Just the Facts

When I first discovered the healthy living blog world I wanted to read ALL of them! I had never known before then that there was such a community. I’ve often wished that I had known it when I was trying to lose my 100 pounds. The support and camaraderie would have been nice.

Sometimes it’s hard to jump into a new blog when you haven’t been reading since the beginning. It’s like picking up Book 2 in a series without having read Book 1. I find myself struggling with this when I discover a new blog that I like and want to keep reading. There’s so much background, who are these people, what is the writer’s story and history? What are the things that made this person create a blog and share tidbits with anonymous readers every day?

A lot has changed from my very first blog post. My writing was rusty and brief and I sincerely hope it’s improved since that first post! A lot has happened since I started this blog and while I’ve tried to keep a list of the most popular posts I’ve written but there have been some that have fallen through the cracks in the 2.5 years I’ve been doing this.

This post is a brief background for new and newish readers, people who may feel lost at times.


As of this post, I am 33 years old and I live in Portland, Oregon. Oregon is a grew place to live if you like outdoorsy things like hiking, camping, biking and snowshoeing, you name it. I’m originally from Seattle. I live with my boyfriend of four years, Michael, and my two crazy cats.

At one point in my early twenties, I weighed over 250 pounds. I needed to make a change. I lost the weight by counting my calories and swimming. Since losing 100 pounds and keeping it off, I’ve discovered a love of running and biking and I’ve also learned how to cook–something I used to hate doing! Check out this post on FAQs.


It wasn’t always easy losing the weight and keeping it off. I definitely hit some bumps in the road:

Lose 100 Pounds, Lose Friends?

Dealing With Body Image Issues

Trying the Slow Carb Diet

I Struggled With Plateaus

I Felt Burned Out

I’ve Struggled With Injuries – too many to count!

How about some more personal things?

  • I wrote a book about how I gained and lost my weight and am trying to get it published. Stay tuned for news. 🙂
  • I read way too much, friend me on Goodreads to find out.
  • I’ve been a fan of Michael Phelps for years and loved every moment of the swimming parts of the 2012 Olympics! Swimming makes me happy. Swimming makes me healthy. It’s the first activity I always suggest when someone overweight wants to start exercising. It’s safe and virtually injury-proof.
  • My younger brother, Andy, lives in Philadelphia with his wife who is in medical school. He’s a total smarty-pants and I’m really proud of him as he’s finishing his master’s degree in history. I like having academic discussions with him and it makes me wish I could go back to school myself.
  • I’m definitely emotional and at times too sensitive. I wish that wasn’t the case. I just don’t have a thick skin about stuff I shouldn’t care about.
  • I sometimes feel self-conscious about my body, even though I lost all this weight. I have big shoulders and arms from swimming, which can make clothes shopping a challenge. And I have some loose skin on my stomach that makes me unhappy. There isn’t much I can do about that.
  • I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) but then, I live in Oregon where it’s dark and rainy for 9 months of the year, so I’m not all that surprised. Exercise helps a lot. So do vacation somewhere sunny!
  • My boyfriend and I are huge fans of Vegas and try to go once a year (it doesn’t always work out that way). Michael is a great poker player and I’m pretty good at roulette (which is a fluke I’m sure!).

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. I hope you stick around and keep reading!

QUESTION: Are you a new reader? Introduce yourself!

Finding My Way

Finding My Way

Guest Post By: Marie

I had pretty much been heavy most of my life. There was a period of time in my life after high school when I dropped 100 lbs and was at a low of 178 lbs, which I sort of hovered around for around five years or so but then was in a car accident and   lost my car and some mobility and it took me out of the gym and then all my old habits came back.  Not only did I gain back the weight, but I gained another 100, which I kept on for over 20 years.

Arthritis and herniated discs had nearly left me crippled, where I was getting epidurals on a regular basis and couldn’t stand for more than 2 minutes at a time, nor walk any great lengths.  My husband didn’t have those ailments, yet his weight was climbing and so was his blood pressure and cholesterol.  It was a deadly combination for a happily married couple.  We laughed everyday, except when we thought of our future together… which seemed to be getting shorter and shorter.



We had been on the lookout for a diet that we felt would fit us.  My husband is British and a bit meat and potato kind of eater… he didn’t like to be hungry.  We loved food.  Weight Watchers didn’t work for us, as the foods we ate seemed to be very high in points and so we went through points very quickly and he felt hungry all the time.  So, I stumbled upon the 17 Day Diet and it seemed very well balanced and appealed to us.  We gave it a try and never looked back.  It actually took us away from potatoes, but allowed us unlimited lean proteins and vegetables and just was a perfect combination for us, we were full and satisfied.  Finally, we found something that worked, and the weight just started falling off!

I think losing that weight brought me a confidence in myself that stayed with me throughout my lifetime.  I never let the number on the scale define who I was.  I married, had a child, divorced and even married again.  I’m now happily married, but living in a body that has been worn down by 20 years of carrying huge amounts of weight.  I knew that I needed to take care of that if I wanted to live longer in my happy marriage and enjoy my son and hopefully, future grandchildren.


My husband is down 73 lbs now and I’m down 122 lbs!  

We started our journey in March of 2012 and he is about 25 lbs from his goal and I’m about 90 lbs from mine!  We just know we’ll get there and we feel more confident than ever that we’ll keep the weight off.

This diet has changed how we feel about food and finally… a diet that follows through and actually becomes that LIFESTYLE that every diet promises to be!  We’ve found ours and we are so very happy!

Lisa’s Note: I really appreciated getting Marie’s email about her and her husband’s amazing weight loss. The transformation is very visible! I think her story is relatable because most people feel like Weight Watchers points or counting calories are too restrictive. What works is finding a way to get used to eating the things you love in smaller portions and NOT being hungry all the time!

QUESTION: Have you found something that has worked for you? Share your story!