I’ll be the first to tell you that being healthy is now one of the focal parts of my life. If you’ve happened upon this blog, you can probably relate. I love finding the best ways to treat my body and I’ve learned that this is a constant journey with new things to be discovered around every corner. Seeking and inventing creative recipes calling for good, whole foods and finding a variety of outlets for my athletic energy are my favorite hobbies.

However, I’ll also be the first to tell you that it wasn’t always this way. Growing up, I was the chubby kid. From my pre-teen through college years, I just kept getting bigger and bigger (aside from one period of time during which I unhealthily lost fifty pounds in two months and then proceeded to gain it all back, and then some). By my second year of grad school, I had ballooned to over 240 pounds. I probably weighed more than this at some point, but was scared of the scale and avoided it at all costs.

Everything changed in January of 2009. I can’t remember an exact moment when I decided to change my lifestyle, but I know that I never turned back once it started.

I figured it was all in simple math: keep track of my calories in and keep track of my calories burned. It worked, of course, in great part because I pushed really, really hard with my workouts.

After about six months, I had lost about sixty pounds and I felt great. By that point, I really felt like I was becoming an athlete and I had become very focused on what I was putting into my body and how I was using my body now that it wasn’t a struggle just to walk up the stairs.

To be honest, though I definitely had exhibited some unhealthy habits during my heavier years, I was always unclear as to why I was so much heavier than the rest of my family and my friends. I never felt that I ate much more than everyone else or that I fully “deserved” to be as overweight as I was. A visit to my (incredible) doctor last summer cleared up a frustration that had haunted me throughout my entire life. After a few tests, I learned that I have a rare metabolic condition that makes it very, very difficult to lose weight. Basically, as he described it to me, I have the metabolism of a hibernating bear. I’m glad, though, that I learned this after my weight loss. While it seems insurmountable, it very clearly was not.

Eventually, my weight loss stopped, and I was fine with that for a long time. It’s been a year and a half since I lost those sixty pounds, and since then it’s mostly been a matter of maintenance. I feel strong, healthy and happy, and though originally I had planned and hoped to lose more, I realized I felt really good where I had landed.

It was around that time that I was diagnosed with a sugar intolerance. As a long time reader of healthy living blogs, I long ago knew that I wanted to start one of my own, but I was never sure exactly what I had to offer the blog world that wasn’t already out there. I originally started the blog with that odd diagnosis guiding me, but it’s grown and changed as my life has changed. First, of course, I wrote a lot about avoiding refined sugar (thus the name, “Kaitlin With Honey”). As I was able to add sugar back in, I started just focusing on being healthy (and finding the title of my blog kind of laughable!). The blog changed focus as I spent the last year becoming a runner after having never been able to run even a mile. This was, all things considered, one of the most exhilarating, challenging, inspiring and disappointing journeys I’ve ever taken on. I ran three 5Ks and one 10K, which was wonderful except for that it was supposed to have been three 10Ks and one 5K.

I documented the thrill of the races, but then I had to start documenting the devastation of being sidelined. More than one injury lead, ultimately, to my doctor’s orders to stop running. When my trusted doctor explained to me that I essentially had the choice between walking now and running when I’m 50, I realized that, despite my physical fitness, I do still have extra pounds to lose. Those extra pounds are a big part of the reason my joints have been suffering.

So, while I am certainly not writing a weight loss blog, my blog undeniably follows my journey as I try to figure out how to lose the rest of the weight despite an abnormally slow metabolism, a body that will do anything to not lose weight, and a few injuries that make exercise interesting. To make matters more interesting, I’ve recently discovered that the reversed diagnosis of a sugar intolerance may not have been so off after all. I’ve noticed that refined sugar and flour have a pretty negative effect on me, so I’m now figuring out and adapting to a lifestyle without them.

So… we’re back to the whole “Kaitlin With Honey” thing after all. 🙂

At the bottom line, though, this blog always has one main theme: it’s about how I lead a healthy lifestyle of eating good, whole food while pursuing new fitness goals.

41 responses to “About

  1. Mamito

    You really are inspirational! It still truly amazes me that you have lost so much weight and I wish I had the will and determination to want to run long distances! You’re amazing!!

  2. Great site. I’ve always said you’re the strongest and most determined person I know and you’ve proven it once again. You have wonderful content and insight.

  3. Andrea

    You are a wonderful young woman!! Wow, what a story. I knew some of it, but now have a new appreciation for you. I can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks, although I’m not sure I want my cooking displayed. I’m not that proud of it.

  4. rose

    you look amazing. you are amazing. im so taking your recipes for myself!

  5. Kim

    Incredible journey, I have lots of respect for you! I’m trying some of those recipes… those smoothies -mmmmm!!!

