Introversion

20 Feb

Weekend… finally.

Wow, last week was stressful. Filled with hours upon hours of studying biology! Thankfully, I think I got a B on my test (*phew*) and now I’m recuperating from the week.

I do have some eats pictured, but when stress comes in, pictures go out. I know you all understand!

You will never ever guess what I’ve been having loving for breakfast the past few days- uhh yoatgurt. obviously.

One morning I had yoatgurt with whipped banana oats, cinnamon raisin peanut butter, 365 honey puffs, fage 2% (love) and banana.

I also had a delicious lunch of a sandwich whole wheat thin, veggie burger, laughing cow, hummus & spinach along with Annie’s chocolate bunnies and an apple.

and of course more yoatgurt- fage2%, oats, frozen grapes, cinnamon raisin peanut butter, and kashi honey puffs.

& also, my sorority is finally off social probationn (thank goodness!) and we had our first social! Themed: Saving Lives! So I was a powerpuff girl πŸ™‚

so fun!

I woke up this morning and had to cram for my music 101 exam- naturally I needed brain power

2 packs of instant oats, raisins, banana, peanut butter, low-fat plain yogurt & cinnamon

The quiz went well & I left hungry for lunch!

Newman’s own spelt pretzels, little salad, pita filled with turkey & cheese & a big apple. Not the best picture, oh well!

I literally rested/lounged with Gar all day. Then, around 7:30 I ran my mile πŸ™‚ yay for small amounts of exercise! haha.

Dinner was a baked potato with salsa, salad with feta & ham & amy’s cheddar burger, baked lays & an apple

And at dinner, I found this new product. Vitamin Water Zero: lemonade!!

Review: I liked it. Didn’t love it- but definitely liked it. It was a little too sweet but I would definitely get it again because it is naturally sweetened, pretty tasty, and a much healthier alternative to diet coke.

AJT

As some of you know and others could probably imagine, recovery is extremely difficult because the positive results are often hard to recognize since ed can be an extremely strong voice. I have started to notice how much better I feel and act but I feel like others may not notice sometimes. I worry they think it is weird that i’m gaining weight.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Before the social Thursday night, I was getting ready with my friend Libby (the pink powerpuff girl- Blossom!) and she said ok, not to get all weird on you, but I really admire you.” She went on to talk about how much she respects the fact that I brought myself out of the disorder and how last semester I was so introverted and quiet, and now I am just so energetic/fun/etc. She also told me others have been talking about it too. That same night, another friend said something along the same lines.

INTROVERTED? hold up. me? noooo. I am the opposite of introverted. I am one of the more extroverted people I know LOL. When I heard her say this, it was one of the biggest reminders/red flags that I am so much better off without my eating disorder. I am extroverted and I am extremely outgoing. I can’t believe I let part of my personality vanish for a stupid disease.

Gertrude (my ed name for you new readers hah) took so much from me- she took my personality, she took my happiness, and she took my health. I am so happy that I am getting all those things back and more. I couldn’t be happier that others are noticing how much better off I am too. I am so glad she opened up and told me that she felt that way – it meant a lot and gave me the boost I needed to stay on track.

My questions for you– 1) Do you consider yourself introverted or extroverted? you know my answer πŸ™‚

2) What was your favorite cartoon growing up? I loved Hey Arnold!! I also was a big Tom & Jerry fan.


Hope the rest of your weekends are fabulous!! Take some time to relax and really enjoy whatever you are doing πŸ™‚


xoxoxoxox

Shelleyβ™₯

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103 Responses to “Introversion”

  1. Marina February 20, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    Hey girl, I am glad you are doing so much better, and feel energetic!
    I am definitely an introvert, and I like it that way, but I can sure as hell be outgoing to :))
    Favorite cartoon was definitely Tom and Jerry πŸ™‚

  2. Julia February 20, 2010 at 4:10 am #

    Recognize so much of that part about introversion during an ED…we’re lucky that can go away:) Never give up, you’re doing wonderful. Have a great weekend sweetie!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  3. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA February 20, 2010 at 4:33 am #

    Hey chicky,

    You are so inspiring! πŸ™‚ I have never suffered from an ED but your positive outlook is truly incredible and beyond motivational.

    In the future when this whole thing (aka Gertrude lol) is 100000% behind you and something new stresses you, you will be able to look back and think “Wow, I got myself out of that terrible situation. I can really do whatever I set my mind to”. Because what could be harder than what you’re doing right now ??? And you ARE doing it πŸ™‚

    To answer your questions, I’m totally extroverted. That completely opposes my field of research scientists, but hey πŸ™‚ that’s me…haha

    My favorite cartoons were The Rugrats and Doug. Guess I was a Nickelodeon kid πŸ˜‰

    Have a great weekend chica!!!!

    xx

    Lauren

  4. Fi February 20, 2010 at 4:53 am #

    Hey!! New blog reader here!!. lOving the powerpuff outfit by the way. I know exactly what u mean by the introvert/extrovert thing. I look back on myself when I was REALLY in my ed and I was soo boring, quiet, false and totally not myself. Naturally I am a scarcastic, humorous, creative girl who loves to lie about the house and chill with friends doing nothing. ED turned me into a loner who had to always be busy. GGGGRRR!.

