About The Granola Girl

I’m a twenty something, vegetarian, runner, undergraduate student studying Anthropology, Spanish, and hoping to go to law school after I’ve finished my undergraduate degree.

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with food.  Recently I’ve looked at food as fuel for my beautiful body to run smoothly and to carry myself through all my activities, including marathon training.  I wish I had always thought of food as tasty fuel, but that isn’t the case.

In high school I struggled with eating disorders.  I was anorexic and here are some pictures that I use as reminders of how scary and dangerous that disease really is.  I am very lucky to have recovered from it without any extensive treatment and without any medical problems stemming from it (thus far).

Because I didn’t receive extensive treatment, my fixation on food didn’t go away.  It just changed.  I developed another eating disorder after high school, overeating.  So in 5 years I went from being severely underweight (108 pounds 5’7″) to being overweight (160 pounds 5’7″)

It took a long time for some of that weight to come off.  Finally I’m at 145 pounds (5’7″), and have been for almost a year.  While food is still somewhat a struggle.  I am learning to appreciate my body and treat it well with what I put into it.  I’ve been a vegetarian for over 6 years but that doesn’t mean I’ve always eaten healthfully.  With wholesome foods and exercise, I intend on gradually reaching my goal of 130 – 135 pounds.  

Running has been my medicine.  In high school, running cross country made me feel alive again when my eating disorder made me feel so dead inside.  When losing weight, running made me feel free, healthy, and inspired.  Now running is the nuts and bolts of my health.  Not only is it good FOR me, but it makes me feel like a million bucks.  There is no greater feeling than completing a long run and being on top of the world.  If falling in love makes me feel half as good as a long run does, PLEASE- sign me up now!

Here is a picture of me in the last .2 miles of my marathon last fall!


10 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Hey Monica!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog!! You’ve already captured my heart with your blog name 🙂 Go you running another marathon!!

    PS You’re so beautiful!

  2. 3

    Catherine said,

    I absolutely love your blog!! I can relate so much with your love (and maybe sometimes hate) relationship with food and love of running. Blogging is such a great way to hold yourself accountable too, keep up the good work! Which marathon are you training for? I’m running Boston in April and hopefully will get into NYC this fall (fingers crossed!!)

    • 4

      Thanks– I definitely love blogging so far!

      I’m going to start training for Chicago this spring, I’m stoked!

      Wow Boston?! that’s amazing!! Good luck with getting into NYC too, that’s definitely a race I would love to run one day!

  3. 5

    hey girl. i just stumbled on your blog from following someone else.
    i just wanted to say what an amazing story you have – and thank you for sharing. so many girls hide their past learning experiences… i think we can all gain strength from each others’ honesty!
    i’ll enjoy following 🙂

  4. 6

    Annie said,

    Hey gorgeous granola girl!
    So glad to hear about the progress you’ve made in recovery and healthy weight loss. You are fabulous and I can’t wait to keep reading.

    PS You have the BEST smile!

  5. 7

    Annie said,

    Just read the ‘Indiana Jones wannabe’.
    Love you even more!

  6. 8

    Loved reading your story! Thanks for stopping by my bloggie too 🙂 Yellowstone was unbelievable and I have more pictures in my apartment and classroom. Congrats on the half marathon and good luck with the rest of your training! Look forward to keeping up with it!

  7. 9

    So glad to have found you. I am just short of 5’8″ My weight has been all over the map. In college 190!!:0… then thru my divorce 138.. last year I was at my happy weight of 145-148.. now I am 156 and very upset by this fact. So to see your struggle at same height etc lured me in:)
    I am hoping to get back to the 145 zone and have you be my inspiration.
    I would LOVE any helpful hints and also being a newbie blogger if you could check my site when you have a moment and give any tips or feedback? Would be MUCH appreciated.
    I look forward to following you on your adventure… hopefully it will get my numbers sliding back down!!

  8. 10

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