Let’s take a journey, loved ones.
Don’t mind that beardy guy. The other person in the picture, the lady? That’s me. In case you’re interested in more than just what I look like glowing from Great American Beer Festival-fueled joy, read on….
I am a 2009 graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology with a Sexuality Studies minor, and after living, working, enjoying craft beer in the Triangle for three years, I migrated to Philadelphia for grad school at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, I’ve graduated and begun working at a local hospital.
When I arrived at UNC, I joined the fencing team and was a varsity athlete for a year and a half. That’s me below, in the knickers with a tiny girl on my lap, biting my nails:
Unfortunately, my thirst for the bloodsport faded fast when I realized how little I was getting from my team and membership on it for the amount of time I was putting into it. I quit the team, joined a co-ed fraternity at UNC, and, shortly after that, met the most important people of my college career.
These were my best friends, and I was happy as a clown. However, with the parties, the late night pizza and nachos (and POKEY STICKS MMmmmmm) I went from a fit fencer to a plump partygirl.
In May 2009, I graduated college, excited to join the workforce as a young professional, and drove up to PA to spend a week with my family before jumping into the real world. Within TEN MINUTES of getting home (zero exaggeration, I work fast), I broke my fifth metatarsel on my left foot. Oh, great. That serious injury led me to collect two new friends (aka my crutches).
The location of my job (centrally located between a Hardees, a Taco Bell, a Wendy’s, a Jimmy Johns, two chinese places, Burger King, McDonalds, and no less than THREE froyo spots), combined with my limited mobility and EXTREME lack of motivation to cook for myself led to quite a few other new friends (namely, about 20 lbs). My lowest weight measured in college was about 180ish, whilst on the fencing team, and at this point, I ballooned up to 215 (or more, that was just my first measured weight when I decided to finally brave the scale.)
I was not very happy with my body and was not pleased with the life I was living. In March 2010, I started Weight Watchers with all the females of my mom’s side of the family, and, while they started dropping like flies from the program, the weight started flying off. I started walking to the market about once a day, walking turned into a little bit of jogging to pick up vegetables and lean proteins, and then, as if by fate, Groupon had a deal on a gym membership right by my house. It was meant to be, and my life felt more balanced than ever before.
I made a commitment to myself, then and there, to do my best to get out of the “nearly obese” BMI to a normal range. I started attending classes at the gym, fell in LOVE with the Les Mills classes including Body Pump, Body Attack, Body Jam, and Body Combat with the occasional Zumba or elliptical day thrown in there. Last I checked, I clocked in at 174 (down over 40 lbs from my initial weigh in), I eat more greens/vegetables than ever before, I rarely eat fast food (
unless TOTALLY called for like road trips or… extreme urges), and no longer feel guilty when I consume tasty things like candy or ice cream. Oh, and more importantly, beers.
Living in North Carolina, I fell in love with the world of craft beers and the community that surrounds them. Beer people are basically my favorite people. When I moved to Philly, I was nervous to leave my tightly knit crew of the best beer folks I know, but I’ve slowly been making my way into the Philly beer and food scene. And with Belgian beer cafes, beer gardens galore, and a delicious reach of many fantastic breweries from around the world well….. beer this good, the people have gotta be around, right?
OH and to explain the name:
I wanted to play off blood, sweat, and tears. Only I’d rather not cry…. and NO ONE MAKES ME BLEED MY OWN BLOOD! also, food is much more enjoyable than blood.
35 thoughts on “About”
Love your blog and REALLY LOVE the Dodgeball reference! 😀
LOVE this. it captures you personally. to everyone else reading: i know jordan IRL and she is one of the most genuinely HYSTERICAL people i have ever met. such a great sense of humor and love of life. im sooo excited to keep reading. you look FABULOUS
eek i meant captures you perfectly* !!
I love craft beer too 🙂
Have you ever tried Deschutes from Oregon?
Look forward to following your blog!
Gahhh never and I just looked at their website that they maybe don’t distribute in NC!! But I wrote it down in my “beers to try” list, which means I will keep my eyes peeled and my bottle opener at the ready!
(ps ALWAYS love recs regarding beer, thanks!!)