    Onto cartoons-I loved Hey Arnold! (still kind of do!). I also liked TopCat and The Jetsons and The Rugrats

  5. Jessica Zara February 20, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    Wow, we couldn’t be more different – I am and always have been an introvert. When I was a kid I literally wouldn’t talk at all for the entire day at school unless someone asked me an academic question. I had zero social skills (and still don’t :P) People always blame it on being an only child until they realise that I’m bipolar and have social anxiety disorder…then they just blame it on me being ‘crazy.’ Large groups of people and lots of chattering scare me 😦

    But it’s fantastic that more of ‘you’ is coming out again, free from the influence of your ED. You look so pretty in that picture and your friends make a brilliant superhero trio.

    I loved Hey Arnold too! It’s probably no surprise that my favourite character was Helga. Was there ever an episode where she told Arnold how she felt? There should have been. But my favourite by far was PokΓ©mon. Yep, I am a total nerd.

    Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

    ❀

    ~Jess~

  6. Jenna February 20, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    Ahh Shelley i love ya mOre and more each day! You are such a beautiful young women who has come such a long way and you should be so proud of yourself! Those were great compliments your friends gave you! so be proud!!
    Jenna xo

  7. tatiannalives February 20, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    Shelley!
    Thank you so much for the encouragement on my last post ❀ You continue to inspire me so much.. I can’t even begin to describe it! Thank you so much for sharing your story about what other people have been saying about you… πŸ™‚

    1) Do you consider yourself introverted or extroverted? Lately I have been hands-down introverted… but like you I know I have an extroverted side that has been taken away from me.

    2) What was your favorite cartoon growing up? I was a big Rugrats and Franklin fan… πŸ™‚ No shame.

    xox
    Tat

  8. molly b February 20, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    just wanted to say that you look alive and glowing!

    i am a total introvert…. even more so when ED has control.

  9. Lauren February 20, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    Shelly, it’s so good that you are realizing that who you are is not a part of this ED. What wonderful friends you have to remind you of that! πŸ™‚

    PS- you look beautiful by the way! πŸ™‚

  10. Rachel February 20, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    YAY that you’re ‘back’ and happier! ED does kill social lives, for sure:(

    May I add that you look really cute as Bubbles… πŸ˜€

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  12. theemptynutjar February 20, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Great eats as usual Shelley. Always so fun.
    Glad your test went well. You look so cute in the pic!
    I am definitely introverted.
    My favorite cartoon growing up? Well, I am 28 years old now….back in the early days it was totally Bugs Bunny…and Garfield…stuff like that…later on it became stuff like Arthur (which I still like a lot πŸ™‚ )….and of course simpsons and family guy and all that late-night stuff!

    Love Flintstons too – awesome cartoon.

    Oh, and the Smurfs….
    you have me down memory lane… πŸ™‚

  13. rahmad fl February 20, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Nice posting….Its very interesting for me … keep your good jobs….

  14. Emily (http://funnyemily.wordpress.com) February 20, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    lovee the power puff looks πŸ™‚ so fun!
    you are so right ed robs us all of our personalities. tells us to be quiet, to comply.
    i think i’m a mix between introverted and extroverted. without ed i definitely lean more towards extroverted.
    growing up i loved rugrats. got to love the 90s πŸ™‚
    happy weekend! enjoy it!
    xoxo

  15. lunchiemunchies February 20, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    Hey Arnold! Loved that show! I don’t know what my fave was, anything on Nickelodeon probably..hehe.
    This is so positive and you can tell by your appearance, not only how much more beautiful you are:) but how much happier!
    Love you’re breakfast messes.
    xxxxxxx
    (oh almost 4got, I’m not sure anymore if I’m naturally an introvert/extrovert- I was always pretty outgoing when I was younger, and gradually got more introverted, though I’m sure some of it is ed. I definitely need a lot of time for myself though but I want to get to the stage of being more comfortable and relaxed around friends)

  16. Dana February 20, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Love this post, Just started reading your blog. you are such an inspiration & look totally hott as a power puff girl πŸ˜‰

  17. merittothecarrot February 20, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I was an extreme introvert when I was in the midst of ed… but now, we’ve both become the TRUE Sam & Shelley, laughing, socializing, living ❀ It's splendid

    http://www.merittothecarrot.org

  18. homecookedem February 20, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Makes me so happy to see you doing so well and thriving!! πŸ™‚

    1) I’m kind of both introverted and extroverted. I used to be very introverted, but I’ve sort of balanced out as I’ve gotten older.

    2) My favorite cartoon character might have to be Doug from Nickelodeon! πŸ˜‰ He’s so adorable!

