My Weightloss Journey

I have struggled with my weight for the majority of my life.

In high school I was always the chubby girl in my group of friends. Not really fat, just a little overweight. I graduated high school wearing size 11 jeans that I thought were the biggest pants on the planet.

By the end of my freshman year of college, I was squeezing into a pair of size 13 jeans. And I wasn’t surprised it just continued to go up from there. When I married my husband in June 2008, I was tipping the scale at just over 200 lbs.

In September 2014, my family and I packed up our belongings and moved from a large city in Illinois to a small town in rural Missouri. Being a stay-at-home-mom of two young kids, my social interaction was mostly limited to the cashier at the local Wal-Mart. I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t know where to meet people. Food became my best friend and my weight slowly creeped up.

On June 15, 2015, I stepped on the scale and was appalled at what I saw. I weighed 230 lbs. I decided that enough was enough. I started pushing my giant double stroller around my neighborhood each day and counted each calorie that passed my lips. If you’ve ever been to Missouri in the summer, you know that it gets hot and humid. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with my walks without my kids melting.

It was around this time that my friend told me she had signed up to be a BeachBody coach. After asking lots and lots of questions, I decided to try out the 21 Day Fix program and bought a bag of Shakeology. I loved that I didn’t have to count calories or calculate point values. If a food was on the approved list and fit in the color coded containers, I could eat it. And honestly, there are still days I don’t eat all of my containers because I’m full. You get to eat so much food AND lose weight!

I haven’t always given it 110%, but since July 11th, I have lost approximately 23 lbs! Even when I’m not tracking my containers or doing my daily workouts, I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss. I’m not dieting, I’m changing the way I eat!

If you are interested in following along with my weight loss journey, be sure and ‘like’ my Facebook page.

Life Updates

Wow!  2015 has not been a very active blogging year for me so far.  Oops!  I have thought about my blog frequently, though.  Life has just been kind of busy.  Here’s a quick, bullet-point run down of what has been going on lately…

  • We are buying a house!  You may remember that we relocated from Illinois to Missouri last September.  We decided to rent while our house in Illinois was on the market.  It sold back in January and we began looking for a new place soon thereafter.  We found an amazing house in a quiet subdivision and close in two weeks.  TWO WEEKS!  I am really looking forward to being in our new house.
  • Sewing has been somewhat sporadic the last couple of months.  I have added a bunch of adorable zippered pouches to my Etsy shop, but haven’t done tons of personal sewing.  I do have some finished projects, though, and will share them soon.
  • We are working on potty training Gene.  This has actually taken up a lot more of my attention than I expected.  For a while it felt like all I did was follow him around.  Seriously.  I was stuck to that boy like glue.  I am happy to report that he is doing really well with it.  We still have a few kinks to work out, but it’s really nice only having one child in diapers during the day.
  • Speaking of diapers, Moxie is now in cloth diapers!  We used them with Gene beginning shortly after he was born.  We packed them away in winter 2013 when Moxie was four months old.  With all of the we’re moving/we aren’t moving/are we moving/should we move business, it just got to be a hassle.  I packed the diapers away and started buying disposables.  Once we decided to look for a house, we decided it would be nice to try to shave a few dollars off our monthly budget where we could.  One of the easiest places to save was with diapers.  Both kids are in disposables at night still, which means a box lasts for quite a while.  Since we already owned an entire stash of cloth diapers, we were immediately saving money.

So there you have it.  Lots of little life updates.  I have an entire list of blog topics I want to write on, so hopefully I’ll be a little better about posting!