Tag Archive: weight-loss

Three hundred and twenty

The photo on the left is from Thanksgiving 2011, a previous 365 photo. The photo on the right is from Fall of 2012. As you can see I lost some weight. The 2011 photo was about a year after I had my second child. Weight is always a struggle; however, I now know that being healthy is way more important that being thin. Even on days when I think I am still too over weight, all I need to do is see how far I’ve come. I am about 50 lbs. lighter than my heaviest weight, over 10 years ago. Progress!


“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” ~English Proverb


Two hundred and thirty seven

Nothing says Autumn like jeans, a long sleeve shirt, trees changing colors, Fall wreaths and some weird lady taking photos of her reflection in the glass storm door. Love this shot. I have been on a weight loss journey since 2005. I have hit some of my goals and still haven’t gotten to the main original one. I have gone up and down, lost my way and found it again countless times. At this point in time and again today I am happy with myself. Do I still have a fat rolling stomach? Yep. Am I still “obese” according to doctors? Sure am. Do I give two sh*ts? Nope. I know I have worked hard and continue to work hard. One day I will hit my personal goal, not some unrealistic goal set by a society obsessed with body image. Wow I just went on a rant, anyhoo, I like this photo mainly because I like the way I look in it. I can be proud. Plus it does capture a glorious October day in Suffolk, VA while visiting my in-laws.


“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.” ~Carol Bishop Hipps

The “To Do Before I Die” List

Was inspired today to make such a list. In no particular order:

1. Go back to California

2. Go to Hawaii

3. Go to Australia

4. Go to Europe

5. Sell a piece of art for more than $100

6. Hike to the top of a mountain

7. Meet my goal weight

8. Have a past life regression done

9. Publish a book

10. Get my Bachelor’s degree

11. Run a mile in under 10 minutes.

Italicized and Marked through have been completed! Updated 7/19/2016

Weight Loss and All that Jazz

I have been over-weight my whole life. When I was about 13 I did something about it and lost quite a bit, not sure how much I never really weighed myself back then. I do know when I was 14  I was the lowest weight I have ever been, but by most people’s standards, especially doctors, I was probably still “obese.” Anyhoo, after that over the course of 6 years, or by 2002, I gained about 65 lbs. After I had my first child in 2005, I made some major life changes. By October 2008 I had lost over 40 lbs. Then on October 29, 2008 by husband lost his job, and on November 1, 2008 by brother died in a car accident. Food is my comfort, like many people. In 1 month I put on 20 lbs! I was so disgusted with myself. By January of 2009 I started doing something about it. I started to change my eating again and working out even more. That summer was my best, I went to the gym every other day. By November 2009 I had lost that 20 lbs plus almost 10 more! Meanwhile my husband had joined the Army and when we moved to Fort Hood, Texas in December 2009 the food was a celebration. A celebration because we hadn’t been together since May. So 10 more lbs came back. In June of 2010 my husband left for Iraq for a year. Half way through his deployment I had our second child and after that I started working hard again. I wanted to look good for him when came back and work as hard as he was. I got down to my lowest adult weight! Then he came home and the celebration food was on again, 10 lbs, hello again. Then in October 2011 I gave up, I had become too obsessed and it was making me depressed. Shortly after that is when I started my 365 project and this blog. So as of right now I have gained about 15 lbs since my husband came home last June. I am still about 35 lbs. less than my heaviest weight, but about 30 lbs. up from my lowest at 14. Today I started using this great calorie count site that I used back in 2009. I want to get back on track, but not sure how well I’m going to do. I know that site helped so much and I’m willing to use it again. One day before I’m dead I will see that 14-year-old weight again! Oh yes, I will! Maybe even lower, but I’m not getting my hopes up.