5 Ways to Maintain Weight Loss During Stressful Times

Well, today marks one year since we lost 500 pounds (180 for me and 320 for Cliff) according to My Fitness Pal…who will no longer allow me to export my weight loss data without paying them money, so you’ll just have to take my word for it).


Does it count as maintenance even if you haven’t met your goal weight?

Meh, I’m going to go with yes because it just feels much better to say “We’ve lost (and kept off) 500 pounds” rather than “We still have about 100 pounds before we hit our goal.”

Silver lining and all that.  😉

We’ve certainly gained and lost over the past year, but to realize that we’ve kept off 500 pounds for an ENTIRE YEAR was pretty terrific.

And this wasn’t just any year…

This was a TERRIBLE year.  Just awful.  Really.

  • Our fertility specialist put me on thyroid medication (only because my levels were too high for IVF, not high in general).
  • On vacation (last August) I got sun poisoning which resulted in TWO rounds of steroids.
  • I completed two rounds of physical therapy and several scans on my leg (which turned out NOT to be a torn meniscus as initially thought) that showed a plethora of other pulls and strains and just a touch of bursitis in my hip.
  • <insert other random anxiety inducing life events here>

All of these…let’s call them “life lessons”…caused almost constant urges to binge.  Upset about bad news?  Let’s eat!  Happy about good news?  Let’s eat!

The medication certainly didn’t help things.

There were weeks where I just watched the scale creep up and up and it seemed like there was nothing I could do about it.

I would love to tell you that I stayed strong 100% of the time.

That I didn’t have a single large fudge-filled Snickers and Oreo Blizzard…or 4.

That I kept my diet full of healthy food and did upper body work while my legs healed.

But that would make me a liar.  Well, mostly a liar.

At least it seems as if I managed to make more good decisions than bad ones on some level.  I wasn’t able to keep off 190 pounds, but I’ll take 180 any day of the week.

So, here’s the $64,000 question.

HOW did I keep off the weight through it all?

1.  Trust the system.  It’s working.  Even when it seems like it isn’t.

There will always be weeks where you work the hardest you’ve ever worked, then step on the scale fully expecting to have lost 23 pounds (at least!) only to see you gained 2.


After you’ve smashed the scale to bits with whatever hard, inanimate object you can find, take a deep breath and accept that you did all the right things. There are many more changes happening in a healthy body than just the number on a scale or inches on a tape measure.

Plus, your weight fluctuates more than the stock market.

2.  Take time for yourself. Single. Day.

Even if it’s just 10 minutes to breathe and reflect.  Do it.  It helps.  Over the course of the past year I’ve learned much more about breathing and meditation than I ever thought possible.

Two words.

Square breathing.  (thanks Erin!)

3.  Stay out of restaurants as much as possible.

Most of you are familiar with our many, many restaurant challenges . One thing they have taught me (other than people spend WAY too much money in restaurants) is that they’re a huge binge trigger as well as the start down a slippery slope of bad eating and no exercise.

Not to mention the ridiculous amount of sodium in each meal.   Talk about weight fluctuations!  (See #1)

Even though it seems like a time saver, it really isn’t when you’re trying to get (or stay) healthy.   Take a “healthy” piece of pizza for example:

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Instead of adding that extra 71 minutes into your workout routine in hopes of burning it all off – try skipping the pizza and putting an hour into meal prep.  You’re going to be spending the time either way right?  May as well front load the convenience and let your future-self (and tummy) thank you for it.

In that same 71 minutes you could:

  • Prep a ton of fruit and veggies for the week
  • Make a one pot meal (this Cajun Chicken Pasta is amazing!) and split it up for lunch each day
  • Make smoothie bags
  • Freeze waffles (from box mix! The trick is to toast them rather than use oil/butter for maximum crispiness)

4.  Build a support network by reaching out to others (both virtually and in daily interactions). 

A friend recently taught me a very valuable lesson.

