About Me

Hello, hello! I’m Colleen – and I’m so happy you’ve stopped by The Lunchbox Diaries!

Here at The Lunchbox Diaries, I do my best to call it like I see it. It being life. I’m always striving to be my best self, but I make a conscious effort not to take any of it too seriously. The Lunchbox Diaries is not a place where you’ll find a log of daily eats and exercises, but it is a place where those aspects are incorporated with life happenings and pieces of my mind. I promise you’ll laugh, and I hope you’ll want to stick around!

About Me

I have not always been a healthy living fanatic. Throughout middle school and high school I struggled with self-acceptance. I thought that “skinny” was synonymous with “beautiful” – and I thought the only way to be “beautiful” was to obsess over and restrict what I ate.

Once I went off to college, everything just clicked. I was tired of being hungry and a new gym opened on campus, so I decided to try it out. I was 20 years old when I stepped into a gym for the first time (and I wasn’t lost.)

Here at The Lunchbox Diaries, you’ll find my struggles with fitness as well as my awesome successes. I can’t believe I ran my first half marathon in November, 2011!

Another real motivator in my life is Muscular Dystrophy. My dad has this disease, and because of it’s hereditary nature, I ended up with it as well. MD is essentially the progressive degeneration and shrinking of muscle tissue. I was diagnosed in the beginning of my sophomore year of college. It rocked my world, that’s for sure. I am beyond lucky that I am virtually unaffected by the disease so far, but it serves as constant motivation to take care of my body now so that it stands a chance of being healthy later. The diagnosis helped me stop thinking about only the outside of my body, and it helped turn the focus inward. A blessing in disguise! :)

That said, over the past four years I’ve been dedicated to building a healthy relationship with food, exercise, fun and myself. I’ve started a blog because I want others to know that living a healthy, balanced life doesn’t consist of working out for hours on end or eating tasteless foods. I hope this blog encompasses and documents the constant journey I’m on: to find my best self, figure out this whole newlywed thing, keep my workouts exciting and to keep my life full of love and laughter – all while keeping a good sense of humor! :)

Who’s Who?

My Husband – Cory

Cory and I have been together for five years and we tied the knot on August 6, 2011. We’ve found married life to be a blast, and we highly recommend it to everyone. Cory is my best friend and he somehow manages to always keep me laughing.

My Parents – Kate and Jeff



My parents are just wonderful. They’ve always been my number one supporters. In fact, my mom may be the only person that reads this blog. My parents created a life for my brother and I that was full of love, laughter and fun. They’ve been married almost25 years. That’s a pretty big deal.

My “little” Brother – Brian

I got lucky in this area of life as well. My brother, Brian, is one of my best friends. He’s outrageously funny (but don’t tell him that) and is easily one of the nicest people I know. I always have fun with him! Cory, Brian and I went backpacking through Europe after graduation.


That’s all our luggage for two weeks in Europe! We walked all over Madrid, Paris and Rome. What an adventure with my two favorite men! :)

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my blog!


77 Responses to About Me

  1. Renie says:

    Hi Colleen, I am a regular reader of fannetasticfood.com. I just read your comment on Anne’s blog and decided to read yours. I really like it and have signed up for future post. I guess I am not your regular reader. I am 59 years old, a diabetic and have lost 39 pounds since July. Anne encouraged me along the way. I have been married to my recently retired USMC guy for 40 years. We have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. I never really read blogs before I saw Anne’s and found that it was just delightful. I browsed yours and I think yours is going to just as much fun. Good Luck.

  2. Teresa Kozlowski says:

    Hey Colleen! I was doing my usual late night stroll through facebook and noticed your post on newsfeed. I read through your entire blog and found it very interesting and fun. I myself have been trying to get on a more healthy lifestyle. Heck I joined the Army for goodness sake! (Its hard to fight temptation when you work in a restaurant). I deploy really soon to Afghanistan and my biggest challenge is going to be maintaining healthy eating habits. Your blog will definitely be a source of encouragement. Congratulations on your engagement! I wish you all the best and happiness. I recently got engaged too! Good luck with everything!

    • Colleen says:

      Teresa! It’s so nice to hear from you! That’s so amazing that you’ve joined the Army – I really admire that. Thanks for reading the blog, I’m glad you enjoy it :) And congratulations to YOU on the engagement!! How wonderful! Take care, Teresa!

