Halfway There

Halfway There

I’ve lost 30 of my desired 60 pounds. I’m halfway to goal.

I started eating ketogenic (low carb/high fat/moderate protein) on May 8.  I started 9Round for kickboxing workouts on May 11.  Yes, some people may have lost weight faster, but I also gained muscle, enjoyed life and took a little “time off”, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished since May.

This picture was taken in April at Easter. I was singing for our worship service and, to be honest, was MORTIFIED at this photo our worship minister posted.  I immediately untagged myself (you know!) because I was so embarassed at how I looked.  I mean, I bought this dress, wore Spanx (you know!), and wore this dress in front of our entire congregation that morning singing a solo.  So seeing how I actually looked, I HATED it.

So instead of wallowing, I did something. I researched and started eating keto and found a workout that worked for me. It’s not magic. It’s making choices, sticking to plan more often than I’d like and working hard when I can. I often work out on my lunch break. It’s not hours at the gym. It’s 30 minutes. Or I work out when the grandmas pick Remi up from school early. Or I take her on Saturdays and she sits in her stroller with a sippy cup while I work out. It’s only 30 minutes – she’s fine.

It’s ordering things special “burger with no bun, please” or not bringing my favorite carby foods into the house. It’s choosing not to eat the donut at work (or sometimes, eating the donut but choosing not to blow the whole weekend and get back on track, or sometimes having a couple days off for my sanity).

So today I’m 30 pounds below my “found out I was pregnant weight.”  Like I posted before, I only gained about 25 lbs during pregnancy and lost that pretty quickly. For some context, this was me 30 lbs ago (early in 2016)- this was our pregnancy announcement picture. Yes, I was pregnant here, but hadn’t gained much weight yet.

And this is me now. 30 lbs down, and so much gained.


Now I can do real pushups. I do 30+ burpees in the 3 minutes between bells at 9Round. I can run. I can jump. I can throw a mean jab. I can shop at boutiques again. I am down like 3 pants sizes. I walk with my head held high because I’m proud of myself. Yes, I’d still like to lose 30 more lbs. I’m not done working on myself. But I’m glad to go into 2018 having made so much progress.

I don’t say this to “be an inspiration.”  My sweet friend Emilee told me I was inspiring on Facebook the other day when I checked into my workout. While that’s super sweet, I don’t mean for that vibe to come across.  I’m just trying to make myself and my life in line with my goals, trying to better myself in the time and effort I have. I say this to tell you if you’re not where you want (in career, in weight, in physical fitness, in whatever), you can change it. Start something. That’s all it takes!


  1. You look great and should be super proud of it!! I have struggled for so many years with extra weight and have given every excuse in the books. I am going to try in 2018 to make it the year of Val. Not being selfish per say but putting my needs more the forefront as opposed to all the way at the end as they are now. My kids and hubby take precedent right now and then I take care of myself when I have free time which we all know is never. I am not looking to be super model thin but to fit in my clothes better and be able to shop in the regular woman’s section. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • Thanks Valerie! I agree- it’s not selfish to take care of yourself. I have found that once I make sure they are all good (like the grandmas have the baby, dinner is in the crockpot, etc) I don’t feel so guilty doing things for myself like working out. It takes a little more planning and work on my part, but it’s worth it. I hope you take the time for yourself in 2018! You can’t pour from an empty cup- so do the things that fill you up, sister!

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