I am not special.

I know, without context, that sounds really bad, but it was truly an eye-opening conversation that I’m sure will help me for the rest of my life.  When I say I am not special, it doesn’t mean that I’m not unique or that I’m not important, it simply means that I am, almost certainly, not the first (or only) person going through hard times.

I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful, loving husband who is a constant inspiration to me.  He’s my number one fan and vice versa.  I have also built a solid support base through friends and other bloggers and health nuts I’ve met online.

If you don’t have those kinds of people in your life, find them.

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There are also two women that have, unknowingly, helped to change my life.  Janae at Hungry Runner Girl and Katie with Runs for Cookies.  These ladies never shy away from sharing the hard stuff.  They remind me that we all stumble, we all cry, and we all go through times in our life that are just downright rude.

But, even more importantly, they remind me that I am the only one with the power to decide how my story ends. 

Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart.

If you aren’t familiar with their blogs, change that right now.

5.  Try something new…but try to keep it health/fitness focused.

This could be a new recipe, a new workout, a new city.  Anything your heart desires, as long as it centers on something that is good for your health.

  • Pick a new recipe from one of the websites above and make a date night out of it (or have the whole family pitch in).
  • Try out a site like Fitness Blender or Yoga with Adriene
  • Rent bikes in your hometown and pretend like you’re a tourist (or do the same in a city close by)
  • Plan a healthy picnic in a park with lots of trails to explore
  • Try Geocaching!

Do whatever it takes to make the event fun as well as healthy.  Not only is this great for your waistline but it does amazing things for anxiety levels.

Personally, I’m partial to anything involving a bike ride.


Bonus tip – Give it 5 minutes

The first place I slack when I’m stressed is exercise.  “I don’t have time!”  “I’m exhausted!”  “I’m just too mentally drained!”

While this may all be true, the only way to guarantee that you’ll stay that way is by not even trying to get off your ass.

Promise yourself 5 minutes.  Start working out for just 5 minutes.  If you want to quit at the end of five minutes, fine; however, I have found that just getting started is the hard part.  Staying with it is much easier.


Let’s Talk Injury

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been dealing with a leg injury for about a year now.  I’ve had scan after scan, two rounds of physical therapy, and months and months of no running at all.  (Pause to stare, angrily, at the mangled muscles that used to be a hip flexor, calf, and hamstring).


To say my fitness level has suffered would be the understatement of the year.

For months I made excuse after excuse for my weight slowly creeping up when, in reality, I had just wrapped myself up in running so much that I refused to try any other form of exercise.  After all that hard work to lose the weight and to find a physical activity that I actually enjoyed…just for it to be taken away…was a pretty tough blow.

Needless to say, that’s the primary reason for my absence from the blog.  I’m just not a public Debbie Downer.  I just couldn’t bring myself to post because, well…I kind of felt like a failure.  I gained 30 pounds (all in my gut – how does that even happen??) I had no running stats to report, and I just wasn’t thrilled with myself as a whole.  (Don’t get me started on all the hormones from IVF and some other health issues that I won’t discuss here (I’m fine though!).

Rather than concentrate on the fact that I’ve still maintained a loss of 170 pounds, I let myself fall into that pass/fail mentality for a really long time.

Fortunately, I seem to be over feeling sorry for myself and finally decided that it’s not too late to decide how this story ends.

The odds of us losing 500 pounds were so slim once upon a time…but we did it.  The thought of running a mile (let alone FIVE ENTIRE MILES without stopping) was laughable…but we did it.

Right now the thought of ever getting my fitness level back or getting to my goal weight seems impossible, but I know I’m capable of it.

I was finally able to find a new love for exercise when we bought our bikes (more on that to come).  I was dying for that “I am a total bad-ass Super-hero” feeling again, and I found it with cycling.  I also fell in love with yoga (ok, ok – I might have a little crush on Adriene, but come on!  Who doesn’t?)