  19. feetinmotion February 20, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Your costume looks so cute. I am also digging the fact that the running is going well πŸ™‚

    My favorite cartoon was definitely Arthur and sometimes I still even watch it!! I was also a fan of Recess, Doug, Hey Arnold and Rugrats. haha, man I miss those shows!

  20. Danielle February 20, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    I love the powerpuff theme! Too cute- and congrats for finally getting off probation (I know what that feels like haha)

    I’m definitely an introvert, but that’s not to say I don’t like to socialize or go out! I just need separate “friend time” and “me time.”

    Favorite cartoons = Doug, Hey Arnold, As Told By Ginger…

  21. Leena February 20, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    girl, you really are inspiring. i haven’t been reading your blog for too long, but from what i have read, your recovery has been amazing! keep it up πŸ™‚
    i’ve been loving yoatgurt too! this morning i had it with chocolate oikos! it was so good!
    i think i’m a mix between introverted and extrovered… it depends on the day and my mood. and growing up my favorite cartoon was probably arthur! i’d watch it all the time!

  22. kbwood February 20, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    THAT is awesome that she recognized your effort and how you are becoming YOU again! ED takes away your personality (well that happened to me atleast!) and it was awful- i am exactly like you.. VERY extroverted! i LOVE socializing and LOVE being around ppl..and when i wasnt for so long i was sooo sad because i have a need to socalize. isnt it amazing kicking ED in the face and being yourself again? i cannot imagine NOT being with my friends and not having fun, going places!! you are doing so awesome shelley-and have come SO far so fast, its really amazing.

    hope you are having a wonderful weekend! you are a BEAUTIFUL power puff girl πŸ™‚ love you!

  23. Kailey February 20, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    I have never commented before, but thought I would delurk since i have been reading your blog for the beginning! I must say that you look FANTASTIC now. Seriously, your slim but healthy and glowing. Your eyes just look so much happier now than when you were underweight. Glad that you are getting your social life back πŸ™‚

  24. Jess February 20, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    1. I am DEFINITELY extroverted! πŸ˜€
    2. Tom and Jerry!

    Love your eats! Hooray for rocking that Bio. test!

    You are so inspirational, girl!
    ❀ jess
    xoxo

  25. funfashionista February 20, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    hey! let me start off by saying your an awesome powerpuff!! haha that sounds like so much fun, im really glad that you’re able to enjoy all the things a real college student should. you’re really inspiring to me since you are like answering all my questions about the future. im always like what if im not happier heavier and all this but you make it seem like there is no way that you would go back! which is great. keep it up girl:)
    amy<3

  26. katyainsf February 20, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Yeah – first time around in recovery I felt the same way – like people weren’t making a big enough deal about the fact that I was getting over my ED (because to me it was a HUGE deal) – but in the end, you have to forgive people for not being head-over-heels excited that you’re starting to eat again, because hey, people have been doing it and being okay with it for years and the fact that ED took that ability away from us and made us struggle with it isn’t going to be understood by the people lucky enough never to have dealt with it. But I’m VERY HAPPY that your sorority sisters are so supportive and it feels AMAZING when people do notice the work you’re putting in to recovering from a disorder! YAY for that! =) Also, that bowl of oatmeal with bananas lining the rim = YUM-looking!! As for your Q’s:
    1. I’m definitely extravert! Although ED took that from me too when I was in the midst of it. I’m slowly emerging back to normal now though. =)
    2. Favorite cartoon was Hey Arnold and Tom & Jerry back in Kiev. πŸ™‚ Also we had this one about a wolf and a rabbit that I loved called Nu Pogodi! =)
    XOX..

  27. Jenny February 20, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    aw, I think all of us can relate to this post, girl.. so thank you so much for sharing it! In high school I was so outgoing — always ready and willing to do ANYTHING with my friends. Then, my eating disorder consumed me – I isolated myself to my house and often times made Gingie stay in with me (poor guy) my eating disorder became my best friend. Awful, just awful! Now that I’m back in school and socializing I realize how crucial and wonderful real life interaction and friends are!!! Really proud of you, sweetie.

    p.s. bubbles is the best powderpuff girl πŸ™‚

    lots of love!

  28. MelissaNibbles February 20, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    I’m an extrovert once I’m comfortable in my surroundings. My favorite cartoon was Jem And The Holograms.

    I have to say, you look great in that picture. Very healthy. Keep up the great work. You’re amazing!

  29. Katie February 20, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    Hi Shelly,
    I’ve been following your blog for a little while but haven’t commented before, and today I just felt like I had to! I am so incredibly impressed by your consistent motivation and willpower to be healthy. I was in a similar situation to you when I was in college (I’m in my twenties now). I suffered from anorexia, and I had a therapist and nutritionist at school to help me gain weight and get better while I was there. My family was very supportive and loving (like yours!), and I was trying, but I just couldn’t do it. I loved college, and I loved my friends, so I was completely heartbroken when I had to take a semester off to go into treatment. It was what I needed at the time – and really – it saved my life. But I’m still kicking myself for not being able to do then what you’re doing now – staying on track and getting better!
    I know that it’s so much harder than “just eating,” and I’m sure you have moments when you’re not 100% motivated, but you’re doing such an amazing job – and you’re so close!! Congratulations on the progress you’ve made – keep at it!!
    All the best,
    Katie

  30. Julie @SavvyEats February 20, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    I think I am somewhere in the middle between introverted and extroverted, with more leanings towards introverted.

