Hi! My name is Katie. I am a 28 year old health fanatic/healthy foodie/exercise queen from the beautiful state of Maryland! I think that about sums it up? So why am I here? Like I said in my first post, I am asked all the time how do I maintain my shape, what do I eat, what workouts do I do? Well my friends you will find all that in my blog.

Let me start from the beginning…

I have never been overweight. IN FACT the nickname Minnie (actually my parents branded me with Minnie Pooh but let’s leave that part out, K?) came from my small size as a child. It was said a few times “oh she is just a mini thing” and BOOM Minnie Pooh is my death sentence! No really… I think the name is actually cute and I proudly wear my minnie mouse necklace πŸ™‚

Anyway like I was saying, I was never heavy. In high school I started packing on the pounds just out of pure laziness. I played field hockey and lacrosse, but let’s face it folks, my school wasn’t known for stellar athletes and I did it to keep busy during the school year. I ate whatever I wanted, and basically my metabolism wasn’t as great as the rest of the girls. So senior year of high school I decided to change that. You guys may laugh but I alternated Tae Bo Billy Blanks VHS! (wow, does anyone still own these!?) and running/walking on my moms treadmill for an hour a day. At 17 metabolism is wonderful if you start working out. The pounds just fell off. I felt confident and great.

Welcome college. You are probably thinking oh the freshman 15, beer, pizza! NOPE. Not this girl. I hate beer, I hate parties. Pretty much anything social I avoid. Hey it’s okay to be a hermit right? I’ll hug my DVR for you. But seriously, college I pretty much kept a normal weight. That was until senior year of college. I became an aerobics instructor at the University of Maryland (GO TERPS!) and I became obsessed with working out. I was always in the gym. I specifically picked all my classes to be done by 3 so I could spend the rest of the evening in the gym before studying. Size 2 jeans were a new world to me, so were cheekbones! (round face anyone?) It started to get away from me. Pressure of college, people telling you that you look great, it happens. But you can’t keep that up forever. So yeah I left college, started working full time in a doc’s office and bam ate my way back up to plumpville.

Enter the worst two years of my life… Between 24-26. PA SCHOOL!Β What is this you say?

Physician Assistant school, AKA Grad School, AKA pure HELL. Was it worth it? Yes… but I will never ever look back on those two years of life and laugh. Awful studying times. Literally locked myself in my bedroom every night after coming home from school to study, every weekend the same thing. No life at all. Basically it is 4 years of med school crammed into 27 glorious months. Right before I started in May 2009, I had dropped the weight again and was back at my “normal body size”. Doing it the right way. Exercising, eating healthy (fruits, veggies, grains), and not overdoing it. But those two years take a toll on a person and wouldn’t ya know I graduated in July of 2011 a plumpty dumpty again.

So here I am… 2 years out of PA school and I have finally found success. Working as a full time PA, but no more studying! I have time to workout, I have time to make healthy meals, I have TIME!Β I lost the weight again by balancing my workouts with yummy DIFFERENT meals. Avoiding the same boring salads, and experimenting with foods that are good for you but taste good too! So I want to show you how I am doing it. Am I 100% satisfied with my body? I don’t think anyone is. But I am confident now and I’m determined to keep this up!

So referring back to my nickname, Minnie… Am I a SkinnyMinnie? Well yeah now I would say I am, but I am also FIT! andΒ STRONG!Β I don’t believe in just trying to be thin. I like muscles. I like feeling in shape, not like a twig. As I say, Buff is Beautiful!Β SoΒ do I want you to be SkinnyMinnie? If that’s what you want I hope I give you the tips to do that. BUT, everyone comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes we just cannot fight our natural body shape. Every shape is beautiful as long as you are healthy about it. So no, this is not a pro Ana, or thinspo site. It’s a healthy lifestyle blog. Be smart, and don’t hurt yourselves! The key is to just GET UP AND MOVE.Β 

I love to be active. I like to move. So whether it’s a pilates reformer session, a spin class, or a visit with old Mr. Stairmaster (oh he is evil, but works oh so well), I get my bum off the couch to do it. So folks.. SkinnyMinnieMoves

Oh and you will see LOTS and LOTS of the love of my life… my 1 year old Pomeranian Phoebe Buffay (please tell me you know this name!). She is a feisty little thing, just like her mama, but we are best friends Β πŸ™‚

Phoebe Buffay Loves to Blog

I hope you enjoy the journey, as I try to successfully bring forward my passion. Feel as good as I do…

XOXO with a cherry on top,


Disclaimer: I am not a dietician, nutritionist, or personal trainer. These are rules I follow and workouts I do to maintain my shape. My day to day job is in no way associated with this blog, and medical advice will never be given. Please visit your doctor before starting any weightloss program, diet, or exercise program.Β 


  1. Dad

    This is wonderful & i love you very much.
    Ps Shelby loves u 2.

