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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Holy donkeys, I have lost over 85 lbs!!!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012      160 comments

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

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts I'll know I'm done when...

Thursday, June 14, 2012      81 comments

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!

Monday, June 11, 2012      21 comments

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

Sunday, June 10, 2012      13 comments

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 :(

Wednesday, June 06, 2012      18 comments

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!

Friday, June 01, 2012      34 comments

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!!

Friday, May 25, 2012      49 comments

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

Unfair Comparisons

Thursday, May 24, 2012      22 comments

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

Monday, May 14, 2012      25 comments

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

Sunday, May 13, 2012      8 comments

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 (video blog)

Tuesday, May 01, 2012      31 comments

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

Thursday, April 26, 2012      17 comments

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012      11 comments

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

Friday, April 20, 2012      14 comments

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

Monday, April 09, 2012      17 comments

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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