New Beginning

So, the last time we talked, I announced that I was pregnant. I’ve read one too many weight loss blog that turned into a pregnancy blog that immediately lost me as a reader to know that I didn’t want to go that route with my blog.

That being said, I’m a mom!

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With my second re-birthday on the horizon, I’m feeling a little sentimental, so let’s catch up! The day I found out I was pregnant, I weighed 219.0 pounds. The day I delivered, I tipped the scales at about 282 (I think). I gave birth to a beautiful little 7 pound 2 ounce baby in mid-May and officially weighed 240.0 pounds as soon as the fluid melted away (within about two weeks). Since then, however, I have battled the following things:

  • Breastfeeding hunger
  • My baby’s milk protein allergy (meaning I went dairy free)
  • A lingering sweet tooth from quitting smoking
  • The inability to bring myself to routinely prepare healthful and appealing meals while caring for a needy newborn

As a result, I somehow weighed 257 lbs at my doctor’s appointment on Monday of this week.

In spite of all of this, I need to pause to remind myself that I used to weigh 353.4 pounds and even though I’ve gained weight, I’m still nowhere near 353.4 pounds. So, how do I get back on track? Honestly, I’ve become complacent and fallen into the not tracking and not caring trap once again, though for most of my pregnancy, I did track my food. Lately, I’ve been so consumed by the baby that the “nice” thing I do for myself is eat horrible food that tastes amazing but is leaving this totally saggy gut in its wake.

Since having the baby, I initially started by making one goal each day to get back into the swing of things. My house is now back in order, the baby has a routine, so now I need to take those few poorly executed attempts at meal planning that just haven’t panned out and actually get back in the saddle.

How did I do this before? How did I lose 133 pounds in one year? I started with simple guidelines. I reread my first month’s recap where I discussed the keys to my success that first month. I’ve had so many false starts with tracking my food over the past few months, and now with the baby, the last thing I want to do is to have to remember one more thing like tracking every little thing I eat. The answer? My very own advice:

  1. Simply filling.
  2. No soda or booze for the first month.
  3. If I’m hungry, I’m going to eat.
  4. No obsessing.

The other way I set myself up for success? I religiously wrote in this blog and posted my weekly weigh-ins, milestones, measurements, everything.

I’m going to take tonight and tomorrow to prep my grocery list and pantry for the week ahead. Friday will be my first official postpartum weigh-in!

How are the rest of you doing?

Catching Up

So, I’ve been absent for about ever. I mentioned previously that I had been promoted, so I’ve been in my new role for a month now. It has been a big adjustment! Pretty stressful and time-consuming as well.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Post (Week 34): 253.4 lbs
  • Week 35: 248.8 lbs
  • Week 36: 249.0 lbs
  • Week 37: 246.2 lbs
  • Week 38: 246.2 lbs
  • Week 39: 246.2 lbs
  • Week 40: 245.2 lbs
  • Change since last post: -8.2 lbs
  • Change overall: -108.2 lbs

I met my goal of getting under 250 AND my 30% (247.4) goal! Great scale victories. Next up on the goal-front: getting under 230, which coincides with my 35% goal of 229.7 pounds. 230 is a HUGE deal for me, as it is my lowest adult weight. It’s about what I weighed when I graduated from high school. If you remember my story, I was able to get down to 230 a few years ago before gaining back the 95 pounds I’d managed to lose. There’s a definite mental block in place here. I honestly can’t imagine being under 230, even though I’m just over 15 pounds away. And getting under 200 pounds? I still can’t even begin to fathom it. I will get there, but I still have a whole lot of work to do on my mindset.

I think it’s pretty evident that the stress and changes from my new position are affecting me, weight-wise. I have been eating more carbs, not drinking enough water, and using most, if not all, of my weekly PointsPlus allowance. The stall in my weight loss is definitely not due to a natural plateau! More often than not, I’ve found myself wanting to stray from the plan, but I haven’t given in. I’ve had more beer and pizza in the past month than in the past 10 months combined, but I counted every last bit, even when I didn’t want to. And I weighed in, even when I didn’t want to. I haven’t gained, which is great, but the change in attitude is concerning. I have been preoccupied with work and really wanted to fall back into my old habits. Anyway, thanks to Rachael, I’ve decided to make some changes.