  2. Nicole

    Phoebe blogging!!!! love it!

  3. justina mammeri

    I have witnessed your diet and am very interested in learning more about your recipes!!

  4. Alexis

    I love your bio. I would love to create a blog one day! Defiantly inspiring, glad to follow!!

    1. Katie


      Thanks so much! It means so much to me that I am actually reaching people πŸ™‚

      1. Alexis

        I sent you an e-mail…

  5. Sarah Campbell

    Thank you for sharing! I feel the same way right now that you did when you were going through PA school. I am currently in nursing school (almost done my first year!) and I have NO TIME WHAT SO EVER to do any of the cooking or exercising that I would like to do! I go to school full time at night and every other weekend for clinicals and I work full time during the days. Not to mention the ridiculous drive from work to school since work is about and hour and 15 mins away from my school >=[ ! I too am very uncomfortable in my skin and I have tried to incorporate exercise into my schedule but it is very hard seeing that the evenings I don’t have school I have to work a ten hour shift. I haven’t given up on exercise, but I have decided to focus a bit more on my eating habits while in school, since that seems to fit into my schedule better. I do take my dog for walks and play ball with her so that has to count for something, right?!?! LOL! Well anyways, thank you for posting this because I can totally relate!

    1. Katie

      Thanks Sarah! Always nice to hear people that understand. Medicine is a difficult lifestyle, but I guess anyone with a busy job would understand too.

      1. Sarah Campbell

        yes medicine is a difficult lifestyle. It’s something that you need to be completely commited to.

  6. Briana P

    Hey Minnie!

    I am working as an night shift EMT and applying to PA school in a couple of weeks. I have a degree in exercise science and love rural emergency medicine. Any tips for getting into PA school?

    1. Katie

      That’s great! PA school is tough. Everyone has good grades and it’s quite competitive, so you need something that sets you apart from the competition. They love volunteer work and working in underpriveledged areas! In college I did volunteer work at a domestic violence shelter and had a strong interest in women’s health. Believe it or not your personal statement makes a HUGE difference. Make it original and personal. They like that! Good recommendations are also key πŸ™‚

      1. Briana

        Thank you for your tips! Here’s to hardwork in school and in the gym. If you’d like to look at my personal statement and give any tips, let me know.

        1. Katie

          Sure! U can email me if u want!

  7. Miriam Chaponniere

    Hi Minnie! I came across your Green Tea Recipe after google-ing “Healthy Smoothies” & made it (first smoothie I’ve made EVER) & loved it!! It was delish AND healthy. Thank you so much & I will be sure to check out your other recipes as well! =)

    1. Katie

      I’m glad you liked it!

  8. Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle

    woo maryland! i just moved to baltimore 6-ish months ago. so glad i found your blog as i’m trying to (finally) get healthy, fit & strong πŸ™‚

    1. Katie

      Yay! Welcome to Bmore!!!! πŸ™‚

  9. Stacy

    Hey Minnie (Katie),

    I just wanted to let you know I’m loving your blog. Especially right about now, because I am in the beginning stages of getting myself going on a new regiment, a.k.a. my journey to quit being a lazy bum. Anyhow, I found your blog because I wanted to tell my friend at work on messenger that we were going to be skinny minnies, and I wasn’t sure how I should spell that. I was having a brain spaz. Really glad I found you, you have some great advice and great motivation!


  10. Annie

    Hi Minnie! So glad I found your blog. I went to UMD too! Go TERPS!! I gained a bit of weight during my senior year of college and its been hard trying to get back to my normal weight since then esp which you are sitting 8 hours a day at work.

    Looking forward to new posts and i love the recipes! Will def try some out this weekend πŸ˜‰ -Annie

    1. Katie

      Hi Annie! Yay a terp! Glad you found me too πŸ™‚

  11. D

    Really enjoy your blog. I’m much older than you, not overweight but struggling with horrible digestion and a LOT of fatigue , so no exercise. It’s difficult to know how to eat when like this. WIsh you could have the answers πŸ™‚ But I guess u’ve no experience in this stuff (?), (i.e. hormone-gut-metabolic health)…if u do, email me πŸ™‚

    1. Katie

      Is it a gluten allergy?

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