Welcome to Treats and Sneaks!
Where I Live and What I Do
My name is Erin and I’m a 25 year old living in Greensboro, NC who loves food and fitness blogs…but let’s start from the beginning. I was born and raised for most of my life in Orlando, FL. In high school my family moved to South Carolina, and I went to college in North Carolina graduating with a degree in Human Relations. After graduation, I lived in Greensboro, NC for about 9 months before moving up to Northern New Jersey with my (then) boyfriend (now fiancé). After moving, I was in a job that I hated, working 12+ hours per day with absolutely no passion for what I was doing. We moved to New Jersey from North Carolina in February, and the brutal winter we had that year (2014) didn’t help. Luckily, after about 9 months I found my current job as a recruiter. It’s a great fit for me and really cultivates my desire to listen, problem solve, and contribute. In April of 2016 Josh and I moved back to Greensboro, NC and I was even lucky enough to not have to change jobs/companies. I know Greensboro is where I’m suppose to be… there’s just something about living here that cultivates so much happiness inside of me. In addition to being a recruiter, I am a blogger, an RYT-200 Yoga Instructor, a bride-to-be, and a vizsla momma. These are my “jobs.”
My Journey through Health
My senior year of college I decided to stop taking the ADD medication I had been taking since I was eight. I wanted to explore who I was without it and also wanted to reset my body. For me, I had gone too long abusing this medication. It’s just the hard truth. I consistently used it as a weight loss tool… for those of you who don’t know ADD medications often suppress your appetite. This is where my battle with binge eating all stems from. I wouldn’t eat until the medication wore off. On days I didn’t take the medication, I would binge on everything. I couldn’t feel full without it because my body was so incredibly deprived and confused.
Within the first month or two of going off the medication I gained 20 pounds, but this didn’t come as a surprise. I went from never being hungry to always being hungry. For the next two years I consistently gained ten pounds per year, and it wasn’t until the time frame between January 2015 and January 2016 that I was able to at least maintain my weight. Even though I’m not where I would like to be, at the end of the day, I know I need to be grateful for the progress and corrections I’m making.
I feel confident enough today to go back on the medication at a low dosage to help correct and ease my ADD. (For the record, throughout high school and college I was prescribed and taking a whopping 72 mg per day which looking back on is a bit excessive.) My desire to go back on the medication no longer has any correlation to weight loss. It is completely about my ability to succeed and focus on the things I am passionate about.
Making such a big change, ridding myself of a medication I took everyday for 14 years, was certainly tough. It has been emotional. I know I abused its purpose, and therefore, it took three years to find even some semblance of calm and balance internally. I constantly have to remember not to be too hard on myself. Although a little tough love is good, too much will only make me feel worse. I started this blog in June of 2013, just 5 months after going off of the medication, and I naively thought this process would be easy. Since then I have learned that this is 90% a mental game. I have to believe in myself if I’m going to succeed.
What to Expect on Treats and Sneaks
You’ll have to forgive me, I don’t post on specific days, nor do I post a certain number of days per week. Sometimes I participate in Link Ups (such as WIAW or Five Things Friday), but sometimes I don’t. Here are the things you can rely on… (1) Instagram. I love Instagram. If I haven’t posted here in a few days, you can likely catch up with me there. (2) My posts will somehow be related to food, fitness or life. Occasionally, I’ll post workouts and recipes, but truthfully… I’m a cardio machine using, group exercise junky, so I’m not constantly making up my own workouts. As for the recipes… Josh is the cook in this household.
To me, food and fitness go hand in hand…
…and so do my treats and sneaks!