We’ve definitely come too far to turn back now.


I happened upon my old blog this morning, way back when we started in 2013 and I was using blogger rather than our own site, and I found this quote:

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

True Fact, Carl, True Fact.

The More Things Change…

There has been basically zero change in our life in about four months.

That is not a complaint, mind you, just a gloriously stress-free statement.

While it isn’t great that our weight is among one of those things that hasn’t changed, no change means it hasn’t gone up either.  This July will mark our second full year of maintaining a 500+ pound weight loss!  While, lately, we’ve focused mainly on maintenance, I feel a renewed interest starting to brew in the ole workout part of my brain.

This could have a little bit to do with it:


Mine’s the blue one and her name is Olivia.

Cliff and I bought bikes about 6 weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier!  It was refreshing to finally find something that I enjoyed as much as running.  We were even brave enough to rent bikes while we were on vacation (recap below) and it was probably my favorite part of the trip.  I can’t wait to visit all our favorite cities on two wheels instead of four.

Now the important stuff.

Oh, West Coast, how my heart longs for you.

Cliff and I, along with my parents, spent seven glorious days in Northern California for vacation this year.  We managed to pack A LOT into those short seven days, so I’ll take a more efficient route to explain…plus, any excuse to use bullet points amiright?

Day 1

  • Landed in San Francisco and picked up our Chrysler 300 for a week…and now I require a sunroof in every car in my future.
  • Stopped at In and Out for lunch (cheeseburgers are ruined for me…for life).
  • Started driving south towards Monterey and picked up the Big Sur Scenic Byway.
  • Saw hundreds of elephant seals!
  • Accidentally discovered that I like iced coffee (thanks Dad!!)
  • Stopped at the most perfect little ocean side motel in Cayucos for the night.
  • Had the best chicken tortilla soup in the world for dinner.


Day 2

  • Made the track across the state towards Yosemite (so much farmland!)
  • Learned that not all vacation rentals are created equally.  Special shout out to the Comfort Inn in Sonora, CA.
  • Waterfalls, waterfalls, and more waterfalls.
  • Rocks, rocks, and more rocks.
  • Mountains, Moun…do you see a trend?
  • Baby Redwoods and Sequoias.
  • Giant rainstorms over the Valley.
  • Happy Birthday to my Love!


Day 3

  • Impromptu drive through Northern California and into the Cascades.
  • Mount Shasta is HUGE!
  • Funny rest stop visits.
  • Watching rainstorms on each side of us but barely seeing a drop.
  • The question game (never a dull moment with this bunch)
  • Little mountain towns are the best!
  • Happy Anniversary to my Love! (Yes, we’re those people)


Days 4 – 8

  • Hello Pacific Ocean!
  • My very first Safeway.
  • I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat instant ramen again.
  • There’s no better way to see a city than on a bike.
  • Sunset over the Sutro Baths? – check
  • Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge? – check
  • Terrified of the hills in Sausalito and resigned to never going back? – check
  • Best hot fudge sundae ever (Ghirardelli)
  • The audio tour at Alcatraz may be my favorite tourist attraction to date.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf is pretty amazing, but also pretty stinky.  Silly seals.
  • Having a gigantic park with a ton of museums inside is the only way to go.
  • Parking in San Francisco is a nightmare – I really missed the Prius.  Do yourself a favor and skip the rental upgrade.
  • Words can’t describe the weather/sunsets/people.
  • Another Botanical garden marked off the list.
  • We walked up the hill to Lombard Street. Seriously.  All the way.  It wasn’t worth it, but it felt damn good to be able to do it.
  • Nigh time strolls through Golden Gate Park are the best way to end a night.
  • Put 30,000 steps on the FitBit for the first time.
  • AirBnB is the best.  Hands down.

Alcatraz Day4 Day5 Day6

Well, that’s enough updates for now.

