Something New Sunday – A New Bike!


Thanks to a wonderful friend, I am the proud owner of a new-to-me purple mountain bike. Today, I filled up the tires and did a test drive. It was amazing to feel that nostalgic rush of wind on my face as I rode through the neighborhood. It’s been years since I had a bike (I think I accidentally left it at one of my many residences, but who know for sure?). It took me a few times around the block, but I think I’ve gotten the hang of it again.

When I got a bike for my birthday when I turned 5 or 6, it took me ages to catch on. Coordination wasn’t exactly my strength then (or now, for that matter). For instance, I couldn’t tie my shoes until I was about 9 years old. I remember my brother-in-law taking my training wheels off and making me ride it in the street. The results weren’t pretty. Let’s just say I didn’t ride it again for a long, long time. As I did with a lot of motor skill struggles, I eventually came back to it and became a decent bike rider. Although, I could never quite master the whole riding with no hands thing like my friends could.

I haven’t been really excited about working out for a while, so I’m looking forward to incorporating this into my fitness routine until it gets too cold.


I’m back!

Cookies!I’ve been away from my blog for about a week. What have I been doing, you wonder? Stress eating. But, wait! “I thought this blog was to help you stay on track,” you say. “I thought you were doing so well,” you say (more like I say…let’s keep it real). Yes, but to stay on track, I need to be honest. And, even the most successful person’s journey has a lot of hills and valleys.

Emotional eating has been my go-to move for most of my adult life, and this week was emotional to say the very least. The good news is that instead of eating a package of Oreos, I only ate a couple. When I got to work on Monday, I was met with a box of donuts in the lunch room. I opened the box, looked inside, thought “A donut won’t solve my problems,” and walked away. That, my friends, is progress.

Something New Sunday – Cleaning for Fitness?


Cleaning is the worst. Let’s just say it’s not something that comes naturally to me. I grew up in a fairly messy house (looking back, I realize that was partially my fault…kids are messy). I have always envied the people who clean to relieve stress or just automatically rinse the dishes after dinner every single night without fail. I, on the other hand, have watched episodes of Hoarders to 1) feel better about the condition of my home and 2) get motivated to clean (thank goodness it’s not that bad…let’s keep it that way).

What does this have to do with weight loss and fitness, though? Well, my challenge for August is to get in at least 10 minutes of physical activity a day. Cleaning is physical activity, especially for those of us who aren’t in the habit of doing it constantly. According to WebMD, a 150 pound person burns around 123 calories per 30 minutes of vacuuming. As you might guess, I would burn more since 150 pounds is still down the road for me. I guess it’s a good thing I fixed my vacuum yesterday.

As I’m changing my health habits, I’m finding that the strategies are transferable to other areas of my life. Just because I don’t have time to keep my house perfect (who does?) doesn’t mean I should just not try at all. Even a few minutes a day can make a big difference.

Weigh-in Day! – 8/13/15 (Milestones, pain, and a new progress picture)

Weigh8.13.15Last week’s weight: 247.8

Total pounds lost: 27.6

I hit a new milestone today! I have officially lost 10% of my body weight. Since I started the blog about a month ago, I’ve lost 5.6 pounds (1.5 pounds more than my average for a month). So, thanks to everyone who has encouraged me here!

This week has been rough for me. Let’s get really personal here. I have IBS, acid reflux, a mostly but not fully rehabilitated partially torn rotator cuff, and back pain from my SI joint. Doesn’t sound so bad, right? I know people who deal with much more on a daily basis.

247.4 pounds - August 2015

247.4 pounds – August 2015

It’s hard to be positive and stay motivated, though, on the days when I am lying on the floor in pain from IBS and can barely function. Wasn’t losing weight supposed to make me feel better? That’s what I’ve heard from just about everyone, everywhere. My doctor was perplexed when he found out that my acid reflux had gotten worse when I was eating better, being more active, and losing weight. It just doesn’t make a ton of sense.