  6. Nicole

    So proud of you, love! You are truly an inspiration. I’m so happy you’re in such a healthy place. 🙂

  7. Jeff

    You’re awesome Kaitlin!!! Keep up the great work.. you inspire many.. including me:)

  8. You are all so supportive! Thank you!

  9. Claire

    Hi Kaitlin!

    I stumbled upon your blog via facebook and have loved reading about your new and fabulous life. It’s great to read that you are doing so well – you really look amazing and are a true inspiration.

  10. Vera

    Your blog is an inspiration. Keep it up!

  11. Mike

    Wow, girl, this is super nice. I don´t know how you get the time to do this but I´m really proud of you. It is a really nice blog. Very Pro.


    ps. when you get to the mexican food part I wish I could be of some help LOL

  12. Thanks, Mike! When I do get to any kind of authentic Mexican dish, I just may need to hit you up.

    And Vera, thank you as well!

    Finally, Claire! It’s been so long since I’ve heard from you! Thank you so much for the sweet comment.

  13. Jessie

    Kaitlin, this is awesome. I am so glad you’ve been able to uncover some of the science behind the frustration; but I am even more glad that you’re happy.

  14. Jessie, you are so sweet – thank you!

  15. Avoiding sugar? I’d love to learn more about that! Your transformation is amazing. I hope that you feel so proud of yourself!

  16. Wow! You look great! What an inspiration! Thanks!

  17. what a lovely story! you look fantastic!

  18. Conni

    Enjoy your blog. Very interested in your diagnosis. This blog hits close to home so I would like to know more about your diagnosis, tests run, and your doctor. This info could be a life saver for my daughter if you’re willing to share. Thanks

  19. sandy

    Found your blog via Skinnyrunner. Inspirational story! Look forward to following your journey! 🙂

  20. kikibibi

    I like your outlook on life! Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. I love your story! I just stumbled upon your blog today and wanted to say keep up the good work!

  22. Found your blog through Gina’s guest post! Congrats on your success! It’s so inspiring to see others achieve their goals! I just started a running program. The thought of running a mile (even 0.5 miles) seems scary, but I’m hoping that by December, and the end of my program, I’ll run my first 5K. Hearing your story tells me that it is possible! How did you keep track of your calories? Was there a website that you used? I’m looking for something quick and easy. Thanks!

  23. Good for you! I am a Trainer and Chef so I know how hard you have worked! Awesome job.:)

  24. maureen ronau

    When did you graduate from Conn? Mary says I may have had you as a student… what year would that have been and for which course?

    You look fantastic!

    • Hi! Thank you so much! You did have me as a student, a while back! You taught me in Chem 101, I believe, and gave me extra help when I was struggling! Thank you for that. 🙂 I graduated in 2007 and I think I took Chem 101 in 2004, or possibly 2005.

  25. I’m in the same place that you were when it comes to running – i.e. I have yet to start and don’t want to say I’m going to do it and just want to do it! Thanks for your inspirational story!

  26. Gorgeous girl — so wonderful meeting you today. I def need to steal some of your pictures, btw, since I took NONE. Oh well….means we’re just gonna need to have another meetup 🙂 Love your blog and your awesome spirit!!

  27. Wow! This is a super fantastic story. Truly. You have such a wonderful attitude. I think many women with your “metabolic condition” would just give up but you clearly haven’t. You look beautiful and congrats on your success.

    It was nice meeting you today. Hopefully next time we will be able to talk more. 🙂

  28. Amy

    This is absolutely phenomenal. You are a true inspiration to me. I have struggled with my weight all my life too and to see you put so much effort, positivity and determination into leading a healthier life inspires me, motivates me and makes me feel lucky to call you my friend!

  29. Liz @ Blog is the New Black

    Just came across your blog through Janetha’s- I’ll be adding you to my reader! 🙂

  30. I love your story your transformation is amazing! I stumbled across your blog through Katie’s. Looking forward to reading more!

  31. Just found your blog and had to check it out since I spell my name the same way 🙂 What an inspirational story, can’t wait to keep reading!

  32. Hey! Since you gave my blog a few minutes of your life I figured I’d see what yours is about. Heck of a story! I recently got my first gym membership and have actually stuck with it so far; feels great once you make a commitment to being healthier and start to see progress. You should be majorly proud of what you’ve accomplished. Wish you the best girl! -Michael

  33. Great Job Kaitlin you look so good! Very inspiring!

  34. Hi! I just came across your blog.. and wanted to congratulate you on your amazing achievement! You look amazing.. keep going girl.. fabulous!

  35. Wow, what an inspirational story! You went against how your metabolism and lost the weight anyways! It just goes to show you can do whatever you want! Loving your blog 🙂

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  38. Kaitlin, I didn’t realize the scope of the journey you have been on, you are so inspiring! Like many women on here, I feel I can relate to you and your quest to be healthy and happy, but most of all, I look up to your accomplishments. Thank goodness we are friends now : )

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