And, just think…that’s only ONE trip in the past four months.  I would really like to know who passed down their sense of wanderlust so I can send them a bill.

Week 3 Review

I think the subheadings are here to stay.  Mostly because it makes for easy reading, but also easy writing – which is needed to save time now that Cliff and I have started playing another MMO.

I know, I know!  But I swear it won’t be like last time!

Well, not exactly like it.

Basically, what I’m saying is that all of my weekends and any spare time after work, exercise, and school will be dedicated to the sweet, sweet sound of FFXIV.

But that’s IT.  No other times. I have to draw the line somewhere.

This Week’s Weigh-In



*I forgot my FitBit one day this week, but I still walked and I’m sure I was well over my goal of 8,000 steps/day.

I’m pretty pumped about all that.

I’m really thrilled with how I did this week. Not a single day over 2,000 calories and that included two 3-day weekends!  We had a pretty awful snow storm pass through early Friday and Cliff and I decided to stay home.

This Week’s Project

We finished up the gym last week, so the next logical step was setting up the craft room/office/sitting area in the other half of the gym.

This is how it looked when we moved everything down from upstairs.

IMG_1421This is how it looked once we got everything into one area that actually belonged there and adding a second bookcase.



Since that time, we’ve added another table for the computer and Cliff took another bookcase from upstairs and made me a nice little reading area.

This week’s project is to finish unpacking EVERYTHING.  Wish me luck.

This Week’s Cuteness Overload


Super Hero.  Duh.

I had to make a collage of cuteness this week.

Note:  Baby's first selfie.

Note: Baby’s first selfie.

This Week’s Quote

Kelsey is on a role!

Kelsey is on a role!


Next Week’s Plan

I just got home from the doctor.  My leg has been giving me problems for months now and I just couldn’t take it anymore.  I’ve been told to lay off working out for a few days, on top of a round of steroids.


I did ask if I could walk and was told that should be fine as long as I don’t overdo it.  So, since the interval training worked out so well last week (as did my spin bike!) I decided to look for walking intervals that I can do at lunch and this one looks to be about perfect.



I didn’t get a chance to prep anything fancy this week so it’s frozen meal and fruit week.  Today worked out since I needed something really quick.  My goal is to eat an apple every single day – can’t have too much fiber. 😉

My other goal is to not eat everything else in sight.

More luck please.

This Week’s Completely Random Thing

Snapped this shot on the way to work this morning.  Hello Moon.

IMG_1411And with that I have fulfilled my January goal!  Be on the lookout for a brand new HouseBailey!



Week 2 Review

I think once a week is my sweet spot.  This is the third week in a row that I’ve actually looked forward to writing a blog post and even took the time to draw up an outline!

This week even has subheadings!  Did you hear me?  SUB.HEADINGS!

First things first, let’s get the bad news out of the weigh.  (Like what I did there?)

This Week’s Weigh-In

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While I know I didn’t do great this week, I certainly didn’t think I did bad enough for a pound and a half gain.  I’m truly thankful that I’ve gotten back into the habit of notating everything I’m doing or else I would’ve been pretty upset.  Now I can at least look back and see that, for the most part, I’m doing what I should be doing.  This week I’m going to just accept that it happened and be happy that I’m still two pounds ahead of where I need to be to hit goal.

Moving on.

This Week’s Project

Most of our weeks have numerous projects, but I’m trying to narrow that down in order to preserve my our sanity.  This week our primary goals were to:

  • Put together the spin bike
  • Setup the music room
  • Deep clean the bedroom
  • Finish the gym

I am happy to report that we checked off every item on our list and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  I LOVE our basement now.

Well, 75% of it, but that’s another project for another day.

What a great find on Amazon!  Only $230.

What a great find on Amazon! Only $230.

Yes, Yoda moved.

Yes, Yoda moved.

I failed to get a picture of the music room mainly because there’s not much to see except for a bunch or wires and a drum set.  Once our music posters and such are back on the wall I will be happy to share.

