Friday, March 14, 2014


I've been struggling with losing weight for several years.

In all honesty, I've struggled with weight most of my life.

In highschool I was so active that I managed my weight by riding my bike E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!  In addition, I was a majorette with practice daily throughout the week.   I could eat what I wanted because I just burned. it. off.

Then college.  Yeah, I gained the typical freshman fifteen and came to the conclusion I was huge and became a borderline anorexic.  All at the wopping weight of 130 pounds.

Crazy, I tell ya.

After losing down to 105-110 pounds my jr/sr year in college, burning more calories at the gym a day than I'd eat, and popping laxatives to 'eliminate' those few calories I did eat, I realized I was walking a thin line.

Yeah, I had 6 pack abs and could wear most any piece of clothing I wanted, but I was skeletal.

105 pounds isn't quite enough 'meat' on a 5ft 6 in frame.  Especially for a young woman of 20-21 years of age.  My body was trying to do the natural thing and prepare for babies, while I was starving it.  The two don't mix well.

As I hit my lowest weight, I met Techno.  I like to say he 'saved me' from myself.  From anorexia.

The downside to that equation was eating became a HUGE part of our relationship.  That component continues today.

Hence, I swung the pendulum of being way underweight and catupulted to way overweight in the early years of our marriage.

That has been my plight for the last 21+ years since we've been together.

Yo Yo!


....... down.

Mostly up, however.  (7 pregnancies aided in that since I wasn't overly careful with what I ate and didn't get much exercise during those times.  Or after.)

My pendulum swing had been edging to the VERY overweight side in the last couple of years (despite having lost and kept the weight off for several years prior).

With that looming before me - knowing I was creeping toward my heaviest weight - I made the decision to MAKE A CHANGE.

I ordered the AdvoCare 24 day Challenge.

I knew 4 couples who had followed this program and had great success.

I was willing to give. it. a. shot.

Something had to give. The supplements and support were just what I needed.

A jump start.

With my blood pressure and cholesterol on the rise, my energy levels at an all time low, and my body image plumeting, I figured, "Ain't got nothin' to lose!"

I finished the challenge with an 8 or 9 pound loss.

Since then I've continued to make healthy lifestyle changes.

I'm currently down 13 pounds and a couple inches off my waist, hips, bust, and thighs.


I'm continuing this journey of healthy living.

I'm eating better; exercising; drinking plenty of water; and overall just striving toward health and fitness.

I know it's a long journey.  That old adage:  'It's a marathon, not a sprint' is right on target for this particular journey in my life.

Come along.  Join me.  We can do it together.


  1. Don't feel like the Lone Ranger on this one. I've lost over 100 lbs. but not all at the same time...the same lbs. over and over. Now it is a challenge because with aging come some physical limitations. Diabetes makes it hard for the body to metabolize sugar. Etc. etc....You are doing great to start earlier in your journey than I did. I started back to Curves in January 2012 after a surgery that required me to be almost immobile for 10 days post op. You lose a lot of physical capacity in 10 days. Only after a year at Curves did I start to feel better and stronger. Then I stopped going in summer of 2013 because I thought the full time child care for the summer would be strenuous enough...NOT! My weight has been creeping back up. Now my husband hurt his knee and we can't do our usual walks. I need to lose 7 lbs. before my next appointment with the diabetes doctor. Sound familiar? I'm with you on the journey! Do not lose heart! Hugs, Chris

    1. Thanks, Chris. Will be praying you lose that 7 pounds before your appt. I hear ya on 'harder as we get older'. I'm finding that already. My knees are def not as keen on these exercises as they were even 5 years ago. UUGH! Good for you for keeping the weight down over the last couple years. Hope you can get some exercise adn lose that 7. Have you ever heard of or tried Leslie Sansone walk at home programs? She has tons of DVD's and it's basically 'walking in place'. Not high impact, but you can get some with 'boosted sections' that give you a bit more intense of a workout. It's nothing like Jillian Michaels or Biggest Loser, but it does burn calories and is good for your overall health. I so appreciate all your kind encouragement.


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