About Me

Hi everyone!

My name is Faith! I’m the blogger behind Lovely as Charged, a healthy living website that encourages women to embrace their bodies and find confidence in who they are beyond the scale.

I started the website in Spring of 2010, when I was just beginning to confront my eating disorder head on. I’d been miserable in my skin for the past three years, and I’d almost allowed insecurities to ruin my life.Β  I’d been the girl who subsisted on coffee, wintergreen lifesavers, and chicken broth. I’d been the university student who gained the freshman junior fifteen thanks to regular social indulgences, and later tried to remedy it with diet bars and canned fruit. I’d been a meal-replacement shake fiend, a low-carbie, a salad bar devotee, and everything in between.

Finally, though, I realized: I was worth more than the number on the scale! As with so many other women, I’d been living as a slave to the scale. I never thought that I was good enough.

One day, a friend asked me why I always put myself down when he gave me a compliment. Up to that point, I’d never thought the compliments were true, never thought that I was deserving of the term “pretty” or “beautiful.” That particular conversation, though, made me confront the doubt that I’d been harboring for years. I finally understood that I had plenty of reasons to be proud of myself and confident in my appearance. I let go of the negativity and allowed myself to see the things that everyone else had already seen in me: a strong, happy, confident woman.

I’ve been transitioning to clean eating since fall of 2009. In May 2010, I made a commitment to go vegetarian for a month. It began as an experiment of sorts – I wanted to see how I would feel if I cut meat out of my diet. During the trial month, I didn’t miss the meat one bit andΒ  decided to continue on as a full-time vegetarian. Now, over a year later, I’m still loving my vegetarian lifestyle! Although I dabbled in veganism, I felt that I was walking a fine line of depriving myself of foods I truly enjoyed and felt great eating, so I incorporated eggs, cheese and yogurt back into my diet, but in great moderation.

As I’ve embraced a plant-based diet, I’ve fallen in love with eating a healthy, balanced variety of natural and minimally processed foods. I’ve got an equally voracious appetite for brownies as I do for broccoli. The deprivation of diets past is no longer welcome in my life! Life was never meant to be a world of counting calories, obsessing over fat, or running yourself ragged exercising just to burn off your last meal. I’m so blessed to have learned that…even if it took me three years of extremely destructive habits and a very tedious, rocky road to recovery.

I enjoy running, although I hardly consider myself a runner. I have grand dreams of one day running a marathon, but training is very hard for me. Once I feel trapped into something, my body naturally rebels against it. For that reason, I try to enjoy multiple forms of exercise instead of dedicating myself to just one. Yoga, running, weight training and elliptical sessions are each sporadically incorporated into my workouts!

I’m constantly striving to work my love for food and fitness into my hectic life. I’m a writer/editor, and I adore my job – especially after spending several months time in a preschool teaching position that made me outright miserable. Taking a leap of faith in a career change was one of the most beneficial decisions I’ve ever made. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English in May of 2010, and I hope to pursue a Master’s degree in Non-Fiction Writing in the near future. In the meantime, I continue to foster my NFL and Neiman Marcus addictions while embracing the crazy things that life throws my way!


30 Comments on “About Me”

  1. Katie says:

    Another food bloggie teacher, indeed. πŸ™‚ I think all kiddos are a little crazy/wild…you definitely don’t have them all where you are!

  2. Hi Faith! Thanks for visiting my blog! Looks like we have a lot in common, especially the football thing. Who’s your team??

    I’m also a slow runner. As far as yoga, I’ve been wanting to try it for a while now, but I always find an excuse! Gotta start soon. Everyone who does it seems to enjoy it so much. Look forward to reading more!

    • Faith says:

      I’m a Colts girl all the way! I cheer for the Giants, too though, and I grew up watching the Bucs so I have a bit of hometown loyalty going on πŸ™‚ Who’s yours?

      • Ah.. the Colts are ok I guess. πŸ˜‰

        I’m a Steelers fan! I also cheer for the Dolphins since they are the home team. I guess we both have some conflict going on haha

  3. Faith says:

    Nice! It’s so cool to meet another NFL addict blogger πŸ˜‰ Should be an interesting season!

    • Lindsay says:

      Ahh! You like the NFL too? Sometimes, I think I’m the only girl who does, but it’s nice to know there are other lady fans around. I’m a Denver Broncos fan, of course! I can’t wait till September rolls around…life isn’t quite right when football season isn’t around to entertain me. πŸ™‚

  4. Faith says:

    Haha nice! I feel the same way! I can talk circles around most guys when it comes to football – it’s always awesome to hear another girl loves the sport too! You got my boy Tebow! Excited about that? I HATE offseason – I literally count down the days until the games start back up…

  5. hi! thanks for the comment on my site . . . yours is TRULY lovely ( πŸ™‚ ) and i will definitely be stopping by!!

  6. Becky says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog – led me to yours – and it’s fab! A foodie, blogger, teacher, runner, yogi – everything I love!! I look forward to reading πŸ™‚

  7. Meg says:

    HELLO! I love your blog! I just spent a good 20+ minutes going through YOUR posts and your story, can I just say you are SUCH a beautiful woman?! Inside and out, clearly. Not to mention pretty hilarious, I like that, I like that a lot – you are incredible. I cannot wait to read more – so post like ASAP, okay? Cool.

    Yeehaw for fashion and anti-deprivation diet mindset! I couldn’t agree more, and I literally laughed out loud when I read your commentary about the Easter bunny on crack. Such a lightened way to describe a not-so-lightened time in your life – but hey, it’s in the past now and that’s where it belongs!

