It’s Back!

FYI/Note/Disclaimer (whatever you would like to call it): I truly have absolutely no idea how to post about this subject without offending someone other than to say from my heart…I mean absolutely NO disrespect and I am NOT body shaming…THIS IS FOR MY MOTIVATION, NOT my opinion or judgement of others. I will not defend or argue my opinion on this. If it strikes a nerve, please keep scrolling, it is not meant to by any means. I have so much respect for those who are technically considered “obese” yet they are more active than many of us and with the confidence to match! This is NOT me. I am extremely uncomfortable when I am at this point and I definetly do NOT have body confidence.

I can’t believe it is back!!!  Actually, in hindsight, I know there was no way I wouldn’t be wearing this suit again. 

You know the one – the “fat” body suit (and if you don’t have a clue – be thankful).

I have come to understand that this image has caused a bit of controversy on other social media platforms…For me, it depicts how I feel when the fat suit is on. Do I strive to have the perfect body or believe that I can chisel one out of what I am starting with? No, not that it isn’t possible, it just isn’t my initial goal. Getting back to feeling healthy and confident in my own skin is.

I’ve followed a healthy eating program, lost the excess weight (the fat body suit), I actually don’t mind looking at my naked self in the mirror, or having my sweet hubby looking at me naked 😉 Sex is enjoyable, frequent and off-the-charts hot. My hubby is thinking I have found the fountain of youth.  My skin is starting to tighten up and I like shopping for clothes (in a much smaller size) again. 

I have got this whole healthy eating thing figured out and I am rockin’ it!!!

Then, one day after a hot bath, I happen to be passing the bathroom mirror and it’s a surreal image looking back at me.  That cannot be me!  Where did those rolls of fat on my back come from?  Did I just see a ripple effect of a jiggle in my buttocks and hips with that last step?  What happened to the in-shape, sexy bod I had just 6 months ago?????  Was it all a wonderful fantasy? I want my sexy back!

Then, like a ton of bricks it hits me and I realize…THAT WAS 6 MONTHS AGO!?!  How could I have gone so far backwards in 6 months? 

I can tell you how! I did follow a wonderful healthy eating plan and I did get to a weight and size that I don’t ever recall being at. I was feeling amazing. My hubby and I were enjoying a sex life that we hadn’t seen and that was hotter (with age comes wisdom and confidence) since we were first married.  I was heading into the size 4 territory after starting at a snug size 16.  How could I now be a tight, and getting tighter, size 8??? (Seriously, size isn’t what matters here! I am using my size as a reference point for me and my journey. What matters was how I was feeling: How my blood pressure was in a normal range and I was no longer pre-diabetic. How I was jogging almost daily considering starting a Couch25K.) Seriously, how did this 180 happen?

I’ll tell you how.  I got comfortable!  I started getting comfortable in the fact that I could eat the unhealthy way that I used to for a day and not see a massive impact on the scale.  Those days here and there turned into every day.  Every trip to town meant a grande, full fat, full sugar caramel macchiato with whip, and for good measure a drive through the fast-food line for a burger and fries for the trip back home.  But I didn’t order soda so I was still eating relatively healthy…right?!?

Well, the image that stared back at me in the mirror this morning was one I didn’t expect.  I know, how could I not expect it after eating like that for months on end?  I seriously had to question myself, “Was it all just a dream?  Was I never in better shape?  Had these fat rolls really been gone?”  I started to think about how my jeans had started to get tighter and tighter over the past couple of months.  When I would go for my, what had become very infrequent walks, I realized I was tiring out faster and my lung compacity had diminished.  These are all things that had been there before I lost the weight, and had disappeared, but they are ever so slowly returning.  So slowly in fact, that I almost didn’t notice.

What do I do now that I have realized that I am wearing my fat suit again??? 

  1. Hmmm, I could become comfortable in it; body positivity and all (which I have no clue how to get to that point). 
  2. I could get back to my healthy eating plan and start from square one. 
  3. I could try yet another “diet” in place of my healthy eating plan. 
  4. I could just not think about it for another month and see if things improve on their own.
  5. 51 is too old to start again, I might as well just accept that I am aging and let the dream of being a hot wife and active grandma go.

