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Kristina’s on track

Kristina lost 75 lbs*

*People following the WW program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds/week. Kristina lost weight on a prior program and is continuing on myWW™. Watch Kristina’s journey of being honest with herself and finding major success in the video below.

In Kristina’s words:
I always used to feel like my body was comfortable at 275 pounds, and I knew that wasn’t healthy. I had first joined WW in 2008, and I was successful until an injury threw me off. No matter how much weight I lost, I always went back to 275 pounds. I knew that had to stop, so I decided to go back to the program in November 2012, and my body is getting comfortable at my new weight.

Being honest

Tracking everything
When I joined WW, I realized quickly that I was eating until I was stuffed. So I started to weigh, measure, and track my food. Even if I go way over my SmartPoints®, I still track every single bite. And I’m just honest about it. When I tell others I do this, they say to themselves, “If Kristina can track a -200 SmartPoints week, I can track my day.”

It’s all about presentation
I used to not care about presentation; I’d order a pizza and eat it straight out of the box. But now I make these delicious, beautiful salads: one is a Greek salad with cucumber, pepperoncini, and artichoke hearts, and the other has strawberries, cucumbers, dried cranberries, almonds, and pear gorgonzola dressing. I love posting about them on my Instagram profile, and I even get requests for them at family potlucks!

Sharing my journey
Talking about my ups and downs helps me stay successful. I love to journal so I started a blog. I talk about the recipes I make, the activities I’ve tried, and how I’m feeling about my week. My journey hasn’t been easy-breezy, but writing on a daily basis helps me realize how much I have to be thankful for.

How Kristina’s success with WW has improved her life

Finding your fitness
I like to challenge myself in fitness. I like taking cardio barre classes, kickboxing, and I’ve even tried CrossFit. I’ve always loved basketball, and now I play on a recreational basketball league. Not only do I have the height, but thanks to my weight loss, I’m much faster on the court than before.

Focusing on food
After watching a documentary about the food industry, I started eating differently. I used to drink so much soda, and now I’ve eliminated it from my daily diet. I’ll drink Crystal Light instead — I probably drink 120 ounces a day! I also opt for fresh foods over processed, and butter over margarine. Start noticing the chemicals you’re putting into your body, and get rid of them.

A quiet moment
Living in Los Angeles, the weather is amazing 90% of the time. Very early on, I created a routine that after my WW Workshop every Saturday, I head to these cliffs near my house to reflect on my week and prepare for the next one. It reminds me how blessed I am to be in the area. And it helps me clear my mind and prepare for the challenges ahead.

60 Amazing Blogs for Weight Watchers Support

November 17th, 2010

Losing weight is hard enough, and if you try to do it all on your own, you might be sabotaging your goals. But in the blogosphere, dieters and those on the path to serious weight loss — and maintenance — band together to share motivation, challenges, tips, recipes, exercise plans, healthy eating ideas and more. The Weight Watchers group is especially active online, and these great blogs can serve as your support system to get you going or maintain your Lifetime status.

Getting Started (Or Jumping Back In)

If you’re just starting with WW or are jumping back into a diet plan after a hiatus, check these blogs for tips when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Danica’s Daily: Danica is an experienced WW and now offers up daily tips for eating clean and living an active, healthy life. She’s also a great resource for recipes. Recommended Posts: Back to the “Simple” Life and Week 1 Kick Start Results & Photo Recap
  2. TRAPPEDNME: This bloggers it new to Weight Watchers and is still experimenting with different forms of exercise to help her lose weight. Recommended Posts: Just a little frustrated… and Stepping out of my own comfort zone!
  3. Lola Fierce: Inspired by Beyonce’s “Sasha Fierce,” Lola is on a mission to treat herself with the same love and respect as she treats her best friends — a worthy mantra for anyone starting a new diet and weight loss plan. Recommended Posts: Spending them like they are cash and Only Positive
  4. Follow the Fat Girl: Christy lost over 150 pounds on WW when she was younger but, at 26, she’s leading an active life, even though she’s overweight. Back to the weight loss journey, Christy blogs to help others and keep herself on track. Recommended Posts: Surprise Diagnosis and How Christy’s Getting Her Groove Back
  5. Marcy’s Weight Loss Journey: Marcy gained some weight back after cutting Aspartame products out of her diet, and now she’s kick starting her diet and fitness plan again with WW. Recommended Posts: Sunday – Week Results and Thursday – The Face
  6. Taking Less Space: This blogger has joined and quit WW multiple times, but here she writes about her decision to stick to fitness, the points system, and a healthy lifestyle. Recommended Posts: Eating Season and Uh-Oh, Plateau
  7. Eyes on the Hourglass: Sonya’s got great goals for herself — become a runner, lose weight, and experiment with vegetarian cuisine — and this blog proves she’s got smart secrets to share. Recommended Posts: Great WI! and A New Beginning
  8. PaulaWannaCracker: If you want help with keeping up a food and exercise journal, follow Paula’s blog. Recommended Posts: Something’s Gotta Give! and Just going through the motions… sometimes, it’s all you can do
  9. Weight Watcher Wannabe: This new mom reviews recipes, cookbooks, and tips for starting on WW. Recommended Posts: Menu for the Week and Peanut Butter Cookies
  10. Put Down the Donut: If you want a one-stop resource for discussion and tips about eating healthier, learning about WW, and getting fit, head to this cute blog. Recommended Posts: Fat People Are, Well, Fat and A Mini Donut in the Hand is Worth Twenty on Your Ass
  11. She-Fit: Ruth Rogers’ blog is a great resource for women wanting to start a new diet or healthy living plan, and the the nursing student often has tips for WW and staying active. Recommended Posts: Exercise Excuses: How to Overcome Them and Diet Rules Meant to Be Broken

Recipes

Browse recipes by points, calories, and food type for great meals and snacks that won’t ruin your diet.