This Week’s Cuteness Overload

I got this:


Because this dude is obviously going to be a Super Hero.


This Week’s Quote

Thanks Kelsey!

Thanks Kelsey!

Next Week’s Plan

My company moved into a new building and tomorrow is our first day.  In case I haven’t mentioned it, there’s a VERY important amenity to this new building.

They have a gym.

A perfect gym.

A small, empty gym, with seemingly brand new equipment and a shower.  That’s all I need. Cliff has a doctor’s appointment tomorrow so I won’t get to start my plan until Wednesday.  Cliff will be joining the gym right across the street from his office and we’re going to start going during lunch.

I think this elliptical interval setup would be the perfect amount of time.


My goal is going to be five days a week and doubles on two of those days.  The gym being in the building frees up a ton of time for us.  We’re shooting for a schedule of 7-4, but ask me again at 5:30 tomorrow if we’re still doing it.

Guess who meal prepped, what what?!  ( know, for a fact, that I’m not the only one that gets that pumped over meal prepping  – don’t play).

FoodPrepI made pork carnita burrito bowls for lunch next week.  Each bowl consists of homemade pork, one cup of brown rice, 1/4 cup chili beans, 1/4 cup Colby shred, and my copy-cat version of Qdoba’s corn salsa.  Add about half of the mini guacamole bowls and you’ve got yourself a pretty good meal.  I’m trying to eat more earlier in the day and less in the evening.  This bowl rounds out to about 650 calories, which is almost exactly where I want my lunch to be.  I want to consume about 1,000 of my 1,660 calories prior to dinner, so this will definitely help me reach that number.

This Week’s Completely Random Thing

Cliff and I are no longer on Facebook and I find myself at a complete lost as to what happened on which day.  Instead of giving in and going back, I decided to start journaling again, only this time several times throughout the day.  Initially I thought it would be far more time consuming for me to keep up; however, I’ve found that taking the time to jot down a few thoughts throughout the day is still MUCH less time than what I was spending on FaceBook.

I’ve really loved how its turned out so far.  I took some of favorite pictures and quotes and turned them into stickers and covered the front pages.


See that 189 in the bottom left corner? I miss that number.

Well, that’s all I have until next time.  Stay tuned to see if I actually hit my first monthly goal of posting every week.

(Spoiler Alert – The reward I get is a new blog layout.  I work so much better on a reward system).



Week 1 Review

I am proud to report that Week 1 was an outstanding success.  My plan was to just focus on getting some of my old habits back.  I made it to the gym three times, had zero binges, and came in under the net calorie threshold that I need to meet my weight loss goals.

I lost almost six pounds this week!  It would be so great if every week could be like that but, alas, I highly doubt I’ll see a loss that big for the rest of the year.  Even though I know losses like that aren’t typical, it’s really nice to see one upfront so that the momentum lasts more than a week.


So, for each weekly review I plan to notate my 7-day averages for the following categories:

  • Total Daily Calories
  • Net Calories (average after factoring in exercise)
  • Steps

Hopefully, one day I’ll get back to running and then I’ll add my running stats into the mix.


This past week was all about baby steps (edit: Ha!  Both literally and metaphorically, it turns out!).  Just getting back into the routine of eating healthy and working out can be pretty intimidating.  For me, the trick to getting back on and staying on for as long as possible has always been allowing myself a higher rate of “failure” for the first couple weeks.  So I didn’t make it to the gym five times, but I DID make it three.  So I went over my calories on two days, but at least it wasn’t a binge or all seven days!  These little allowances give me the opportunity to focus on the positive changes I made this week rather than what I didn’t do right.

The week itself was pretty busy.  Very close friends of ours welcomed their son, Caden, into the world this weekend.  He is just amazing!  Definitely smitten with that little dude right away and I just know we’re going to be good buddies!


