About Me

I am a health nut and fitness addict.

I’ve been active all my life, it wasn’t until now though that I realized the importance of following a healthy diet could be.

When I was 17 I went to play NCAA sports, college life for me was always go, go, go, so of course I gained a little bit of weight. Between the cafeteria food and the party lifestyle, things started to add up, and it wasn’t just the pounds.  I was unhappy, and I thought it was all because of my weight, so what does one do?  They start to lose weight.

Losing weight is by no means a quick fix for happiness, there are the struggles, the ups and the downs.  I eventually dropped out of school with what my doctor called at the time “disordered eating” and “depression”  (those are in quotes because I thought he was a fool).  There was no way, I, a healthy fit coastal girl from Canada could possibly fit into those two categories, so I said F*** you, and F*** this.

I found myself packing my things and returning home a very, very angry girl.  I tried everything, I ran a marathon, I got a boyfriend, worked a million jobs, it still didn’t make me happy.  I then found myself backpacking around Australia a week after my marathon thinking to myself, “well, now that I’m not running, I can’t very well eat.  I’ll get fat.”

I never learned about proper nutrition and energy needs, or if I did, my fear of becoming fat blocked that bit of knowledge out.  I came home from Australia standing tall at 5 foot 9 and only weighing 110lbs.  I thought I was fine, just needed to balance things out, but the truth was that I was far from fine.  I ended up losing another 16lbs and found myself in the hospital for 3months.  Gaining that first pound was agony, it took me ten full months to gain enough weight to be at a healthy BMI and another 6months in intensive therapy to be ok being at that BMI.

Today, I’ve been at a healthy weight of 135lbs for a full year.  My struggle was not an easy one to overcome.  It’s still not an easy one to overcome.  I’m a fitness trainer by trade, losing weight is the business I’m in, but it’s no longer my weight that it’s about.

I’ve found happiness in helping others find health and wellness and have a vast knowledge of food and nutrition that compliments me as a trainer.  So Health Nut? It’s true to who I am, I love to move and eat well, they both are so important in making me feel good.  I love to be healthy, and I want other people to know that you can survive an eating disorder, still be healthy and love to exercise.  The only difference is that this time around, it’s all in balance.

Comments, questions, concerns?! Email me at adrienmelaine(at)gmail(dot)com

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17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Such a great idea and I can’t think of a better person to be executing it. Love, love, love you. Hope you’re still doing this when Audrey’s old enough to read.

  2. I am so happy to have found your blog girl — my story is very similar to yours and it’s incredible to see that you have overcome so many challenges in your life. I know how difficult the weight gain process is.. and i’m so inspired by your ability to endure it and maintain. You inspire me!

  3. Just found your blog and looking forward to getting to know you better 🙂 I can relate to many of your struggles with being ok at a healthy weight. I kept my weight too low for years and am still aiming to push myself another 10-15 pounds higher to be ideal. Thanks for your honesty!

  4. Hey, I just found your blog from Susan’s- I just moved to Toronto and I am loving Canada =D

    Your story is amazing, I have a similar one- gaining, then losing, then losing TOO much, and then finding that healthy balance- and blogging about it! Good luck with it all, I’m glad I found your blog!

    xo
    Kris

  5. Your story is inspiring. How far you’ve come!

    I have mastered the art of calorie counting and have lost weight and gained a ton of knowledge, but am just now learning more about the nutritional values and benefits that food has. The power food has on your body is amazing! If I could go back to school and do it all over again, I would definatly choose this area as my career choice. Maybe one day.

  6. Hey, thank you so much for your kind words on my blog and thank you for sharing your story. Good luck and I look forward to following from now on!

  7. What an inspirational message 🙂 It definitely is a hard struggle but one that’s incredibly worth it. Keep up the amazing attitude and wonderful blogging – can’t wait to read more!

  8. Love your blog. I’m trying to eat better, exercise more and get down from 206 to 190. Love your bowls and dishes. Norman

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