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Hi!  My name is Ilana, the Happy Healthy Hottie behind this blog!

I’m your typical average chocoholic twentysomething cat-lady-in-training living in New York City.  I have a house in Queens, where I live with my three cats and my roommate.  I am hardcore obsessed with Pilates, Lady Gaga, great books, traveling, and shoes.  I love to eat plants.  In college, I studied English and Jewish studies with a focus on Middle Eastern affairs and current events.  In the next year, I will be pursuing (and completing) my certification as a Pilates trainer, as well as beginning my studies towards a Master’s in nutrition.  I’ve worked with children and adolescents for the past three years, and I think my life’s work may end up going in that direction, whether it be through classroom education, physical education, or nutritional education.

I used to be the girl behind the blog Love, La, which I wrote during a dark period in my life when I had no clear direction or idea where I was going. You can read my full story about my navigation through and overcoming lifelong depression here. Through writing that blog, as well as connecting with others who wrote blogs, I found a working formula of healthy food, physical activity, and surrounding myself with things that make me happy to help me combat the depression I’ve struggled with for most of my life.  Here at Happy Healthy Hottie, I want to share my story with the world and connect with others who are on a journey towards lifelong health and happiness as well!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2. 2010 12.49 pm

    Hi Ilana – you share an interesting story. I’m glad to see that you’ve taken a step toward health and happiness. You seem like someone who is full of life. I started doing Yoga about a year ago with P90X. It certainly has made a difference in my life and I can see why you like it. Here’s to your continued success.

    • May 6. 2010 1.19 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad to see others benefit from healthy lifestyle choices too! It’s such great reinforcement for me to continue on this path 🙂

  2. Chelsea permalink
    May 4. 2010 9.52 am

    did you match the dress and the pop on purpose? I love you.

    • May 4. 2010 3.01 pm

      Nope but the picture was intentionally snapped when I noticed the coordination. Serendipitous. I love you too.

  3. June 1. 2010 8.11 pm

    Saw you had made a comment on Amber’s Epicself site and thought I would check your site out. Just wishing you all of the best :)!!

  4. June 30. 2010 10.46 am

    Hey, I just found your blog and wanted to drop a line. I love your message and find it really helpful in my own journey with depression to see other’s successes. 🙂

    • June 30. 2010 10.50 am

      Hi Liz! Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you found me – I really really really love connecting with people who are going through what I went through…its nice to know I’m not alone. Xoxo

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