Saturday was also my Mother-in-Law’s (or better known as “Madre”) birthday.

This meant fried tacos.

And pie.

And cake.


Luckily for me, I thought the cake was terrible.  Unluckily for me, that just meant half of another piece of pie.

Sunday was the last football game of the season for Viking fans.  Also known as “The day my husband’s heart got ripped from his chest.”    That was a brutal, brutal ending to the season, and a perfect of example of just why I can’t let myself get emotionally involved with a professional sports team.  That would have ruined my entire week.

On a more fun note:

Fun Remmi

We’re expanding our home gym quite a bit and got about half of it finished this week as well.


Yes, that is a Yoda in a tutu.

Week 2 is under way and Day 1 was a little of a shaky start.  I’m over my calories for the day and only got a little over 3,000 steps in and no workout.  I’m not worried about it, but I don’t plan on making it a habit.  I’m just happy all the calories I took in today were “good” calories and not junk.

This week is shaping up to be a relaxing, yet productive, week – my favorite!  We’re hoping to finish Cliff’s recording/music room and the gym in the basement.  We also have a three day weekend ahead of us!  Hopefully, I won’t procrastinate on my homework too terribly much and could spend my entire weekend relaxing…

That probably won’t happen, but a girl can dream.


2016 Goals


The title of this post is pretty self-explanatory, so – other than sharing with you what they are – I’m not going to spend much time going over it.

I set a lot of goals for 2015.  Unforeseen life events kind of altered my ability to meet many of those goals.  I scored a solid 50% and, to be perfectly honest, I’m totally good with that.

2015 turned out to be quite the learning experience.  While the last half of the year was pretty…taxing(?) I’m still so very happy that it happened.  I feel like I’ve finally learned to be a bit more grateful and less judgmental.  I also seem to have a much better level of patience and maybe, just maybe, a better level of self-esteem as well.

2016 is the year that I combine everything I’ve learned about weight loss with everything I’ve learned about myself.

216 Goals

As you can see, those are some pretty intense goals.

When I first went into making this list I told my husband that I was picking a bunch of goals so that, when I fail at some of them I won’t feel so bad about it.  Fortunately for me, my husband is amazing and informed me that was a terrible way to look at it.  He tells me that all of these goals are perfectly attainable and there’s no reason at all not to believe that I can’t accomplish each one.

Sorry, ladies.  He’s an only child.  😉

Of course, he’s right (I’m sure he’s eating that up right now).  Every single item on my goal list is reasonable.  There shouldn’t be any reason (barring more life-altering events, obviously) not to be able to do this.

The blog has always been helpful, but between school and work it tends to find it’s way to the back burner.  I really don’t want that to continue, because going back and reading about everything we’ve achieved so far has been so very helpful.  I still feel like once a week is reasonable.  My first reward is a new blog layout if I write every single Monday in January.

It’s the little things.

I’m determined to hit all the goals on this list.

Day 1 got off to a much better start than I thought.  Food was better than it’s been in months and I managed to last 55 whole minutes at the gym before I threw in the towel.  It also included 14,950 steps and 39 flights of stairs.  I’ll take it.

The plan for this week is to just get back into a routine.  Nothing extreme, no 21 Day Fix, no day-specific workout regiment, no race training.  Just staying under my calories and moving for, at least, 30 minutes a day.  I know this is what works for me and that it’s just a matter of doing it consistently.

So, my plan is to weigh in every Monday and write up a summary of the previous week.

Not much to share about last week except for the fact that I ate like a complete asshole.

So, here’s this week’s weigh in:


This is 28 pounds up from my lowest weight, but still 165 pounds down from my highest.  My first goal is to be back to my lowest weight (186) by the time we leave for vacation in late May.

So, today was 1/365 and…so far, so good.

Dear Future Me…

Anyone who is honest with themselves can admit that they have lost it at one point in time -even if it’s just a little.

Or…a lot.

