About Allison

My name is Allison and I am a 20-something-year-old, newlywed, mother of a crazy puppy, and am I taking a bite out of life one day at a time!  I love spending time with my family and friends, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, all things pink, and learning about myself each and every day.

My health has had its highs and lows, mentally and physically.  In the summer of 2009 I started training for my first marathon.  Since kindergarten, I had always been extremely athletic, playing year-round basketball and lacrosse.  After much debate, I decided not to continue playing collegiate lacrosse after freshman year.  Feeling the need to continue to workout, I became a gym rat.  My workouts were satisfying but they weren’t rewarding.  I needed something more, so I started running.

On a whim I decided to sign-up for my first marathon with one of my girlfriends from school and before I knew it, my mileage was in the double-digits.  I had no problem waking up before the sun rose or pounding the pavement at dusk, I needed to run.  A few months into training, it was time for me to return to school.  Trying to manage a full schedule was not easy and it quickly took a toll on my body.

My joints ached, my head hurt, and an 8PM bedtime sounded wonderful.  I honestly just shrugged off my symptoms and thought that my body was in pain from pushing it to the max so I made an appointment to see a physical therapist.  In order to see the physical therapist I needed to get a referral.  One thing led to another and a bunch of blood tests later, I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia and Lupus.  To say that I was surprised would be an understatement, I was in shock.  Unfortunately, my training was put on hold and my health took priority.

The past few years I have learned to listen to my body.  I am still learning how far I can push myself without reaching my breaking point.  I am still learning how to recognize my body’s warning signs before a flare-up.  I am still a work in progress but I am definitely better than I once was.

One of the biggest lifestyle changes that I have made since receiving my diagnosis is adopting an all-natural, preservative free diet and it has done wonders for my body!  Simply put, Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.  Natural foods = easy to digest; artificial foods = hard to digest, put unnecessary stress on the body.  And most recently, I have been experimenting with a gluten-free diet because after many GI issues and various tests, my doctors suspect that I have Celiac disease.

All in all, I am extremely thankful for a great support system that I have within my family and friends, that I can do pretty much whatever my heart desires, and I am getting back into the kitchen!




38 responses to “About Allison

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  3. ahhh found your blog through a comment you left on a post and when I saw you were a special educator, my heart jumped through my chest. I am getting my Masters in Special Ed and considering getting my specialization in severe to profound although I am really leaning more towards Early Intervention. Any advice? And then wow, you love fitness and puppies and shopping. blog soulmates fo’ sure.

    • Life's a Bowl

      That’s great- congrats on getting your masters! I just graduated in May with a BS in Severe Special Education and already thinking of heading back to get my master’s… I’m thinking either Early Elementary so I can teach in an inclusive setting or looking into ABA certification?! School starts next week, gah- t’s so weird to switch from the role of student to teacher! Thanks so much for the compliments, hope you enjoy 😀

  4. Mariajose

    Did you go to BU?

  5. You are so totes adorbs, obvi.

    I like that we are friends now. 🙂

    • Life's a Bowl

      Haha I love your vocab choices 😛 Me too, I’m so happy I found your blog! We really should do a DC meet up!

      • Mariajose

        Did you live in Boston before transferring? I live in Miami, so it’s quite far from home. But I still got two years since I changed my major lol

      • Life's a Bowl

        Nope, I didn’t know anyone when I transferred! I’m also from the east coast and it’s pretty easy/ cheap to get flights into Boston on JetBlue or Southwest…

  6. Cute blog! We have a lot in common. I love a good sale and travel is the best thing ever! Have a great day, Allison!

    • Life's a Bowl

      Thanks! I’ve been reading meals and moves for over a year on a daily basis- you’re an inspiration! Keep it up [please] 🙂

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  9. Candice

    I’m a serious sale shopper too. I have a small obsessed with finding deals and saving as much money as possible!

  10. Just found ya, love this!! 🙂 We definitely have some stuff in common!

  11. I don’t think your e-mail is listed, I would love to connect!

  12. Candice

    I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 Check it out at candicepeak.wordpress.com (the post from yesterday). I look forward to continuing to read your blog!

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  14. I just stumbled upon your blog! I can’t wait to read more!

  15. Thanks for commenting on my blog and leading me to yours 🙂 I can’t wait to follow along! And your puppy, OMG so adorable!!

  16. HI!!! Yes, we are partners for the Valentine’s exchange!!! I am so excited because it is my first time doing a swap! It is exciting how much we have in common!!! I love your blog!!

  17. I just found your blog! I’m excited to explore your posts!


  18. I love your honesty and your voice. Good luck with your wedding:)

  19. Katica

    Great blog!!!! 😉

  20. Mildly Entertained

    I so want to go to Hawaii! Cute blog name 🙂

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