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. 


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!


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!


Family Photos


Every year, in October, I take a family photo.  I’ve been doing this since 2008!  I was really interested in comparing last year’s photo to this year’s.  We’ve all had changes in the last year.  I’ve lost 48 pounds, Doug’s lost 28, and all three kids got major haircuts. 

Ready to see the results?

Our 2011 family photo:



Our 2012 family photo:


Look at me!  No more hiding behind people!  I can’t believe how different we all look.  The kids are looking so grown up. 

Just for fun, I hunted down the very first family photo I took of us.  Be prepared for a blast from my past!

2008 family photo:


One thing I’ve noticed from looking at these photos is that now that I’ve lost weight in my face, you can actually see my eyes when I smile!  My face isn’t dominated by a huge double chin and squinty eyes.  =)  Pretty cool, huh?  I can’t wait to be able to compare these photos to the one I’m going to take next year!  Now that will be interesting to see!