.  By high school, my grades were ranked at the top of my class and I excelled in various organizations like debate team and varsity soccer.  I was admitted into a scholarly university and left home. 

I had always felt pressure about my body image, but it was not until college that I became obsessed with keeping my weight down.  I had heard about the “freshmen fifteen” and did not want that to be me.  As school began, I ate less and less.  After one month in school, I LOST fifteen pounds.I didn’t realize it at the time but I was on a slippery slope towards depression and extreme weight loss.

I formed this blog to share my story, so others wouldn't have to go through what happened to me.  Becoming aware about the constant pressure the media puts on individuals to feel beautiful is what helped me become healthy and happy with my self.  I want to spread this awareness to others.  Feel free to ask me questions or contact me whenever you're in need.

Talk to you all soon!

;) Katie
 
First Post! 12/02/2009
 
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    About Me!

     Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I want to help YOU in becoming a healthy woman. Three years ago I weighed 91 pounds and believed I was overweight. I became so obsessed with my body image, I was on the brink of death.  Today, I maintain a healthy lifestyle and counsel young women on their eating habits.  This blog will be a diary of my life with stories from the past and present which I hope will touch your life in someway. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the blog! 

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