Here’s the thing:

  1. I respect women who have the body positivity to be comfortable, no matter their size, in a swimsuit, pantsuit, jeans, etc… I used to be one of those types of women – to a point. I could get dressed up, do my hair and makeup and walk into a room with confidence. I didn’t care what others thought about my size, simply because I didn’t think much about it myself. I was comfortable in my own skin…or so I thought. Now that I know different I find it very hard to get back to that place. I am choosing to believe it is because I am not meant to be there anymore.
  2. I simply cannot do another “diet”! Now that I know I don’t have to be miserable and feel deprived to lose weight and feel wonderful, I just simply cannot even fathom searching through all the different pills, powders, potions, lotions, and plans out there.
  3. If I do choose to put this off for yet another month, spring will be here. I will not be able to, nor will I want to, get up with the sun, go for an hour walk, and sit and have a cup of coffee before starting my day. If I do choose to wait for another month, I will only find it harder to start, and harder to be motivated. I will have to by new jeans by then and they will be in sizes that I really didn’t think I would ever revisit. Nope, I definitely cannot put this decision off for another month.
  4. Absolutely NO age is too old. I need to remind myself of this daily. If I don’t do this now, I will be feeling my age much faster than I want to. Seriously, do we ever really have to feel old?

I now know what I must do…but, can I do it???

Follow along in my journey or better yet, you are welcome to join me. Find a program that works for you and let’s do this!

Step 1: Find my WHY?

Well, Hello There!

It’s been a hot minute (am I to old to use that phrase 🤔 ) since I/we started this blog. I feel like I should introduce myself/us again.

Hi! My name is Kristin 👋🏼 My Dear Farmer (a.k.a my adorably handsome husband) and I started this blog to help spread hope, by sharing our weightloss and health stories. We also want to spread positivity and share our humor (I think we are pretty comical 😁 ).

OK. Realistically, I write this blog and he chimes in. 😘 If he wrote this blog it would be much funnier… My Dear Farmer has a “resting b*tch face” (I’ll tell you about it sometime) but he is actually a teddy bear with a heart of gold. He was my high school sweetheart and we have been together ever since ~ not to say there weren’t bumps along the way (even though we made it look perfect and easy)…but, that is a story for another day!

Long story short:

December of 2018 I suffered a debilitating knee condition and the only options I was given were knee surgery or lose the weight! On New Years Eve I ended up in the ER with knee pain and blood pressure of 164/107 ⬅️ that is NOT a type and it was NOT good!

In January of 2019, I decided to contact a friend who had been posting about her weight loss journey on social media. I told her, “I will try your program but if it doesn’t work (like you keep posting about) I’m snoozing you on social media.” I didn’t say unfriend 😂 just “snooze”.

I decided to give it my ALL. If this program failed, it would not be because I didn’t give it 100%!!!

I did say, “Long story short” didn’t I?!?

The program worked!

After my Dear Farmer watched me seemingly “melt away” without doing any exercise…he joined me. Together we lost over 60lbs in a relatively short amount of time. It has been life changing!!!

One of the many fun outcomes…I went in for a check-up and the nurse took my blood pressure with 2 different blood pressure cuffs…she couldn’t believe my blood pressure was 110/60 after being so dangerously high. 😊

You can bet I have saved these jeans…It is where I started.

I tell you, I had tried so many other programs that failed (or I failed them)…this happens to be the one that worked for me/us. I don’t push my program on anyone. I coach a program that worked for us and that we whole heartedly believe in. I offer it hoping that if it is meant for someone, they will come to me. I believe that each person I work with, and am now friends with, were led to contact me not because I tried to sell them something but because shared our story and I offered to walk along with them on their journey! We don’t do this alone!

