Edited 7/11/14

Wow – I’m still here a year later.  It’s kind of hard to believe that an entire year has passed since I started this blog.  I’m so happy that I decided to chronicle our weight loss journey so that we always have something to look back on later in life.  Being able to look back and read about our past struggles (and how we’ve pulled through!) has been a terrific way to deal with hard days.  I can’t wait to see what the upcoming year brings!

Here’s a little background about us and the blog:

I started HouseBailey as a way to track our daily experiences and struggles while we continue the second half of our weight loss journey.  My original goal was to make a post every single day that included a picture and an inspirational quote.  I’ve missed a couple of days weeks, but for the most part I’ve documented every single step we’ve taken for a few months a year now (Wow!).  I’ve also posted a picture most days, but I decided to post more of a variety than just pictures of myself over and over again.

I’ve also decided to start keeping a running playlist here.  It seems like I’m constantly running across a song where I think “This would be perfect to exercise to!” I must warn you, however, than a lot of them are artistically…craptacular.  I mean, under normal circumstances I wouldn’t be caught dead listening to “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, but desperate workouts call for desperate measures.  If it’s something that makes me want to get up and move then it makes the playlist.

***As you can tell, I haven’t added that pages but it’s coming don’t worry!**

But most importantly, HouseBailey is a place where I can vent, document, and share the hardest thing that we’ve ever done.

Together, Cliff and I would like to lose 600 pounds.  That means that Cliff would go from being 660 pounds to 250 pounds and I would go from being 379 pounds to 175 pounds.  So far, we’re well over halfway there.  Cliff has lost 280 pounds (down to 380 at the time I’m writing this) and I’ve lost 145 pounds (down to 234).  We were actually doing really well losing weight until a couple of years ago.  In late 2010, I decided to quit smoking at the peak of our weight loss.  A few months later we got married and gained the customary 60-70 pounds back (that is customary, right?!)  In July of 2013 we recommitted to our weight loss and have since lost all of our weight gain and then some!

Both Cliff and I have struggled with obesity all of our adult life (and much of our childhood).  It has caused health issues, both mentally and physically, as well as made us miss out on some incredible experiences.  It turns out that being a couple that weighs over half a ton can cause quite a few issues.

That’s why we decided that it’s time for a change.

And this time we don’t plan on ever stopping.  This is our life now.  And to be perfectly honest, if it means that I will get to spend more (quality!) time with my husband and the other people that I love, then it’s totally worth turning down that second (or third!) helping.

If other people were to ever read this blog, I would hope that they can take away from it the fact that anyone is capable of losing weight if they’re willing to make just a few changes to their daily life.  This isn’t rocket science; it just takes discipline and the willingness to make some (and yes, in some cases like ours, A LOT of) changes.  No one can tell you when it’s time to lose the weight; you have to be ready to make the change yourself.  The best realization that you can come to is that the end result is always the same.

Stop eating so much crap and get off your ass.  The weight WILL come off.

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