Who: I’m V. 29, currently living in Rhode Island. In high school, I failed gym. I love eating, sleeping, shopping, and anything else girly. I put hot sauce on everything. I love food.
What: I’m sharing my stories on health, fitness, body image, food, and natural beauty products.
Why: In 2010, my father passed away from liver cancer. A year later, I signed up for a university health study and I was told that I was obese – one pound over the line. These two events shocked me into reconsidering how I was treating my body. I was spending my prime young adult years hating my body every day, feeling fat and ugly all the time. As a kid, I was never an athlete or into physical activity. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, which means [among other things] that an inner fat girl is always threatening to take over and it’s very hard to lose weight. However seeing my dad pass away at age 49, I realized that I still had plenty of time to change. I felt like I owed it to my dad to value life, and to honor the health that I still have.