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I’m Shrinking!

I've lost 16.2 pounds in the last four weeks.

As you might imagine, I'm as happy with that as I am the inches I've lost.

16.2 pounds! I wanted to wear that number on a sign around my neck yesterday.

What I'm Doing to Lose Weight

Food Journal

I still believe that keeping a food journal is going to be a key to my success in losing weight, learning how to eat well, and controlling my portion sizes.

I had to stop doing it because of the time it was requiring, but I haven't given up on the food journal. I will get back to it.


I'm not exercising every single day. I thought I would, but it hasn't been a possibility.

Back pain, knee pain, muscle pain. I'm a big wimp, and my body isn't used to moving around so much. It needs rest days.

My new plan is to exercise every other day. If I miss a day for some reason, I'll make it up the very next day. This way, I won't end up with the three- or four-day long streaks that have been causing me so much pain.

Drinking Lots of Water

I'm a thirsty person naturally. I'm averaging nine to twelve glasses of water or brewed iced tea per day.

Eating More Fruits and Vegetables

I've been doing really well with fruits and vegetables. I am eating 5 or 6 servings per day.

I had forgotten my love of fresh veggies, but it's coming back quickly. I love broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots especially.

Parking Remote

Leah suggested this to me, as it was one of her early changes when she lost 170 pounds.

When the temperature is above 30 degrees, I park as far away from my destination as is reasonable. (I don't do it when the temperature is less than 30 degrees because I don't have a warm coat. I don't have a warm coat because I am too big for my warm coat, and I'm not spending the money to buy one now. Don't feel sorry for me. I have plenty of natural insulation.)

No Candy. No Sweets. No Soda Pop.

I haven't had a soda pop in more than a week. Not even one. That's something I'm very proud of.

I don't crave pop any more. I don't need it. I'm healthier without it.

I can't drink pop in moderation, or I would try. It has to be all or nothing for me.

I tried to eat candy and chocolate in moderation, but they didn't taste good to me. Those were sad moments, but I'm over them, too.

For the record, I'm not depriving myself. If chocolate tasted good to me, I'd have some. It just doesn't. So why eat it?


I am very aware of my body now. It's intentional.

I try to analyze when I need to eat because I'm hungry and when I want to eat because I'm bored or sad or whatever.

I try to picture the appropriate portion size when I eat. I don't get a second helping unless I am really still hungry.


I'm not perfect. I have failed lots and lots and lots of times.

At the same time, I haven't had any days that were genuinely lost. I've stuck to everything as well as I possibly could. I forgave myself when I failed. It happens.


It's been a month, and I'm still managing. I'm still working my plan, and I'm still on track for my goal. That is a huge success for me.

I've lost 16.2 pounds and 13.25 inches. Have I mentioned that yet?

Happily submitted to Mamavation Monday and Works for Me Wednesday

Photo by Robert Banh

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24 thoughts on “I’m Shrinking!”

  1. I actually like how you cut back and made reasonable goals for yourself. You are in it for the long haul, so just get settled in before you ramp up the engine. You gotta git into your groove first. I did the whole achey thing too. I have a genetic hip problem and walking was painful. You get through it. It gets better. As the weight sheds, the body is more forgiving. As you get stronger, you will be healed from the in out. XXOO

  2. Way to go!!! Thanks for sharing your tips. You have definitely motivated me to get back into exercise. It really doesn't have to be an all (every day) or nothing thing.
    Visiting from WFMW!

  3. You are doing AWE.SOME! I am so proud of you, Tara, for sticking with this and not giving up. Wonderful adaptations to your goals, make them do-able. I am finding that sweets don't taste good to me either. If I eat chocolate, it was to be quality dark chocolate and only and ounce. And I only do that about once a week. I'm not craving it and that's weird to me, ya know? But I'm with ya regarding why eat it if it doesn't taste good.

    Congrats on the 16 lbs and 13 inches!!! Definitely something to be proud of!!!

  4. Thanks, Leah. That's a lot of why I cut back. I can't force my body to do more than it's capable of, and if I injure myself, I won't be able to exercise much at all. So have more realistic expectations will work better in the long run.

  5. Great, simple ideas/reminders! You’re doing great. Now to get off the computer and get myself moving so maybe I can burn a few calories too.

  6. Congratulations on your progress! 🙂 I think one thing that we have forgotten in our culture as a whole is that we should only eat when we are hungry – not just when we are bored or it is “time to eat”. My brother’s doctor said to drink a glass of water when you think you are hungry. Wait 30 minutes after you finish the glass of water and if you still feel hungry, then you ARE actually hungry. Also, drinking a full glass of water 30 minutes before a meal will help you control your portions. I’m just worried now that I am drinking TOO MUCH water! Figures. 🙂

  7. Congratulations again and again and again! I know I”m saying that every week, but you are doing such a great job. You are a role model for your family and for others who read your blog. Yay for you!

  8. Way to go on your weight loss. At the beginnig of Janurary Hubs and I went on a strict no sugar no gluten diet, he lost 22 lbs, I’ve lost about 9. But I also have starting really thinking about when I am hungry, planning my meals carefully and trying not to get over hungry (that’s when I grab junk food) I’ve also realized when I am really stressed I eat and/or in my case bake!

    I think I would do even better if I would exercise more consistently. Good for you!

    Just curious where you ever able to go on my site, with out it crashing?

  9. YEA for you!! YOU are doing amazingly well and YES inches and pounds is like a bonus!! Way to go on all the steps you've made going forward! How much total would you like to lose? Slow and steady and it will be gone FOR GOOD!! XO

  10. Wow! Good for you!
    That is so stinking hard!

    I am trying to spruce up for my 26th class reunion next month!
    But…..I’m afraid it’s useless! It’s freezing cold here….and I need to get out and run!
    I can’t do it in this weather!

    I know….excuses! Just do it! I keep telling myself! 🙂

  11. Way to go on the inches and weight lost! You have really done great. You are very positive even when you know you haven't done so well on some days, keep it going!

  12. Tara, I know you must feel amazing and encouraged! Feeling my own weighty frustrations, I know how I’d feel to be down 16 vs up 12 as I am! Hope your hard work and determination are multiplied as the Lord grants increase to your efforts.

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