My Struggle is Real……..Results!

One year ago from today ,I set out to prove to myself I could lose weight. I blogged everyday to help me stay accountable. I barely got any sleep last night thinking of everything I wanted to go over that I learned. 

First, I learned that the older you get the wiser you get. You also get more determined to conquer whatever you set out to do. This has something to do with the fact I seem to care less about what other people may think about me. Don’t get me wrong I still get upset if people don’t like me for no reason. It’s my life, my journey and if I’m not doing anything that interferes with my walk with Jesus or hurting anyone then I’m good to go.

 What did I actually set out to do? I set out to stop losing and gaining the same pounds over and over. I set out to be the strongest person I could be. I know age is just a number but my number last year was 42 and I felt 62. I’m 43 this year and sometimes I feel 43 and sometimes I feel 63. Today, I feel older due to the rain causing me pain. Don’t know how it does it but it really makes my body ache. I take vitamins to help conquer what aging throws at me. Turmeric and Fish oil do help. 

Life is what you make of it. If you say you can’t do something. Then you never will. I’ve learned instead of saying can’t you should say won’t. I won’t do a lot of things because I lack the desire. I can do anything I set out to do. I might not do them perfectly but I’ll do them. Trying and failing to do things is still an accomplishment because you went from not doing something to doing it the best way you could.

I’ve learned exercising is important. I also learned if I don’t like something ,I’m not going to do it for long. I tried jogging. I met my goal to jog three miles straight. But, after awhile it bored me. I started feeling like I was in a hamster wheel. I will still jog when the mood hits. I tried walking up the mountain. I actually love this but I can’t do it year around. I’m afraid of snakes in the summer. During hunting season I’d rather not take chances on being mistaken for a deer and then there’s the fear of freezing before reaching the top in the winter. So, what’s left I can do? I like to dance! I’m not great at it but I’ve always had a place in my heart to do it. The right music and I can burn them calories up. I love 80s music and now Latin music thanks to Zumba. I still sometimes can’t believe I went and got certified to teach Zumba. It took me awhile but I found the cardio for me. That’s what everyone needs to do. Find the cardio that works for them. I’m still working on stretching and doing weights. They are important but I do neglect them more than I should.

I’ve learned no matter how much I exercise if I don’t eat right I’m going to maintain my weight or worse, gain! The one thing I’ve tried to do this year is track my food and stay active for 30 minutes doing something if it was just walking in place. It’s not about dieting it’s about knowing what you’re consuming and how it will affect your health. 

I guess by now you want to know if I met my goal. I started off weighing 177 pounds. I weighed in this morning knowing I was not going to reach my goal of 145. Here are my results!


I was totally shocked. It’s actually a little under my goal. I thought for sure I’d be about two pounds away. I had a blog prepared about not reaching my goal. I met my goal barely. I have to admit that if I didn’t go low carb for the last few days ,I would not have reached my goal. It was extremely hard too. I love carbs! One day I had 88 carbs and the two other days I did about 50. The weird thing is my fat totals were over by 12 grams one day and 17 another. I guess my body can process fat but when it comes to carbs, sugar, and sodium it has a harder time. Everyone’s body is different. My advice is find what works for you. I won’t be doing low carb everyday but I think I’m going to try to stay in the 75-100 goal most days. I really like not waking up bloated. Also, if my carbs are lower my sugar and sodium are good too. 

My goal for the future is to maintain my weight and I wouldn’t mind if I lost ten more pounds. I realized I could’ve lost more weight but I also would have missed out on birthday cakes, lunch dates with my children, dinner with my family, social gatherings, and holiday treats and feasts. I never deprived myself during my diet. Except for the last three days! I didn’t want to diet. I wanted to be able to enjoy food in moderation no matter what it was. I won’t give up eating the foods I love. I might not eat as much of them but that just makes them more special when I do.  I can’t wait for dinner tonight because it’s spaghetti night. I think the statement ” it’s not what you eat but how much you eat” is very true. The only thing I gave up was diet pop. That was very hard to do and I still get cravings. It really did cause me to have more inflammation and pain in my body. I now drink Coke Life one to two times a week. 

I’m stronger than I was a year ago. I plan to get stronger and better every year. I always tell my husband I’m going to be like fine wine and get better with age. They say wine does anyway, I don’t drink so I’m not sure. I want to find new ways to be healthier and happier. Thanks to doing this, I now have clothes that are too loose and just right. No more too small. What really surprised me through all this. I was the only one who cared how big I was. My family still can’t believe I lost that much weight. They didn’t know I was overweight. They didn’t see my size they just saw me. They loved me for who I was not my looks. I think that is so sweet. It also proves you can’t lose weight for others you can only do it for yourself. You are the one that knows if you need to improve your health. You are the only one who will be putting in the work. It’s all up to you. The Struggle is a Real, but so worth it!

Start your journey today! Don’t wait to be the person you want to be. If you don’t want to blog to the world, start a daily journal. I also highly recommend the fitness pal app and a device to track your steps. It really made a difference for me.

Thanks to all who read, commented, and followed my blog! I hope this helps at least one person. 

