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seat belts, swimmies and oreos | my weight loss journey

By February 2, 2014 4 Comments

I’ve officially been at it for over one year….one year, roughly 75 pounds……..and still going!! I want to hit the 100 pound goal and dammit it’s going to happen. I had one hiccup over the holidays and gained about 4 pounds, which I’m positive was water weight because it came back off quickly there after! I can’t believe I’ve stuck with this for one year………at this point, I think it’s safe to say, I officially have a new lifestyle and I never want to go back. So many amazing things happened this year both in my professional and personal life and I truly believe that it’s all because I started getting my health in order. It’s so funny how things fall into place when you focus positive energy on it! <3 How Have I Been Doing?
I’m still at it….I’m still plucking away and although the scale has hardly changed the past several months, I’m still getting healthy and I’m learning not to value myself by what the scale says. I won’t lie, seeing a smaller number would be glorious, but in the back of my mind, I’m trying to remember it’s not about the number on the scale, it’s about the number I’m adding to my life….to live a longer and healthier life. I had to go back and re-read a few of my previous blog posts to get some inspiration back (which was the point of why I wrote them in the first place) and I had to remind myself that even though my workouts can be consistent, the weight loss won’t! Damnit! haha!

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So What’s New??

*Seat Belt on Southwest: Back in January 2013 (a year ago), our family took a little vacation to Disney World. I remember the trip there very vividly mostly because it was the three of us in a row and I was stuck in the middle. Mallory loves to sit by the window to see the views and Greg is an aisle man …so needless to say, I took one for the team and sat in the middle. It was so uncomfortable. I felt like my arms were in his space and there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room….and then the seat belt! Yes the seat belt fit but it didn’t exactly have a whole lot of fabric left at the end once you buckled it. I sat there on the way to Florida feeling disgusted. I was at the start of my weight loss – literally the first two weeks and I remember thinking, I don’t want to be like this anymore! Well……this past January, a few weeks ago, I traveled to Phoenix for that PPA Photography Conference and let’s just say that I could pull the seat belt a LOT tighter and I had lots of wiggle room. I even sat in the middle and it was a weeeeeee big more comfortable! It’s the small things people that I will never take for granted again!

*So I mentioned the plane ride to Phoenix for the conference, but did I mention that I woke up extra early to get my work out in almost every morning…except the first morning because we had to register super early, but I had gone to work out the morning prior before getting on the plane because I knew that would be the case. That’s right, I drug my butt out of bed at 5:30am just to keep my promise to myself. I kind of did have “east coast advantage” considering we were two hours behind, but I took that and ran…literally. I was so proud that I kept my promise to myself and it felt great sitting in my classes knowing that I had already gotten my work out in and that all the walking I’d be doing over the course of the day was just bonus!


This is the proof that I worked out during the conference. I was TOTALLY photo bombed by a bum! haha!

*Speaking of traveling, it makes me anxious. Which is mostly why I made the promise to workout while I was away. When I’m at home I am comfortable with my routine. I can control what goes into my food but when you’re in an unfamiliar city and your trying to read of (very vague) menus and your schedule is all jacked up, it takes me out of my comfort zone and I”d be lying if it doesn’t kind of consume me. As a matter of fact, Greg and I have been trying to plan a vacation for our family in the next couple of months and I’ve been kind of dragging my feet because I’m soo nervous to fall off track. Realistically, it’s crazy I know, but I’m so worried that I’ll fall off the wagon. We still haven’t figured out where we are going. We’re last minute anyways, it’s kind of how we roll! By the way, I’m totallllly up for suggestions. Just don’t say Santorini, Greece, because I’m reserving that vacation for when I finally reach my 100#’s lost goal! Another thing I have to keep repeating to myself is that one bad meal is not going to make you unhealthy just like one workout doesn’t get you in shape. #truth