    Glad your exam went well. Hope you can make the next bloggie meet-up!

  31. kaitm February 20, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Shelley – I loved this post. I’ve actually had that same conversation with a few of my friends recently about my weight gain and personality change. Its nice to hear that people notice a change, even if its slow. Congratulations on coming so far!

    And… 1: I definitely consider myself extroverted. 2: I loved DOUG!

  32. Tori February 20, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    I wish I was an extrovert…but i’ve always been shy. Most of the time once I get to know people though, Im not as quiet around them. But I agree that having an ED makes you a lot more introverted for some reason. It sucks

  33. usfmeg25 February 20, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    ive always been somewhat of an introvert. But I noticed that when I was deep, deep into my disorder that I become more introverted. It was too the point where I didn’t talk to my husband and hid from him. I just didn’t want to be around him. When I went to inpatient treatment and I became “healthier” I started to really come out of my shell. And I found that people actually liked me. ME! Not Ed. Me! it was such an amazing experience.
    As far as cartoons go, I think my favorite was Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. I also liked Tailspin and Ducktales.

  34. Kelly February 20, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Hey awesome on your bio test! Great job! I am definitely a more introverted person. I like to be around people but I definitely tend to recharge with my alone time. I need some form of alone time every single day to feel sane! haha!

  35. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 20, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    when I was in my hospital program for my ED, I wrote myself a letter about what recovery means for me… It meant getting my life back, my outgoing personality back, and my vigor for life back! I had the same problem, my personality disappeared when I was deep into my ED. I was angry and mean to my family and friends. Once I got into my recovery, all the bad parts of myself disappeared and I had my personality back. I’m glad you are noticing a difference in yourself!!! πŸ™‚

  36. Lauren February 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    You make a cute powderpuff! πŸ™‚ ED definitely creates a social anxiety that I never had before it. While I have always been introverted I enjoyed social activities with my close group of friends. ED has definitely stolen parts of my personality though. :(I can’t wait to get them back!

  37. Abby February 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm #

    Shelley, you make such an adorable powderpuff!!!

    It truly seems like you are coming into your own this year at school. good for you!! Keep it up, girlie!!

    Fav cartoon growing up?!? Hmm either Rugrats or Garfield (I think Im dating my old self) lol

    Happy weekend!!! πŸ™‚

  38. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce February 20, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    whatta busy week you had! congrats on your bio test, that’s awesome. LOL you were bubbles? nice choice! hmmm..extroversion/introversion…i struggle with this. i think that to people who don’t know me well i come across as extremely extroverted, but i feel like it is kind of a sham bc i actually really struggle with insecurity and socializing has become hard for me since my ED started. even though i’m well into recovery now i have to FORCE myself to spend time with my friends, even though i love em. so i guess i’m both? but i think extroverted stef is who i really am, i just need to work on getting back to that!

  39. Molly February 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Thank you for this post.

    I totally see how this introverted thing plays into ED’s. When I get to concerned with my body I do not go out.. must stop this now. WHAT me not go out.. me not want to have fun.. now that is just silly.

    I am so happy for you that others have noticed positive changes :o) That is so exciting.

    Glad your sorority is off social suspension.. we had that happen when I was in undergrad/my sorority.. ahh no fun

    xox Molls.

    p.s. keep up your good work girl and those yogurt messes!

  40. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    I am always amazed at how wonderful and honest your posts are! Seriously- reading your blog always makes me smile and reminds me how much health in general is worth the struggles πŸ™‚

    I’ve always been an introvert, so ED made me shut off COMPLETELY. I talked to virtually no one but my ex boyfriend, and I lost a lot of my friends. It’s amazing how thoughts of food and weight can take up so much space in your head that there’s nothing left for anything else. I know I’ll never be super outgoing, but I love that now I’m not afraid to go out to dinner or drink and have fun with my friends. It makes life so much more fun πŸ™‚

    My favorite cartoon was definitely Rugrats! Have a great weekend love!

  41. Sara K February 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Shelley- you seriously are amazing! I love reading your blog and seeing your positivity! Hey Arnold was DEFINITELY my fave growing up- along with Recess, Carmen SanDiego, Ducktales, etc.
    Oh and I am TOTALLY extroverted too- and when I was with the ED I definitely turned all intro as well…since my personality was mugged.
    But about the weight gainage- most people won’t even notice, they’ll probably just think you look more alive- when i asked my friends honestly if I looked drastically different, they said that I just looked a lot better and more alive- the pounds go into the glow!
    haha.
    Have a great weekend dear!
    Sara

  42. chocolate pickle February 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    oh my gosh, I LOVE your outfits for your sorority social! SO CUTE!!

