2 Years


2 years ago today, I made the decision to turn my life (and my health) around.

I weighed in at 332 pounds.

I had just lost my Mother to cancer.

I felt horrible.

I looked horrible.

It was a dark time in my life.

I put on a smile for my husband and kids,

but in reality,

I was falling apart inside.

On a whim, I started counting my calories

and exercising.

I never thought that I’d stick with it.

In a year, I lost 90 pounds.




Year two was not as easy as year one.

My weight loss really slowed down.

It’s frustrating, but I’m hanging in there.

I’ve come too far to quit now.

I lost 20 pounds in year two,

bringing my total lost to 110 pounds.

I may not have lost a lot in the last year,

but that doesn’t make me any less proud of where I am now.




Two years ago I was wearing: 26/28 jeans, 4x/5x shirts and 26/28 dresses.

Today I wear: 16/18 jeans, 1x/2x shirts and 16/18 dresses.

Fun fact:  I wore a size 18 dress to my senior prom 16 years ago.


The bottom pair of pants are what I wearing in the above photo. 

They are a size 26.

The pair on top is a 16!


My wedding ring is 2 sizes too big!


I was really hoping to have a better loss for this year,

but I’m really not complaining.

I know what I am capable of and it can

only get better.

I ran a half marathon less than 2 weeks ago.

I couldn’t have done that last year.

I feel so good about how I look and how I feel. 

My confidence has increased 10 fold.

I love shopping for clothes!

I don’t have to search for the biggest sizes any more! 

I’m really looking forward to the next year and what it has in store. 

Whether it be another 20 pound loss, or only 5.

I will never go back, only forward. 


Weigh Day




Previous weight: 241

Current weight: 240

Difference: –1

Total loss: 92 pounds


I’m so sorry about the lack of posts lately!  Summer is a busy time for us here and I just keep forgetting to update the blog.  As you can see, even though it’s been a while since my last post, my weight hasn’t really done much.  In reality it has, I’ve been on a weight roller coaster for the the past 5-6 weeks.  I just can’t seem to break out of the 240’s! 

I’m still running, 3-4 times a week, walking and bike riding.  We went swimming at the campground last weekend.  I missed swimming!  It’s a great calorie burner and you don’t even feel like you are getting exercise!  Especially when you swim in the middle of the lake and aren’t walking around in the water.  I spent a good 90 minutes or so in the water on Saturday.  So much fun!


So, my hubby and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on June 14th.  We took a long weekend getaway up to Traverse City, Michigan.  It’s about a 3 hour drive from here.  We had a blast!  I didn’t eat the best, but I tried hard not to over eat.  Thankfully, the scale was nice to me when I returned home!

I got lots of great photos:


Our first night…view from the room!



Happy Anniversary to Us!




The view in the daytime…gorgeous!!






Anniversary tattoos!



The Hubby.



Our official anniversary photo.





The sunset.



Seems like this would be common knowledge, no?



My best lightning photo ever!



The hotel…Cherry Tree Inn…I highly recommend!


One last pic before the drive home!


We came home on Father’s Day.  After we arrived, I had to get a Father’s Day photo with Doug and the kids…complete with their new T-shirts!



I promise to try to blog more…we are doing a lot these days, but I need to keep on this!  It’s good to have an outlet!

Have a great week!


One Year of Change


On May 14, 2012, I made possibly one of the biggest (and BEST!) decisions of my 32 years on this planet.  I had just lost my mother to cancer.  I was fat.  I was depressed.  I was lost.  I decided that it was time to do something about my weight.  I was scared, though.  Exercise was not my friend and I was worried that I would be hungry all of the time.  I dove in head first, needing something to distract me from the pain in my heart. I wasn’t even sure if I would last a week, but here I am a whole year later, and I’m still going strong.

Here are my stats as of today!







One thing I regret not doing is tracking inches lost.  I recently started doing this, but I wish I’d started a year ago…it’d be really interesting to see the results! 

I made a promise to myself that by today, I would have a list of 25 things that have changed with me in the last year.  Compiling this list has shown me that not all the changes associated with a big weight loss are physical.  I am a totally different person inside and out.

Now I am going to share my list with you!

25 Ways That My Life Has Changed in One Year


2. My pants size (28 down to 18).

3. My shirt size (30/32 down to 18/20).

4. I can run!

5. I am running in my first 5k race in 5 days.

6. I am no longer tired all of the time.

7. (TMI) My periods are now every month instead of every two months.

