My Story

While yes, I am a Registered Dietitian now + like to think I have a healthy relationship with my body + food now this wasn’t always the case.

Caitlin from Operation Beautiful + Healthy Tipping Point launched the Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look movement in efforts for people to gain insights into their own struggles + triumphs with body image issues. I was fortunate to be able to participate in this movement + share my story to many. To date, “My Story” has received more views than any other post I’ve written. I thought it was important I share this story under the about me section as well.

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Toward the end of high school I developed some unhealthy eating + lifestyle behaviors. Yes, this lead to my lowest weight ever + yes I thought I looked great… but my body image was terrible + I began to think I wanted to lose more + more weight.

Call it a little tough love from a high school boyfriend, but somehow I managed to stop my unhealthy habits. I also started eating meat again. I am proud to say that since that time (~6 year ago) I have never once had a relapse of my most unhealthy behavior — laxative abuse. Yup there it is folks, I was a laxative abuser. Coupled with my unhealthy eating behaviors of the then popular Atkin’s diet + vegetarianism I was struggling to stay at my lowest weight. (Disclaimer: being vegetarian became unhealthy for me at the time. I am not saying vegetarian is not okay for other people).

It was time to go to college +I knew I wanted to attend a school with a nutrition program. While I was very interested in nutrition/cooking/eating all through my life, my unhealthy obsession with food finally became a healthy obsession during college.

It wasn’t always easy though.

I gained weight. I was less active. But you want to know what happened? I started to change the way I saw myself. I realized that my weight gain was just gaining back the weight that I had lost unhealthily. It was time to practice what I was learning in nutrition classes + eat a balanced diet coupled with regular exercise.

Years have gone by + my weight has fluctuated 5-10 pounds in both directions from time to time. I’ve learned to tell myself it’s okay. I’ve learned to not cry when I see numbers on the scale. I’ve learned to accept myself. I’ve learned to set healthy goals. I’ve learned to forgive myself when I have failed at everything I just mentioned.

So, where do I stand now? I love my body. I’m maintaining a ten pound weight loss + I love the healthy goals I’ve set. I never in a million years used to think I would be able to run 6 miles without stopping. I never thought I would be striving to sign up for more races + see where my body can take me. I still desire to lose another ten pounds, but I will never do it in an unhealthy manor — never ever. I love myself too much for that.

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There you have it. The story I have been nervous revealing as an RD on the internet. We all have stories + this is mine…. + well, I love it. I love who it has made me now + where it will take me in the future.

I want to thank Caitlin for launching Change the Way You See, Not the Way You Look movement — it has helped me accept myself even further + remind myself that I don’t need to change the way I look because I have already changed the way I see.

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There you have it my dear readers. I would love to hear about your story as well. As always, email me at HealthyHeddleston@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Comments

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    Saw you on Faces of Beauty…thank you for sharing your story. Every time I look at that site I am overcome with joy that so many girls are seeing themselves as beautiful and making a difference because of it!
    Keep up the great work :)
    love,
    - s

  2. 3

    Hi! found your blog through Ohio Bloggers–nice to “meet” you. You are now on my blog list, so I will be stopping by :)

  3. 4

    Thank you so much for your honesty in sharing your story. I’m so glad that you’re in a happy, content, and healthy place now!

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    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Katie. I’m glad that your experience ended up having a positive impact on your life and now you’re helping others live a healthy life. Great job :)

  5. 6

    Beautifully written and it’s a gift that you’re able to be open about it and help others who are struggling… Happy you’re in a healthier place now!

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    I love your story! I know as an RD it can be hard to reveal past issues and struggles with food/diet/body image! I feel the same way, but I am inspired by your openess. So glad I have had the chance to “virtually” meet you! I look forward to following your blog:)

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    Hi Katie,

    Thankyou so much for revealing this story so openly and honestly, it’s so inspiring to see how far you’ve come with loving yourself, having a healthy relationship with food and exercise, and even becoming an RD in order to assist others with their diets!
    This is so incredible, and a testament to how strong and determined you are. :)

    I know how difficult it is to tell such personal stories to others. I’ve had struggles like you’ve described, re-discovered a love for healthy living and being content with life and my body, and now my dream job is also to become a dietician or nutritionist!

    The most important kind of love is self-love, and it always needs to come first- body acceptance is so important for our happiness and wellbeing!

    Congrats on your amazing running achievements too, my next goal as a new passionate runner is to tackle a half marathon!

    Keep up the fantastic blogging :)

    Kloe x

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