  43. leangreendeane February 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    Wonderful how successful you have become! Happy to see anyone overcome what you have so far…

  44. Amanda @ . seek . February 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    Shelley, it’s great to hear that you’re feeling more like yourself and that your true personality is shining through again πŸ™‚ Living with an ED does tend to strip us of who we are… we really become nothing more than our illness, but I’m glad you realize you’re way better off without your ED πŸ™‚

    I’m definitely more of an introverted person. While I do like to socialize, I find I get really worn out if I’m around people too much; I need “me time”.

    My favorite cartoons growing up were care bears, smurfs, rugrats, flinstones, and jetsons πŸ™‚

  45. Little Notes February 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Aww what a cute powerpuff girl you make :-). You have a little glint in your eyes now and its fanastic that your starting to get the old you back again. Eds can really drag a person to the ground and drain them of all life.
    Id much rather see a happy a bubbly Shelley!

    Hmm Id say Im more of an introvert, Im quite a quiet person and tend to keep to myself. I am, however, an extrovert wanting to break free! Id love to be louder, so you never know, maybe someday πŸ˜‰

    xox
    Laura

  46. Rachael February 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Aw you are an awesome Powerpuff Girl! Kicking bad guys butts… Like a certain meanie named Gertrude. πŸ˜‰
    I don’t know if I’m introverted or extroverted, maybe a mix of both depending on the situation or who I’m with. But without a doubt when ED is at the wheel I’m totally shut down and isolated. So glad others are recognizing how hard you’ve been working and how far you’ve come!

    Rachael*

  47. daintyvegan February 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Shelley, you look amazing! Glad to see you’re still going strong. Sounds like you have some good friends. πŸ™‚

    I’m probably in-between introverted and extroverted. It all depends on my mood, how I’m feeling, the situation I’m in, etc.

    As for favorite childhood cartoon.. probably Pokemon. Haha.

  48. Lily @ Lily's Health PAd February 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    I used to LOVE the Powerpuff Girls! The pink was my fave. πŸ™‚ You gals are looking hot in your outfits.

    I’m definitely an introvert.

  49. Melissa S. February 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    i am so glad that you are doing so much better, that others notice and that you’re happy with it! it’s stories like yours that reassure me that one day we’ll all be ok!

  50. Melinda February 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    You make an adorable powerpuff girl πŸ˜‰

    I am definitely a mix between intro & extrovert.- I am mostly outgoing though, but some days I just like to be alone, I think that’s normal to have fun hanging out with friends/family, but then to have that “me” time to do what you want to do.

    And I love your yoatgurt- yum!! πŸ˜€

  51. Ashlei February 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    I’m such an introvert! πŸ™‚

    So funny you mentioned cartoons – I was having a discussion about them last night with some friends. Scooby Doo, and the Jetsons were 2 of my favorites! I miss the good ol days of cartoons from the 60s-70s! lol!

    xoxo

  52. tropicaleats February 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    aw cute outfit!!! πŸ™‚ my fave cartoon was scoobydoo and the flinstones. now i want to watch them! lol. all of your eats look soooooososooso good

  53. kate February 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    i am definately extroverted but i too lost that when i way having my food issues. i am really loving having that back!

    and the powder puff girls are my favs. i did a presentation on them at work as to why they are my leadership rolemodels. super fun.

    hope you are having a good weekend!

  54. julie February 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    you are so adorable as blossom πŸ™‚ and your friend libby sounds like such a sweetheart! it must feel so amazing to know that you have people seeing the beauty and strength in you!

    keep truckin girl you’re doing amazing!

  55. Naomi(onefitfoodie) February 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    i am so glad you are doing so much better! I think that you have completely transformed and have become your happy go lucky self again! I am so freakin happy for you!
    you and your girls look SO cute! love the outfits, like halloween all over again πŸ™‚

    I would consider myself a very outgoing, extroverted person! I love to talk to people!!

    vitamin water zero-never heard of it!!! thanks fro the review, love!

  56. Gina G February 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    i think i am a mix of the two if that makes sense haha, it depends who i am around =)

    i loved hey arnold, rugrats, rocket power, and brace face!

    you are an amazing/inspirational person Shelley, i am soooo proud of you!

  57. monica February 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    your post really touched me today….I’m a lurker and I rarely make the random comment but I want you to know I admire ya too! I’m naturally a social extrovert but struggle with an eating disorder too and basically have turned into an agorophobic loner….just want you to know that your an inspiration and keep it up!! GO HAVE FUN!:)-luv-:)

  58. monica February 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    And omygod i’m old….i was a scooby doo watcher-and were not talking the one with scrappy….plus all the sat morn. goodies and my sister and I used to watch animaniacs and tiny toons and batman after school….of course all the disney movies don’t count since theyre still my faves….we also had a bunch of strawberry shortcake videos:) awesome.