  1. Gina’s Skinny Recipes: Find low-fat recipes that share nutrition information and WW points here. Recommended Posts: 0 Point Recipes and Makeover Banana Nut Bread – 3 Points
  2. Losing It…The Chronicles of Connie B’s Cooking and Weight Loss: Connie has done WW before but gained back the weight. Today, she’s back on the points system and is losing steadily. Find recipes, tips, and honest testimonials. Recommended Posts: Sunday, Sunday and Creamy Salsa Chicken
  3. TJ’s Test Kitchen: TJ’s recipes are so good, she doesn’t even consider herself to be on a diet, but WW has helped her lost over 70 pounds anyway. Recommended Posts: TJ – 1, Bread – 0 and Weigh In Gain
  4. Point-less Meals: This recipe blog includes photos, ingredients, serving sizes and points for all kinds of foods you may not have realized you could eat on WW. Recommended Posts: Cream of Chicken Wild Rice Soup and Smothered Chicken Italiano
  5. Weightingfor50s Blog: This blogger is in her 40s and wants to eat her well to a healthy weight in her 50s by preparing WW-friendly recipes. Recommended Posts: Recipes and Welcome to the Weekend!
  6. A Girl Who Loves Cupcakes: This blogger is trying to revamp her relationship with food, and often turns to WW for help. Great photos accompany her creative recipes. Recommended Posts: Baked Oatmeal Recipe and Meatless Monday
  7. This Mama Cooks: On a Diet: Many of the recipes on this blog are WW-friendly. Recommended Posts: Light & Delish: 400 Calories or less! Quick healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner and Healthy Chicken Adobo with Quinoa
  8. LaaLoosh: Besides sharing WW recipes, this blog also features a printable food journal, daily point total target, and point calculation explanation. Recommended Posts: Homemade Apple Cobbler Recipe: 4 Point Total and Baked Shrimp Scampi Recipe: 4 Point Total
  9. WW Recipes: Recipes come with an ingredients list, directions, and nutritional information, including carbs, dietary fiber and points. Recommended Posts: Weight Watchers Spinach and Tofu Lasagna recipe: 7 points and Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe: 2 points
  10. Kitchen Parade: There’s an entire recipe box for Weight Watchers meals, organized by points and type of meal, on this blog. Recommended Posts: Easy to Elegant Asparagus Soup Mini Crab Cakes
  11. Weight Watchers Recipes and Diets: In addition to the many WW recipes, you’ll find tips and success stories jumbled into this blog. Search easy gourmet recipes by calorie count, points, or type of food. Recommended Posts: Pancakes with Berries and Coffee Cream Cake
  12. Cooking by the Seat of My Pants: Jerry’s getting back in the kitchen and having fun cooking up traditional and more experimental meals with mostly healthy ingredients. He’s also archived many WW foods as he tries to lose a few pounds. Recommended Posts: Bagels with Salmon and Dilled Cream Cheese Recipe and Curried Cauliflower Soup, A Weight Watcher’s Zero Point Recipe

Points and Dieting

A mix of WW-specific blogs and helpful weight loss blogs that also inspire weekly weigh ins and food tracking, this list will support your dieting journey.

  1. Battle of the Bulge: Trying to Stay at Goal: This WW Lifetime Member is trying to maintain her healthy weight, and you can read her blog to get tips on eating right, too. Recommended Posts: Meeting Topic : Challenges aka : the Christmas Season and Outsmart the Supermarket
  2. operation size 8: Sarah’s on a mission to get back into her single digit jeans. Recommended Posts: Does that scale say… and I gained but I’m not down for the count
  3. Kendra Through the Looking Glass: This young blogger picks her challenges sensibly and keeps good track of weight loss progress and goals. Recommended Posts: 252.4lbs, And I’m Happy That I Gained and Run Forrest Run: How To Not Die
  4. Debby Weighs In: Debby subscribes to clean, sensible eating practices, which seem to work — she’s lost over 100 pounds. Recommended Posts: How to Not Eat Too Much and Maintenance: A Confession
  5. It’s Not a Diet, It’s a Weigh of Life…: Weight Watchers also believes in this kind of lifestyle change when it comes to “dieting.” Recommended Posts: Thoughts of Maintenance and On to the weigh in
  6. Lynn’s Weigh: Lynn’s a grandma who’s lost 168 pounds — most of it on WW — and is still keeping it off. Read her well-written blog for tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Recommended Posts: Does It Get Easier? and No More Apologies
  7. Back Off I’m Starving: If you’re having a rough time waking up early to exercise and get excited about weekly weigh-ins, read this blog for support. Recommended Posts: The Bright Side and Get Used to Disappointment
  8. Hollie’s Weight Loss Blog: This is a fantastic blog to follow if you’re having trouble staying motivated as your crazy, stressful life takes over. Recommended Posts: Need vs. Want and Inspiration
  9. Third Time’s a Charm: Pam and Randall log their weigh-ins on this blog, and Pam writes to motivate herself to really lose the weight this time. Recommended Posts: Cautiously Dipping My Toes In and Attitude: Before, During and After
  10. Annie Weighs…: Annie is a young, organized WW blogger who addresses things like willpower, determination, NSVs, goals, and more. Recommended Posts: Goals and Changes and Letting Go

Lifestyle and Fitness

Make fitness a part of your new lifestyle when you get ideas and inspiration from these bloggers.