I hope you have a great life!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Here are my before and after pictures! No judgement please lol

Measurements: 

 chest started off at 42 inches ,now 38.5

Arms L 13-now 11.5 R 13.5 now 12 inches

Waist was 41.5 inches, now 37.5 

L Thigh was 25.5 now 22

R Thigh was 26 now 22.5

17.5 inches lost combined 

Day 365   My Struggle……….

Last diet/exercise blog!I will give my results and post about what I’ve learned in a years time tomorrow.

I’ve done good for my last day. I’ve had protein shakes, boiled eggs, cheese, and iced coffee for a treat and the caffeine. 

I had Zumba today so I also have my steps in for the day. I’m in a step challenge so I am going to see how many I can get in before midnight.

The first part of my day was yucky. It rained off and on and it was so dreary. I ended up taking a nap. Then I cleaned house. Zumba was great tonight. Lots of energy and lots of fun. I just hope my energy decreases or I’m going to be up all night from all the energy lol.

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Day 363  My Struggle…….

Two more dieting days left! Well, what I’ll be blogging about anyway. Then my goal will be maintaining my weight and if I lose a few more that’d be okay too.

When I woke up this morning I didn’t feel well. My knee and ankles were bothering me. So I ended up taking a nap. I even went to bed early last night. Won’t be napping tomorrow though. I gotta go get groceries. 

I did a low carb diet today and I am going to continue it for the next two days. I don’t know if it will help with my results but, I’m going to try it. I’ll be sick of tuna, eggs, and cheese by then. I don’t know ,I really like cheese.

I got my steps in with 60 active minutes. Tomorrow, I don’t have Zumba so I’m going to have to work hard at getting my steps in.

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Day 362  My Struggle………

What a fall like day we had here today. I don’t know if I’m ready to let summer go. I am looking forward to making a big pot of chili when it gets a little cooler.

Today was a day of cleaning, laundry, cooking, and Zumba. It’s been a good day though. I enjoy getting things done. 

I took no nap today. I’m trying to kick that habit. I want to start going to bed earlier and I can’t do that if I take nap during the day.

My eating has been good but a normal day. I still cut my calories but nothing extreme. I did use my measuring cup so I wouldn’t eat too much mashed potatoes and stuffing. I had 1/3 cup of both of those. Then I also had 1/2 a roll and some turkey. It’s hard to cook a good meal and not have any. 

I got in my steps with 60 active minutes for the day.

Last night I got into the peanut butter and I had a few little mini carmel apple milky ways. That was not good. That’s why I need to go to bed earlier. I won’t be eating late at night after the kitchen is supposed to be closed. Hopefully, I can control myself this evening.

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Day 361  My Struggle………

Happy Sunday!

I’ve had a nice day.  I went to church. It was a great service! I really needed the message I heard today. I’ve spent time with my children making memories. I only wish my husband didn’t have to work today so he too could of had a nice day. He also had to leave before I had brunch done.

I made breakfast for lunch after church. We’re always in a hurry Sunday morning so we usually wait to eat after we get home. I had almost all my carbs in one meal. It was actually my only big meal today. I pretty much just had snacks throughout the rest of the day. I had string cheese,  an apple with a smidge of light carmel dip, and a 1/2 pack of nature valley honey biscuits with unsweetened cashew milk.

I walked some with my youngest. Then I went on a ride to the top of the mountain with my son. I walked down while he rode beside me on the four wheeler. The scenery today was just beautiful. 

I almost have my steps in and I have 45 active minutes for the day. I think for a Sunday I’ve done good. Tomorrow-Thursday I’m going to be extra good when it comes to eating and exercising. Might not reach my goal but I’d like to come close at least.

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Day 359  My Struggle………

What can I say about today. It wasn’t great or bad just so so. I took my oldest ones car and got it aligned. My husband is going to change the oil and it’s ready for her to take to college.

My day consisted of a trip to town, taking kids to/from school, and laundry. 

I’m behind on my steps. Will be working on that later. 

I’m doing good on my calories. I’m trying to cut some carbs but my fat grams are up. I’m also very moody. Apparently cutting carbs makes me grouchy. I didn’t even cut them that low. It’s having a big affect on me though. I don’t know if my family or even I can stand myself for a week of this. 

Hope you’re having a good night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!

Day 358   My Struggle……

One more week and I’ve blogged everyday for a year. My last post will actually be on September 1st. I’m close to my goal but it’s not looking like I’m going to hit it. I’ve been contemplating on how I’m going to handle it if I don’t reach it. 

I managed to get my steps in last night even though it was tough. I had Zumba today so I have my steps in with 60 active minutes.

My eating has been good today. I had a protein shake for breakfast/lunch. String cheese for snack. Dinner was a struggle but I managed. I had two bites each of meatloaf, mashed potatoes,green beans, and 1/2 a roll. That was kinda like my appetizer. For my big meal I had a boiled egg and can of tuna in water. It was filling and my calories and nutrition are all good. Plus, I even have room for my low calorie ice cream.

That’s all for today!

Have a great night!

Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!