  59. malpaz February 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    hahah oh my gosh i MISS socials in college! ohh to be your age again lol. we did bros/hoes and naughty school girl, 80’s theme etc etc. college at one point took my health as well…my freshmen year of college i was known by every SINGLE person who walked on campus…showing up to parties i was always greeted with happy welcomes it was so much fun…then along came ED and i became sooooo isolated and everyone commented to me about it. i am DEFINITELY an extroverted loud happy and outgoing person (hell i was a cheerleader for 18 years!) and i am getting it BACK now which makes me so happy!!

    favorite cartoon…bugs bunny…classic hands down!

  60. Hillary February 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

    I’m an introvert & wish I had more extravert characteristics. Oh well!

  61. katie February 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Omg !! Hey Arnold was so cool, I loved that football head!!! lol!!!

    Hmmmm cartoons I liked Looney tunes, Animaniacs were cool too!!

    Oh yoatgurt rocks!!! Glad you have been digging it too!!! I love that combo!!!!!

    U and your girls look so cute in your powerpuff outfits! U look great Shelley!!!! So happy for you!!!

    Have a great night and thanks for entering my giveaway!!! xoxo

  62. Michal February 20, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Love the outfits they are soo cute! Bubbles was always my favorite ppg πŸ™‚ Growing up I loved the rugrats!

  63. jaclyn@todayslady February 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    hey, i just wanted to say that i love your blog and your pictures are always so great! I’m definitely more of an introvert but i still love hanging out with family and friends. My favorite cartoon was probably rugrats and when I was really little it was chip and dale.

    p.s. frozen grapes are sooooo good!!!

  64. maggie February 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    Yummie eats and I love you and your friends outfits! I always loved bubbles the best!!

    Maggie

  65. Sarah February 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    You girls are so cute in the Powder Puff Girl outfits. I love that cartoon.

    I love Rainbow Brite who is making a comeback πŸ™‚

  66. blueeyedheart February 20, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    I think it is so awesome that you can recognize how much better your life is without Gertrude in it!! πŸ™‚

    To answer the question, I am a total introvert. I always was, even when I was little. Oh well.

    ❀ ❀

  67. Brooke February 20, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    Hey chicky you are soooo gourgous!! You eats always look SO amazing and I am totally trying your yogurt messes. Congrats on almost letting your goal weight that’s awesome! I have a feeling I will be right be hind you soon:) love your blog and your adorable xoxo Brooke

  68. Sara February 21, 2010 at 12:00 am #

    Shelley,
    You are so amazing and inspiring to me. I am just know realizing how my ED made me lose a valuable year of my life! I am working so hard to get my life back.

    I love your powder puff girl outfit btw πŸ˜‰

    1. I consider myself more of an introvert. I love hanging out with my friends, but I also like my time alone…
    2. Fav. cartoon? hahhhh pinky and the brain..remember it? i watched it all the time with my older sister

    xoxo
    Sara

  69. jqlee February 21, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    Good job on your exam girl. I hope I get at least a B on my FOUR exams coming up in the next 2 weeks.

    I’m in the same boat as you, naturally I would definitely say I’m extroverted being the go-to girl to hang out with, go out, etc but honestly, recently since I’ve been dealing with body image/eating issues, I have become much more introverted trying to avoid social situations where I can’t control the eating or drinking, etc. I want to be the way I used to be but sometimes it’s hard. I reflect on how much fun I used to have and I really do miss it! Slowly but surely, I’m sure I’ll get there again. I’m happy for you that you’re having more fun girl!

    I have to try that Vitamin Water! I’m so happy more drinks are being naturally sweetened now instead of with artificial sweeteners. I want to try those Annie’s chocolate bunnies too. I love the Newman’s Own Organics chocolate alphabet cookies and those Annie’s cookies remind me of them.

    Have a good weekend Shelley and enjoy it because you deserve it from having such a hectic week!

  70. whydeprive February 21, 2010 at 12:52 am #

    This post really made me smile. Its so nice to see how well you’re doing. I love that you’re getting yourself back. Such a great feeling.

    I definitely consider myself to be an extrovert. Im loud, and outgoing, and if I do say so myself VERY funny! lol
    Favorite cartoon eh? I dont know – I loved Rugrats, Doug, The Flinstones and The Jetsons. Actually I REALLY loved The Jetsons.

  71. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 21, 2010 at 2:49 am #

    Im an extrovert publically, but i also value alone time, personal space, and time to be with my thoughts so that makes me somewhat introverted i guess. A mixture!

    You are too cute (hot!) in your blue outfit πŸ™‚

  72. nattietan February 21, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    Powerpuff girls! The three of you look even cuter than the cartoon. x)

    I used to be quite the extrovert but ED really turned me inside out. I see myself coming back out again but I’ve come to value ‘me’ time as well which I never used to do. I think ‘me’ time has become pretty important in establishing who I am rather than getting caught up in what everybody else wants so that’s something I look at as a positive.

    As for cartoooons, I used to love watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and My Little Pony. TMNT was more because of the influence of my brother though. Lol.

    xx

  73. Simply Life February 21, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    so happy to hear you’re feeling like yourself and others get to be with “you”!

