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  1. Barbie says:

    I too struggle with weight loss issues. Because I am older (45), it’s so much harder to lose the weight. Working a full tiem job and caring for a husband and four children leave little time for myself. Adult diabetes run in my family and I am at risk. I know I need to watch what I eat, but being an emotional eater, it’s been hard. I continue to try to make little changes along the way — drinking more water, walking, cutting back on sugar. It’s not been easy, but I find lots of encouragement from others!

  2. Courtney says:

    Best of luck to you, girl! This family hit a turning point with Mike’s dad getting sick and we haven’t looked back. We’re a totally organic household free of processed foods and high fructose corn syrup and we’ve never felt better. Feels really good to know my kids are eating only things that are healthy for their little bodies. I still haven’t quite figured out what exercise works for me and my lifestyle just yet but I need to find something soon. I need to be more active. But I loathe running so I’ll be leaving that to you guys. 🙂

  3. Carey says:

    It seems whenever I get serious about sticking to a workout routine, my apple cart is upset with some parenting/work/military life unruly donkey. Can I hitch a ride on your cart?

  4. Mandy C. says:

    We all have that point, where we are just shocked at the reflection we see staring back at us. I know it’s happened to me, very recently and the past few days I have decided to try to make a change. I participated in the “30 day shred” with a bunch of blogging gals, I thought it would motivate me. But somehow I got lost in denial about how much work I really needed to put in. Ugh. Well I’m right there with you. We can do this!

  5. Ashley Sisk says:

    You go girl! I can say that I’ve put on weight before I remember pulling it off. Recently, one of my coworkers said to me, “oh you’re one of those skinny types – you don’t have to worry about gaining weight.” Um…Oh yes I do. I don’t go to the gym as often as I do, but it’s one of those lifestyle changes where you learn to pace yourself while eating and learn that working out is part of the deal. My biggest motivation is my family because I see how they haven’t taken care of themselves…they are my future if I don’t pay attention. But you’ll do great. If there’s one thing I know about you – it’s that once you commit, you’ll do it! So you go girl!

  6. Mandi says:

    Good for you! Exercise will make you feel so much better! I’ve heard a lot of great things about the couch to 5K program. My breaking point came a few months ago and I’ve been exercising fairly consistently and eating well (I’ve never really had an unhealthy diet) but the weight just isn’t coming off! I feel better and healthier but the weight is still there. 🙁 I’m thinking about trying HCG shots… I’ve heard a lot of good things so maybe it will give my metabolism the kick it needs! I’m going to Zumba tonight! You should try it… it’s so fun!

  7. Melanie M. says:

    Did I write this post? Everything you have written is how I feel. I have yet to hit my breaking point but I feel it’s coming quickly. I’m dying to start running, I just need to get off my ass and do it. I know YOU can! 🙂

  8. Stacey says:

    I am there too! Up until December of last year I was holding steady at a great weight for me and not only that but the way my clothes fit were perfect then the holidays came and I put on about 5 pounds but I was like no biggie, I’ll be eating better soon and I’ll drop it easily just like I always have.
    Yeah, 8 months later and I have put on an extra 5 pounds but thats not what really bothers me, its the way my clothes are fitting that bothers me. Whats making this worse is that I haven’t changed anything; my eating habits are still good, they could always be better but they haven’t changed from what I was doing a year ago and the same with my excersie, I LOVE to work out and do so 6 days a week, but for some reason I can’t seem to get the weight or inches to drop.
    I am thinking that age has taken over and my metabolism, what I had anyway, is just gone! I start out doing so good and then something happens and I’m forced to eat out a lot or eat what someone else may have cooked which wouldn’t be so bad if I could just make conseten healthy choices.
    I too have family that have big bones and tend to run towards overweight. My own mother has always been overweight and I know I could easily be that way too if I am not careful!
    Lets motivate each other!!! WE can do this! And think of the healthy habits you will be teaching your son!

  9. Laura says:

    Oh girl. I have most definitely been there. Most definitely. It is so hard being uncomfortable in your own body – never wanting to walk by a mirror, rarely wanting to be intimate with your husband, not even liking the feeling of your body when you lay down to go to sleep.

    I am so angry that people made comments about your running. Seriously angry. I know that the hardest part of starting any exercise outside the house (running, joining a gym, doing a workout class) is dealing with the self-conscious issues. That internal battle is enough to keep someone home, not to mention the added stress of OTHER people’s comments. I pray you can ignore those memories.

    If you do start running and you go along a path that many people run, you’ll be pleasantly surprise by how many other runners smile at you as you pass. It was those smiles that got me through the self-confidence issues I was feeling. And if you see no smiles, know that I am proud of you from afar!

    I have so much faith in you. If you put your mind to it, you can ROCK your health. Don’t let it take over your life, but if you ever need encouragement, I am here. And if you’re looking for a free way to track what you are eating, try sparkpeople or myfitnesspal (I’m on myfitnesspal), or if you’re looking to pay, I have found Weight Watchers to be the best thing! I don’t even go to the meetings, I just pay for the online tools (although many people swear by the meetings).

    I hope that this is the first step to you LOVING you! xo

    • Courtney K. says:

      Thank you, Laura! I hope you already know how much I greatly appreciate ALL of your encouragement so far, in SO MANY different ways!

  10. Christy says:

    I am going through this same thing now. Like you, I’m not categorized as overweight but my weight isn’t where it should be, ya know? People say I look great, but that’s only because they see me with my clothes on, lol. Just wanted you to know you’re not alone girlie! -Christy

    • Courtney K. says:

      Thank you, Christy! I feel the same way. People compliment my size, but it’s only because of my clothing. And even THAT is getting to be a little snug. I hope you’ll find some encouragement in the posts that are to come about my journey!!

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