Left: Sept 2015 270-280lbs / Right: Jan 2017 218lbs

Hi! I’m a girl who’s on a journey – a journey to find health and happiness and financial freedom. I’ve been overweight since 2nd grade. Being overweight has affected me many different ways – both positive and negative.

I was fed up with being the fat girl and started a weight loss journey on June 1, 2010 and lost 75lbs by February 1, 2011. It was awesome! I was so healthy – exercising 45 min 5 times a week, eating low carb and enjoying my new life. You can read more about that below under “The Old Journey”.

The New Journey

My new journey began 12/23/2015 at 272.8 lbs. My program is eating healthy, limiting carbohydrates, and exercising. No wraps, no pills, no drinks, no patches, no surgery – just plain ‘ole fashioned hard work.

My goals can be found on my goal page, but in short I’m striving to see 175.0 lbs. My short term goal  for this year is 199.0 lbs by June 30th. I haven’t seen onederland ever as a teen or adult.

The Old Journey

In November 2011 I found out I was finally pregnant! Something we had hoped and prayed for for many years. I was adamant about keeping the weight off my body – I didn’t want to ever be that fat or that out of shape again! I gained about 40lbs during the pregnancy and lost most of it shortly after the birth of our son.  The only unfortunate part of the pregnancy was that I couldn’t maintain eating low carb, since it’s not good for baby’s brain development. I became accustomed to eating carbs once again, knowing in the back of my mind that my body just can’t handle more than 75-100 carbs a day.

I chose to breastfeed and, from what others told me, I expected to lose even more weight because, apparently, breastfeeding makes the weight melt off. NOT TRUE IN MY CASE! I felt famished all the time and ate large portions and often. I didn’t care what I ate as long as I wasn’t starving. Adjusting to the new schedule was rough at first and we were having easy dinners – most of which were casserole type dinners.

I’ve started and stopped a million times it seems…but the important thing is that I am making this happen now.

Plan and execute. That’s all you have to do!

25 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m currently breastfeeding too and like you I get very hungry and thirsty. I used to grab whatever foods available most of them sweets just so I don’t starve and my milk doesn’t dry up. But now I’m learning to be more sensible and prepare my food in advance to lessen the chances of eating unhealthy and not overeat all throughout the day. By the way, how much carbs do you eat in one day? Good luck on your weight loss journey!

    • Breast feeding was horrible for me! I grabbed whatever was convenient, too! Unfortunately, I had to exclusively pump, so I was doing double the work 😦 convenient was the only thing I had time for! I knew I was eating badly, but thought I could stop when I was done breast feeding….nope…. 😦 right now I’m supposed to be on induction, so no more than 20-25 net carbs a day. That’s not safe for breast feeding. I wouldn’t be below 75-100 net carbs if I was breast feeding. Your supply might suffer. My threshold (so that I would still lose) is 75. Weight maintenance is 100 net carbs per day.

      • Thanks for this info. Are you still breastfeeding? I am exclusively nursing my 7 month old. My doctor told me I shouldn’t go below 1500 calories a day. I’m taking it easy though cause I still want to feed my child breastmilk. Cutting back too much will drop my milk supply.

  2. Also gained most of my weight on maternity leave with my kids. Lost all the pregnancy weight within a week, but than put it all back on plus some!

    You have lost the weight before, you know what to do, so I am sure you’re going to rock it again;)

  3. Oh my, we could be twins. I lost 75 pounds going from 289 to 214 in 2009-2010. Got prego (had the baby 3/3/11) and gained it ALL back. I SWORE to myself I was DONE. I just hate that I can’t do it again. I have tried it all, I just can’t do it. I know I can, but I don’t. I tried throwing up when I over indulged. I still do that some, but it hasn’t worked at all. I work a full-time stressful career and have four kiddos (3,5,7,9) and I don’t want to be the fat mom. Anyway, when I had lost the weight, I remember being so happy and feeling good, but as they say, the spirit is strong but the flesh is weak. I’m just so tired, and stressed. And I keep thinking that I’ll fail again. I’m going to keep track of you and pray for both of us that we are able to acheive our goal.

    • Hi Ruthie! Thanks for your comment and your prayers!

      Please do not continue binging and purging. It is so bad for you and the problem is that digestion starts before you even swallow, so if you’re putting it in your mouth, purging is not going to stop you from absorbing many of those calories and carbs – it’s just going to make you feel miserable and make you feel like a failure.

      It is so hard to lose weight, to stick with a program – but the thing we know is that we CAN do it. We’ve done it before, therefore, it is possible. I’ve found that I just can’t stick with low carb now that I’m a working mom. It’s not realistic to eat that way forever or to prepare different meals so I can eat “correctly”. So, I’m doing trial and error right now to see what is going to work. I tried low carb and failed. I tried Body by Vi, and while I loved the shake, I failed and gained almost 3lbs! (I was also allergic to the soy protein).

      Right now I’m trying Weight Watchers online (as of today, 9/16/2014). I’m giving it three months and I’m going to be blogging about it. I’m really hoping this works for me. I think I can stick with this!

      I know you can find something that works for you. It’s all about trial and error (and self control, we must exercise self control. We are not “entitled” to eat junk. If we feel that way then we deserve to be fat – I blogged about this yesterday). Don’t feel like you failed because one trial didn’t work….just try something new! You CAN do this! I will be praying for you as well!

  4. hi there.

    thanks so much for following my blog–it’s much appreciated. i am looking forward to coming along for the ride on your journey as i also navigate mine. i really love that i’m finding a sense of community blogging about weight loss. many people in my life don’t seem to understand what all of this is like, so it’s nice to have “friends” (even if they’re virtual!) that do.

    good luck to you as you begin ww! i’m 4 days post the first meeting, and so far, so good! it’s getting a bit easier each day.


    • Thanks for commenting! I’m excited to be part of this community, too. If I’d have known how encouraged I’d feel from blogging I would have started years ago! LOL.

      I’m excited to see your progress, as well. I’m doing ww online, as the closest meeting is about 40min away from me! I hope my online community friends can be that support I’m going to miss from the meetings!

      Good luck!!!

  5. I am so glad to have stumbled upon your page after you started following me, I had the exact same experience with nursing and just stopped after 8 months (I couldn’t keep up with my girls demands). I think you deserve a big pat on the back, what you are doing takes a lot of courage and hard work!

  6. Almost four years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was horrified to realise that I was about 50 pounds over what I would call my fighting weight. When I left the Army, I was a super-fit twelve-an-a-half stone, and had been since the age of eighteen. Now I was sixteen stone one. I had to change my life style.
    The doctor said, “Oh yeah?!”
    A few weeks later, she said, “Wow! You are a role model!”
    I put myself on a programme to lose 50 pounds in 19 weeks. I did it in 16 weeks.
    I changed my diet, but still enjoyed it.
    I exercised more: first on my rowing machine until I’d lost enough weight to start running. I knew that starting when I was too heavy could seriously damage my joints.
    I used an App called MyFitnessPal (MFP) to balance my daily intake and burn of calories, fats and sugars.
    I have used MFP to maintain my weight and lifestyle ever since.
    I am now really fit for my age and I am loving it!
    My doctor, and my friends say that I should write a book about it. Maybe I shall one day.
    Happy to just write my novels for now.
    If you want advice and support, let me know.
    Good luck. But, most of all, work at it. Only you can be responsible for reaching your goals. If you really want to do it, you will!

  7. Hi Rachael,

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    Finally, we want to personally thank you for being brave enough and dedicated enough to share your life and your journey with others. You are truly an inspiration!

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    Regional Account Manager

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