Hi friends! Some of you may recognize me from my first blog, Beauty by Arielle, my personal beauty blog that began in 2011. If so, welcome!
I grew up in Illinois in a family that had very little emphasis on fitness. I dabbled in sports, here and there but was never super serious. I was never able to run the mile in school. I watched many women in my family yo-yo with their weight and it created an unhealthy dynamic with my own health.
When I went to college in 2008, I went to the rec center on and off, but again nothing serious. I didn’t really get the whole working out and healthy diet thing. I ended up gaining the freshmen 15 and then some. I remember for my 19th birthday I wanted a new pair of skinny jeans. I could only fit in the 14, which was a shock to me. After this, I went through a period of depression and lost all the weight and then some. I really loved how I looked but obviously it hadn’t been in a very healthy way.
In 2010, I learned about counting calories and I adopted a vegetarian diet. I ditched that diet in about 6 months and started learning to cook healthier foods. I had bought a ton of cookbooks and found I really enjoyed it! I started going to the gym more and found I enjoyed that too.
In 2011, I read the book The New Rules of Lifting for Women and it changed everything I knew about fitness. This was when I began to get serious about lifting and figuring out this diet thing.
As the years have progressed, I’ve tried many different diets (from eating 1,200 calories a day to vegetarian at least 4 times), exercise regimens (I ran my first mile in 2014!) and now I’m finally to a place where I “get it”! But man, was it a journey. I totally get why most people are confused about their calories and intimidated by the gym.
I now lift heavy 4-5 days a week and follow If It Fits Your Macros as my diet. I don’t do any eliminations from my diet and focus on a life without restrictions. This blog is to document what I’ve learned and share it with other everyday people who are just trying to make it work!
By day, I work as a mental health therapist and what I’ve learned from being a counselor helps me with this journey. I recently started combing my fitness knowledge and counseling skills to coach my own clients and absolutely love it!