  1. The Running Fairy: Bre has lost 100 pounds on WW and is now an avid runner and cyclist. Recommended Posts: Question – What suffers when life gets a little crazy? and 10 days of celebrating = weight gain
  2. Bitch Cakes: This “neurotic glamour girl” with a flair for vintage fashion chronicles her fitness adventures — including New York-area bike tours — as she also sticks to a WW diet. Recommended Posts: Weekly Meeting Topic: Metabolism & What we eat and Dining Out
  3. Manderz Road to a new life: Amanda is using her WW support system and dad’s marathon experience as inspiration to continue losing weight: she’s lost 100+ pounds so far. Recommended Posts: Numerous Milestones and October Recap and Marathon Pictures
  4. Running My Butt Off: This blogger is training to run or walk a 5K and abides by the challenge to record everything she eats, similar to a WW plan. Recommended Posts: Happy Day and The end of part one and the beginning of part two – or DDD, the sequel
  5. The Clydesdale Project: In addition to regular weigh-ins, “Big Clyde” is a serious cyclist trying to bike off the weigh and eat right. Recommended Posts: Looking Back…Looking Ahead and Make The Time to Ride/Run/Walk
  6. Melissa’s Adventures in Living Life: Get inspired to live a more active life from Melissa, from camping to 5Ks. Recommended Posts: Found some inspiration! and Tell It Like It’s Tuesday — the Late Edition
  7. All the Weigh: This blogger is a busy young woman living in the big city who’s also trying to lose weight. She logs her cardio minutes by month and also keeps a weight loss log. Recommended Posts: What Motivates You Today? and I Did It
  8. Get to Goal: Amanda has been on WW for over 3 years, has hit her goal weight, and is now trying to maintain it through running and smart eating. Recommended Posts: Personal Best and Update: Food, Work, Life
  9. Mel Gets Fit: Recommended Posts: Mel’s on a journey to lose over 100 pounds, and she’s been on WW since July 2010. Read her colorful blog for tips on finding motivation, healthy food substitutes, and exercise ideas.
  10. Fattie 2 Fittie: This blogger has already lost over 50 pounds, but she’s sharing her work out routines and WW tips to help herself and readers keep going. Recommended Posts: WW Orders and Summer Diet Buddies

Journals

Here you’ll find honest stories and testimonials from WW bloggers as they maintain weight or are on the journey to lose serious pounds.

  1. Leading the Weigh: Heather lost 80 pounds on WW and has kept it off for over eight years. Here she shares all the little tricks that keep her going each day. Recommended Posts: October 2010 Motivational Calendar and Freezer chat (making meals ahead to stay successful)
  2. Perfect in Our Imperfections: This dieter is still working with WW but is also trying something new. Instead of satisfying someone else’s ideas about losing weight, she’s just trying to stay fit and healthy. Recommended Posts: Here’s what 38.5 points looks like and Now the plan is this…
  3. De-Puffing Pixie With Weight Watchers: Miss Pixie is in her 50s and has already lost a lot of weight. She wants to contribute her tips and story to the blogosphere after getting so much inspiration from other dieters. Recommended Posts: Reinventing the Wheel and Attitude is everything. Pick a good one!!!
  4. A Blog Devoted to Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle: Marisa’s “Loser for Life” food blog is inspirational and practical for all types of long-term “dieters” who want to focus on living a healthy, sensible life for the rest of theirs. Recommended Posts: Signs of Progress and Highs and Lows
  5. Rescuing Lisa: Lisa’s trying to hit her goal weight by New Year’s Eve 2010, and he regular blog posts reveal and honest, but optimistic, journey. Recommended Posts: Speaking of Awesome! and Gimmie a Break
  6. OK, just one more beer: Suzi’s lost over 90 pounds and is this close to reaching her Lifetime goal with WW. She’s got a bit of a potty mouth, but her posts are full of well thought-out tips and philosophies on healthy living and losing weight. Recommended Posts: When I was 26… and Move your ass!
  7. SpunkySuzi working towards a healthier me: This diary from Suzi addresses goals, points, and more. Recommended Posts: Weekly Goal Update and Finally went on a walk
  8. Roni’s Weigh: Blogging the “after” story of a weight loss journey, young mom Roni has already lost 70 pounds. Recommended Posts: It’s NEVER Too late and Ask Roni: Frustrated
  9. She’s In There Somewhere: Stephanie is a writer, web designers, mom, wife and blogger who’s chronicling her weight loss “journey from before to after” here. Find recipes, NSVs, tips, and more. Recommended Posts: Halloween Candy Survival Guide and A Weigh-In, a decision, and a thank-you
  10. Comfy*Cozy*Crazy: You’ll find honest stories about plateaus, fitness boredom, and sticking to your diet here. Recommended Posts: I Can’t Do It! and Change of plans
  11. Prior Fat Girl: After getting to her goal weight, this blogger found new challenges to face that threatened her healthier lifestyle. Recommended Posts: Step Away From the Scale and I.Hate.Stairs.Forever
  12. Points Aweigh: Jac’s been struggling with her weight since she was 18, and while her husband dropped 100 pounds in five years, she actually gained 40. But now, Jac is on a real mission to complete the Couch to 5K program, and you can read about her journey here. Recommended Posts: Everybody’s Gotta Start Somewhere – An Introduction and Staying on plan – Cooking for one
  13. Learning to Be Less: This 31-year-old teacher lost 115 pounds in just a year and a half. She’s just had a baby, is still blogging, and has a whole new set of challenges in front of her. Recommended Posts: Friday’s Weigh In and My New Obsession
  14. The Token Fat Girl: Lorrie’s been shopping in the plus size section for as long as she can remember, but she’s now combining tricks from diets like Weight Watchers and Atkins for a customized approach. Recommended Posts: Go back to where we started from and Weight Watchers Momentum
  15. What’s the Point?: Bethie, Julie and April blog about their WW journey, including weigh-ins, getting bored, finding motivation, and more. Recommended Posts: Weight Watchers Diet Soda Cake and Julie’s Weigh-In Friday
  16. Looking for My Feet: Maggie’s tracking her progress — she’s so far down almost 52 pounds — and she’s a good follow when you want to help finding ways to incorporate WW and exercise into your daily routine. Recommended Posts: Reaping the Rewards and Still trudging along
  17. This Little Piggy: Also a WW forums commenter, Jo blogs to keep herself on the weight loss track. She’s also a great example of how to keep a food journal. Recommended Posts: Week 2 – Days 3 to 7 plus weight in result and 600 grams gone…but where and how?

