About the Brunette

Hi! I’m Liz.

First of all, thank you so much for stopping by! It means everything to me that you stumbled upon my tiny little blog in this giant cyber world. I would love love love for you to leave me a comment and tell me what you have to say!

I’m an eighteen year old Jersey girl obsessed with food, running, and health. I truly believe that beauty and radiance come from within, and that if you take care of your body, your body will take care of you. Because of that, I try to fuel myself with as many natural, unprocessed, chemical-free foods as I can find. I exercise regularly, and I’m constantly looking for new health tips and tricks.

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One of the things I learned when I first began to discover the blog world is that everyone has a story. Whether it’s a happy, romantic tale, or more of constant uphill battle, each and every person has a story of how and why they got to be where they are today. As I hoped to portray in my blog title, there is more to people than meets the eye.

My own personal story began when I was eleven years old, running distance for middle school track and cross country.  I became aware of a desire to be thin, thinner than my already-lean self; and I began eating “healthy,” in the only way I knew how.

So began long days of calorie counting and label-reading, seeking out any and everything labeled “fat-free” or “low-fat.” I was obsessed with the ideas of eating healthy and losing weight.

Other times, then, I would simply eat everything in sight: whole containers of ice cream and almond butter, family sized packages of Oreos with the cream scooped from the centers to make the cookies “healthy.” I would be unbelievably full and I would just continue eating.

Throughout it all, I always promised myself “Tomorrow. Tomorrow starts the end of this unhealthiness.” And some tomorrows would be better; others wouldn’t. But no matter what the case, there were always more “tomorrows.”

My mood, much of the time, depended on what I had eaten that day, on whether or not it had been a good day or a bad day food-wise. When my thoughts would wander, they would go to food. I was obsessed.

Getting back on the right track was a gradual process. There were constant periods of uncertainty, and days when I would still give in and eat everything and anything I could find. To be completely honest, I continue to have moments of doubt more than I would like to admit.

But I’m working on it. I know the journey’s not gonna be perfect; I know it’s not gonna be easy. I know that I might relapse for a day or so. But I’m working on it. And I will get there. I’m determined not to fall back into my old habits again.

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I started this blog in hopes of finding the state in which I’m truly the happiest. The state of happiness that goes beyond my hair color, or what I’m eating, or anything physical.

I would absolutely love for you to follow along and to join me on this journey of growth and self-discovery. I know it won’t always be easy, but I’m definitely up for the ride!

If you want to get in touch with me, you can leave me a comment or email me at beyondthebrunette@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I hope you come back to read more (:

Lots of love,

Liz

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