Who Am I?

I figured I might want to add in here a little bit about myself, because after all, this is a blog about me :) My name is Gina Marie Torrisi. I am currently 25 years old and living in Connecticut with my husband, Joey, and my two amazing kids Hayden (4) and Kora (18 months). I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington by my mother Geri, dad Ron, and step-dad (not a big fan of that term) Randy. I have an older sister, Trisha and a younger brother, RJ. My parents divorced when my sister and I were little and my mom married Randy. They then had RJ.

I lost my mother when I was 12 to breast cancer. She was 31 when diagnosed and died at 38. Her fight has in turn, spurred me to write this blog. (see: Where to Start...)

I met my now husband, while working at Arby's my senior year of high school. We dated until I left for Air Force boot camp, when he proposed to me at my graduation. He joined the Navy and we were married that following May. We became pregnant with Hayden that September and I chose to leave the Air Force and start a family with Joey in South Carolina. During his 6 years in the Navy, we have lived in South Carolina, bought a house in Suffolk Va where we had Kora, and were most recently transferred with Joey's submarine, up here to Groton CT. Navy life has its ups and downs. Lately the huge UP has been healthcare coverage!

In the last few years I have really started to discover my passion for food and EVERTHING to do with it. I started making cakes out of the blue, about a year and a half ago. They make me happy. Everything about them, from baking, to creating the details, to assembling, and the best part, seeing the person's face when they get their cake. I could write an entire blog on just cake, but I will save that for when I have my own bakery someday :) I love to make people happy with food. I have a TON of cookbooks and could browse recipes on the internet for hours. Its an obsession, really.

I have also most recently become very close with Jillian Michaels...we are like this *crosses fingers*. I cannot stand carrying around this "baby weight" so I have been battling getting it off for a while now. I have my genes to thank for that! Well, and my love for food :) Hopefully being in shape will help make things easier on this journey!

That is me in a nutshell, im sure you will learn more about me along the way. I have the most amazing and supportive extended family and group of friends I could ever ask for. Now im hoping this blog will help to spread my story and spur other women to become proactive as well!