Holy donkeys, I have lost over 85 lbs!!!!!
Three weeks. That is all it took to lose the last 5.5 lbs. Considering that it took me 2.5 months to lose the 5 lbs before those, I'm calling this three-week drop something... Read more
I'll know I'm done when...
Sometimes, when we've never been thin or haven't been for a long time, we can only guess what our ultimate "goal weight" will be. More than a specific number, I've decided I'll know exactly when my weight loss journey will be over and I'll be re... Read more
It's time to get DIRTY!
A few years ago, I had this fantastic dream. I was in this underground network of tunnels all covered in mud, a few inches of the stuff, and I was barefoot. For a moment, I worried about getting dirty, and then, I let go of all that worry. I sli... Read more
Junk Food and Insomnia
So...insomnia. One of my worst enemies. For most of my adult life, I've periodically suffered from the kind of insomnia where you fall asleep easily, but wake up in the middle of the night and are unable to go back to sleep. This will happen eve... Read more
Running Hiatus :(
If you've known me for awhile here on Spark, you'll know that I've had a lot of problems with my legs. The problems started last June, about a month after I started running outdoors. My Asics running shoes had gotten too small (my feet had shrun... Read more
What a difference a year can make!
A year ago, I started a personal weight loss challenge to lose 52 lbs (one per week) from June 1st, 2011 to June 1st, 2012. I started the challenge at 213 lbs, with the goal to be at 161 lbs by the end of the challenge. At the time, I was losing... Read more
80 lbs GONE, or DONE with post-pregnancy weight!!
So it's taken me - ahem - four and a half months to lose the last ten pounds. That sort of weight loss pace is slow and frustrating! But in the end, it was still worth not ... Read more
This last weekend was rough for me in terms of the way I view my body. Most of the weekend was beautiful - it was my sister Aaren's wedding, after all! But unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of being around my family is that many of them are bu... Read more
Mother's Day: the good, and the car accident
Well. Mother's Day was quite an interesting one this year. I'll start off with the good stuff, just the way the day itself did, and save the car accident stuff for the end. Hem.
Morning started with the most wonderful breakfast. Normally I ... Read more
Light Bulb Moment
Friday evening, I was laying around reading a book, and I suddenly realized: I only have about 20 lbs to go before I hit my initial goal on this weight loss journey. Sure, my long-term goal is another 10 lbs beyond that, but to get to a healthy ... Read more
Conquering a 13-Year-Old Fear
Short version of this story is in the video. The longer version:
In July, 1999, I went to a family reunion in Castroville, TX. The reunion was held at a church there, and on their grounds was a swingset . At the time, I loved swings and al... Read more
Running a Full 5K
Since August of 2010, I've been trying to work my way up to running a full 5K. I've never been a runner. Even back when I was thin, athletic, and swimming/cross-training for 12+ hours a week, I was never good at running. I'm not sure why I got i... Read more
The Obesity Problem in America
Honestly, I think this sign says a lot. Taken by the side of the highway 10 minutes from my house. I couldn't resist the irony. :D
(If you can't read all the store nam... Read more
A Week of No Refined Foods
Today is Day 7 of my attempt to cut out all refined flour and sugar from my diet. It's been an interesting and successful week! In weight loss, I dropped 1.5 lbs on the first day, then another half pound every day for the next three days. Since ... Read more
All About the Cruise
As many of you know, this is a reward cruise that I earned. At the beginning of 2011, I made a deal with myself: lose 50 lbs in 2011, and I get to go on a Caribbean cruise. Don't lose 50 lbs, and undergo weight loss surgery in 2012. Well, I lost... Read more
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