    Amen sista! Look forward to reading more.

  8. Jess says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me a chance to read yours : )

  9. Melissa says:

    Hey girl, thanks for stopping by our site! I’m looking forward to catching up on your blog πŸ™‚ love that you love football – it owns my Sundays! haha

  10. Haleigh says:

    Hi Faith! Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚ I have also been in transition to “clean eating” since 2009! haha… I think it’s time we just all let it go and start living! I am looking forward to reading your blog!

  11. ciaotochow says:

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog – I am so inspired by your story…you have a gift for writing, woman! I struggled with an eating disorder for years, and I love your philosophy on eating good, clean, healthy foods. I love your quote, “I’ve got an equally voracious appetite for broccoli as I do for brownies.” So right!

    I’ve been meaning to try yoga for a long time (does hip-hop yoga in the 7th grade count? haha). What types do you do and how did you get started? I’ve heard so many great things!

    Look forward to visiting here often! πŸ™‚

    • Faith says:

      Hip-Hop yoga sounds AWESOME!

      I do mostly ashtanga and power vinyasa flow – I think that’s mostly because I want it to be a challenging workout in and of itself…plus I’m not serious enough to not giggle through a more meditative practice πŸ˜‰ I actually got started by attending a free Lululemon class and slowly delved into videos at home; I took a few classes with a friend and I recently (as in this month) signed up for a gym where one of the girls I graduated with teaches a bi-weekly class. I always thought it was going to be too scary/hard/etc, but once I jumped on in, I was ridiculously glad to have done so – I’m sure you’ll feel the same way!

  12. Cate says:

    Hello! Thanks for checking out my blog! πŸ™‚
    I have been checking out your blog and I will certainly be reading more.

  13. bonne_santΓ© says:

    Love your blog & philosophy. Keep the inspiration coming!

  14. Karla says:

    I just found your blog this evening and I am enjoying reading! I read healthy living blogs frequently- in hopes of changing my relationship with food. You talked about your past with eating disorders. Did you ever struggle with binge eating? I would love any advice you can offer on overcoming restricting so that you can binge- if that’s something you struggled with. Thanks! And, great job with the blog!

    • Faith says:

      Hi Karla! Thank you for the comment, and I’m touched that you enjoy my blog!

      I actually have also struggled with binge eating. I feel like that is something that goes hand-in-hand with restriction for two reasons. First, your body is so starved for nutrients and does not trust that you will feed it on a regular schedule that it can become absolutely desperate for food. I know I had times when my blood sugar dipped so low that I began impulsively eating just to bring it up, and the binges got out of control because the only message my brain was sending was “Get nutrients in me now”. I could only deny the primal urge to eat for so long that once I “allowed” myself to have access to food, I wasn’t sure when I’d eat next, so I ate as much as I could.

      Secondly, I also dealt with binge eating as a coping mechanism for feeling overwhelmed. I binged a bit when I was emotional or upset about something that seemed out of my control – ice cream, pizza, you name it – I wanted to eat to feel okay and indulge my senses to distract me from what was really bothering me. As soon as I realized (mid-binge) what I was doing, this often led to a purging session. It was definitely a horrible cycle.

      I’m actually in the process of writing a post about some of the small steps that contributed to overcoming restricting. It should be up within a week (two max), and I think you’ll enjoy it a great deal, especially if we have similar histories. If you ever need anything – even just to talk – I’m always here πŸ™‚

  15. Matt says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!!! πŸ™‚

  16. Alison says:

    Hi Faith! I love your blog. Can I send you a sample of Kelapo Coconut Oil to review? I saw your PomWonderful post and I know you will LOVE Kelapo. Its great with vegetarian dishes.
    Please let me know and I’ll mail it to you.

    • Faith says:

      Hi Alison! Thank you so much for the kind words and the offer! I’d be honored to try out the Kelapo Coconut Oil! I loved the vegan cupcake recipe I saw on your website – and the fact that you’re local is even cooler! I can’t wait to work with you!

  17. TheCreamFilling says:

    Hi! Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

    I really love your posts. I have gone through a lot of the same stuff like the constant dieting and unhealthy mindsets, etc. I look forward to reading more!

  18. Thanks for popping over to my blog Faith!

    I am in your boat with the running. It does NOT come naturally to me, nor am I fast. But I like it and I LOVE how I feel after I finish a run, so it works out.

    I like your eating style πŸ™‚

  19. Sarah @ healthygirlrunning says:

    I love your story! “Life was never meant to be a world of counting calories, obsessing over fat, or running yourself ragged exercising just to burn off your last meal.” I couldn’t agree with you more!

    I’ve struggled in the past with depriving myself too. Mostly due to the comparison trap – always comparing myself to other women or overly airbrushed celebrities. Eventually I realized that I don’t want to try to be someone else! Life’s too short for that! Besides, God made me to look like ME, not someone else!

    I can’t wait to read more of your story! πŸ™‚

  20. A marathon is on my to do list as well! But I am the same way as you, when I feel like I have to run I don’t want to anymore. I much prefer just seeing how I feel that day to decide a workout instead of having a strict running schedule. I’m contemplating a half marathon in september but we will see what happens πŸ™‚

  21. Samantha says:

    ok, can i just say that — from what i’ve seen so far — your blog is AMAZING?! seriously, i love to see someone who has so fully and beautifully come to terms with who they are! i can tell you’re a very genuine and caring person, this page alone shows that. thank you SO much for the comment on my blog and thank you for making yours! i’ll definitely be back ❀

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  23. Hi. I found your blog through Ali over at Forgotten Beast. Great intro page, and I love the RHCP quote. Very fun.

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