The Best Weight Loss Blogs of 2019

There’s no shortage of information on the internet about weight loss and fitness, but it can be a challenge to cut through the chatter about new diet trends and workout programs to find what works best for you.

The bloggers featured here address weight loss from a variety of perspectives — whether you’re just starting to explore the idea of healthy living or you’re a fitness buff searching for an inclusive community.

Life by Daily Burn

Life by Daily Burn is a practical guide for helping readers take greater control over their physical, mental, and emotional lives. The site helps readers consider their overall wellness with sections including targeted workouts, meal prep tips, and recommendations for quick meditations.

PopSugar Fitness

Part of the PopSugar network of lifestyle brands, this blog is bright, bold, and chock full of helpful articles on topics ranging from dieting on a budget to workouts on the go. The site also offers links to exercise plans, recommendations for stylish workout clothes, and tips for healthy eating.

The Healthy Foodie

Who says healthy eating has to be boring? Certainly not Sonia Lacasse. The brains behind The Healthy Foodie blog, Sonia is a former overweight smoker who started writing to keep a simple personal online food diary. Then it became a real passion. Today, The Healthy Foodie has easy and delicious recipes for people looking for nutritious meals that are definitely not boring. Anyone interested in a paleo lifestyle or just eating more healthfully will find a wealth of inspiration here.

Andie Mitchell

Best-selling author Andie Mitchell started her blog in 2010 to share her story of finding balance. Along with the weight loss posts (she dropped 135 pounds through eating better and exercise) and picture-perfect recipes, Andie writes like a friend who gets it and never wants anyone else to struggle alone.

ACE Exercise Library

ACE, the nonprofit exercise professional and health coach certification organization, believes movement is at the core of what it means to feel healthy, to feel alive, and to engage in the human experience. Their Exercise Library offers a variety of movements to accompany any weight loss or wellness goals — from total-body exercises to moves that target specific areas of the body. Each comes with a detailed description and photos to help ensure proper form.

Body Rebooted

Body Rebooted is focused on three important fundamentals — fitness, food, and family. Run by health and wellness coach Christina Russell, the blog focuses on balance and includes tons of gluten-free recipes, home workout videos, and tips for self-care.

A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss

After Erika Nicole Kendall lost 170 pounds on her own through diet and exercise, she started her blog to help others follow her example of going from couch potato to trainer. A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss is an extension of Erika’s fitness philosophy — compassion, positive body image, pleasure, consistency, mindfulness, and varying one’s methods of goal measurement. The site tells Erika’s story but it also features recipes, posts on body image, and tips for training.

Runs for Cookies

At her maximum weight of 253 pounds, Katie Foster never imagined she’d one day be a runner. But after dropping 125 pounds, she started Runs for Cookies to share her thoughts on exercise and healthy eating. Nearly 10 years after dropping the weight, Katie uses her blog as a peek inside her life — there are recipes, inspirational stories, tales from the day-to-day, and resources for those just starting on their own weight loss journeys including training plans.

Workout Mommy

The tagline for Workout Mommy is “fitness secrets from a badass single mom,” and the blog delivers. Run by a former personal trainer, Workout Mommy aims to provide motivation, inspiration, and ideas on how to fit exercise and wellness in your busy day. It also offers real-life advice for busy parents on developing healthy habits, dealing with anxiety, and meeting your fitness goals.

The Lean Green Bean

Run by a registered dietician, The Lean Green Bean features healthy recipes, nutrition information, workouts, and a candid look at motherhood. You won’t find details on crash dieting or the latest fads here. Instead the blog is dedicated to connecting with your body and learning to eat for both nourishment and enjoyment — perfect for those trying to embrace healthy living in an uncomplicated and inexpensive way.

Carrots ‘N’ Cake

Carrots ‘N’ Cake is where Tina Haupert shares her love of food, staying fit, and living a healthy life. It originally started as a personal blog to hold herself accountable as her wedding day approached, then grew into a go-to resource for all things healthy living. The blog boasts macro-friendly recipes, running training plans, and advice gleaned from Tina’s life as a personal trainer and mom.

Fit Girl’s Diary

Fitness trainer and nutritionist Monica May challenges herself daily to get stronger physically and mentally, and her blog makes it possible to help you do the same. Complete with workout programs, diet plans, and hundreds of articles, Fit Girl’s Diary is the go-to source for motivation and support.

Snack Girl

Lisa Cain started Snack Girl following one simple thought: If she could replace cookies, chips, ice cream, and candy with something healthy, that could be a start toward a healthier lifestyle. Quickly the idea grew to include meals and desserts and now the blog features recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as food product reviews.

