Mother’s Day 2014


On Mother’s Day of 2012, I had my husband take a photo of the kids and me together.  It was that photo, along with the recent passing of my Mom, that sparked my journey to a healthier life.

Now the photos are a tradition, one that I look forward to every year.  I never miss an opportunity to get in photos with my children any more. 










Not only am I changing, but my kids are, too!  I can’t believe how grown up they look…especially my son! 

I had a great Mother’s Day.  We spent our first weekend at our seasonal camping spot.  I got to open my gifts from the kids on the deck with a view of the lake. Warm air and sunshine were plenty.  I was definitely feeling the love.  We had dinner with my mother in law, brother in law, sister in law, her mother and my brother.  Lots of fun and laughs were had. 


Mother’s Day is a hard one for me still.  This was the third one since my Mom passed. 

Photo May 11, 8 47 46 PM

This is one of my favorite photos of my Mom.  She loved riding her motorcycle.  We had beautiful weather yesterday and I know she would have been out riding if she were still here.  I miss her tremendously.


One Year



I miss you, Mom.

Weigh Day



Previous weight: 259.8

Current weight: 255.2

Difference: -4.6

Total loss: 76.8 pounds

I find it funny that every time I write about how little I’m losing, I turn around and have a big loss.  It’s a vicious cycle, I tell you.

Goal #3 achieved!  I hit the 75 pound mark on Saturday!  Here’s a photo, but to tell the truth, I don’t look much different than I did at 70.


It still blows my mind to know that in just a little over 9 months that I have lost almost 77 pounds. 

Last week I was a little bummed about the calorie difference between my Fitbit and my heart rate monitor.  Today, I’m feeling better about it.  I take the blame for that.  I wasn’t working hard enough.   Plain and simple.  The last 4 days, I have really been pushing my self hard and it’s showing.  I’m getting better burns, I feel awesome, plus, the scale is moving in the right direction. 


This is from this morning…bring it on, Monday!

Until next week,


Weigh Day



Previous weight: 266.6

Current weight”: 264

Difference: –2.6

Total loss: 68 pounds

I feel kind of silly about posting that I was in a rut and then posting about a 2+ pound loss just a few days later.  But until I can start losing regularly again, not just a few times a month, then I’ll truly believe that I’m “unstalled”. 

I’m really happy about this loss, though!  This is the lowest weight I’ve been since Christmas Eve, so it feels really great to have made some progress!  I’m so close to 70 now!  Crossing my fingers to hit it by next week.

Wish me luck!


Weigh Day



Previous weight: 270.8

Current weight: 270.4

Difference: –.4

Total loss: 61.6 pounds

Well, it’s a small loss but it’s better than nothing at all!  I’m actually surprised I lost at all.  A lot of birthday related goodies were consumed last week!  Cake, ice cream, birthday dinner and dessert.  I had to work out a lot to burn all the excess.  Now that my birthday is done with, we are all done with birthdays until July, so there’s not going to be as much temptation to eat cake and ice cream. 

I’ll be happy when the holidays are over, too.  As much as I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, they just present too many opportunities to eat poorly.  I’m hoping that the new year brings me some renewed motivation.  I would like to be down another 34 pounds at least by the time my year anniversary rolls around in mid May.  That would put me down 100 pounds.  I can’t wait to get there!

And lastly, I know this has been pretty much just a weight loss blog, but I feel compelled to voice my utter sadness stemming from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.  My heart goes out to everyone who lost their child or parent, or sibling.  I can’t even imagine the pain you are feeling.  I am praying for you all and grieving with you.