Saturday, November 24, 2012


I turned 28 this past week and although I haven't lost those last 15 lbs I'm more than happy with the progress I've made and don't mind if it takes a year for them to budge - it'll give me time to adjust to this body that's causing me so much confusion.

I'm down between 60 and 63 lbs most days.
Here's how that looks:

I'm getting there!

Monday, August 13, 2012

California: before + after

We had some friends from California come over for dinner last night. After we had our picture taken I remembered another photo we had taken together around April 2011, right before I found out I was pregnant, and about 20lbs into my weight loss. Looks like Natalie's lost some weight too!

When the before picture was taken I was dealing with chronic back pain from an injury in 2006 that was stopping me from being able to do much. I couldn't walk/stand/sit/lie down for very long. It kept me from doing a lot of things for a lot of years. Part of my injury had left me with an extreme case of excruciatingly painful sciatica that ran from my right hip down the back of my knee and all the way down to my ankle. A mixture of weight loss and pregnancy hormones put that to an end.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fat Losers Challenge

Tomorrow I start little challenge with a group of friends. It's points based and will run for a month.

This is the points sheet we're using. I'll be posting all my postables (I made that up) on here to keep track of things.
link to recipes etc

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


It's an unofficial photo but since my 16 weeks set have caught so much attention I thought I'd post this one here too.

How have I managed?

*Counting calories. I use the app. It's available online too and has a great online community.

*Being kept accountable. I have a group of friends also working on losing weight. We check in with each other through and post motivational thoughts, recipes, struggles, ideas etc. We keep each other in line.

*Exercise. I started by only doing 10 minutes of jogging on the spot a day - it's better than nothing and you can do it whilst watching tv in your underwear.

*Being honest with myself. I want to do this. I know I can do this because I HAVE been doing it. I need to keep going. I'll succeed. There's no reason (other than myself) not to. It's nobody elses fault if I over eat or don't get some exercise. This is in my control.

There's no secret really. It's all just an honest effort on my part.

Monday, July 30, 2012

16 weeks

It's my birthday in 16 weeks and I want to be down to my goal weight of 155lbs (-16lbs from now) so today I got up and started how I mean to go on - 30 minutes of Just Dance in the morning.

When I took my picture I remembered I took a similar one a few months ago. Turns out it was actually 16 weeks ago! 16 is the magic number for today!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

18 to 12

I'm parting with my bigger clothes and giving myself a reality check. I'm still dealing with not recognising myself in the mirror and I think letting go of my old clothes is going to help move on.

My parents visited for a couple of weeks and whilst here my mum said "by the time I leave you're going to recognise yourself!" She would point out women I was the same size as and then proceed to make me follow them and look at them around the shop for a minute. She followed me into one of the shops I could only buy shoes, hats or scarfs from before and bought me two pairs of size 12 jeans. Jeans I didn't have to even try on because 12 is my size and 12 will fit. 

I came home and cleared out my 18, 17, 15, L, XL clothes. I am a 12.

I'm a 12 for now.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I got married and came to America in 2004. The first time I was able to go home again was in August of 2007 when two of my sisters were getting hitched (not to each other!)

Today as I was unpacking I came across the outfit I wore to Emma's wedding. I'm not sure if there are any more pictures of me from that day - I don't think I even have a picture with the bride but here's the then and now in that outfit.

I remember the skirt being too tight and having to pull it right up to under my chest to zip it up and sitting down in it was always a bit exciting because I could hear the stitches creaking under the strain. I also had to suck in and hold my breath for longer than I should have to clip up the eye and hooks of the top. Today it all just slipped right on! I never even knew the skirt was meant to be that length!

Yesterday I hit my first actual goal (and not hurdle) of 170lbs. That's 4 full stone lost, 56lbs.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Milestone: - 50lbs

I did it! It took a lot longer than expected but that one single pound was taking forever to let go of me but have you seen what 1 pound of butter looks like? That's a big lump.