Sarah Fit

YouTuber and fitness blogger Sarah Dussault wants to inspire women to feel confident about the way they look without depriving themselves of a social life. On her channel and her blog, Sarah posts her favorite at-home workouts, what she’s eating, and insights into staying active while pregnant.

Powercakes

The force behind Powercakes is Kasey Brown, a certified personal trainer and healthy living blogger on a mission to empower kids and help women love their bodies while finding inspiration through fitness and food. Whether you’re looking for product recommendations, power drink recipes, or workout suggestions, Powercakes has it all.

If you have a favorite blog you’d like to nominate, please email us at [email protected]

Jen Thomas is a journalist and media strategist based in San Francisco. When she’s not dreaming of new places to visit and photograph, she can be found around the Bay Area struggling to wrangle her blind Jack Russell terrier or looking lost because she insists on walking everywhere. Jen is also a competitive Ultimate Frisbee player, a decent rock climber, a lapsed runner, and an aspiring aerial performer.

My Weight Loss Journey {How I Lost 100 Pounds}

Today, I’m 100 pounds lighter than I was when I started my weight loss journey.

My story is not one of overnight success. I didn’t take a magic pill. My results were not from a fad diet or a product from an infomercial.

My journey has been more like a roller coaster ride of trials, many errors, and a collection of small milestones along the way, eventually leading to more than I ever expected to gain.

Check out my 30-Day Weight Loss Devotional if you’d like to dive underneath the surface of traditional weight loss advice and break out of the cycle of yo-yo dieting by finding your worth in Christ.

I was an unhappy girl with no self-esteem, trapped beneath baggy t-shirt and stretchy jeans and desperate to lose weight to just be normal.

I had no idea that it would turn into a journey of self-discovery, freedom, and finding joy.

Oh yeah, and 100-pound weight loss.

Before and After Weight Loss Pictures

Diets I Tried On My Weight Loss Journey

Over many years of trying to lose weight, I tried a lot of different weight loss diets, programs, and even some gimmicks.

I wish I had been blogging while I’d been on all of them, but I tried many of them when I was quite young, so there is no written record of my experience.

Here are just a few of the many things I tried:

  • Slim Fast
  • Atkins
  • Juicing
  • The Whole 30
  • weight loss pills
  • Weight Watchers
  • ab belts
  • stomach shrinking wraps
  • calorie counting
  • skipping meals

One Small Change for weight loss

I lost 100 pounds one small change at a time.

There was so much trial and error (a LOT of error).

I loved junk food, watching TV, and being as lazy as possible, so as appealing as the extreme diets were, they never stuck.

For me, the key to success was one small change at a time.

Going from soda to lemonade. Then to light lemonade, flavored water, fruit infused water, and finally plain water.

Going from no vegetables to hiding vegetables in dishes to a few microwaved frozen vegetables then learning to cook fresh vegetables and now I pack my meals full of vegetables.

I could give you hundreds of examples of one small change at work in my life.

Every diet I tried or exercise program I joined, I learned something from it that I carried on with me to create a healthy lifestyle I genuinely love living.

Read more about how you can use the life-changing power of one small change.

Growing Up As The Fat Kid

I was a cute kid. A really, really cute kid (that’s me being cute in between my two older sisters)….until 1st grade.

That’s when I started to become the chubby kid.

And then the fat kid (that’s me on the bottom right in the huge blue poncho).

I don’t really know why I started overeating in the first place.

  • Maybe because I was a daddy’s girl and I wanted to keep up with his portions to be just like him.
  • Possibly because I was stubborn and knew my mother wanted to eat healthily, so I rebelled by sneaking junk food.
  • Perhaps I just really loved food (and still do!).

Whatever the reason, I started overeating and just couldn’t stop.

I remember my grandmother making a comment once about how shocked she was that I could eat so many slices of pizza.

And I remember feeling proud of being able to do so.

I loved junk food and would sneak into the kitchen late at night and find the unhealthiest food my mom had hiding in the kitchen…and I’d eat it all in one sitting.

Whether it was a box of Nutty Bars, a bag of chips, or some really delicious leftovers, I’d devour them.

Food (more specifically, junk food) was a precious commodity to me.

When it was there, I felt like it was a resource that could run out at any given time, so I had to eat it all as fast as possible before someone else dared to try it themselves and leave less for me.

I was pretty much like Joey from Friends. “Becky does not share food!“

Confession – sometimes I still feel like that.

It’s not like I was ever deprived.

My mother was (and still is) a fantastic cook. She always made a ton of flavorful, healthy, homemade meals, but I never appreciated them.

I was always begging for processed foods, prepackaged foods, and fast food.

I would have taken a Lunchable over a sandwich any day and wished I could live off of donuts, tater tots, and cupcakes.

I vividly remember wishing someone would replace all water fountains with Kool-Aid fountains (fun fact – I didn’t start liking plain water until I was 27 years old).

Bullying As An Overweight Kid

In middle school, I was teased.

I was called fat in the hallways.

I was called fat by random strangers who saw me helping my best friend deliver her paper route.

I was called fat by so-called friends not-so behind my back.

It hurt. A lot.

And I retreated inside myself even more, thinking if I was quiet and just flew under the radar, then I wouldn’t draw attention to myself and nobody would notice that I was fat.

I ate in secret.

Then I beat myself up for overeating, which drove me to eat even more.

It’s really a vicious cycle that keeps you spiraling downward.

I was never able to wear any of the same clothes that my friends wore because I couldn’t fit into girls’, or even teen, clothing.