Here’s where is sounds salesy (feel free to ignore):

If you have tried everything and nothing seems to be working where weight loss is concerned…contact me, I would love to work with you! You can do this! I know because I did it and if I can do it, so can you! If you don’t feel you can do it, let’s chat (no obligation), I would love to visit about the possibilities. 😘

If you’re not ready, that is a-ok. It took me a long time and a debilitating condition to take the chance and to make the changes I needed to make. You have to be ready in your own time. Some stranger (me) telling you that they can help you change your life is not what you need…you just need to be ready to make the journey. And, when you are, I am here to help you.

How long has it been since you have been happy in your health and weight?

Enough is Enough!

Enough excuses of why I wasn’t drinking my water, why I wasn’t following the “simple” eating schedule I had been following, why I wasn’t paying attention to all the BLTs (bites, licks and tastes) I had been “treating” myself to, enough feeling scared about the current situation our world is in!
So, last Tuesday (1 week ago today) I dialed in my nutrition…I started following my healthy habits:

💦Drinking lots of water
💤 sleeping soundly (minus last night 🤪 Note to self: no major caffeine right before bed)
⏰ eating when I should
✅eating what I should

Not only did I say goodbye to 6.2lbs along with reclaiming all of the above habits, but I am also:

🙋🏼‍♀️volunteering to help my honey 😍 with farm jobs that give me opportunities for extra movement (picking rocks 🤦🏼‍♀️)
Even my attitude has improved (reference “volunteering” above 😂)

Change of Plans

I had originally intended not to share the “challenge”, that I had issued to myself. But, plans change!

Yesterday, I decided to share my struggle on my personal Facebook page because I wanted my clients to realize that I can struggle just like anyone else. I didn’t realize how my page was looking until a coworker, to one of our children, said, “Your mom must never fall of the wagon or cheat.”

Well, truth be told: I DO NOT FALL OF THE WAGON OR CHEAT, but I do sometimes make choices in food or drink that aren’t the best for me. But those are “choices”. I am not on a “diet” so there is nothing to “cheat” on. I make daily choices, just like everyone else. Sometimes those choices might be to eat the chips that come with my salad or to have an adult beverage while out. The problem for me comes when I start making those types of choices too often. That is what I have done recently.

Recently, I came across a quote that said, “When you treat your health journey like a diet, you get diet results”. Guess what? When I used to “diet” in the past, I would reach a goal and then go straight back to my old way of eating and old habits. What would happen? All of the pounds that I had said goodbye to would return and they would usually bring friends! So, I refuse to “diet” ever again.

It’s all about daily choices. Hence the name of this blog: “Fueling Daily Choices”.

I try to make the best choices each day and I also absolutely love helping others learn to make those choices.

I am so grateful for each and every person who has given me the honor of walking along with them on their journey towards better. Be it better sleep, less weight, clearer thinking, learning to handle stress, better relationships (living above the line), etc… Is it always easy? Definitely not! But, it is ALWAYS worth it!

Have a wonderful day! Remember: You are amazing!

Alert: Vulnerability Post

Over the past few weeks (honestly months) I have just been coasting in my weight loss/health journey.

As you may know, I started my weight loss/health journey January 30th of this year. I met my first goals rather quickly. By the time I had lost 40+ lbs I was very happy and dare I say comfortable in my own skin and clothes…first time in a very long time. I hadn’t seen a size 6-8 since…well I don’t actually remember ever being a size 6-8 (I started at size 16-18). So, I was very content with my body and since my knee issues had also disappeared and my blood pressure was normal I decided to maintain where I was at. I made that decision knowing that I would pick my program back up, in the fall, and reach my final weight goal. I only had another 15lbs to go.

Rewind to the past 4 months…

Along with just maintaining, I started to get lax. Lax in my learning and continuing to use the new healthy habits that had been gifted to me. I started to believe that a I could just start back on plan at any given moment and the weight would come back off (I had gained a few…10+ lbs). What I didn’t realize was that after undoing some of the great new habits I had formed…getting back to program would be like starting over instead of just picking up where I left off. At this point, I really wished I had finished my original goal right away but, one thing I have learned is that there is no point in regretting my past months of poor decisions….It is time to move forward – No looking back!!!!

That brings us to today…

Tomorrow is the day that I have issued myself a challenge! I am starting a Fueling Daily Choices Fat Burn Challenge! But, at this point it is only for me. Why???

