Hi, I’m Dolly! Welcome to my corner of the internet where I’ll be sharing recipes I create (most Whole30 approved, some not), workouts I do, places I travel and other life shenanigans. A little about me:
I grew up outside of Boston in an urban city called Lowell that has shaped me into the city girl that I am today (sorry, you won’t catch me settling in a small town or the country). Growing up, food was always my security blanket whenever I was anxious, stressed or sad. Using food as a coping mechanism started at a young age and led to me being overweight for most of my life. I was always uncomfortable with my weight and the skin I was in, but never talked about it because I didn’t have anyone to turn to. I would secretly try dieting, but eventually I just accepted the fact that I was always going to be the fat funny friend with a pretty face for a big girl (insert eye roll). I masked all of my insecurities with humor, sarcasm and my ‘loud’ outgoing personality, but deep down I wanted to make to changes and I knew I needed to make changes. I wanted to match what I projected to the world to how I felt and not use it as a mask.
Fast forward to life after college and I finally made the decision to work on my health. This unfortunately started the vicious cycle of trying fad diets and quick fixes which led to the same results: losing a bunch of weight and then regaining it back again only to repeat the same cycle all over.
Finally, I broke the cycle by joining Weight Watchers after a coworker recommended the program to me. It was the answer I needed at that time, and the start to a much healthier form of losing weight. Now, I will not discredit Weight Watchers because the program really helped me jump start my weight loss journey, and it was the reason I started documenting my journey on Instagram but as successful as I was, I still felt terrible physically and mentally even after losing 50 lbs.
I was still uncomfortable in my own skin, my anxiety still controlled my life, my eczema was at its worse and I just wasn’t happy. I didn’t share any of this with anyone because everyone was so impressed with my dramatic weight loss and I was going to ride on that high for as long as possible. After losing the 50 lbs, my weight loss plateaued and my health didn’t improve. I was at my wits end until a fellow blogger told me about the Whole30 program. After quickly researching the program and hearing testimonies of people’s successes, I figured why not? What did I have to lose?
Little did I know that after a short 30 days my life would dramatically change. I like to think my real ‘whole’ journey started after that first round of Whole30. It was then I realized that my physical transformation was not as important as my mental transformation. I was more than the scale, and my health was more than just losing a bunch of weight. I won’t go into details about how changing my mindset shifted everything in my life because I’ll be posting about it, but just know that once you make that positive change, all the good things start to happen. So here we are 3+ years later. Through all of this, I found my passion for cooking, my love for yoga and boxing, and found the courage to travel the world with confidence. I’m living and leading the life I imagined, and I hope you all join me while I try to navigate through this crazy thing we call life, and maybe inspire some of you to live the life you imagined.