In times like this, I have to look outside myself to keep going with the whole weight loss endeavor. My motivation can’t just be to look better or feel better. I want to be free from my obsession with food, even if that means I don’t feel better physically. Even if that means I stay at this weight for the rest of my life, I won’t give up.

Thankfully, God is in the business of transforming people (seriously, read You Can Change by Tim Chester).

Something New Sunday – Homemade Chocolate Hardshell


Okay, so I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m posting about chocolate on a weight loss blog. Well, one way I’m able to avoid going overboard with dessert is to make it a bit of a production. Putting my 1/2 cup serving of ice cream in a fancy bowl and adding some toppings is satisfying enough to keep me from eating the rest of the carton.

One of my favorite ice cream toppings is chocolate hardshell. It reminds me of my grandparents coming to visit and bringing Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen. So, when Heather over at the Half Size Me Show posted an easy homemade chocolate shell recipe on her Facebook page, I couldn’t resist.

Pay close attention here. Put 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a bowl. Microwave them for 1 minute, and stir.

That’s It! Now, go eat some ice cream and listen to the Half Size Me Show podcast.

Weigh-in Day! – 8/7/15

Weight8.7.15Last week’s weight: 251

Total pounds lost: 27.2

This week I made a major breakthrough. I’ve been working at gradually weaning myself off of My Fitness Pal. This week, I didn’t track at all and still lost I am all for people tracking their food intake if that’s what works for them. However, it’s not for me. At least, not for the long-term.

This week, I didn’t track at all. And, I lost over 3 pounds! Not everything was picture perfect this week, though. Yesterday, I counted cleaning my house as my physical activity and then proceeded to eat three desserts.

The beauty about my weight loss journey this time around is that I know days like yesterday will happen and I have a plan for it. Just keep going. I don’t beat myself up. I don’t punish myself with extra workouts or starvation. I enjoy my dessert and I move on.

My Own Little Food World – Part 3

Post Senior Year

Warning: This post may be triggering for those with a history of disordered eating.

The girl in that picture thought she was super fat. This was the summer after my senior year. I was on crutches because I had a stress fracture in my foot. I had put on maybe 15 pounds total by this point, partially due to a vacation where I ate like a normal person and partially due to inactivity from the stress fracture. Those 15 pounds felt more like 15 tons to me.

My solution? Read books and websites to learn how to have an eating disorder. I wanted to make myself anorexic (like I thought I was the Pretender and could be anyone I wanted just by doing a little research). I was feeling pressure to keep up with the identity I built for myself. So, I starved myself. I had several days when I would only eat a banana. Basically, I was addicted to hunger. For a while, it worked.

Eventually, I tried the whole throwing up thing. I remember eating a whole package of chocolate chips after a long time without food (maybe a couple of days) and then throwing it up. The good thing was that my face got red and blotchy and my mom asked what was wrong. I explained everything and she took me to a dietitian.

The dietitian helped me get back on track and I lived happily ever after. The end.

Just kidding! I slowly started eating more (still weird, but more), but I was headed for an eating roller coaster for the rest of my young adult life. That’s because It didn’t address the real issue: my heart.

Something New Sunday – The 10 Minute Challenge


My workouts have been few and far between lately. This usually means that I’m crabby (think Lorelai Gilmore without coffee…sorry if you don’t get the reference). As I was thinking of something new to try this past week, I remembered a post on Lift Like a Girl about 30 day challenges. A typical 30 day challenge involves a pretty big commitment (juice cleanses, cabbage soup, 300 kettlebell swings, 200 push-ups, etc.). Has anyone else wanted to throw a brick through the TV while doing the 30 Day Shred? Well, this challenge is going to be much more manageable.

Every day in August, I will be doing at least 10 minutes of physical activity. It’s that simple. I’m hoping it will help me get back into a good routine. I might not be able to get to the gym, but I don’t have many valid excuses for skipping a 10 minute walk or lifting session.

What experiences have you had with challenges like this? Have you found any with lasting benefits?