Also, anyone that’s a female can relate to the fact that anything that has the “potential” to mess with our hormones will, almost certainly, do so.

I’m looking at you random baby medications.

So, last month was a little rough.  Melt downs, tears, random plummets in self-esteem.

You know…typical day and all.

While, in some part of my brain, I was 100% aware that it wasn’t entirely my fault, in the moment it’s really hard to grasp the part of me that produces rational thought.

I thought all that would be over for a while at the end of October because our IVF cycle was scheduled to start.   Due to some unforeseen issues we weren’t able to start this month.

Which meant another month of these meds…

Oh wait, I’m sorry Dr. Person, did you say we were upping those meds this month?

Personally, I think I took it well.

3 days, lots of binge eating, and one drunken haze later I had a brief, blissful moment of clarity.  I was able to be off the pills for 4 days before we started again and on that 3rd day, life just kind of…clicked.

As Cliff and I were driving to meet friends for brunch I started writing myself a letter.

I wound up sitting in the parking lot, unable to move, until I finished it.

After reading it, I knew things with me were about to change.  I felt…I don’t know, strong?  It’s kind of hard to put into words without sounding like I puked up a hallmark card.

So, instead, I’ll just post it here for the “world” to see.

Who knows?  Maybe someone else that’s having a moment of clarity decides to give a little pep talk to their future selves.

We could all use it sometimes, right?  We can be real assholes to ourselves.

****NSFW Language****

Future Jodi,

This is past Jodi. We are having a clear day today and we know what we have to do to get through this next round (and all future rounds if that’s what it comes to – because the reward will be definitely be worth it – no matter what happens).

Keep this plan in mind on days where you question your sanity.

Your life is amazing. Absolutely, unequivocally the most amazing life you could have ever imagined. You are living a real life fairy tale. Cliff is your best friend and has taught you the true meaning of the words “love” and “respect.” Remember this when you want to scream at him. He will still love you when it’s over, but you’ll feel like a royal cunt.

Your friends are here for you. They love you because you’re a good person. You’re compassionate, honest, and fun. You truly care about them and they can tell. Don’t stop being you. That’s the person they like. When you need to cry or vent, reach out to them, do not shut them out. And when they need you, return the favor.

You do not need random stuff to feel better. Spending money will not actually make you feel better. Be mindful of your budget and your long term goals. This is what will really make you feel better. Keep your eye on the prize.

Do not reward yourself with food. You are not a dog.

Be nice to yourself. You are not a horrible person. People that you respect very much think you’re great. If you were a bad person those people would not choose to spend their time with you. Remember that and cut yourself a break. You’re going through a lot and everyone understands. This experience will help you to grow as a person and even if things don’t go exactly as planned, remember one thing…

Your life is already amazing.

With all my love,

Past Jodi

This is taped up on my bedroom mirror, next to my vanity, on my fridge, and on my desk.  I ain't playin'

This is taped up on my bedroom mirror, next to my vanity, on my fridge, and on my desk. I ain’t playin’

Catching Up – A Work in Progress

So, today is the first day of the rest of my life.

Or so my husband told me this morning as I got out of the car to go to work.

For some reason, it has stuck with me all day.  He is so right.  I can change the ending to my story any time I want.  It’s my story after all.

The first thing I want to change is the lack of writing in my life.  This blog got me through that whole first year of us losing weight.  It has, truly, seen me through some tough times.  Why did I stop?  I have no idea.  I want to say that I don’t have the time, but that just isn’t true.  If I have time to binge watch <insert Netflix show here> on a regular basis then I have a few minutes to update the blog.

Lots of things have happened in the past few months since I posted.  Nothing like a bullet list to bring you up to speed:

  • Tore meniscus
  • Did 6 weeks of PT
  • Did not get to run the Half-marathon
  • Went to Chicago with some great friends
  • Started running again…slowly
  • Went to my first bridal shower
  • Completely lost my mind and regained it (IVF related)
  • Fell off the bandwagon and am back over 200 (barely)

So, that’s pretty much where we are now.

