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Me at 214 pounds Christmas of 2017. My God, do I look like my mother.

214.4 pounds

4 days without a bottle of pop.


I must, must, get rid of this weight!

Two years ago I stepped on a scale and saw the number 242. I could not believe it. I tried a different scale. 242. I remember weighing 125 and thinking I was fat. 242. When I lived in New York I weighed 190 and felt pretty good. My doctor would tell me to lose 20 pounds. I joined Weight Watchers and lost the 20 pounds.

When I moved back to Michigan to care for my elderly father, my life completely changed and so did my eating habits. Gone were the healthy habits that were so easy to establish in New York. 242.

I bought a FitBit and started with a step goal of 7,000 steps. I tried to track calories, but that is difficult unless you eat a lot of processed foods pre-labled for you. I try to stay away from that. I tracked my exercise and found it easy to meet my daily goal and increased it to 10,000 steps.

In two months, I was down to 220 and have hovered around that for the past year. I know why I am on this plateau and will blog more about my struggle with healthy eating and my Dad.

In the summer of 2017, I reached the low of 195, my current goal is 190. But it did not stay there. Today I weigh 214.4. On the upside, I did not gain any weight over the Holidays.

As I re-commit to getting healthy at the start of 2018, I will post my weight and how many days I have gone without a bottle of soda or as they call it in my corner of the world–pop. For me eating healthy is reflected in the face and although I take terrible selfies, I will include of photo of myself.

My reason for wanting to be healthier has not nothing to do with looks. I want to feel better and have more energy because I have more responsibilities than ever.

Please post any tips, recipes or just some encouragement in the comments. I need all the help I can get in my moments of weakness. Feel free to ask questions.

6 thoughts on “Getting Healthier: Weight

  1. I have a friend who lost almost 50 pounds last year, from 174 to 127. I followed it on Facebook. She was using a diet program out of her Dr’s office called “Ideal Protein”. She called the FB album “The Incredible Shrinking Woman,” and it really looked like that. I don’t diet and have never really done a weight loss program so I don’t have direct personal experience with it, but this was the most amazing weight loss success story I’ve ever seen.. And so far she’s keeping it off. I mention it because she did it under a doctor’s supervision and said she didn’t feel deprived. If you need long-term support, which it sounds like would be helpful, maybe it would be worth seeing a doctor rather than trying to do it all on your own. Even though I don’t really do diets, I know how hard it is to make resolutions like this and stick to them! I wish you all the best on this project!


    1. If I had health insurance that may be an option, but I don’t. My goal is to form healthy habits and hopefully weight loss will be a side effect. Thank for taking the time to write. I agree that if your weight poses a serious health risk you should seek professional help.

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      1. Yeah, she had some health issues and blood work she needed to address. I mentioned it because I was so impressed with the results–I had really never seen anything like that before outside of an infomercial, and never before with a real person I actually knew. For myself personally I tend to take the same approach as you: I try to form healthy habits with weight loss not being the primary goal but a side effect. In my experience, that approach works, but slowly. I lost 6-10 pounds a year over a couple of years this way.


      2. Yes, it is slower, but I put it on slower. For me my 2 big things are not drinking soda and I need more aerobic workouts. I tend to stress eat so relieving stress is important as well. I’m glad you posted, you never know who it may help.

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      3. Yes! Stress eating is a big thing for me too.


  2. Nik says:

    I love my fitbit. If you have time to walk, can you gradually increase your step goal? Gradually add in different movements? (Like lunges sometimes instead of normal steps?)
    Congratulations on the days without pop. My 2 front teeth are false, my real ones dissolved away from drinking too much pop so these days I tend to stick to water.


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