I’m Alison, and welcome to Daily Moves and Grooves, a space where I…
- Express my love for Jesus Christ, God of the Universe.
- Show the absurd amounts of nut butter I eat.
- Try to be uplifting and encouraging, especially when it comes to eating disorders, exercise addiction, and body image.
- Find joy and significance in life’s big and little moments.
- Embarrass myself.
- Don’t take myself too seriously.
- Have conversations with YOU!
Blog started: August 2013
School and major: Boston University; Physical Therapy
One of my favorite quotes: “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta
My journey toward healthier living started off with good intentions. I wanted to eat whole foods that were better for my body and its activity. However, my image of “healthy” skewed as I aimed to lose weight when I really did not need to. Health to me became a thing of vanity. My focus slowly turned away from eating whole foods to eating well-thought-out portions at certain times. I started avoiding all “junk” foods and barely ever indulged in desserts. I started counting calories, and I shortchanged myself by underestimating my daily caloric needs and overestimating the caloric values of food “just in case.” All the while, I was increasing my exercise and dancing more. All of this would have been fantastic if I needed to lose weight, but I did not need to. I needed to be growing because I had not even hit puberty yet. No good, right? Of course, I started losing weight fairly quickly. Thank God for my parents, dance teachers, and friends, because when they noticed my lack of energy and drawn face, they helped pull me out of my disorder before it got really bad.
In the past 1.5 years, with the support of my family and some doctors, I believe I have made enormous progress. I no longer count calories, I enjoy all foods in moderation, and I’m focused on living healthily in both body AND soul. Reading blogs has helped me cope with my issues, which is why I have come to love them so much.
Read more about my recovery and thoughts on my eating disorder in these posts:
My faith is the most important thing to me. Each and every day, God reveals his love to me in ways that can make me overjoyed or make me upset–at the time. I am ceaselessly amazed at His works and I offer this blog up to Him for His glory.
I am super duper close with my kin (<–do people even say that anymore?). My immediate family consists of my dad (aka Pop), my mom (aka Madre, the best hostess of all time), and my brother Ben (my bff).
They are the most supportive, patient, loving people. I really don’t know how they deal with me sometimes. I actually feel like I’m “that odd one” in the family. Ha. But anyway, God knew that my mom, dad, and brother would be the right people to help me thrive. Thank you.
I show a lot of it on Moves and Grooves. Sometimes I chuck food photos into my posts, often I show my eats through What I Ate Wednesday, and other times I share some of my spur-of-the-moment, amateur recipes.
I like to keep things wholesome and nutritious most of the time, but definitely not all the time. I don’t really like to use the term 80/20, because sometimes it’s 70/30, 60/40, or even 50/50. ‘Tis what ’tis, and we’ll all float on alright.
Favorite foods: Nut butter, Greek yogurt, salmon, avocado toast, crab cakes, ice cream, tacos, sushi, sweet potato fries, gyros… I’ll stop there. Nut butter takes first prize though.
Favorite meal: breakfast
Favorite dessert: peach cobbler a la mode
Being able to exercise is fun, good for ya, and it’s a blessing. I’ve only recently truly grasped the concept of fitness to optimize my ability to do things, rather than to change the way I look. Shifting into this mindset has made fitness so much more enjoyable for me!
Favorite ways to move: burpees (for real), dance, walking, yoga, ultimate frisbee, circuit workouts…almost anything (unless it involves a ball)!
Oh and let me explain the name of my blog!
DAILY MOVES AND GROOVES
It’s catchy, but I still get embarrassed when I say it out loud to other people. Nevertheless, this is how it pertains to me:
1) I like to move on a daily basis, whether it involves a hard workout or just walking around the house in between studying.
2) I like to dance (aka groove).
3) Food makes me want to dance (see #2).
4) I strive to move closer to God on a daily basis.
Some may say that’s a stretch, but let’s roll with it 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you join me as I move and groove on the daily!
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