About Me

bushplane2008-11-08 In five and a half years, I have dropped 117 pounds off of my 5’3″, now-39-year-old frame.  In doing so, I have transformed myself from a ho-hum, but fun-loving, fat chick to a sassy, sexy, shapely – and still fun-loving – chick.  One who eats fruits and vegetables nearly every day and actually likes to work out!

It took me four years to lose 100 pounds and another year and a half to drop an additional 17.  The pace has been s-l-o-w, but the process has been worth it.  During these five and a half, sometimes tumultuous, years, I survived the life-threatening illnesses of two loved ones, a contentious divorce, living with friends for nearly a year, a death in the immediate family, replacing my car three times, moving twice, changing jobs three times and starting a new relationship.  Through it all, I’ve continued to lose weight and improve my eating habits and stay dedicated to my exercise regimen.

Now, heading into the sixth year of my lifestyle change, I’m writing this blog to share my tips, tricks, techniques and tidbits for making a diet-and-exercise lifestyle change and sticking with it ’til you get where you want to be… and then staying there, which is often the hardest part.

Please note that I am not a doctor or therapist.  I’m sharing my story, thoughts and observations in the hopes that you might find something inspirational here.  Always seek the counsel of a qualified professional before making any comprehensive diet and exercise changes.

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David Fithian  |  January 20, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Excellent blog! I was really enlightened by your wisdom. I agree, that it is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. Our prayers are with your continued ssssucess!!

  • 2. Ms Eli  |  January 24, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Congratulations and blessings to you. You’ve no idea how I admire you and all you’ve accomplished. I know how difficult it is to maintain a weight loss and exercise life style. I’ve just started the exercise part and really do enjoy working out (with my husband) at the gym. I had lost 55 pounds a few years ago and have maintained the loss (mostly). Having just retired, finally!, 2 weeks ago, I feel more able to control what and when I eat, so the loss should be more consistent. I must admit I’ve put on 10 pounds over the past 2 years, but there were a lot of emotional reasons for that, which I am slowly learning to deal with.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say I love you and wish you continued success, happiness and sexy, sassy times ahead!

  • 3. Mary  |  February 16, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    I knew you when you had that extra 114 pounds….and I can’t believe you are the same person.

    I’m just so proud of what you have done with your life and totally admire you.

    I hope to see you again in NH!

  • 4. Gail B.  |  February 18, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I, too knew you way back when you were 114 lbs heavier and I’m so proud of what you’ve accomplished! You were always a fun loving person, so I know you must be enjoying your new “body” and doing things you probably never even tried before. You are a true inspiration to everyone.

    I have a niece that has really put on the weight over the last 3-4 years. I hate seeing her become so “unhealthy”, as diabetes runs in her family. She just can’t seem to get motivated to lose the weight. She talks about it, but that’s about all. I would guess that she probably needs to lose at least 75 pounds. But the thought of that must be so daunting.
    Any advice that you can offer will be appreciated. The fact that you lost the weight so slowly must be so much better than those who lose weight on “crash” diets. Congratulations and good luck! You look wonderful!

    PS-remember the “girls weekend” we all took and the crazy time we had??? I can still remember you trying on all those hats in the store.

  • 5. Kristen's Raw  |  February 26, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Congrats on such amazing success. I see that you do indeed eat fresh fruits and veggies, so you see, you’re eating some Raw 🙂

    You’re an inspiration to so many…thank you for sharing your story.


  • 6. jesseybean  |  July 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Just amazing. Thank you for sharing your story. This fat girl is definatly motivated by you!

  • 7. GreenKalit  |  July 28, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for your story. I’m 5’2 and have tried to get below 160 for the last year after a merger at work. In the first week of clean eating, I lost 5 lbs. I’m so excited to hear your success, it encourages me to keep going!

  • 8. Ryan Robinson  |  September 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    The pace always seems slow with weight loss. Congratulations on your success, and thanks for inspiring the rest of us!

  • 9. Shannon B.  |  October 23, 2008 at 8:10 pm


    I saw you linked to Zeer in an entry you wrote about us some time ago. Congratulations on making such an incredible life change!! You look incredible. So inspiring!!

    I’m writing to let you know that we just introduced a new blog widget to our site. I don’t know if you’ve joined Zeer, but this new widget lets you share your favorite foods on your blog.

    I thought maybe you or your readers may be interested, so here is the link. You have to login to access your personalized widget.


    If you want to see a blog that’s using it already check out this blog — scroll down to the lower right hand side

    Thanks again!
    Shannon B.
    Community Manager

  • 10. Juliet  |  December 1, 2008 at 4:03 am

    I love your blog! Congrats on losing and keeping off all that weight!

  • 11. Lewis Cox III  |  December 20, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Stumbled across your site while searching for a pull-up bar. So nice to hear a success story like this! Your positive attitude is glowing off the page.

    I’ve gained and lost 50 lbs (which was hard). Had open heart surgery and went vegetarian. But now I have about as much energy as I want (sometimes much more). I’ve dealt with a great deal of depression which is tough, but have always sort of had an inner light- although sometimes almost extinguished- that keeps glowing and seeing your blog inspires me to fan the flames. It’s just great to read about someone of similar age range who’s been through similar experiences and has a positive attitude. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

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  • 13. Ms Oblivious  |  February 15, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Funny how you come across things just when you need to! It is so great to hear about people who have actually lost the weight and kept it off! Sometimes all you hear in the news is how people fail at losing weight. Looking around the bloggs, I am encouraged that it can be done!!! Thanks for sharing with the world of your success!

  • 14. Fawnia Dietrich  |  February 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    We love having you at the pole dancing studio, and seeing you get stronger every week is motivating to all of us, including me. HUGS!!!


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