I’m Back!

In my last post (way back in July), I talked about my weight struggles since having a baby in May. After that post, things did not get better. I went back to work at the beginning of August, continuing to binge and steadily gain weight until the beginning of 2017. I had a hard time adjusting to going back to work. I’d get a handle on things for a few days to a few weeks at a time, but ultimately, I’d succumb to my demons.

I made some decisions and discoveries near the end of 2016. The main decision was that I needed to get medical treatment for my binge eating disorder. The big discovery was that I was diagnosed with ADHD, which is where much of my impulsive behavior (i.e. binge eating) and anxiety stem from. I’ll delve more into the specifics of this in another post.

So, I’ve been taking a 2-pronged approach to the issue at hand. I see a therapist every other week to address the behavioral issues: ADHD, binge eating, debilitating anxiety, other demons. And I go to the Center for Weight Management and Nutrition at my local hospital once a month to deal with the weight problems; we have not yet ruled out the possibility of weight loss surgery, but at the very least it’s a good, old-fashioned hand-holding.

I’m hoping that the therapy will be effective since I plan to continue breastfeeding for quite some time and am not able to take any medications to treat the ADHD or anxiety. I like my therapist, but I’m not yet sure if she’s totally equipped to deal with an eating disorder. I’m giving her a chance though! I just had an entire week off the rails after being on the right track for over a month, but the last 2 days have been better. I haven’t been weighing myself at home, only at my doctor’s visits, so I am nervous to see how this all pans out at my appointment next Wednesday afternoon.

  • 1/10/2017: 288.1
  • 1/31/2017: 276.4

There! The numbers are back out there in the blogosphere, so now I have to curb my impulses, right? Right??!


  • 80-100 g protein per day
  • Less than 24 g added sugar per day
  • Meet daily step goals
  • Recumbent bike 3-4 times per week

Now I need to go catch up on all the blogs I have been neglecting! What’s new with you? Has anyone successfully managed ADHD and/or anxiety without meds?

Blogger Care Package Swap: Round One Update

I apologize for the delay! I started a new job this week, and things have been hectic, to say the least. I’ve been exhausted!

You should have all received the person to whom you have been assigned to send a care package. If you didn’t receive this email, please let me know as soon as possible (alison@journeytoafter.com).As I said in the email, please try to send this out by the end of the month! When you receive your package, it would be fun for you to post a picture on your blog, but that’s not required 🙂

I hope you all have fun with this! I’m looking forward to seeing how this pans out!

Blogger Care Package Swap: Round One

Some of you expressed interest in participating in a care package buddy program. I’ve seen swaps of this sort happening around Instagram for a while, and it would be a great morale/team building exercise for us bloggers, too! I’m thinking that it would be fun to do it “Secret Santa” style, where people send me their information and are arbitrarily assigned a blogger to send some treats!

The Rules:

  • United States participants only (sorry!)
  • Fill out the form below with your information by Sunday, April 5, 2015.
  • Make sure to note any dietary restrictions, likes or dislikes in the comments section.
  • Keep it at a $10-$15 maximum price point.
  • Ideas: Include some of your favorite or essential weight loss foods/tools, snacks, stickers, hair ties, notebooks, anything! Especially fun? Try to include items only found in your local area or region!
  • Optional: post a picture of your package on your blog for all of us to see
  • Have fun!!!

Sign up!

I think this will be great fun!