We moved house and I didn't weigh in for just over a month. I upped my calories for a week and then bumped them back down with hopes of giving my metabolism a boot in the right direction. I tried to go over my calories a little each day to ensure I was always getting enough instead of possibly putting my body into starvation/clingy mode. I think going over a little is better than being under a little. 

The proof? Instead of losing just that one pound I lost 4.4 putting me under my 176 lb goal and at a loss of a full 53 lbs.

Here's what it looks like to lose 53 lbs!

First, the face:

The bod:
226 lbs to 173 lbs:

See you in -20lbs!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

So that's what THAT looks like...

you're going to want to click on the picture to make it bigger. Wow.
Here I am with my friend Rachel in 2010 a month before Stuart and I started losing weight; the last time I saw her in person before this week... I don't have much more to say than that but I do have a high-5 for myself! Yeeehaw!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What 1470 calories look like.

I was curious how much junk I could eat in a day and call it good ie. keep within my 1470 allotted daily intake. I wasn't terribly surprised but seeing it set out was pretty amazing to me.
My old weakness was Cheez Its and I could easily eat a box a day (but only ever ate a half, really) on top of my other meals, thinking "they're baked! they're healthier!" Wanna see how many cheez its would make up MORE than my 1470 recommended caloric intake?

Evil things! One box of Cheez It's is more than Stuart's recommended intake too and I could seriously eat a whole box and then eat my hand I'd fed myself with right afterwards. I don't eat those foods anymore because I have to be supervised whilst nomming. Here's the healthy 1470 calorie option to counter it with 3 peanut butter cups for dessert of course :)

I have been more aware of what I'm eating and don't care to waste calories like I used to. I want to feel full and not go to bed hungry, I also want my digestive system to work properly and have the ability to snack and feel satisfied if I want to. It's obvious that generally the less processed the food, the more you can eat and I think that's pretty amazing.

Celebrating awkwardness.

As I'm so close to having lost a full 50lbs I thought it was a fun (?) tribute to those lost pounds to showcase some of them in their fullest, because I never want to see them again. This is their farewell party but without the cake and icecream.

It would seem that 2008 was a year full of awkward, squishiness for me. These are pics I never showed anyone, although anyone looking at me then saw it in action... I actually remember not wanting to have my picture taken every now and again that year because I felt blech, can you tell in these?
That's a Stronach face right there.
it has fruit in it!
2 sets of boobs? whaaat? lucky me.

Not all the pictures of me are so bulgy but when I'd catch a glimpse of ones like these they did on some level effect me, even though I never really had a negative body image. I don't equate thin with beauty, never have, never will but I missed out on a lot of fun because I couldn't keep up. And what's more beautiful that someone having fun and feeling truly happy? Skinnier folk have the lungs for that and their bums don't get stuck in carnival ride seats (mine never has either, I was just going for some dramatic imagery there ;) I'm not embarrassed by how I looked before because I actually was happy that way, I just know I'd regret it if I didn't do this right now, at this stage in my life while I can.

Now that I've lost weight I realise the time I wasted in doing this and really wish I'd done it a long time ago - high school long ago. It'd be less hard work now! I feel better, I sleep better, my lungs function! I'm generally more motivated and I'm really fascinated by the changes in my body. You better believe I've been celebrating every single ounce and pound I lose and challenging myself to be better the next day or to just keep it going. It's actually fun for me! This isn't really about being thin for me. It's about motivation and feeling fulfilled. It's also about being able to play with my baby without getting puffed out and not having to worry as much about having a heart attack when I'm 50.

I set goal weights every so often so I can evaluate where I'm heading and not get obsessed with the numbers. I can see how easy that would be. I started at 226 and always thought 170 would be my first big goal - getting under 200 was a struggle so that became my big one. Now 170 is it and I don't expect to lose any more than 20lbs after that. At this rate I could be there by summer!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

9 weeks post partum: Starting again.

Date: Thursday, February 23rd 2012
Weight: 188lbs / 13.4 stone
BMI: 29

Starting weight: 226lbs / 16 stone
Total weight loss: 38lbs / 2.7 stone

I've still got quite a way to go but I'm getting there!