I am a 22 year old girl with a passion for food. Miami is the beautiful yet crazy city where I reside. As of current I am a graduate from the University of Miami with my B.A in Biology hoping to get into P.A school. Not sure where this hectic life will take me but I’m ready for the ride. With the help of my family, friends, and my equally health nut boyfriend the road to success is closer than I know.

Being a ballet dancer all my life my body became my temple but I never treated it with respect. My eating habits growing up were not the best. McDonalds and Burger King became a staple in my diet. Black beans, rice, and pork are the traditional dishes my Cuban family loves to cook. Steak sammies with shoe lace fries were my ultimate indulgence and who could say no to decadent cookies and ice cream?Β  I soon noticed the chub and although I was not considered overweight I literally felt uncomfortable in my own skin. High School was my heaviest weight and when I soon started to diet food became the enemy.

I ate every low fat food available which now I know is one of the most harmful things you can do to your body. I later had high cholesterol. I cut drinking soda (which I still do), and limited my calories to about 1000 a day. Let’s just say I lost more than I intended to and even when I knew I was too skinny I still wanted to be skinnier. Whoever said you can never be too skinny or rich was dead wrong. Not only was I thin but I was weak, not an attractive combination. When I met my boyfriend everything turned around. He taught me the value of eating whole grain nutritious meals, and fueling the body with unprocessedΒ  foods. I am a big time nut butter girl fanatic πŸ˜‰ With his inspiration and weight training I picked up the dumbbells and lifted for strength. I gained a healthy amount of weight and even did a little bulk over the winter gaining some much needed muscle. I feel great and I love my body.

It’s never too late to turn things around and conquer the world. Thin does not equal fit and that’s a lesson ingrained in me forever. I love to eat, I love to train, and just be me. I am a fit girl foodie.


55 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erika  |  01/14/2011 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog. Your story is so inspiring! Can’t wait to read more…
    PS – You look great by the way. πŸ™‚

  • 2. Sweet Cheeks  |  01/20/2011 at 4:06 pm

    I’m so happy to have found your blog. You are beautiful! That is so cool that you boyfriend helped you with your nutrition/exercise. What an awesome way to bond with him, too. πŸ™‚

    • 3. Jenny  |  01/20/2011 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you! I honestly give him credit for everything I know today and for introducing me to the wonders of peanut butter!! πŸ˜€

  • 4. Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots  |  01/21/2011 at 12:55 am

    You are beautiful! πŸ™‚ What an inspiring story.

    • 5. Jenny  |  01/21/2011 at 3:34 pm

      Aww thanks you are too sweet

  • 6. movesnmunchies  |  01/21/2011 at 3:46 am

    you have such an amazing story and the title of this blog is perfect for you! your boyfriend must be one great guy and you two are lucky to have each other πŸ˜€

  • 7. TheSceneFromMe  |  01/23/2011 at 8:42 pm

    I love how you say that thin does not equal fit. So true! I’m a nurse I even thin young ladies have heart attacks!
    Healthy, no matter the size, is the way to go!

  • 8. Ellie  |  01/24/2011 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Jenny nice to “meet” you too! Thanks so much for dropping by~~ Yeahhh I feel ya when you say that you were ‘thin and unattractive’ due to an unhealthy routine. I remember that back in the day, my family ALWAYS commented on how sickly i looked, etc. but then again…they always think that because i’m so healthy to them that it’s abnormal to them. You see, one of the main reasons that i strive to be phys. healthy is that I have a weak stomach and have discovered that eating like I do now and all other things in moderation truly helps my condition. I do still eat Korean food and other stuff when I can too. But slowly they’re more curious about what i eat and stuff, and seem to try my food as well. πŸ™‚ hang in there! and remember that in the end, our inside reflects our outside, and not the other way around. <33

  • 9. cinnamonalicious  |  01/27/2011 at 4:30 pm

    Ooh I’m so glad you found my blog! We have alot in common!
    I used to do ballet for years until about 3 years ago when I gave it up 😦
    I can also completely relate to your food struggles and how you’re now looking after yourself. I also LOVE nut butter πŸ˜‰

  • 10. katshealthcorner  |  01/29/2011 at 9:29 pm

    Your story is amazing. I love you blog girlie!!! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read more! πŸ™‚

    • 11. Jenny  |  02/03/2011 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you πŸ˜€

  • 12. Peonies&Cupcakes  |  02/03/2011 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Jenny! You’re absolutely adorable. Thanks for stopping into my blog πŸ˜‰

    • 13. Jenny  |  02/03/2011 at 8:52 pm

      Aw thanks πŸ™‚

  • 14. paoang  |  02/05/2011 at 11:49 am

    Hey there Jenny! Thanks for stopping by and nice to meet you!