  • I changed back to Simply Filling this week to help kick the habit of excessive carbs, granola bars, and pizza. I haven’t decided how long I will stick with it, but the change is refreshing!
  • I switched my weigh-in days from Monday to Friday (my first Friday weigh-in was 5/1/15 (Week 39). I initially chose Mondays to keep myself on track over the weekends. It was good in the beginning, but I’m at the point now that I want to be able to have a beer or two on the weekend and not worry about the water retention ruining my Monday weigh-in. I think this will be a good change!

The thing is, even though I’ve only lost 3.6 pounds in the past 5 weeks, the tape measure still showed major progress! I move around a lot more in my new job, which is awesome. Plus, I think the stall in my weight loss is a good thing – it’s giving my skin a chance to catch up and possibly tighten up. Since March’s measurements, the following changes took place:

  • Bust: no change (41.25″)
  • Waist: -1.75″ (37.5″)
  • Hips: no change (55.0″)
  • R arm: -0.75″ (16.25″)
  • R thigh: -1.25″ (28.75″)
  • R calf: -1.0″ (18.5″)

Do you see that?! My calves have been the same size since at least September 2014 (when I still weighed well over 300 pounds). Boom! Just like that, a WHOLE INCH. Huge deal!


I also mentioned in my last post that I had to fly for work. I was really nervous about it, just because I have avoided flying since I was 18 years old and weighed about 230 pounds – it was a close fit then, so I was worried I wasn’t going to fit. It was still a close fit, and there was more of me spilling into the seat next to me than I would have liked, but I didn’t need a seatbelt extender. This was such a big deal for me! I feel like I can go anywhere or do anything now. D and I have been planning trips ever since! Next big goal? Riding rollercoasters! I won’t try that until I’m closer to 215 pounds.


What else is new? The weather has been gorgeous, and I’ve been spending a lot of time outside doing yardwork and the like. I’m thinking about buying a new bike, and trying to plan for a good weekend to go kayaking with my awesomely handsome husband. Speaking of my husband, he’s lost even more weight too! He’s now tipping the scales at about 165 pounds. Since he’s over 6′ tall, he’s within his healthy weight range. He looks great, and he’s more active than ever!

We also remodeled our pantry. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m really proud of it! We worked together on a concept, and D built the whole thing himself. I was in charge of decorating and organizing… and a little painting.


And finally, I kept up with my tradition of taking bimonthly progress pictures (also updated on my Progress Pictures page). I can’t believe the changes I’m seeing in myself! In spite of being stressed out and exhausted lately, I feel amazing. I can’t imagine how I would have coped with this change a year ago.

I was going to wear the same pink tank in April that I wore for February’s photos. I put it on, and it was WAY too big! Also, I showed a comparison photo to one of my friends recently. She said, “I love that you’re still bootylicious after a 100-lb weight loss!” Excuse me, 108.2-pound weight loss!

And of course – I received my Blogger Care Package from Harley! She was so creative, and I loved everything. I can’t even pick a favorite at this point, though I have been carting that adorable cup around with me everywhere! D has also been enjoying the Crystal Light packets 🙂 I hope everyone else has had as much fun with the package swap as I have! Did everyone get to send out their packages? Tell me about your experience! I need to get back in the loop, stat!

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And because I love comparison pictures…

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Let’s Talk About Sex

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I’ve been married for 4 years, and I’ve been with the same dude for the past 6.5 years. I’m not an old married lady, but we’re not exactly newlyweds.

With this weight loss, there have been some changes. (TMI ahead!) Continue reading

Week 16 Weigh-In

I was really worried that I was going to keep up my trend of gaining every other week, but I broke that streak!

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 292.6 lbs
  • Current Week: 291.8 lbs
  • This week’s change: -0.8 lbs
  • Change overall: -61.6 lbs

With the exception of my weigh-in posts, I have really been slacking on my blogging lately. I have a few posts floating around in my head that I just need to sit down and write, including at least 2 recipes and probably about 3 other posts that require actual thinking to write out.

I have been cooking a lot lately. I made this Buffalo Chicken Lasagna recipe yesterday, and it was a hit with the husband and even the little brother! I can’t think of a thing I would change about it (though I poached and shredded the chicken instead of cubing it because I am lazy and also didn’t like the idea of chicken chunks in my lasagna).

