the Real story

The face behind the words

Hi friends! I’m Alaina and this is just my little corner of the blog world. After spending many of hours reading blogs, dedicating my life to becoming healthy, and somehow still having fun along the way- I figured maybe my journey could help someone else. Not to mention, I’d love to find some friends who can relate to my obsession with running, oatmeal, peanut butter, and fro yo (not in that particular order).

So here are the stats that you may need to know

I have recently turned 21 years old.

GO NOLES. I attend Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Becoming a senior (woot woot) majoring in a masters in Special Education. Yes, I love kids especially those with disabilities who need extra help. No, I am still in denial that I will be poor.

I have an amazing boyfriend of (almost) 4 years old.

I probably drive him crazy but I’m thinking my killer dance moves and awesome faces make up for it.

My mom is my best friend. I often come home from college ’cause I miss her.

My brothersΒ  and Daddy are my protectors. And I love them immensely.

(^The above picture is of me dressed up as a thug and my brothers in normal everyday gear. We grew up in NYC.)

That’s me in a very condensed nutshell.

Don’t want to seem too into myself on the first date πŸ™‚

Oh, about the whole eating disorder thing: been there, done that. Spent almost two years not really living. Spent two years of my college experience more worried about calorie counting then having fun, making memories, or even getting an education. Spent two years trying to push everyone out of my life so I could be alone with ED. Spent two years learning the biggest and hardest lessons in life. Spent two years finding out what my family, boyfriend, and friends were made of but most importantly; spent two years proving to myself I was good enough, strong enough, brave enough to be significant in the world.

You can read more about my eating disorder here!

Hope you follow me as I find my way through life leading a healthy life that I can be proud of. Staying happy and healthy is my goal and nothing, i mean NOTHING, better get in MY way.

Questions, comments, advice, …anything…. email me: amj08e@my.fsu.edu

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20 thoughts on “the Real story

  1. Debbie Johnson says:

    You make me laugh. You make me cry. You teach me things every day of your life. You made all my dreams come true. You make my life worth living. You are the reason God put me here, to give life to an amazing, strong, caring loving woman who will change people’s lives. You are my best friend, the other half of my heart and the most wonderful daughter a mother can be blessed with. Thank you for dragging yourself back from the edge and continuing this journey through life with us. I would not want to be here if you weren’t. Stay strong, stay healthy, stay Alaina! Love you MORE!!! The luckiest Mommy in the world.

  2. Rachel says:

    i love reading about me’s like yours. real people with real lives, who know the real important things in life- the things that ultimately help us all defeat ed!

  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance says:

    Wow Alaina, what a phenomenal testimony. Your story is so significant because it shows what a strong and beautiful woman you are! I’m so glad that you stopped by my about page to leave me a comment and that I found my way over to yours– your blog is definitely one that I will be visiting again.

    P.S. We go to rival schools πŸ˜›
    P.S.S. I love your mom’s comment!

    • amj08e says:

      Your comment made my day! Thank you so much and I am loving reading your blog as well. I am happy we can still be friends even over our school differences!

  4. Running, oatmeal, peanut butter, & froyo? um, we could probably be twins!
    Crazy that you go to FSU! My brother lives in Tallahassee right now and I got accepted but went to UCF last year. Excited to read your blog! πŸ™‚

    • amj08e says:

      ahh I have so many friends who decided to go to UCF and I have visited a couple of times and had a blast! I got accepted there and was this close to going but FSU had the Masters in 5 years program that won my heart. Definitely have to keep in touch!

  5. Loved getting to know you better! I could not agree more- NOTHING better get in your way- live life to the FULLEST πŸ˜€

  6. Read a few of your posts and you are so cute!! can’t wait for more! πŸ™‚

  7. sam says:

    I’m struggling with low weight and anxiety and stuff now. You seem to be positive. If you ever want to chat, you can email me. But I’m “low” and trying to figure it all out. I’m pretty old too (31…yipes!).

  8. I recently came across your blog, and I really enjoy reading it. You’re story is so inspirational. You seem like such a strong person and I’m so glad that you’re now motivated to be happy and healthy. That’s my goal too, so maybe we can do it together?! :p

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  9. Ashley says:

    So I think we are twins!! After reading through some of your blog our stories sound alot alike. I cant wait to keep reading and hopefully you can help inspire me to get better too. I love how motivated you are to really live a happy and healthy life.

  10. Kiah says:

    Alaina–I’m so so glad you found my blog so I could in turn, find yours. Your journey is incredible, and so inspiring. xo

  11. jan says:

    Hi, I find some of your latest posts rather interesting. Im 30 years old and low weight and struggling. My depression has hit because I gave up all exercise over 3 years ago, and without it I feel worthless and depressed. But I’m physically under I guess. Lately I’ve been binging. On really really bad things. Every night. This is terribly hard for me (bathroom “issues” result for one thing…and then I feel guilty and lousy in the morning, never have an appetite for breakfast, and the whole thing begins again. If you have any thoughts, do share (you can email me). I don’t want to bother or trigger you. But you seem pretty insightful for a young girl

  12. Hey girl,
    Just stumbled upon your blog and I gotta say, I can relate in so many ways. This is one of the reasons why I love the blogging community, seriously. I’m on my way to healing and becoming the best me I can be, but as you know it’s definitely a long, hard journey.
    Thanks for bringing a smile to my face and for being an inspiration. Have a great one :)!

  13. Hi, Alaina! Thanks for your comment on my blog–glad you found me! Love the picture of you on your 21st birthday!

  14. Life's a Bowl says:

    Super cute! We’ve got a few things in common- special education majors! I’m in my first year teaching a 7th grade autism class and let’s just say, I’ve got my hands full!

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