I love coaching others, seeing and hearing about all of there successes and insights gives me such joy. I have decided that to be the best coach I can be, I have to be sure that I know what I am talking about. I need to experience this journey again. So I have issued myself this challenge and after I complete 2 weeks I will then start to share it with my clients and future clients.

I will be posting all of my insights, struggles and successes (scale and non-scale) right here on this page.

The catch…Since this is a challenge that I am issuing to myself I won’t be making these posts public for at least two weeks. I will definitely make them public wether I succeed or fail. I’m not hiding anything or any part. I want to see success so that I am confident, once again, that I can share success. If I fail…I refuse to go there, because I WILL NOT FAIL unless I QUIT!

So, if you are seeing this post, it has been at least 2 weeks since I have started this “Challenge” and you are either now joining me or just curious how it went. I say “joining me” because I welcome all of my clients and those who want to be part of our tribe to join in the “challenge” to jump start their New Year and all the possibilities that it holds for them.

Welcome! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, even if you are just curious about my program. I don’t do sales! So, connect with me for information NOT pressure. I would love to hear from you!

Have a wonderful day or night, whichever it is, wherever you are! Never forget…You are AMAZING!

When we receive messages like this we can’t help but be ever so thankful for the honor of walking along with others on their journey towards healthy mind, healthy body, and healthy finances.

Strangers have become dear friends…and that is yet another blessing that being a Transformational Coach has brought into our lives.

We don’t help people “diet” we walk beside them and support them on their own Transformational Journey.

If you would like someone to walk along and support you on your own Transformational Health Journey…let’s talk.

Jumping To Solidify My Why

What a difference when we reduce inflammation…In December/January I was either sitting in a chair, on crutches or hobbling slowly with a very swollen knee.

Since starting this health program my body and mind have changed dramatically.

Yesterday, I was helping load stuff onto the back of the pickup. When done, I hesitated before jumping off of the tailgate (first thought was definitely “No!” I will get hurt). Then I remembered, I and my knees are in better shape now…So, I jumped! I smiled to myself and was doing a mental happy dance, when the young man (maybe late 20’s), still in the pickup box said, “I would have broken my knees if I had jumped off this box!” I said, “I would have too, almost 40lbs ago!” We ended up having a great conversation about inflammation, healthy eating and weight loss.

He is trying to get himself back on a plan (through a different company), that he was previously on, but is struggling to restart. We talked about the mind games that play out in our heads. (*Note: I don’t try to convince people that our program is the only program that works! I support others where they are.) In our conversation I tried to give him some positive support and tips to get started again. I told him that if his current program is working for him, I think that is awesome and I support him! If he doesn’t find that his program is working for him, let me know and we’ll see if we can find one of our programs for him.

He has no idea how good he made me feel and how he solidified my “Why” for becoming a coach…to help and support others where they are in their health journey!

Remember That

It is not always easy to remember how amazing we are, especially when we aren’t feeling it.

Take a few minutes right now to remind yourself that you are a special part of this world. Even if you don’t realize it, you are an example for others. You might feel invisible but you are not. You are loved, you are special, you are AMAZING!

If you aren’t quite feeling amazing today…fake it until you make it! Yes, I went there!

If your weight, or your unhealthy lifestyle and habits, are bothering you and bringing you down…you can do something about that. Make the choice to be the best AMAZING you!

If you just can’t seem to find a path to weight loss and healthy habits, let us know, send us a direct message…we can help!

Life is too short to be overweight, unhealthy and unhappy (usually because of our weight)!

Have an absolutely wonderful day!

Remember: YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

Quick Casserole

This was so yummy…we had it 2 days in a row. Recipe link below.

We didn’t realize how tasty and versatile spaghetti squash was until we started this health journey.

Who can complain about a weight loss plan where you can eat foods like this on a regular basis.

Note: We didn’t use the chili powder (couldn’t locate it in the spice cupboard). It was still delicious and since this was the first time making this dish we didn’t realize it was missing.

Recipe is from Sandy’s Kitchen Adventures.