Growing up, I changed my mind a million times on “what I want to be when I grow up.” My career choices ranged from a marine biologist, Egyptian archaeologist, teacher, fashion design, advertising… the list goes on. As you can see I had a lot of interests.
I started becoming active in sports in 5th grade when I signed up to play soccer. Turns out I hated running and only wanted to play defense. The next year I gave softball a try. I was NOT good. Then in 7th grade I decided to try out for the basketball team and made it. When I got to high school I added volleyball into the mix. Sophomore year rolled around and I added track to my resume. I was mediocre at everything, never a star athlete, but I just wanted to be involved in sports all the time. I continued to play volleyball throughout my college experience and in recreational leagues in efforts to stay active.
As with most teenage girls I was very self conscious about my weight and appearance. I started subscribing to all kinds of health and fitness magazines and was desperate to be “skinny.” I never resorted to starving myself or any other really extreme methods, but I did try quite a few fad diets. When it came time to start applying to college I thought I was going to apply to school for business, but the college that I wanted to go to had a huge waiting list. One day my mother gave me a little 1”x 1” clipping from a newspaper that she had cut out about a 5 year BS/MS Dietetics program. She figured because I had always been involved in sports and shown an interest in nutrition it would be a good fit for me. I didn’t really know much about dietetics, but I figured it sounded up my alley. That was the one and only school I applied to- lucky, I got accepted. Knowing I loved sports, I decided to minor in Sports & Exercise Studies.
Throughout the course of my education, I realized that the Dietetics program was very different than what I had expected. My passion for nutrition fell in a realm of weight management, fitness, sports, and health. The program that I was enrolled in was heavily focused on the clinical aspect of nutrition- working in hospitals and nursing homes.
I continued on with my Master’s in Dietetics and minor in Sports Exercise Studies with hopes to get a job working for professional or collegiate sports teams. No such luck. However, the more that people found out that I was a Registered Dietitian (friends and family usually), the more I got asked to help make diet plans/menus, give advice on weight loss etc. That’s when I started to think about starting my own blog. I have SO much information to share and I figured there were probably a lot of people out there who had the same questions that my friends and family were asking me.
I had the idea for awhile, but I didn’t have the slightest clue how to design a website or market my content to make sure people actually saw it. So, I spent countless hours a Youtube trying to figure out how to start a blog and that was the birth of MyLauraAnn.com 😉
If you are interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian you can check out The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for specific instructions, but in a nutshell you have to complete the proper education, including a specific number of supervised practice hours, then pass an exam to get your credentialing. There are many areas of nutrition that a Dietitian can pursue. My advice to you would be research Dietitians who specialize in your area of interest and see if you can set up an interview to ask them some questions.
If you are having a hard time finding an answer to any of your questions through The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website feel free to leave your question below and I will do my best to get you that information 🙂