When I first created Corks and Kale I didn’t really have a goal or purpose in mind. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and I thought that it was something I could do also. The problem has been that since I don’t have a goal or purpose, I don’t really know what to write about…therefore leaving a lot of blank days and weeks in between posts. So, I’ve decided to define what Corks and Kale really is and use it how I feel is best.
I work in marketing at a construction company. No, not my dream job, but it is a good job and I enjoy the work and my coworkers. But construction marketing definitely isn’t my passion–so I’ve thought a lot about what my passion really might be. To make things easier, I thought about my favorite things to talk about. That was really easy to identify: healthy living and savings animals–and all the science and research behind both. Those two topics really get me going and on a talking train that is hard to get me off of.
So, instead of random rants all the time (might get those some of the time still!) I’m going to focus more on what I really care about and that’s a healthy lifestyle along with some animal loving. And wine. Because well, wine is definitely a part of my healthy lifestyle.
I haven’t always had a healthy relationship with food or my body, though. Here’s a little history:
In college I was an athlete…but not like a basketball or volleyball player. I played golf in college, which meant I spent lots of time walking and some time working out, but really didn’t have a very active lifestyle outside of that. Not to mention BEER, pizza, grilled cheese, Chipotle, McDonalds…you name it, I probably put it in my body. I put on a solid 30 lbs in college. Freshman 15…HA! I blew past that goal!
I was aware of my weight for sure–but didn’t think it was really a big deal. I was in a relationship (looking back it was a very damaging and horrible relationship), I had great friends, I was on a great golf team, and I wasn’t an awful student. But then I had a really dark moment…the kind that just scars you for life. There was this really awful girl who I did not get along with, and one day in front of a huge group of mutual friends and my boyfriend she called me a “fat pig who would no one would ever love” because of how ugly and huge I was. Whoever said words can’t hurt is lying….words really hurt. And even today, those words still stick in my mind.
That moment didn’t make me want to lose weight though. I was hurt and humiliated sure, but I still didn’t feel like I needed to make a huge life change.
After college graduation I got a great job and started getting myself together. I moved in with one of my best friends and we started cooking and working out together. The weight slowly started to fall.
The following winter, my dad had to have triple bypass surgery. He had heart disease and blocked arteries. There was a chance he wouldn’t make it out of there alive. My dad is one of my favorite people in the world–I couldn’t imagine leaving there without speaking to him again. Dad made it through the surgery and while he had some complications afterwards, he was able to resume a presumably normal life.
I realized that if I didn’t do something about my lifestyle right then, that heart disease could be in my future also. After becoming more educated, I quickly changed to a healthier, real-food, and (one year later) vegetarian diet.
Healthy living is more than just looking good. It’s a matter of life and death to me. I have to remind myself about that daily because while I’m not that girl anymore who got made fun of in college by the mean girl, I also don’t look like a model. But I’m healthy. My body is healthy, and that truly is what matters.
So, in a nutshell, I’m going to continue to blog about my fitness/diet journey–and we’ll try to save a few homeless pups at the same time.