  3. Cindy Harlow says:

    I’m so proud to be your aunt. I’ve only read this introduction page and I’m crying happy tears. You’ve always been such a good writer and I’m so glad you’ve picked it up again. I look forward to reading more!

    • Colleen says:

      Thank you, Cindy! That’s such a kind compliment – I’m so glad you like it. And I’m so proud to be your niece :D You’ve always been beautiful on the inside and the outside.

  4. Kristin says:

    hi there! i like to browse through blogs and somehow stumbled upon yours – i am moving to fairfax (from austin, tx) in april! hope to hear a little bit about fairfax through your blog – austin is such a great spot for FOOD and fun, I am so nervous to be away from my treasured mexican food :)

    • Colleen says:

      Hi, Kristin! So glad you stumbled across my blog! I hope you can learn a little more about the area through reading :) I’ve been hearing SO MUCH about Austin, TX recently – I hear it’s an awesome place!! If you ever need tips from a local, let me know!

      • Elizabeth says:

        I just moved to Fairfax too, after graduating from college in the spring. It’s definitely fun to see some local places to check out through the blog world, and I’m happy I came across yours!
        Kristin- I hope you’re enjoying living up here, it’s pretty far from TX (and pretty different from Maine, where I’m from) :)

        • Colleen says:

          Welcome to Fairfax!! How are you enjoying it compared to Maine? I’ve never been there, but I’ve always wanted to visit!

  5. Oh my gosh, I LOVE the photo of your engagement! So cute! I’m excited for my own moment one day, hehe.

  6. I absolutely love that you saw the silver lining in your diagnosis and started taking care of the inside! :)

  7. dressed2dish says:

    I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! :) I’m buying Nutella this weekend…I can’t wait!

  8. In one word, you are awesome. I love your blog, and you are a great writer. You’re so real, and I seriously love how honest you are! :) !!

    • Colleen says:

      Thanks you, Sophia!! That seriously just made my morning :) I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog, comment, and keep coming back! I think your blog just awesome!

  9. so glad i found you!!! wow i love the sound of you and how exciting about your engagement!!!

  10. woohoo for 23 year old virginia bloggers! :)

    I live in VA Beach and just graduated college as well. we’ve got a lot in common… I’m so glad I stumbled over to your blog!

  11. Oh GIRL! Totally love the blog! Your way too gorgeous!:)

    HOW EXCITING about your engagement! When is the wedding?

  12. Katy says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I’ll add you to my readin glist, I look forward to reading more! I love making new blog world friends!!

  13. Trisha says:

    I love your blog! And I think it is so amazing the way you have dedicated your life to healthy living even with MD. So cool! Glad I stopped by the blog :)

  14. Colleen! I’m from southern VA (VA beach area). I love your blog and have stopped by a few times and thought I would let you know. :)

  15. sanjapanja says:

    Just wanted to let you know I gave you the Stylish Blogger Award:


  16. You are so cool! I’m so glad I found your blog :) The picture of your graduation/proposal is priceless. My boyfriend and I are starting to talk about where we will move after I graduate next spring and Virginia has jumped off and on the list, I’d love your take sometime in the future!

  17. This is so sweet- you are beautiful!!! Where in NorVa are you from!!?

  18. Hi Colleen! I love your blog! It’s so fun. :) And your story is so inspirational. I love that you are taking care of yourself, both on the outside and the inside! You rock!

  19. Hey you! I just got your comment about self-hosting. Here is the link that I pretty much memorized! It breaks down the process: http://www.thesingingrunner.com/2011/01/01/making-the-switch-moving-to-a-self-hosted-blogging-platform/

  20. Nice to meet you! I’m so glad I found your blog – you have such a fun writing style and you seem so upbeat! Can’t wait to read more girlie! :-D

  21. HI COLLEEN! Your getting on the elliptical story is probably identical to mine, i love it! I’ll be following :)

  22. I just stumbled upon your blog and feel like we have a lot in common – can’t wait to start following!

  23. Hi Colleen! I just stumbled upon your blog from My Inner Shakti – wanted to say hello! :)

  24. Hi Colleen! I am totally loving your blog! :-)

  25. Dorsa says:

    I really love your blog, I gave your blog an award, please do stop by my blog to accept it!

  26. Loving the blog! Will be following :-)

  27. I loved reading your story and I’m glad you found so much positivity through your MD. Truly inspirational. Thank you for this!

  28. erica says:

    loved your guest post on STSL!

