Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My weight loss journey

Hi all!  I hope to get back into blogging.  I am going to start talking about my weight loss and everything in between.  We are finally settling into our new house and we have been here for a year in February.  I also celebrated my one year anniversary breaking my ankle on Feb. 14...yay me!!  I have meet a lot of great friends here and so glad to have them!  I miss our families back in Alabama too.

Well first off, back in the fall I decided I really wanted to loose weight.  I started out trying to eat better and walk on the treadmill.  I usually have little patience when it comes to dieting so after about a week I called it quits.  The holidays were coming up and I didn't want to give up the good holiday foods.  My New Years resolution was of course to lose weight and with summer approaching soon I wanted to be in a cute bikini this summer.  So I officially didn't start dieting until the first of February.  My first weigh in was at 178  5 1/2 weeks ago and I haven't looked back!  Today I am at 158.  I have lost 20 pounds and feel so great!  I have so much more energy now.  I am not sluggish throughout the day like I use to be.  I can actually fit into a 10 now.  I am not stopping though anytime soon.  My goal is to be about 140 or a size 8.  I have also told myself that this will be the year that I will be in the best shape of my life.  I want to continue to eat better after my diet too.

A few things that are working for me are cycling for 9 miles day.  I have started doing Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred this Tuesday.  I am on day 3 and it is pretty rough.  I feel my body getting stronger.  I push myself and feel like I am dying, but when I finished I feel so accomplished.

My day goes a little like this:

8:30- breakfast- usually plain oatmeal with Truvia, fresh berries, and a protein shake with unsweetened almond milk.  I drink hot green tea every single morning with Truvia.

9:30-cycling for 9 miles and right after that Jillian's 30 day shred.

11:30-lunch-2 large boiled eggs, protein shake again, and some sort of fruit.

2:30-snack 15 almonds and beef jerky or sugar free Jello and hot green tea

about 5:30 or 6pm- supper-always protein usually 4 oz of baked chicken, and a steamed vegetable (my    new favorite is brocolli salad with onion, tomato and italian).

This is the last time I eat.  I drink tons of water throughout the day.  I take my vitamins 3 times a day also.

When I first started dieting I drank 2 oz of Aloe vera juice a day.  I think it helped some, but have quit drinking it..  I gave gained a pound this week, but I hoping that it was muscle.

I will doing a weekly update weigh-in results.  I think blogging about my weight will motivate me and hopefully inspire others.  Losing weight is so dang hard and it can be done.  I will leave you with a quote that I read on a weight loss blog:

"Until your whole heart and soul is ready to make the change, don't bother!  And if you are ready, take that leap of faith (no, that one is not easy), and just do it!  Do whatever it takes to make it happen.  There will be sacrifices, many of them, but in the end it will be worth it."  These statements are so true and you have to be the one to make it happen, not anybody else!

I will still blog about decorating also, so more pictures and posts to come.


  1. Wow! Congrats on your weight loss. It is very inspiring. I think I'm about the same size as you (roughly). I also need to lose the same amount of weight. I really, really want to, but I keep giving up on my diets after only a few days...I don't know why. I need to just do it! Thanks for sharing your story.

  2. Congratulations on your weight loss, I found your blog through a bowl full of lemons link up. I have been trying to lose weight for the last two years and even though I have been successful at dropping twenty three pounds the last 12 are really giving me a hard time.

    I should try your diet and see if that helps, I have been counting calories all of this time.
    Thanks for sharing and good luck

  3. Hey Beth, What kind of protein shakes are you using? Do you use the same meal plan everyday?