    I’m ecstatic to see we have such a similar stories!! We are so much alike! Plus, I’m Puerto Rican & you have a Cuban family. Pretty cool!

    You’re freaking gorgeous girl, and I can’t WAIT to read more of your blog!!!


    • 15. Jenny  |  02/07/2011 at 11:56 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  • 16. Colleen  |  02/11/2011 at 8:20 pm

    I’m so glad to have found your blog! Thanks for subscribing to mine πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read more about you!

  • 17. Lauren  |  02/22/2011 at 12:07 am

    Hi Jenny,

    I’m glad you turned it all around πŸ™‚ Your blog is great and I love your design!

  • 18. snackgirlgoeshealthy  |  02/22/2011 at 10:16 pm

    I love this girl! Beautiful story!! πŸ™‚

  • 19. dressed2dish  |  02/23/2011 at 11:12 am

    So glad to have found your blog! Can’t wait to keep up with it! πŸ™‚

  • 20. fitnessnfoodiegirl  |  02/25/2011 at 10:33 pm

    I’m so glad through your journey you have found your inner foodie and desire for fitness. I am excited to read more of your blog, thanks for stopping by mine!

  • 21. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food  |  03/08/2011 at 9:16 pm

    Love reading your blog! You look amazing!! πŸ™‚

  • 22. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!  |  03/13/2011 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your food and fitness philosophy! “thin does not equal fit”<- love this!

  • 23. Ma Ma Megan  |  03/27/2011 at 3:44 pm

    Such an awesome story!
    Your boyfriend definitely seems like a keeper πŸ™‚

  • 24. eva626  |  03/30/2011 at 8:56 pm

    you have a great blog!!! i like all the food pics…they are amazing! and you are so pretty btw!!! great blog once again and nice to meet you

  • 25. applesnoats  |  03/30/2011 at 11:16 pm

    Your beautiful girl!!I’m so happy that you found happiness with yourself…I know where you were coming from and it’s definitely a hard struggle but we all deserve to Love ourselves!

  • 26. karenlovescardio  |  04/07/2011 at 7:53 pm

    Love this story. I was a gymnast for 10 years and struggled with loving McDonald’s and hating my “chub”. I cut down to about 1000 calories a day in high school and took working out to a whole new level (about 3-5hrs of cardio a day!). It took a long, long time to finally realize how to feed my body right and treat it right. Keep up the blogging, I look forward to reading more! And best of luck with PA school:) I’m graduating nursing school in a month!!!

    • 27. Jenny  |  05/09/2011 at 6:09 pm

      Glad you finally found the right balance πŸ™‚ Congrats on graduating!!

  • 28. Allison @ Running With Mascara  |  04/08/2011 at 4:49 pm

    What a great story! It’s great to hear more women acknowledge that being skinny shouldn’t be the goal, but being fit. Congrats to you for figuring it out!

  • 29. Serena  |  04/11/2011 at 7:07 pm

    You look great! I love your story, it inspires me and I love how you realized thin does not equal fit. Your boyfriend sounds great, too πŸ™‚

  • 30. lenniejane555  |  04/14/2011 at 5:30 pm

    I love your philosophy that thin does not equal fit! I am more fit now than I was at my smallest weight, and healthier to boot.

    Love your blog and am now a subscriber! πŸ™‚

  • 31. Of Plates & Palates  |  04/17/2011 at 11:54 am

    Hi I just found your blog through another persons blog and I love it. I read back through your older post and saw you have IBS – I do too pretty badly. Keep posting!

    • 32. Jenny  |  04/17/2011 at 11:52 pm

      It was actually pretty bad today 😦 Thanks for reading πŸ˜€

  • 33. E  |  04/22/2011 at 3:49 am

    I am glad to have found your blog for 2 reasons, 1)food and 2) I am also planning on applying to PA school. Although I won’t be applying to get in until the 2013-14 school year. I’m bouncing between PT and PA school, but it’s nice to find other people interested in health care, as well. Good luck!

    • 34. Jenny  |  05/23/2011 at 9:01 pm

      Hope you pick what you love! πŸ˜€

  • 35. Vivianne  |  04/24/2011 at 8:18 pm

    I really enjoyed your story. It’s really inspiring when I read stories of recovery! I love hearing people say fit does not equal thin because that is a message I am still trying to accept.

