The Skinny on me

My name is Coleen
and I am a foodaholic.

I created this blog in July of 2012, 
when I was finally able to admit this out loud. 

And so our story begins...

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Who am I?

In a word, I can be described as passionate. Or sassy. Or driven. I believe in old friends and new shoes. I am both a lover and a fighter, because I don't stop pushing if I believe in something. By day, I am a damned good recruiter for going on 12 years // by night, I am a wannabe food blogger, Wifey/arm candy/Queen to tt, and Mama Bear to our two little princesses: Aylin Magnolia {born 10/11/17} and Cecelia Jasmine {our 9 y/o puppy daughter}. In my world, family and friends are everything. I am the epitome of a Scorpio, which according to Urban Dictionary means I'm "introspective, reflective, mysterious, vengeful, calculating, possessive, intuitive and pretty bad ass". I have a wickedly short temper and I have to get my way. I have/love/need tattoos and I am a complete and utter worry-wart. {See? Scorpio. I was totally a bad ass in a previous life, and am dealing with the aftermath now}. Two of the most random facts about me are that my favorite movie is The Princess Bride and I am mildly obsessed with Billy Joel. I also love SVU reruns and The Food Network. I haven't seen my natural hair color since the age of twelve, and I have a shoe collection that would rival the likes of any female celebrity. My greatest guilty pleasure is a toss up between designer heels and a dirty Kettle martini (with extra, blue-cheese stuffed olives, of course). Oh, and I love-love-LOVE to cook. 

Why am I here?

Rewind to Summer of 2012. My 30th birthday was quickly approaching and I looked in the mirror and noticed that not only was my age creeping up on me, my weight was too. I wanted to lose 30 pounds and I wanted to do it before my birthday. 30 by 30. Had a nice ring to it.

What did I do?

I threw myself into it, primarily focusing on a Paleo diet. This was an aggressive goal, I knew. I would have to really think about what I was putting into my body - which is kind of what prompted the start to this blog. I figured, if I was thinking that long and hard about the food I was eating, why not share it with the world wide web. All that being said, and very long story short, I reached my 30th birthday 17 pounds lighter, and feeling amazing. 100% worth it.



Now, as everyone knows, a fitness and weight loss journey is always a work in progress. People typically fall on and off the proverbial wagon often. Since 2012 I definitely have, and multiple times. The above progress was something I was so proud of. I gained weight back, lost it again. I progressively gained more and more until I again found myself at my heaviest.

I began 2016 with a melt down in Old Navy, where I dragged tt so I could buy "fat pants." After trying on pants in a size I never thought I'd wear, and then realizing they were tight, I lost it. Yes, I cried right there in Old Navy, my poor husband. We decided together that while I love cooking healthy food, I had fallen far from that, and to get back to where I wanted/needed to be it was time to also add in a real exercise program. No more playing. 

With the {not so gentle} encouragement of a few good friends, I signed up for a trial at A|M Fitness in February 2016. I got hooked. I lost weight (19lbs in 5 months) but more importantly I FELT good. I felt strong. I felt comfortable in my skin, which honestly was never a feeling I had felt before. Just a little glimpse as to the success I've had...

Stay tuned for more progress pictures from this part of my journey!

2016 was a phenomenal year, that brought great success, and was "all about Coleen" -- which some would say is how I live my life. I ended it by gaining a little weight back, so tt and I opted to do a Whole30 in January of 2017 to kick start the year. And then in February... I found out I was pregnant. Now that the baby is here, I'm that much more focused on being healthy {and losing weight!} and am looking forward to jumping back on the healthy eating, exercising, and blogging bandwagon! :o)

What is this all about?

The main point when I started, was to share my experiences as I continue on this journey, but it has resulted in a collaboration of recipes that I have created, collected, and/or perfected. Most are healthy options, some are indulgences. Either way, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do, as well as my charming wit along the way. I know nothing about blogging, what's of interest and what's not, so my plan is just to let you know a little about me, and hopefully you are able to find something worth reading. And while I am sure you find me ever so amusing, if you'd like an easy list of my recipes, please feel free to simply bookmark this page

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you continue to stop by to enjoy my little slice of the world wide web.

Questions? Comments? Want to send me some love?
Email me: skinnyinstilettos@gmail.com 



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