Thanks for commenting on my blog. Are you still in NC? My little sister is about to be a senior at NC State. And I like beer too.
I am still here! And my cousin’s about to be a sophomore with the Wolfpack. connectionsssssssss!
I’m in Raleigh ! So glad I found your blog!
Hey Jordan! I just stumbled upon your blog via facebook, and I have to say it is so good to “hear” your voice and read about what’s been going on with you. Your blog is really interesting and funny (and I’d definitely want to read it even if I didn’t know you). I love the beer posts – I am always on the look out for new beers to try. You look fantastic and I’m so happy all is well with you. Take care!
Thanks so much Alexa, both for checking it out, and for sending such a kind sentiment out my way!! Don’t worry, despite not seeing any blog coming from your way, I’ve been following your facebookery in hot pursuit over the years, you all look like you’re having such a great time getting ready for Jen’s big day! I, like you, am always on the lookout for new beers to try, which was a big reason why I wanted to start posting about it (I assumed, I can’t be the only one, right?)
Glad to have piqued your reading interest, and glad you popped by to share some good juju. Hope all is well right back at ya!
You are too funny! I can’t wait to start reading your blog! Craft beer is my boyman’s passion too! He’s slowly getting me into it as well. We went up to Asheville last year and had a blast trying out all the beers at a restaurant I know can’t remember the name of…. if I remember Ill let you know. Do you ever go over there? We just got back from Oregon and discovered the magic of the taster too! ATL is not really known for it’s beer haha but one day perhaps!
When I think back to beginning of this year when I met you first I thought “wow who is this tall girl, and shut she is so much better in Volleyball than I am” I’m so glad we both joined the same team! You’re fun to hang out with, I like to talk non sense with you and I don’t want to miss the fun things we’ve done so far (I never had Craw fish before and never been such a VIP ;-)) And now I finally got to your blog! Just saw the sandwich from our pool pick nick, that was yumm! So I’m glad you will be my neighbor for at least another year, looking forward to the summer ahead and
I miss you alreaaaady
Your friend – Veri
Love the name of your blog! And thanks for visiting mine too 🙂
Oh wow, Jordan! I don’t think I ever knew all of this about you. You’ve had an amazing journey already and you’re still very young. It’s amazing that you can work with people but not really know them until they write about their life off the clock. I can’t wait to hear more from you about your weightloss journey. Dropping 40 pounds in and of itself is a great accomplishment. We’ll have to celebrate our various journeys one day at Rockfish! 🙂
Stumbled her from Ali’s blog and was all “whoa…. whoa!! MILLTOWN WINGS RULE!” 🙂 I live in Chapel Hill and was not expecting to “see” a local way up in Boston, I mean… Ali’s blog. 🙂
Whoah, fancy that! Chapel Hillians of a feather… read blogs together?
hi!! saw your comment on the HLS website and had to say hi as durham neighbor. will be great to meet you @ the conference!
ps: agree the beer in this town is fabulous 🙂 and, love milltown.
I love that your blog is so unique! We have a bit of similar stories… My heaviest weigh in was about 207, I lost some of it, and then joined weight watchers with some ladies at work (which have all now quit). I now weigh 177 and I’m still shedding.
Love running into inspirational stories like yours! Can’t wait to follow more on your blog. 🙂
I loved your beer inspired happy hour idea! so cool. I’m a self proclaimed wine girl but trying to break into the world beer, slowly but surely!
Love it! I’m so excited to start reading!
P.S. I love beer more than most things in life 🙂
I love your story. I am a big fan of happy hours! I am a margarita girl but I love a good St. Arnold’s Weedwacker! 🙂
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Love this “about me”! You’re hilarious! Can’t wait to read more!!
So funny! Love your blog name … BEEEEEEEEER! haha 😀
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just stumbled across your blog from your follow on my instagram 🙂 looking forward to reading more!
I just found your blog through…twitter! You were recommended to me and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love your blog! Fellow craft brew lover right here! Can’t wait to read more.
Whoah, twitter recs strikes again! Love when that works out, right?
Just stumbled on your blog a few days ago and LOVE IT!!! It’s exactly the motivation I need to get my butt into shape again! And I also have a love of good beers (and wine)
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Your fitness story made me smile.
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