I remember wearing a 24W as a 14-year-old. So, I dressed in the ever-so-fashionable stretchy jeans and super baggy t-shirt, believing that all of that excess fabric would hide all of my belly rolls.

I Really Hated Exercise

In middle school, I played volleyball, which helped to keep my weight in check at least a little bit.

I loved the actual game and even made the A team, but I hated the running.

I was always the slowest, I always finished last, huffing and puffing, needing tons of walk breaks, even just during the warm-up laps. I could block, bump, and spike like nobody’s business, but I remember always feeling second best because I was the girl who had to take the highest number of uniform because the numbers correlated to the size.

High number = big uniform.

It was like my weight was being announced to everyone, wearing my shame on the outside.

I played tennis from my freshman through junior year of high school and, again, really enjoyed the sport, but abhorred the running. Our coach was a middle-aged guy who could run circles around me. The entire team would have finished their laps around the field, while I was still stumbling along next to the (also middle-aged) assistant coach, who I’m quite sure they sent in as an attempt to get me to run faster.

It was ineffective.

But because of the regular exercise, I did start losing some weight.

The Dreaded Yo-Yo Dieting

In high school, the teasing had pretty much stopped, but I still felt as big as ever. It seemed like everyone around me was dating and I was convinced that if I just lost the weight, then guys would start to notice me.

So, I was constantly trying to diet.

Emphasis on the trying.

I’d…

  • skip breakfast (always the brilliant way to lose weight – NOT)
  • make sure everyone could see that I was only eating bell pepper strips or half of a Slim Fast for lunch instead of the pizza offered at Key Club meetings
  • applaud myself when my stomach was rumbling in hunger, because, obviously, starvation=weight loss (face-palm).

But, those efforts were quite temporary, and the next day, I’d be with my friends at the food court eating a massive burrito for lunch (and sneaking cookies into my bedroom at night).

The Freshman 15 In Reverse

When I went off to college in 2004, I was actually able to reverse the freshman 15.

Because the rec center was just across a field from my dorm, there was a time that I was going over there twice a day to swim or lift weights or hop on the elliptical and I was taking full advantage of the salad bar in the cafeteria.

I probably could have dropped a lot more weight, but I was still ordering late night pizza with my dorm-mates and keeping our room’s mini fridge stocked with cookie dough and soda.

When I moved out of the dorms and off campus (away from the rec center) the next year, I slowly started gaining weight back.

I’d exercise occasionally and kind of try to watch what I ate, but I didn’t really know how to cook, so I mostly stuck with boxed options.

Macaroni and cheese and Hamburger Helper are not the ideal meals for weight loss and after I’d regained those pounds, they stayed.

And stayed.

Until late 2007.

The Opposite Extreme

That year, I fell in love.

We dated, we got engaged, and then he was deployed, and I lived in a constant state of stress.

I drifted to the other extreme of unhealthy weight loss.

I was miserable. I thought worrying was the only thing I could offer at that point and since I couldn’t control what was going on overseas, I decided to control my eating.

I was living alone and, for most that year, I probably ate between 500-800 calories a day.

I was hungry a lot, not exercising at all, had no energy, and my stomach was constantly in knots, but I lost 40 pounds, bringing me down to 160. That was the lightest I’d been since I could remember (literally. I obviously had to have been 160 pounds at some point in my life as I was gaining the weight, but I have no idea when that was).

I thought skinny meant healthy, but even though I was finally a normal weight, I was FAR from healthy at that point.

I started buying smaller clothes and noticing that things fit me so much better, but it was short-lived.

Unhealthy Relationship, Unhealthy Body

The deployment ended, he came home, and we got married. I was ready for a blissful honeymoon stage, but it was not a happy or a healthy marriage.

I didn’t know it at the time, but my deep insecurities from being the fat kid mixed with that desperation for attention from guys had led me into an emotionally abusive marriage.

My weight loss journey spiraled downward and my weight shot up once again.

We a lot of fast food, rarely exercised because we were glued to our TV and computer screens, and the stress of the constant conflict between us was nearly unbearable (especially for this people-pleasing, peace-loving girl!), so I started gaining the weight back quickly.

And then I kept gaining.

And gaining.

Until January 2012. I was 194 pounds and was terrified of creeping back up into the 200’s.

Embarrassed to exercise in front of others

So, I joined a gym.

I was really only comfortable using the elliptical. I was too scared to try any of the classes offered and the weight machines were just intimidating. Gym people always seem to know what they’re doing and I just…didn’t.

I didn’t feel like I fit anywhere and I especially didn’t want people to see my gym inadequacy, so I spent a lot of time in the cardio movie room, where all of the lights are dimmed and they projected movies onto a screen in front of the cardio equipment.

I tried a personal trainer for awhile and hated it.

A person watching me exercise was. the. worst.

Mostly because I was so weak that I struggled with a lot of the exercises she gave me and as sweet as this girl was, she continuously expressed how surprised she was at how little I could lift/push/squat/whatever else. Even though I was still 55 pounds less than my heaviest, I felt completely inadequate and just wanted to hide.

So, I ditched the gym and the trainer for workouts that I could do myself at home (these are some of my favorite home workouts).

That’s when I decided to start running.

Yes, running.

Running for Weight Loss

You know, that thing I told you I hated with a passion? The bane of my existence? The killer of my self-esteem? That. I looked it in the metaphorical face and embraced it (sticking to side streets with few spectators, mind you).

One step at a time. One gasping breath at a time.

In June 2012, I ran my first 5k (even though my mother beat me. Totally embarrassing.).

If you want to run for weight loss, check out this beginner’s guide to running.