8. I can wear clothing from stores that I never used to be able to.

9. I am in better shape now than I was 15 years ago when I graduated high school.

10. My stomach doesn’t touch the table in booths at restaurants.

11. I love having my photo taken.

12. Daily tasks (laundry, dishes, general cleaning) don’t wear me out.

13. My family is eating better and are more active.

14. I can fit into a seat at the movies without touching the arm rests.

15. Buying clothing can be fun when you don’t have to look for the biggest size.

16. My skin looks great.

17. I love exercising!

18. I am happier.

19. I am more active in my children’s lives.

20. I find that I enjoy healthy foods and love trying new things.

21. I push myself so much harder than I ever have before.

22. I have a new appreciation for life that I never had before.

23. I am proud to be who I am.

24. I now know that I can to anything that I set my mind to.

25. While I’m not at my goal just yet, I am now confident that I will reach it.  When I started this journey,
    it was on a whim and I wasn’t even sure that I’d be able to stick with it for a week.  Now it’s been a year
    and I’ve lost 90 pounds.  I know I can do it…no matter how long it takes!

Now for photos!



How crazy is this?!  I tell you, it feels amazing to not be carrying around all that extra weight!  I’m super excited to see what I look like in another year!

Thanks for following my journey thus far!


Weigh Day



Previous weight: 244

Current weight: 243.6

Difference: –0.4

Total loss: 88.4 pounds


This is my last Weigh Day post of year 1 of my journey to a healthier me!  Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the day I decided to change my life.  It’s gone by so quickly! 

I’m so happy to have another loss!  My losses have really gone up in the last month or so.  I think the warmer weather in combination with my super busy schedule is really doing the trick (as I hoped it would!).  I’m really pleased with how things are moving now. 

I’m keeping this short, because I have a post in the works for tomorrow.  =)  Stay tuned!


Mother’s Day 2013


Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mothers out there!  I hope you had a fantastic day! 

Mother’s Day is still a hard one for me.  It’s now the second one that we’ve celebrated since my Mother passed away.  It’s just not the same without her.  I had a nice day though, we packed up and came home from the campground early this morning.  The kids got me a beautiful hanging basket full of flowers.  I asked that Doug not get me a present this year, but to donate the money to The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is the race that I’m running in next weekend.  We went out for ice cream (I was good, I promise!) with my father in law and out to dinner with my mother in law and sister in law. 

I also had Doug take a photo of me and the kids.  It was chilly today, but we made it work!



I was really excited about getting this photo this year.  I couldn’t wait to compare it to last year’s photo.  You see, I started this journey last year on the day after Mother’s Day.  This is my first one year (minus a day) comparison!


What a difference a year makes!  I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!

I’ll be back soon for a Weigh Day and an Anniversary post!


Belated Weigh Day



Previous weight: 249.2

Current weight: 247.8

Difference –1.4

Total loss: 84.2 pounds


I know I’m a day late posting this week.  I was so busy running around (literally and figuratively!) yesterday that by the time I remembered that I forgot to weigh in, I had already eaten and stuff.  I want my weigh ins to be as accurate as possible, so I just waited until today.

I’m still in the 240’s!  Yay!  =)

I’ve got some big dates coming up.  My one year anniversary is on May 14 and my first 5k is on May 19.  I’ve been working really hard an my 5k time.  I set my fastest time yesterday! 37:37. My previous best was 40 minutes even, so I really kicked it up!  My goal is to finish my run next month in under 40 minutes, so I am really optimistic that I can reach that goal. 

That’s it for now!


Weigh Day



Previous weight: 253

Current Weight: 251.4

Difference: – 1.6

Total loss: 80.6 pounds


It never fails…as soon as I post how frustrated I am, I have a huge loss.  This 1.6 isn’t the half of it…I was down to 248.8, but rebounded over the weekend.  I don’t think it’s fat, because I ate decently.  I’m not sure what’s going on.  At any rate, I’m still ok with this number…I wish I was still in the 240’s, but I’ll get there soon.


There are only 6 weeks left until the first anniversary of my lifestyle change.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at this for almost a year.  But before that, a month from today, will be the first anniversary of my Mother’s passing. I’m really dreading that day. I miss her so much!

I’ve decided to honor my Mother by dedicating my first 5k run to her memory. I’m running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on May 19.  Please read my Mother’s story and consider making a donation. It would mean the world to me!