Hi there! Welcome to Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!
My name is Gretchen (duh!), and I’m 24 and living in Northern Virginia — the little city of Falls Church, VA to be exact. Overweight for most of my life, I’m on a journey to lose weight and redefine my previously toxic relationship with food. I started this blog on August 9th, 2010 at 246 pounds. So far, I’ve lost 60 lbs (with a fair few re-gains and re-losses in between) and have about 20 more to go!
The Dreaded Befores (c. 2009)
Making progress! (Spring 2012)
Thanks to finally taking the leap to change my incredibly unhealthy life I’ve gone from an almost-250 pound total couch potato to a 15K completionist, and from a depressed, disordered eating girl to a happy, healthy sort-of-almost-grown-up! I’m not at my goal weight yet, but I am confident that I will get there (and be able to stay there!) this time, since I’m finally doing it right.
A little about me: I graduated in 2009 from James Madison University (go Dukes!) and currently live and work in Northern Virginia — which is, in my totally and completely unbiased opinion, the best area ever. In December 2012, I published my first novel!
I also write a monthly column for the Falls Church News-Press. I change my hair color, um, a lot. I am weirdly close to my family, and I have a wonderful boyfriend named Sean who is also half-Asian like me, and that’s really the main reason I like him. JK, JK!!
I am a lover of good food, time spent with friends, and am moderately (okay, very) obsessed with all things Harry Potter, as well as my two miniature schnauzers: Harry & Daxter. Expect to hear about the two of them, um, a lot.
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September 2011 (186 lbs)
Please note that I am not a registered dietitian, nutritionist, or medical doctor. Everything written on this blog has come from my own personal experience. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!