The Year Everything Changed

After a rough start to the year with a devastating divorce, 2014 became one of the most influential years of my life (and my weight loss journey).

That was the year that all of the pieces of healthy habits that I had been building over the years finally fell into place.

Running had started to give me confidence.

I didn’t feel like hiding anymore. I still didn’t want all of the attention drawn to me, but I dabbled in a variety of exercises that year and was always working on something to keep myself healthy.

I tried Zumba and cardio kickboxing classes, which majorly pushed me out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed immensely!

An instructor talked to me after class and asked me my story and recommended I look into teaching fitness. I was so flattered, but just put that into the back of my mind.

I did some yoga, some pilates, and some Jillian Michaels videos.

I used my Fitbit all year, which really motivated me to move more throughout the day.

I took my border collie Boots for more walks, I parked farther away from stores, I walked the long way around whenever I could – anything to get up to my 10,000 steps!

I ran off and on when I felt like it (and often when I didn’t) and ended up running six 5ks.

Outside of exercise, my confidence was building, too.

Instead of just helping out with slides in our church services, I joined the worship team and started singing in front of our congregation every week.

I dated. I left my teeny tiny comfort zone and went on adventures. I started striking up conversations with neighbors and people in the grocery store.

I was officially done hiding from people, and I was finally, after 27 years, starting to believe my worth as a child of God.

Until that year, I had no idea that God would care about my weight loss journey.

Oh, How I Love Food (Apparently Healthy Food, Too! Who Knew?)

The other thing that happened in 2014 is that my tastes started to change. Those small changes had added up!

I have always been a lover of all things fried and junk food-like. As a single person, I had the freedom to stock my cabinets and fridge with whatever foods I wanted.

I started the year buying all of the chocolate and chips and frozen prepared foods that I love and I quickly found that those weren’t the foods I wanted anymore.

I still kept a wide variety of chocolate in the house but ate it sparingly (self-control like that still feels weird to me!).

Surprisingly, I wanted spaghetti squash, Greek yogurt, zucchini, baby spinach, quinoa, and fish.

I slowly warmed up to fish in my mid-20’s, but that year, I craved it and ate it often!

And, unless I was meeting friends, I didn’t eat out.

I used to dream about Big Macs and Sonic’s tater tots and Freddy’s french fries and then when I actually had the freedom to go to those places whenever I wanted to, it turned out I really didn’t want to.

I still eat Life Saver Gummies, chocolate, and french fries when I want to, but now, instead of a box of Nutty Bars (oh, how I love them!) disappearing in one night, they were lasting me a month or more.

Nothing was off limits to me and that actually was the key for me to eat everything in moderation.

I don’t believe in forbidden foods in my diet anymore.

As a result of all of those small changes in my healthy eating and exercise, I dropped 30 pounds that year.

And I’ve kept it off ever since.

No more dieting.

No more forcing myself to go through the motions.

Now, those healthy habits I developed in my weight loss journey are just my normal, a normal I happen to absolutely love living. I eat what I love, I have the energy and stamina to do the things I enjoy, and I just feel good.

I was about 250 at my heaviest, which means over the years, I have now lost 100 pounds.

Even Though It’s About The Weight, It’s Not Really About The Weight

It’s really not even about my goal weight anymore.

It’s about freedom.

(These are the 4 steps that took me from calorie counting to food freedom)

I’m doing things I never thought I was capable of. It’s about being healthy and active and taking care of myself so that I can build the life I want to live. It’s about chasing my niece and nephew and running 5ks with my friends.

It’s about seizing the day, instead of trying to hide, hoping no one will notice me.

It’s about being confident in who I’ve become and embracing both my strengths and my weaknesses.

Instead of being scared to try new things, I’m eager to take advantage of new experiences. It’s about making good choices most of the time when it comes to both movement and nutrition, but not being a slave to counting calories or forbidding foods from my diet.

I would never have believed it if you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be the girl choosing salmon and barley over a burger and french fries, but I did just that the other night.

Breaking Free

I ran my first half marathon in 2015, and that was when I decided that I wanted to somehow share the tools and lessons (and many, many mistakes) that I have learned through my own journey, so I earned my personal trainer’s certification and my health coaching certification.

I now run a Christian weight loss program called Faithful Finish Lines 2.0, along with my business partner, Sara from The Holy Mess, who has also lost 100 pounds, to women stuck in their own weight loss journey, in that cycle of yo-yo dieting and emotional eating, find freedom in Christ by building a healthy lifestyle, one small change at a time.

My weight loss journey has been so much bigger than 100 pounds.

  • It gave me freedom and such a deep joy.
  • I learned to trade my guilt for God’s grace.
  • It improved my relationships.
  • I feel so much better.
  • It boosted my confidence.
  • I learned how to find joy and satisfaction in self-control.
  • I improved my relationship with God and others.
  • It changed my life into one that I am madly in love with living.

And now, I want to pass that on to others. I want you to know that, no matter what your starting place is, you can find that freedom, too.

As a follower of Christ, you have the power of God on your side, so no matter how impossible or hopeless your situation seems, I can assure you there is a world of hope and possibility waiting for you.

Sometimes you just need someone to believe in you and help you take the first step.

You can lose the weight and live a healthier life, no matter how far away you feel from that goal right now. One step, one small change at a time, transform your life.

You can do this!

Start right now.

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The Top 35 Healthy Weight Blogs | Weight Loss Bloggers

Changing the Conversation

To celebrate Healthy Weight Week, we have searched the Internet high and low for the best of the best “healthy weight” blogs that are changing the conversation from weight to health and we’re proud to present the top 35.

