Let’s be honest–If losing weight was easy, we’d all look like Gisele. Is Miranda Kerr more your speed? Whatever, we’d all be Victoria Secret models and marry NFL stars. Or not. But you get the point. But it’s not easy. It’s really hard. What gives? We are women and this is our plight.

Our plight is never over and it’s so hard to wage battle against yourself and the pastry in front of you everyday just so you can stay in those jeans you love oh so much that are perhaps, becoming a little too tight. Gasp! *Cue dramatic theme music*.  I have been active for as long as I can remember, from playing sports in middle school and high school, nearly all year long, to being in college and trying (unsuccessfully) to stave off the ‘freshmen 15’ (*cough 20*).  I was always working to stay in shape and be healthy, but sometimes my willpower against the vile pastry just wasn’t strong enough.




When I was in college, I was a competitive lumberjack. Yup, just like the guys you see on TV! I loved every second of it although I had never imagined it was something I would do. I grew up in the ‘burbs, playing volleyball and going to the mall. Of course, I loved camping, being in the outdoors, hiking and riding horses, but these lumberjack people are a whole new breed of outdoorsy! And crazy. Somehow I found myself standing on blocks of wood and swinging axes near my feet and chopping pieces of wood with saws the length of Dekembe Motumbo. And on one fateful Saturday afternoon in the middle of a competition, sawing with one of those saws, three pops in my back came out of nowhere and on the ground I went. I had to be helped off the ground and out of the arena. As I would later find out, what I thought was a pulled muscle in my lower back was actually two herniated discs and a pinched sciatic nerve. Ouchie!


Being laid up with excruciating pain made staying in shape very hard, and the pounds started to creep up.  It has been a challenge, and one that I need a little help with. Luckily, I’ve been very fortunate to be managing my back health and fitness quite well, by working out 4 or 5 days a week, spinning, kickboxing, lifting weights and walking the dog. But the pounds don’t come off that easily. Diet is so important. And let’s be honest, we can all use a little help in that department. 9 times out of 10 I will tackle a chocolate chip cookie before a stalk of celery, but incorporating a Slim-Fast snack into my plan helps take the edge off the “Hangries” that come at around 3 o’clock. Those hunger pangs and low blood sugar angry feelings are such a drag and no one wants to be around you when you’re feeling like that!

So I’m on a new journey.  Of course I want to be the healthy and hot newlywed wifey that I am, but to be perfectly honest, I wanna lose weight so I can start swinging sharp objects near my appendages again!! 


Onward and downward my weight goes–where it stops nobody knows! But my jeans sure will! Holla!


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