I can tell that my body is changing, and I am feeling much better overall. With these changes has come much dancing to oldies while cooking, washing the dishes, cleaning, and even while typing this post! I seriously just took a dance break when “Do You Love Me” by The Contours came on. It is a very rare occasion that I listen to music from this century. Some day, I will go into my love of all things vintage and mod at length… including the fashion that is one of my biggest motivators for getting healthy.

This afternoon I got to thinking about all that dancing and thought that maybe a few months from now, I would like to take dancing lessons. I always wanted to learn swing dancing (I love both playing and listening to big band music! I think I should learn to dance to it too!), but I was always too self-conscious and out-of-shape to give it a shot.

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What things are you thinking of doing now that you’re not allowing yourself to be limited by your fear?

Week 15 Weigh-In

So, this was a pretty phenomenal week on the scale.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 297.2 lbs
  • Current Week: 292.6 lbs
  • This week’s change: -4.6 lbs
  • Change overall: -60.8 lbs

Honestly, I didn’t really work out last week, so I likely just lost muscle. And let’s not forget my haircut! I’ll chalk 0.5 up to the loss of many inches of hair!

I also have gotten much better about meeting my daily PointsPlus target. Oh! And I made a very delicious pork chop recipe yesterday that I will need to share later, in addition to a chicken roll-up recipe that I created a few weeks back and haven’t gotten around to posting yet.

NSV of the week: I no long have to unbutton my pants to pull them on or off.

Tell me about your week and your NSVs!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake (bonus homemade ranch!)

Here’s a 2-for-1 recipe deal!

There’s just something about a good roux that makes me a very happy lady. Mix a roux with bacon, and I’m even happier! I also am a huge fan of dill weed. I put that s#!@ on everything.

D took a bite of this and said, “This tastes just like that Dominos thing!”

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake

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Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili

Though I haven’t been posting many recipes lately, I have still been cooking a lot! Mostly, I’ve been totally obsessed with Skinnytaste. The other day, I made her Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Stuffed Chicken. D told me that he would be perfectly happy eating that every day for the rest of his life! It was seriously fantastic.

After making these, I had some cream cheese left over, so when I found this chili recipe, I jumped on it! I did make some alterations, which I will post below.

My thoughts? While it was good, it didn’t taste like jalapeno poppers. I knew I shouldn’t have put the jalapeno peppers in so early on in the recipe. Next time I make it, I will reserve them for near the end.

With that tidbit in mind, let’s get to the goods!  Continue reading

Week 13 Weigh-In

I know I had a gain last week (I knew it was all water!), but I did not expect results like this. I honestly cried on the scale this morning.

  • Starting Weight: 353.4 lbs
  • Last Week: 304.4 lbs
  • Current Week: 297.0 lbs
  • This week’s change: -7.4 lbs
  • Change overall: -56.4 lbs

297.0!! 2!!! 2!!!!!! Though my results from week to week have been spectacular, I don’t think I really thought I would make it out of the 3’s. Even though my 15% goal was 300.4, that really wasn’t the goal that I was really excited about hitting (even though I set it as my haircut reward goal!). This is such an emotional milestone for me. For some reason, everything seems so much more attainable now that I have broken through that invisible wall.

Do you know the other major significance in losing 7.4 pounds this week? That’s 0.2 more than I lost in the entire MONTH of October.  Continue reading

21 Day Fix

I just finished day 2, round 1 of the 21 Day Fix workout.

“Sore” is an understatement!

I find that I’m able to keep up with the workouts (following some of the modifications). Instead of feeling discouraged that I have to do modifications, I’m feeling impressed by how far I’ve come since August! I would NOT have been able to do this program 3 months ago. My body feels stronger in spite of the fact that I am currently unable to bend over to tie my shoes and have to brace myself to sit on the toilet.

It’s a good hurt.

I’m feeling optimistic about following through on this workout regime. My sister-in-law is doing it too (she’s following the full 21 Day Fix program), and having someone to talk to about the workouts as I do them is really motivating.

As for my measurements, I’ve decided to wait until 10/31 to record them… both to capture a full month and hoping for an extra few inches in 3 days!

How are your workouts going? Are you trying anything new? How do you beat those sore muscles?