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!
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.)
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!
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!