  74. Can You Stay for Dinner February 21, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    It’s so nice to hear how much more energetic and outgoing you feel this semester! Isn’t it weird how someone can point out how much you’ve changed when you didn’t even realize it? You do seem so extroverted on the blog but I imagine Gertrude made you want to isolate. Great realization.
    I think I’m an introvert in so many ways, but I absolutely love engaging with people socially. Sometimes I feel like I really come alive around big groups of people. Weird.
    I loved the Flintstones, Muppet Babies, oh my God, too many to list!!
    Have a wonderful week, Shelley!

  75. thisbigcheese February 21, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Hi there a reader from Singapore here! You look really healthy and good now! πŸ™‚

  76. Caroline February 21, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Hey Shelley,

    I’ve been a lurker for a while but wanted to say that you look GREAT in the powerpuff girl photo!

    Congrats on all of your hard work. Most people cannot face the challenges you’re facing with such maturity!

  77. Salah February 21, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I’m an extrovert for sure! I LOVE meeting new people, thats why when i went off to college I left to go to California (from TX), and then when I decided to transfer (not b/c I didn’t like CP but b/c I didn’t want to play vb for my coach there) I wanted to go to an area (obviously with a scholarship for me) that I had never lived in before. I came back to Texas, but I was 5 hours away from home in denton, and I’ve met soooo many people!

    My fav cartoon growing up? I really liked Hey Arnold as well, but I also really liked Doug

  78. Lizzy February 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    You 3 are sooooo CUTE in your outfits!! I hope you had a blast! I am so happy that you are returning to who you truely are! it is admirable and awesome! I am an extrovert for sure…I talk wayyy too much and to everyone! πŸ™‚ my fav cartoon as a lil kid was PepperAnn!! hahaah!! I hope you are having a fabulous sunday! and GOOD job on BIO…biology is taking over my life this semester πŸ™‚
    xoxo!

  79. Stacey February 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    I can’t get over how beautiful you are! You look so wonderful and healthy and happy..like people have said, you are GLOWING! You are such a phenomenal role model!

  80. lowandbhold February 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Yay! You look so great in that picture. So healthy, happy and just plain gorgeous!

    Glad you had time to recuperate from your stressful week.

  81. sarahdbelle February 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    You look so good Shelley! Keep up the good work. When I started to gain weight, I was really worried that people would think I was randomly gaining weight. Turns out that everyone just kept telling me how much better and healthier I looked. (I don’t think I realized that everyone knew I had an Ed.) Take care, sweet!

  82. The Fit Collegiate February 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    Vitamin Water O? Never seen that, i’ll keep my eyes out!

    And wow, that’s so great you’ve made so much progress! You really seem to be doing great and having a blast. Keep it up, beautiful!

  83. The Candid RD February 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    What a nice comment from your friend. I am such an extrovert, but when I had an ED, I turned super introverted, for several reasons. First, I never wanted to go out because it usually involved food, which was a no no. Second, I had no energy!! I was moody all the time because I was malnourished and my hormones were crazy, and my neurotransmitters were all out of whack.
    I’m glad you are enjoying your old self again, and your college friends are finally getting to know who you REALLY are! Good for you. You guys look great in those outfits too, hehe, very sexy, in an eighties/aerobic instructor sort of way πŸ™‚

  84. fullofwhimsy February 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Your eats look good, as always! Love that costume, it’s adorable, haha.

    That was such a nice comment from your friend. It’s great that you recognize how much ED – or Gertrude πŸ˜‰ – has taken away from you. No one deserves that!

    To answer your questions…I am def more introverted than I used to be and it’s clearly because of my ED. My favorite cartoons were Hey Arnold, Rugrats, and Rocko’s Modern Life – loved those shows growing up!

    ~ Catherine

  85. feetinmotion February 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Thanks! I’m really trying to make my blog better πŸ™‚
    And shelley, your school seems to sell all the good stuff!!! I am insanely jealous!

  86. Lindsay February 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Youre too cute. Glad I found your blog. New Vitamin water flavor looks interesting and a must try!! Thanks!
    Cheers,
    LC

  87. vegfiguresk8er February 21, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    hey darling!
    you make a great power puff girl! :)and your eats look fab as always!

    hope you have a great night!

  88. balancingfoodandlife February 21, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    You are looking more and more healthy by the moment, Shelley! Amazing!

    O.m.g. HEY ARNOLD! I completly forgot about that show! Anything annimated was good to me when I was younger! woo!
    I think i’m introverted AND extro.. I just tend to hide the introverted side as much as I can (thank gosh for acting durring highschool, eh? :P)

    xox Vera
    balancingfoodandlife.wordpress.com

  89. funfashionista February 21, 2010 at 11:57 pm #

    shelley– im so sorry if that question on my blog offended you in any way!! i def was not trying to point any fingers at anyway and i agree that you dont seem like you eat to much at all. i know that it’s hard for me to rationalize correct portion sizes right now and it’s something im still struggling with. i just went to dinner with some friends the other night and not one girl finished her plate. thats what brought the question up. you really are inspiring to me hun, you are soo pretty and i admire your strength to push through your ED. i hope to be like you someday very soon. love you hun!
    amy<3

  90. Meg's Gut February 22, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Wow I have to try this “yoatgurt” business!