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*While I was literally dying during the workout, I realized that on that very day (January 15th) it was exactly one year to the day that I had began getting healthy. I remember the first workout because we ended up showing up at a silver sneakers class because it said low impact aerobics. We laughed our butts off the whole way home..but you know what, we all have to start somewhere and if it wasn’t for me taking that class, I’m not sure I’d be where I am…..which the other day, I took my first bootcamp class. It felt so great! I KNOW that I couldn’t have done that a year ago, and yes it was quite the work out, but it felt sooo good! I can run a mile without being winded, do intervals without giving up and burpees….ohhh god the burpees! I’ve come a long way in a year. It’s like a mental shift went off… of going from “I can’t” to “This is going to suck, but I’m going to get it done”. For those just starting out in their fitness journey, it doesn’t have to start at a gym or fitness class. Go with what you feel comfortable with. If working out at home is more appealing than heading to a gym, do it. You can look up exercises online like rhomboid workouts and go at your own pace.

*I was watching American Funniest Home Video’s this evening and there was a video of a 1 year old little boy trying to eat an Oreo with those swimmies on…he couldn’t get the cookie up to his mouth (it was so cute) and then it dawned on me…………*I NEED THOSE* Do they made an adult version?! hahah! haha! Then I realized that they were actually a Pittsburgh Family! *fist bump* for Pix-burg representin! haha!

*Being grateful for your current weight. There are people who would love to be right where you are right now. This is something I struggle with all the time, because trust me, I still have a long ways to go to be where I want to be….but at the same time, I know there are people out there just starting and would love to be at the weight I am. I try to keep that in my mind when I start getting hard on myself. It’s kind of like looking back at high school photos and realizing how skinny you were, but at the time you thought you were SOOO fat. I think that all the time. I never wore a bikini growing up because I was “sooo fat”, now I look back at them and think HELL, I should have been walking around in a bikini at Walmart! hahah! I guess us women will never REALLLY be satisfied with our bodies. I’m learning to accept that.

weight loss before and after

My mom was visiting my Grandma and send me the left image on her cell phone. WOW! The difference a year can make!

*Still programing my self to shop in different sections of the store. I want to automatically go to the plus section and it isn’t until I pick up a large size that it dawns on me that I won’t fit that anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no size 2 or 4 or even 6 for that matter, but I’m not in the 20’s anymore! When I go back into a store that I haven’t shopped at in a while, I’ve had to ask a sales clerk where the correct section is because I never shopped there before.

*I’ll admit, I like to watch those reality tv shows like “The Biggest Loser” just for shits and giggles. It dawned on me the other day when they mentioned that one of the contestants had lost over 100 pounds in a matter of 12 weeks….t.w.e.l.v.e. weeks! No wander we get frustrated when we don’t lose 20 pounds in one week because we are comparing our weight-loss with people on television with round the clock trainers and someone else preparing their meals. No children to worry about while they are at camp, it’s not real life. It was then that I drilled into my head that this is not a short trip…this is a journey and I’m A-OK with that!

*No one asked me to buy girl scout cookies! YAY! Thank you 6 ounce baby Jesus!

And if you’re interested, here are the other blog posts that I’ve written regarding my journey! I hope you find just a little bit of inspiration in them! 🙂

Big Macs, Whoppers and Diet Coke

Bye Bye 50 Pounds

What No One Tells You

Silver Sneakers, Halloween Shopping and the “Secret Code” | Weight Loss Journey

I will lose 100 pounds!

You Are The Sum of Every Choice You Make

It Was Bound To Happen

……25 more pounds to go…let’s do this!


  • Tabitha Mackey says:

    I always say I wish I was as fat as I thought I was in high school.

  • Dania Isabel Echevarria says:

    Jen, thank you so much, this was a much needed push… I am the sum of every choice I make, and I do want to make the right choice and be healthier and live longer, I don’t want to live like this anymore. Thank you so much, for sharing your journey with me.

  • Karen Bovenkamp says:

    You look absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on 75 lbs.

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