  29. Hi Colleen,

    I’m pretty sure I’ve stumbled upon your blog before (y’know, as a fellow Northern VA healthy living blogger – hooray!) but I was reminded of it when I ran into Chloe Wilson yesterday (I believe you went to college together?), and she mentioned you! So I figured I’d pop back over and say hi, hello, and that I can’t wait to catch up on posts and read more. :)

    • Colleen says:

      H, Gretchen!! Yes, I’ve stumbled across your blogs several times! Chloe and I are in grad school together, and I think she’s such a sweetheart! How do you guys know each other? What a small world! :)

  30. Hi, Colleen! Found and fell in love with your blog today. I really love your site layout because it really shows off your photography. Can I ask what theme you use?

  31. Hey!!! I loved your blog SO much . Your blog’s so crazy upbeat :D brilliant stuff . I’m subscribing!! :D

  32. Ok , how do I subscribe again?

    • Colleen says:

      Hi, Antony! If you go to the homepage, there’s a little envelope on the right side of the page that says “Gmail” – click that and you can subscribe by email. There’s an RSS feed link, too if you’d rather have that :)

  33. Jessica says:

    Hey! So I just found your blog (via Carrie’s guest post). I am an ADPi too!! (Saw the Pi love picture at the bottom :) ) Although I am not from Northern VA (Georgia/SC resident), some of my family is, and I am actually looking at jobs in Charlottesville! I am a senior in college, so I am excited and eager to being the next chapter.. while of course living up senior year, ADPi style!

    • Colleen says:

      Oh my gosh, HI!!! I was just saying the other day “I can’t believe an ADPi hasn’t stumble across my blog yet” (besides my own sisters from college) – so this makes my day! Enjoy your senior year!! ADPi style, of course ;)

  34. Holly says:

    I LOVE your engagement story!!!!!! CONGRATS :D

  35. Elizabeth Holmes says:

    Hello blogger. You have done a wonderful job and I am so excited for your wedding. I guess you catching my bouquet came true. The next Whitney to be married. I am so happy for you and stay healthy beautiful.

  36. I saw your guest post on Sunshine n Spice & fell in love with you right away! (I mean that in the least creepiest way possible..) You’re blog is great and your story is very similar to mine. I recently discovered my balance between the gym and healthy eating (as opposed to just compulsively going to the gym) and you seem to mirror that same passion.

    I look forward to getting to know you through your posts! :D

    • Colleen says:

      Hiii! I’m so glad you stopped by (in a non creepy way!) I’m so glad we’ve both found a happy, healthy balance :)

  37. Hi! I just found your blog through your guest post on Clean Eating Chelsey! I’m getting married in 15 days (!!!) so of course I was drawn in by your post topic! ;-) Good luck with the rest of your planning. :-)

  38. Lisa says:

    Hi Colleen! I just found your blog from I’m An Okie :-) I love that first picture of you, so pretty! & congrats on getting engaged on your graduation day! Can’t wait to read more about you!

  39. Lauren says:

    Hey I just found your blog and I love it! I am a pretty new teenage blogger and I also live in Northern VA! So funny…I can’t wait to read more!

  40. I just came across your blog and I can’t wait to read more! And CONGRATS on the engagement! :D

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  42. Ms. Adams says:

    I was on the quest for fellow DC bloggers when I happened upon your blog. Congrats on the wedding from one newly wedding to another (my husband and I just got married in May). Looking forward to reading through all your posts!

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  44. LeahJo says:

    Hi Colleen, I just found your blog. I’ve been trying to get back on the fitness/healthy wagon for some time and need motivation. Glad to have stumbled upon your blog.
    Will keep reading. :)

  45. Michelle says:

    Just discovered your blog, and I really like it. Looking forward to reading your upcoming posts!

  46. carlyjg says:

    I just found your blog and I LOVE IT. I’m so excited to stalk your past blog posts :) . And I just watched your last vlog… Thank you for calling out the word “selfies” as douchy. Just thank you. Somebody had to do it! Haha!

  47. Jennifer Schoemmell says:

    HI Colleen, so glad that i found this. I have struggled with body image and just my overall self image all my life never feeling like I measure up to anyone or what people think I should be. Reading that you struggled with the same thing makes me feel so much better. THanks!!

  48. Just found your blog from sweet tooth sweet life….Love it! Thank you for sharing your story!

  49. mak341 says:

    So cute! I love that you tell it like it is. Keep on keeping on, girl!

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