Welcome to our little corner of the blogosphere, we are so happy that you are here.
Each and every day we make choices. Choices in food, lifestyle, activity, attitude, and overall health. With this blog we hope to share our journey toward optimal health.
It is not easy to share such a private struggle such as weight loss. We have chosen to share our journey in hopes that it will help to motivate and or inspire those who find our blog.
Last June, over a month before a wedding that I was asked to read at, I started walking every day and eating a whole foods diet in an attempt (yet again) to lose weight.
By the wedding date I had lost 9 pounds which is pretty average (approximately 2lbs/week).
I found a dress, (WARNING: Too Much Information ahead 👉🏼) a spandex body shaper, control top undies and to be sure I had all of my bases (flab) firmed and under control, I also wore spandex capris made for firming! Talk about being uncomfortable! As always, I just decided to smile on the outside while berating myself on the inside for having failed at weight loss again! Why hadn’t I just started sooner??? Why is it so hard to lose weight when I’m starving myself and exercising???
What a difference! (see photo)
In the past few months, I have lost 3x’s the weight and I’ve not been hungry or started exercising yet!!!
I am ever so grateful for this Optimal Health Program! Coaching others has been a blessing I never would have imagined could come from losing weight! It has made all of my past weight loss experiences worth it.
I am a COPE Certified Health Coach and I am so excited to help you reach for your health and weight loss goals! I can honestly say, “I’ve been there and tried that!”
Weight issues can be a very difficult and private struggle. While I share many photos of food and progress I also want to “keep it real”, even though this is embarrassing. It might seem odd to some but if you know what I’m talking about, you “know” what I’m talking about!
I haven’t been able to comfortably or easily cross my legs (due to fat thighs) for quite some time. In the past few years I’ve had to swing one leg over and then pull it the rest of the way using the pant leg.
Not anymore! I was thrilled to find, besides my boots fitting better, I can now cross my legs comfortably with no tugging on the pant leg!
Please ignore the muddy floor mats, winter has been long. 😊
Note: Post originally written in March. Just didn’t publish it here until now. Some weight subjects are just more embarrassing to admit.
Today, I didn’t buy the pants I liked because they didn’t have my size…they were all too big!!! Then I found the jean skirts and decided I feel comfortable enough (at this new size) to wear one now. You guys!!!! I purchase a single digit size!!! I’m not sure when I was last this size…maybe in high school. Pictured are the jeans I wore when I started my journey (January 30) and the size skirt that now fits. It zips comfortably but I might not wear it in public for a week or so just to make sure it fits well. What’s a week compared to where I started just 3 months ago.
It is so true… “What we resist persists…”. The original statement by Psychologist Carl Jung is “What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.”
If you think about it, what we resist are usually things that make us uncomfortable or embarrassed, yet if we would just find a way to tackle those things they would no longer be a roadblock or obstacle in our lives.
My friend, Andrea, recently said, “When you hit the wall of resistance…Look for the stairs!”
For a long time, I resisted sharing my weight loss struggles with anyone and the number on the scale slowly crept higher. It was a part of my life that I felt like a failure in. Once I started to share my journey (which was not easy for me), I found that I was not alone and that there were others that struggled as much or even more than I did. I also realized that this was not something I was failing at, I just had not found the “stairs” that led to the right path for me.
Once I stopped resisting and started sharing, the world opened up to so many new opportunities; one of the most rewarding is being a health coach. I am now able to help others find the “stairs” to their optimal health journey.
People always wonder what we have been eating, these past few months, to lose so much weight so quickly. We actually eat often and quite a variety of foods. These are only a few of the things we eat! Including those yummy chocolate waffles with PB2 and Almond Reddi Wip.