  91. Nutritious Foodie February 22, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Love the Puff Girls picture!

    I never pictured you as Interoverted… πŸ™‚

    I am definately Extroverted

  92. Karin February 22, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Powerpuff girls! Haha you guys look fantastic! πŸ™‚
    I loved Tom & Jerry too but also Sailor Moon oh and I watched Hey Arnold too but almost forgot about it!!
    I think I’m both introverted and extroverted. I can entertain a whole crowd but I’m sometimes also shy and also need some alone-time.

  93. Kristie February 22, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Keep on plowing through all of the stressful school stuff, you’re doing great! I’m so glad you’re getting your spark back and finding your extroverted fun loving and happy self. I’m glad you’re friends are there for you to remind you of that too πŸ™‚

    I’d say I’m definitely more introverted, though I wouldn’t mind pumping up my extroverted side a bit. Something I’d like to work on πŸ™‚

    As for cartoons, oh gosh I watched so many! Everything from the Looney Tunes, to Doug, to Sailor Moon, to anything on One Saturday Morning, to Pokemon… cartoons are so great, I miss them!

  94. Missy Maintains February 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    Love your Powerpuff costumes! So cute! I am so happy you are back to your extroverted self and that your friends are noticing! I am introverted which is something I don’t like but have always been that way! Favorite cartoon was Doug!

  95. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    I would definitely consider myself to be extroverted….at least 99% of the time. Like your eating disorder, when I have something that is mentally or emotionally troubling me, I tend to become much more introverted. The people that are close to me pick up on that pretty quickly (because I’m usually so energetic and outgoing) so they know to ask me if something is wrong.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being introverted, though. Some of the nicest, most intelligent people I know are just naturally more quiet and keep to themselves. I think there’s definitely something to learn from both types of people =)

  96. lpskins February 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    sooooooo much to be proud of. i’ve been battling with my ed for about 14 years now and have missed out on so much, including a trip to Australia (tickets bought and paid for but I passed it bc the idea of being in a bathing suit made me sick) and many other amazing adventures. I’ve missed out on intimacy, friendships and more.

    Gotta fight the good fight. Congrats!

  97. Mandiee February 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    ahhh all your eats look fab! and the chocolate bunnies are extra cute. my friend just gave me some (they’re vegan!) and i’ve been saving them up.
    congrats on being done with your bio exam. that’s my biggest stress class so i know how you feel. hang in there, girlie! at least you had time to relax and have fun with your friends. the picture of you all is so creative; the powerful girls are classic. i’m glad to hear you’re feeling much more like your energetic self and it’s clearly showing through. it might seem a little weird that others are noticing, but hey, it’s a good thing!
    have a lovely day!
    xox

  98. Serena February 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    I loved Cow & Chicken, Hey Arnold, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Angry Beavers, As Told By Ginger and Rocko’s Modern Life. What a TV-child. πŸ˜›

    I am both introverted and extroverted. I used to be really shy and I don’t know what people think of me now, but to be honest I just don’t care anymore. I love my friends, but it’s my last few months in HS/ boarding school and though I do strive to be more outgoing, I also love and have grown to have a really deep appreciation for solo me time. There are some days when I want to be that girl. That cute, loud, girl. But when it comes down to it, I am me and I like being me and embrace my me-ness.

  99. Melinda February 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    shelley, I left you an award on my blog!! πŸ˜€

  100. Kylee (Little Hat) February 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    You are just too adorable! Lovin’ the Powerpuff Girls attire (:
    I’m definitely more introverted, I always have been. I always wished that I was an extrovert, but I think I’m starting to like me that way I am (:
    -Kylee

  101. amylouisemc February 23, 2010 at 6:06 am #

    looove the outfit πŸ™‚
    i heart powerpuff girls.

    i would say i’m a bit of an introvert, but once i trust/like someone, i become LOUD. πŸ˜›

    XX Amy

  102. Bekah February 26, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    Did I just read that you are doing moderate exercise?? That is great Shelley! Gah I am so so happy right now. and glad to hear that your sorority is doing good.. πŸ˜‰

    I’m def both depending on who i am with, and what the circumstances are. Depends. But yes, you are definitely an extrovert and should be proud of it! Love all these yoatgurt bowls.

  103. snackface February 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    Hi bunny! (I don’t know where these nicknames come from.)

    I just did some major catching up, and I have one thing to say: amazing. That’s what you are. I am so proud of your huge leaps forward and tackling life.

    I am also terribly sorry to hear about Brandi. It breaks my heart to know that happened to someone who could have offered so much. Thank you for being so brave and sharing that with us.

    On a much lighter note, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. You’re looking so fab and happy! Much love! xoxoxoxo

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