From registered dietitians to former dieters to those who are still finding their non-diet footing, each of these blogs has a unique voice and viewpoint that can also help you.

The Top 35 Healthy Weight Bloggers
(in no particular order)

Balance Variety and Moderation RDN

Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist who uses intuitive eating and Health At Every Size® as guiding philosophies for his blog, where he helps his readers learn to love the bodies they live in, find joy in movement and make peace with food.

Feed Me, I’m Cranky

This blog covers obesity & food politics, anti-dieting crusading, vegan food, mindful eating & fitness by former weight-loss addict, Annabel Adams.

Nourishing the Soul

A forum for exploring relationships with food, body, and self. News and views on disordered eating, recovery, and healthy living.

This is Not a Diet – It’s My Life

Former yo-yo dieter Kate started 2009 with yet another weight loss adventure that turned into so much more, including her adopting a Health at Every Size® approach.

Intuitive Body

Lisa Claudia Briggs helps women break the spell of overeating plus disrupt other painful patterns while bringing more love and beauty back into their lives.

MizFitOnline

Carla Birnberg muses about life, fitness and living each day on your own terms.

School Meals that Rock

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, is helping school nutrition programs serve kids well.

Dr. Deah’s Body Shop

Dr. Deah promotes self-acceptance, living a healthy life at the size you are now, and resources for treating eating disorders and improving body acceptance, Health at Every Size®, and fighting size discrimination.

A Weigh Out

Coach Ellen Shuman created “A Weigh Out; Freedom from Emotional Eating and Weight Obsession,” which includes a blog and online members’ community that is a safe haven where people can openly share their struggles and triumphs over emotional and binge eating.

Fit Mama Training

Erin Brown overcame a lifelong struggle with “obesity” and its accompanying body image/self esteem issues and developed a passion for health and wellness that she shares with others to help them find it for themselves.

Health at Every Size Blog

Ten or so different experts write regularly for the Association of Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH).

The Fat Chick Sings

Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick) is a plus-sized, certified fitness instructor and best-selling author who helps people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities learn to love their bodies and love exercise again.

Karen C.L. Anderson

Emotional guidance counselor, acceptance whisperer, thought ninja, and a “feel your feelings” kinda gal who teaches the art + science of profound self-trust.

Leslie Schilling

BingeBehavior.com

Founder Lizabeth Wesely-Casella supports impulse control disorders, weight stigma and binge eating disorder (BED) on this blog. She struggled with BED for many years and now dedicates her advocacy work to sharing high-quality information about this treatable disorder.

Mara Glatzel

Mara, an intuitive coach and writer, guides women home to themselves and teaches them to create lives brimming with supreme self-care.

Marci RD

Marci Anderson, RD, blogs for people who struggle with eating disorders, body image and weight concerns, as well as emotional and compulsive eating.

Fit vs. Fiction

Teaching young men and women how to reclaim the power to build the healthy, strong self-esteem that will arm them with the self confidence they need to tune out negative messages and be exactly who they want to be instead of who they think they’re supposed to be.

Too Much on Her Plate

Psychologist Dr. Melissa McCreery focuses on the three Os that ambush successful, high-achieving women—overeating, overwhelm, and overload.

Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat

How to break your eat-repent-repeat cycle by Michelle May, MD.

More to Love

Rachel Estapa dealt with weight and body-image struggles most of her life and now helps other women discover how fulfilling if feels to believe and live like you are worthy of being adored inside and out, no matter your size.

Ditching Dieting – Finding the Middle Ground

Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED, is passionate about helping people find the middle ground with their relationship to food, eating, activity and weight.

Rebecca Thinks

Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, offers weight management expert opinions on balanced, healthy living.

Rochelle Rice

Rochelle dedicates herself to empowering women of size by connecting the body, the mind, and the heart through focus, movement, and breath.

Not on a Diet

Registered dietitian Sumner Brooks practices nutrition from a non-dieting mentality because she went through years of her own struggles with food and disordered eating, fueled by the dieting industry.

The Body Positive

The Body Positive’s mission is to transform people’s beliefs about beauty, health, and identity, freeing them to live balanced, joyful, and purposeful lives.

The Fuck It Diet

A “recovering serial dieter and orthorexic” who is over diets and whose new diet is… “fuck it.”

Fit and Feminist

A reformed slacker turned athletics evangelist is embracing a more health-oriented way of life that involves getting sweaty several times a week, changing the way she eats and learning everything she can about fitness and wellness.

Eating Mindfully

Susan Albers, Psy.D., author of “Eat, Drink & Be Mindful” and “But I Deserve this Chocolate” shares insights from her mindful eating workshops.

Authentically Emmie

Emmie is a self-proclaimed weight loss blogger who is also part of the fat acceptance movement and is done worrying about what other people think.

Deeper Cravings

Covers a wide range of issues but specializes in utilizing a mindfulness-based approach in the healing of food & body issues (compulsive & emotional eating, negative body image, chronic yo-yo dieting, etc).

The Fat Nutritionist

A “fat lady with a nutrition degree” who can help you get to a friendly place with food and your body.

Lynn’s Weigh

A blog of weight maintenance that emphasizes eating well doesn’t have to mean being on a “diet,” exercise can happen in lots of ways outside of a gym, and loving ones self is the starting point to a healthy lifestyle.

The Great Fitness Experiment

Charlotte reads all the health and fitness research she can get her sweaty hands on and then tests it out – on herself mostly.

Make Peace with Food with Dr. Nina

Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin is a psychoanalyst dedicated to helping people stop dieting and start living their best lives.

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