Monday, December 3, 2012


Since I just ate a cheeseburger for dinner, a chocolate chip cookie for dessert, and sipped a cup of hot chocolate while watching Glee on DVR, I think it's only fair that I level with you about what's up in the world of weight.

If you've been reading my blog at all this year, you know that I've been working at losing weight.  Long story short, I kicked off the new year by joining Weight Watchers Online, started running in March, celebrated reaching my goal weight in July, and hit the 75 pound mark in September. 

Over the past several months, I have read so many sweet comments and emails from you.  You have encouraged me, cheered me on, and shared your own struggles with the scale.

Well, friends.  I think I've hit what can only be described as my first roadblock on this journey.  Combine the Thanksgiving holiday with my tendency to be a stress-eater and I have been making a ton of terrible food choices over the last couple weeks.

Instead of making any of the wonderful recipes available on the Weight Watchers website, I've been phoning it in with frozen pizza and trips to Culver's.  (side note:  If you are not familiar with Culver's, you have my sympathy.  A-MA-ZING.)

Really, I have no explanation for why I got it in my fool head to make these Rice Krispie treats.

And I really have no excuse for this cheeseburger.

The holidays are just tough, yo.  I was actually really proud of myself for the restraint I had at Thanksgiving dinner, but after I got sick that night and ended up vomiting for hours (sorry....should have warned you about that one), maybe I felt like I was cheated out of it or something.

Now, I'm not writing this to throw myself a pity party.

If you are one of those who is fighting a battle with the scale, working at finding a way to take control of your health, striving toward a better self-image and losing....please hear me.  It's never going to be perfect or easy.  There are going to be seasons of struggle where it just doesn't seem to click for you.  Life happens and sometimes it's ok to just do what you have to do to get through it.

Even if it means making a batch of cookies or eating a cheeseburger.

By the way, I promised you a Thanksgiving comparison photo, so here you go.

 Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving 2012

I'm going to try to really focus on my overall success rather than a handful of failures.  Maintaining a comfortable size is more about fitting into my goal jeans than it is about the number of the scale.  This is a new week and just like I can wake up every morning knowing that God's mercies begin anew, I have a clean slate when it comes to how I treat my body.  Every day is a new chance to do it better!

And I tried Zumba for the first time last week and it was awesome.  I probably looking like a spaz on steroids, but I can't wait to do it again on Wednesday! 


  1. Congrats on the weight loss. You look great!

    I'm a stress eater also. I completely fell off the wagon at Thanksgiving this year. Working to get back on track though.

    1. Ack, stress eating is so tough!! One thing I have really learned about myself this year is that my eating habits are closely linked to my emotions. I eat when I am sad, happy, bored, stressed, etc. It's really a challenge sometimes, but at least being aware of it helps. Add in the holidays and boy oh boy! I think it's probably good for our mental health to cut ourselves some slack around the holidays though. Trying to be too hardcore this time of year might just lead to resentment, you know?

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Wow! What a difference in pictures! Good job! Are you happy with your weight now or still trying to lose more? You look pretty darn slim're not like 6 feet tall are you? Lol

    This is the worst time of the year for me, too. Halloween starts it off. Very hard to resist all the yummy foods these three months bring.

    1. Thanks! No, I am certainly not 6 feet tall. :) I am about 5'6" and I am pretty content with where my weight is now. In September, I got down as low as 125 and I was getting a lot of comments (including from my husband) that I needed to stop. I was starting to get a bit too thin. I have since rebounded up about 5 pounds or so and I'm trying really hard to be ok with that number.

      Halloween is murder. I ate all the Almond Joys. :)

  3. Congratulations on the weight loss - you look great -- I was derailed by Hurricane Sandy and haven't really gotten on the weight loss wagon again.....


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