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Keeping Up with Kelsey: A Running Podcast

Mar 15, 2018

Today I'm talking to one of my dear friends from undergrad, Jessika Birchfield.  Jessika is a wife, registered nurse, graduate student, and Justin Timberlake fan.  We met in an exercise class in college and have been friends ever since.  Jessika shares with us how she developed an eating disorder her freshman year of college and how she recovered from that.  She touches on how an experience in 2nd grade helped shape her view of weight and her thoughts on social media's role in eating disorder recovery.  Although there is definitely some deep conversation, we also share lots of laughs through other stories like when she broke her toe because I forced her to play in an intramural basketball game.  Jessika recently finished her first half marathon and she shares what that experience was like for her.  I guarantee you will love her deep Southern accent and leave this episode feeling refreshed and not alone in whatever struggles you are facing. 

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Mentioned in the show: 

University of Tennessee

East Tennessee State University

Justin Timberlake

Today Show interview with Carson Daly

Lilly Pulitzer planner

Eating Disorders

Resurrection Conference

Rachel Billups

Please and Thank You Cookies

Louisville Half Marathon

Pal’s Sudden Service

Planking for Pizza

Episode 8 with Elizabeth Heidal


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