Hi Friends, I’m Ellie
I grew up in central Illinois on a small farm with my parents and three brothers.
After High School, I started college at Saint Louis University.
At the time I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I knew I loved working with people so I earned a degree in Social Work.
However, I never felt at home in social work. During my junior year I learned about what a Dietitian did, and knew that was my calling. I decided to finish my degree in Social Work in order to develop advocacy and counseling skills.
While my friends went on to Graduate school, I started a second degree in Food Nutrition and Dietetics. I fell in Love!
Now I am off to Appalachian State in Boone North Caroline to do my Dietetic Internship. I am so excited to learn more about nutrition, explore a new area of the US (I have never lived in the mountains), and take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way.
In Junior High I started to run Cross Country but ran more for social reasons that because I actually loved it. It was not until my Senior Year of high school that I fell in love with running and started to actually compete.
My high school Cross Country coach encouraged me to run in college and after meeting with the coach I became a brand new Div 1 runner (small school though). I ran for SLU my freshman and sophomore year. My freshman year I was diagnosed with a stress fracture. While I was out I met some “not legit” runners who reminded me how much fun running can be. I left the Cross Country team after my sophomore year and began training for my first marathon with some dear friends.
In April 2008 I completed the St. Louis Marathon in 3 hours and 33 minutes. That fall I ran the Grand Rapids marathon in 3 hours and 32 minutes.
In 2009 I ran the coolest race I have ever run with my dear friend Bess- the 2009 Boston Marathon in 3 hours and 26 minutes.
I followed it up with the Chicago Marathon in the fall of 2009 which was one too many. I ended up burned out and hurt.
Since then I have been “having fun”. I run for me. I usually run at least 4 miles but rarely run more than 8. I may change my mind and “train” again soon, but for now I am just taking it one day at a time.
I am also trying to “mix it up”. I loving trying new workouts and am game for any new activity. Currently I am enjoying circuit training and taking my dog for walks.
I grew up on a hobby farm (my parents don’t farm for a living, just for fun). As a kid, we spent a lot of time in the garden and kitchen. Even to this day, my Mom cooks dinner every night. Healthy foods were a part of everyday life.
It wasn’t until college that I realized how lucky I was!
As I age I am learning to balance the good and the bad, try new things, and gain new incite into the world of nutrition.
Why a Blog?
First of all I love to read blogs! I am inspired by all of the bloggers to become healthy and balanced. Also, I view this blog as a chance to practice my writing skills and challenge myself to become a health advocate.
Feel free to comment and make suggestions (nice ones if you don’t mind).