    I look forward to reading your blog (:(:

    • 36. Jenny  |  08/04/2011 at 6:28 pm

      Glad to have such great readers πŸ˜€

  • 37. sufeiyasworld  |  04/25/2011 at 2:45 am

    i love your positiveness !
    i too had such an era about obsessing over whatever i put in my mouth,
    it’s important to know what you’re putting in your mouth but
    also knowing yourself and keeping the inner balance πŸ™‚
    it’s great finding other nutty health blogs like this ❀

  • 38. Kelsey @ Unmitigated Grub  |  05/03/2011 at 2:04 pm

    your story is SO inspiring! I love hearing your journey to health/balance. So glad you found me and I look forward to reading… πŸ™‚

  • 39. Tessa @ Amazing Asset  |  05/10/2011 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Jenny!
    I just stumbled on your blog from ChocolateCoveredKatie’s site and am so glad I did! You story is quite inspiring and your new found approach to food and fitness is something I am striving to have for myself. I look forward to continuing to read your site!

    • 40. Jenny  |  08/04/2011 at 6:28 pm

      Glad to have a new reader πŸ™‚

  • 41. Amanda @ . seek .  |  05/12/2011 at 5:48 pm

    Hey Jenny! Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi, because it’s how I found yours πŸ™‚ I’ve gotta say that I LOVE your healthy approach to food and fitness, and I’ll definitely be stopping by on a regular basis πŸ˜€

  • 42. Tori (Fresh Fruition)  |  05/14/2011 at 8:14 pm

    I’m so glad you’ve improved your relationship with food! You’re right, thin doesn’t equal fit. Giving your body what it needs and feeling energetic and satisfied is what’s important! πŸ™‚

  • 43. Cara @ EAT.PRAY.RUN.  |  05/17/2011 at 12:46 am

    How am I just finding your blog?? I think i’m the last girl on earth but so glad I did! Sooo miami…may or may haven not spent a few new years eve’s and vacations there! One of my best friends went to UM law and I even went to their law school ball. Such a fun and crazy town…its gorgeous though!

    • 44. Jenny  |  08/04/2011 at 6:29 pm

      Definitely crazy πŸ˜‰

  • 45. Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life  |  05/20/2011 at 6:36 pm

    Your story is so inspiring and many, many people need to hear it. So glad I found you, girl!

  • 46. Kelly (Mikulecky) Woodland  |  05/22/2011 at 6:29 pm

    Love this story! Just randomly came across your blog and your last few years mirror mine in incredible amounts! Congrats on your acceptance to PA School {smart cookie!} and I plan to keep up with all you have to say- your blog is awesome!

    • 47. Jenny  |  05/23/2011 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks for reading πŸ˜€

  • 48. healthy runnerd  |  05/27/2011 at 7:14 pm

    Love your story, and your blog! Good luck getting into PA school…I’m in PA school now. If you have any questions feel free to let me know!

  • 49. tiallarising  |  06/09/2011 at 12:07 am

    wow you have quite a story…. very encouraging!!!


  • 50. ittybitsofbalance  |  07/18/2011 at 7:11 am

    I’m so happy that I came across your blog! I’m from Miami too, except I go to school in Orlando (but I’m here for the summer!)

    You look great & your story is truly inspiring πŸ˜€ Keep up the great work!

  • 51. Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner  |  07/20/2011 at 7:54 am

    Love your blog AND love Miami!!! Can’t wait to read more!

  • 52. Danielle Spellman  |  08/04/2011 at 1:26 pm

    Came across your blog recently, but don’t think I’ve commented yet! Just wanted to say hi! Your blog is awesome and I can’t wait to read more. πŸ™‚ I just moved to Florida so I’m always looking for blogger friends here, even though there are none in my area. 😦

    • 53. Jenny  |  08/04/2011 at 6:29 pm

      Hooray, nice to have another Fl blogger!

  • 54. Mariel (@Marielxox16)  |  09/16/2011 at 7:15 pm

    aww i love your blog and story! ❀ im on twitter and following u! xo

  • 55. savortherainbow  |  06/05/2012 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Jenny! I really enjoyed reading your story! I can totally relate to it! I was never fat but “skinny fat” THere was no trace of muscle anywhere on my body. I avoided fatty foods, counted calories, the whole nine yards. But now, I understand our body needs healthy fat! try keeping me away from the nut butters! =) and avocado yummers! I too have fallen in love with strength training! it’s so empowering isn’t it?
    let’s keep it up!


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