Monday, July 2, 2012

65 to Start

This is me and my family in December 2011.


This is me and my handsome man in April of 2012.


We started a diet program and a commitment to lose weight on February 2, 2012. When we took this picture at the end of April, he had lost 62 pounds, and I had lost 55.

  • No pills or shots
  • No "magic" potions
  • No frozen meals
  • No gym membership
  • No diet/weight-loss group
I've battled an issue with weight since I was a child. I would lose some then put it right back on. This is the first time I've lost this much weight and been this size in a very long time. Yesterday was my 36th birthday, and I've now lost a total of 65 pounds. If you had told me five months ago that I would be weighing in 65 pounds lighter by my birthday I would not have believed you. It just doesn't seem possible.

I've always been the one to buy the magazines at the check-out line where someone lost 30 pounds by standing on their head at straight up noon Pacific Time while facing east and singing "Hollaback Girl." Food items for each fad diet would end up in my shopping cart, and while some of them did indeed work for a season, nothing had a lasting result. Until now.

Everyone is asking me what the secret is. Honestly, you have everything you need to lose weight without buying one single thing. The difference this time is I meant it. I seriously made up my mind in my head and in my heart that 2012 is THE year. This is the year that I'm going to get this weight off, and I'm not going to let it come back. I firmly believe for some people food is as much a drug as cocaine or heroin. It tastes so good! The more butter on that biscuit, the better it tastes. My mind and body would crave it just like an addict, and just like with drugs, it was destroying my body. My back hurt almost constantly. I was so tired at times I would almost be in tears. Today, I feel so much better with a higher energy level and so many less aches and pains. The self-esteem boost is maybe the best feeling of them all. Trying on new clothes and knowing before those pants wouldn't even come above my thigh, but now they fit perfectly... that's an amazing feeling. 


  1. I have always had to watch my weight forever, too. I have let myself go in the last two years with sitting way too much to blog. I was exercising daily until I got hooked blogging. This year like you I made up my mind to get it off. I only have around 20 to 30 to get off, but I am almost 57 and it gets harder the older you get. I am walking every morning and it is slowly coming off.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I've learned the thing is to just never give up. I've hit a major plateau now, but I'm really hoping to lose 7 pounds before our upcoming vacation. I just have to keep trying, and a huge battle to win is just not letting it come back on. I seriously believe losing weight is one of the hardest things a person can ever do. Thanks so much for your comment! Keep up the walking!

  3. Congratulations on your weight loss, Jen. You and your husband look great! I'm a pro at losing weight, keeping it off is my problem! LOL!

  4. You are SO right, Brandi. I actually think that is the bigger battle, and it seriously NEVER ends. :-)
    Thanks for your comment and sweet compliment!