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Happy New Year! 2017 is already shaping up to be interesting – and that’s putting it mildly. AH (Awesome Husband) and I started Whole30 on Monday and I’ve been surprised at how relatively easy it’s been. Don’t get me wrong. The thought of giving up sugar, bread, pasta, wine, etc. was pretty daunting. I can honestly say I haven’t missed any of it. Yet. But this is just Day 4, so we’ll see how I feel on Day 7!

A little background. In my last post I talked about my weight loss journey that started in 2012. At the time I swore I would never. Repeat, NEVER allow myself to gain any of that weight back. Well, I should have known better than to say NEVER about anything. I didn’t gain it all back, but I gained about 8 pounds of it back. And I could feel every pound. No one else seemed to notice (or were just too kind to say anything), but I did. Enter Whole30. At the urging of the wonderful AAG (awesome family members who will remain anonymous – you know who you are), AH and I decided to jump on the W30 bandwagon. Bless him, AH never seems to have trouble losing weight, but he is a trooper and is in this with me which will make life SO much easier for the next 26 days. Yes, I’m counting down!

What I’m hoping for:

  • Weight Loss (I’m shooting for 10 pounds)
  • Increased energy
  • Decrease in cravings (chocolate and carbs are my downfall)
  • Clear thinking (Anyone else have a foggy brain sometimes? Women of a certain age aka WOCA can relate, I’m sure)
  • Clearer, healthier skin
  • Better sleep
  • Reduction in joint pain (not serious, but annoying)

I plan to chronicle the process here. Feel free to jump in and comment, or just check back occasionally. I’m not sure how often I’ll post, but I promise: I. WILL. FINISH. STRONG!!!




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I have to admit, I’ve never been one to enjoy exercising. That’s pretty much the understatement of the century. No, I’m the girl who avoided exercise like the plague. Did everything possible to get out of gym class, said I was allergic to running, and avoided team sports at all costs. Seriously, I am and never have been considered “athletic”. And I’m totally fine with that. Even at 7 months into this process I still sometimes struggle to workout.

That said, the fact that I’ve been to the gym 4-5 times a week since January 1st is quite an amazing feat. I actually joined the gym in 2011 with every intention of “getting fit”. But then I got the flu, had minor surgery, broke a nail, went out of town, went on vacation, well, you get the picture. Basically I made up enough excuses that going to the gym just got pushed aside. No more.

Since I started dieting and exercising I’ve lost 25 pounds and most of my dear friend and constant companion “the belly” is gone. I did a 21 day cleanse in January which gave me a good head start, but I haven’t really been on a “diet”. I’ve counted calories. You might think that’s the same thing, but for me it’s made a world of difference. I’ve never been one who can eat a prescribed set of foods at every meal. I like variety. I need to be able to eat what I want – within reason – and still lose weight. I did a lot of research and found my personal solution. I have a great app for my iPhone – www.myfitnesspal.com – that is my accountability partner. It tracks my calorie goals for the day (1200 to start), exercise goals and basically keeps me on the straight and narrow. It has a huge database of foods (both grocery and restaurant) so I can find almost anything I might want to eat. I can even add recipes for cooking at home and it calculates the calories.

I thought I would lose weight faster, but I’m actually glad it’s been a struggle. I gained and lost the same 2-5 pounds several times before I got below the initial 10 pound loss. It was frustrating, annoying and there have been times I just want to forget the whole thing. Then I look in the mirror. And at the growing pile of clothes that are now too big. And I head back to the gym. Even on Saturday.

I’ve realized much during this process. There are certain things I know I shouldn’t eat anymore. There are things I should only eat on special occasions. And there are things I never knew I liked that are really good for me. One great side benefit is that we’re not eating out nearly as much – so our budget is much happier (and so is my handsome hubby!). Mexican food (once my “at least once a week, maybe twice” necessity) isn’t nearly as appealing. I own a food scale and I use it. Portion control is key (no more eating crackers straight out of the box. No matter how “healthy” they are, they have calories!!). Soft drinks are a thing of the past. Water tastes great! Consistency is vital! You get the idea.

I’m starting to get out of my comfort zone now. One of my goals in January was to learn to slalom waterski this year. On June 17th I acheived that goal. And I’m already skiing better than I anticipated. Another goal is to run a 5k between now and next spring. (Seriously, who am I??) Last week I went to Utah to visit a friend and actually hiked for the first time. About 4 miles. Up a mountain. And loved it! I might even be persuaded to go again. If you only knew how amazing this is!

Change is good. I’m healthier, happier and thinner than I’ve been in at least 10 years. Now that’s progress!

Taking joy in the journey,


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15 pounds lost in 3 months! Pretty remarkable, really. Considering that just last December I could barely force myself to walk around the house, it’s pretty amazing. As I’ve said before, I was never an athletic person. About the only exercise I got was occasionally water skiing during the summer. And maybe walking my dog. So what changed?

I’m not sure it’s one thing that changed. It was a lot of things. First, I determined that I needed to get moving. And quite frankly, I prayed about it. I knew I had to make some changes, but recognized I needed God’s help. So I asked for a spiritual “kick in the butt”, if you will. It may sound sacrilegious to some, but it’s what happened. Just being real here. I’ve lost weight before and always gained it back. I was constantly looking for the “quick fix”, totally convinced that the whole “diet and exercise” combo was just not for me. I was so wrong.

I was not what many would consider to be “fat”. When I first mentioned to some friends that I wanted to lose 20 pounds, they couldn’t understand why I thought I needed to lose weight. I looked fine to them. I love my friends. What they couldn’t see was my lack of confidence and flabby rolls that were well hidden by some well-chosen clothes. I really didn’t like myself. I felt old and tired.

What a difference 3 months makes! Once I got off the couch and into the gym I started to feel different. My knees don’t hurt anymore. I have more energy and I actually feel lighter. I recently bought some 5 pound weights to work with and spent a little time just walking around the house carrying the weights. I was reminded this was only part of the weight I was carrying when I started my journey in January. When I put the weights down I was amazed at the difference.

There’s a spiritual parallel here. What kind of “weight” am I carrying through life? The weight of sin has been lifted through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. But too often I carry the weight of worry, doubt, rejection and fear. It is a heavy, exhausting burden. And why do I continue to do it? I think because those things are familiar and in a weird way, comforting. Kind of like the physical weight I was carrying until just recently. When I exercise my FAITH, I begin to lose the weight of those things that hold me back spiritually. And I can walk with confidence through every day. Just food for thought.

Taking joy in the journey,


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