I plan on discussing a few things in more lengthy posts in the future, but for now – that’s the breakdown.

I’m trying a new life tactic called “Focusing on the Positive” so I’m not really going to address the less than stellar moments listed above.  For now, I’m just going to post a bunch of pictures from the past two months that make me smile.

Perhaps I’ll be ready to tackle more tomorrow, but for today I just want to be excited about clicking “Publish.”

This dude.  He makes me smile the most.

This dude. He makes me smile the most.

I really wish I would have bought this card.

I really wish I would have bought this card.

Tacos and Munchkin night!

Tacos and Munchkin night!

Just a cute little picture I put up on my desk.

Just a cute little picture I put up on my desk.

We are obviously the most amazing dinosaurs ever.

We are obviously the most amazing dinosaurs ever.

Top 3 concerts for sure.

Top 3 concerts for sure.

I've always wanted to do this, but I never thought it would be with the original painting!

I’ve always wanted to do this, but I never thought it would be with the original painting!

This makes me smile for two reasons.  1) It's just hilarious.  2) It makes me feel super skinny.

This makes me smile for two reasons. 1) It’s just hilarious. 2) It makes me feel super skinny.

Legitimate Long Runs

Last week Cliff and I had, what I would call, our first “legitimate” long run.  Due to a horrible bout of sun poisoning I had skipped my 6 miler the weekend before.  So this past Saturday we had 7 miles on the calendar.

Needless to say, I was terrified.

I felt a lot better knowing that I was going into it without a time goal.  7 miles was the farthest I had ever attempted to go, even walking, so my goal was to simply finish.  I wanted to keep it under an average of 18 minutes miles, but even then, that was secondary to finishing.

We decided to go out to the path we had been using in the South end of town because we thought it would be neat to tie two landmarks together.  The city of Louisville is currently developing a pedestrian path called The Louisville Loop and it’s supposed to be more than 100 miles long by the time it’s finished.  We’ve been running on top of the levee at a park called Farnsley-Moremen.  Up to this point we were just doing 1-2 mile out and backs and starting at different points depending on how far we would get on our previous run.  This time we were able to go the entire distance between two different starting points we had been using (which means we technically went 8 miles, but that last mile was SUPER slow).

We had such a great time!  We were able to run the first 5.5 miles at a 9:1 ratio and then 5.5 to 6.5 was about half and half, and then we walked the rest.  Our average pace was 15:30 which was WAY under the 18 minute mark that I was hoping for.  It was definitely one of the proudest moments in this weight loss journey.  I’m not sure what it was about that 7 mile mark but now I feel unstoppable!  Only 5 weeks left to race day!


I finally decided on a goal for 2016.  Originally, it had been to do a triathlon, but that was before I discovered that swimming just isn’t for me…at all.  Not even a little.  I don’t mind being in the water, but putting my face in the water just brings on too much anxiety.  At first I felt like a big wuss and tried to tell myself to suck it up, but after three practices I determined that it just isn’t for me and that’s ok.  So, instead I’m going to keep up with the running goals, but this time I’m going to focus on speed instead of distance.

My 2016 goal is to run a sub 10 minute mile.  🙂

I’m actually REALLY excited about that goal.  It turns out that I really enjoy 2-3 mile runs, but anything over that can go either really bad or really good – but if I stay in that range, it’s almost always a great run.  Plus, it turns out that I actually liked the speed work that I was doing at the beginning of my training (I, ultimately, decided that it wasn’t a great idea to focus on speed AND distance right now, so I stuck with distance).

In addition to my sub 10 minute mile I also want to make a biking goal.  Cliff and I are planning on getting road bikes soon and I would really like to do some sort of bike race next year.  2016 is going to be a lot of fun!

But I gotta get through this half-marathon first.  😉

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