The Definition of a Journey

Weight loss journeys suck…there, I said it. They are hard, discouraging, exciting, encouraging, tempting, educating, and all of this usually at the same time. Now that I’m doing this “all by myself” with no weight loss surgeries or international weight loss reality shows, I’m learning so much more about myself, and why it’s been so hard to keep the weight off.

Of course I want it to go faster. Of course I don’t want to reach goals, only for there to be weight gain the next day. But that’s why they call it a “journey.” If you look at the definitions of journey one says a journey is “A process or course likened to traveling, such as a series of trying experiences; a passage.” I loved the words TRYING EXPERIENCES. It doesn’t say “a clear path with no obstacles and a quick arrival”, but yet it clarifies by saying a “series” of experiences…good and bad.

There have been triumphant times so far on this new journey, and there have been “trying experiences” but instead of giving in (which I still have at times) I’m starting to learn that these times are the most important times, to learn, to reflect, and to move on with no guilt or shame pulling you back into destructive behavior any longer than necessary.

I’ve lost 200 lbs once in my life, and I’m on the journey of doing it all over again. I’m only about 10% down that road, but I’ve learned a few things this time that I hadn’t the first time around. There are a few key things that I have learned about myself so far that hopefully will help you on this crazy journey we call “weight loss.”

My Top 3 Lessons I’ve Learned So Far:

1. Making mistakes, and giving into temptation doesn’t mean you’re a failure; it means you’re learning. As long as you get back up and keep trying, it’s just as much of a success.

2. I will never be able to “have just one” or “have just a little.” I know that about myself now and need to guard myself from tempting situations.

3. Discouragement and stress are my number one triggers to binge. If I don’t see the fruits of my labors each week, my urge to binge sky rockets. Some times I make it through, and sometimes I don’t. But I’m working on fighting that temptation each time and getting better at it.

This journey is far from over, and I love that I can share with you how truly difficult it is, even for someone who’s done it all before. We will get there…I will get there…with help from our support systems, and being gentle with ourselves along the way.

If you have lessons you’ve learned, or things that have helped you on your journey, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Starting over sucks, but it’s not impossible!

After taking a little hiatus during a transition period in my life, I’m so excited to be back and able to share with everyone my “Life After Loser.” It’s been rough this past year or so, but I’m ready to start over and hope my journey is encouraging to you!

I’ve been very candid about the fact that I’ve gained a lot of weight since the show. Do I take responsibility for that…yes, do I blame some unhealthy habits I learned during the show for making it harder for me to lose weight long term…yes. The thing I have realized years after standing on that Biggest Loser stage though, is that no matter the reasons or circumstances that made me gain this weight back, I have to take care of it whether I think it’s fair or not.

I don’t want to start off my new chapter on a negative note, and that’s what I love about the quote, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” The past is the past, and I’m so ready to look forward to feeling happy and healthy again.

I’ve learned tons of lessons these past couple years as I’ve striven to get back to this point of being able to encourage others (and myself) again, and I’m looking forward to sharing those with you too! I’ve began eating differently, looking at exercise differently, and realizing that the mental badgering we put ourselves through eventually will rear it’s ugly head, and asking for help with pushing through and dealing with those things isn’t weakness, it actually takes a lot of strength.

I hope you can look at this blog as more than just healthy recipes, workouts, and videos, but in addition to those things look at it as a safe place of encouragement when the health journey doesn’t go exactly how you planned and find support in others who are on this journey with you! We are a community wanting to cheer each other on…and I’ll be the first one to do it 🙂

So let’s say goodbye to the past and all the excuses, reasons, heart break, and negativity RIGHT NOW! Today is page one of the next chapter and I’m excited to see your growth and transformations.  I’m looking froward to sharing mine with you too!

So let’s get started!

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Why Not Weighing Myself Was The BEST Decision I Ever Made

UnknownHere’s how you know your mind is finally relearning a few things about a realistic and positive weight loss journey…

Yesterday I was at Tucson Bariatric for an appt that had nothing to do with surgery or weight loss…long story…anyway, the Dr. asks as I’m leaving, “would you like to step on the scale while you’re here?” and I emphatically said “NO…I’m good :)” [Read more…]

New Workout Mix!

A good playlist is a MUST for a great workout! It gets you in the zone, keeps your cadence consistent, and just makes you feel like a champ when you’re working hard!

I’ve started a Spotify account and a *NEW* Life After Loser Workout Mix that you can follow. You’ll be listening to all the energizing tunes I’m listening to during my workouts, and I’ll constantly be adding songs to the playlist so make sure you follow the playlist too!

Grab those headphones, turn up the playlist, and let’s get to work!

Quick Chicken Parmesan

I love Italian food and sometimes I need to get my fix. I love zucchini noodles for those low carb times, or 2 oz of whole wheat pasta is a great serving too! This quick chicken parmesan hits the spot without any of the breading or frying! [Read more…]

Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

I love this quick breakfast on days I get home from the gym and just need something protein packed and quick as I’m running out the door to get to work. It takes about 5 minutes and it’s super yummy! [Read more…]

Do What You WANT To Do…

a6df9ddbed79adea17a672affd83f0acThis week I came across this quote on an instagram page I follow and I immediately reposted it; “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”  It spoke the words that my heart had been feeling for almost 3 years. I came off the show in debt, had lost my house to foreclosure because of the process, and no job. I had turned over my company to be on The Biggest Loser and all I came out with was a smaller waist and a ton of debt. Ever since 2011 I’ve been doing what I HAVE to do to repay debt, build up savings, and feel secure again. I love doing what I do, but if I’m being honest I’m not LIVING my life, I’m in a hamster wheel. [Read more…]

What To Do After A Binge

bingeeatingYou’re sitting there staring at an empty chip bag, left over chicken wing bones, or the crumbs leftover from the entire pan of brownies you just ate…now what?


If you’ve ever been in this situation and looked back at the carnage with out even remembering every bite you took, and couldn’t stop yourself in the midst of the binge, you’re not alone! Most people have had a moment like this at some point or the other. It’s not great, but it happens. So what do you do to help you get over the binge faster and as comfortably as possible? Below are some of the tips and tricks I’ve collected along my journey: [Read more…]

Can you guess how many calories this salad has?

thumb_600So you walk into a restaurant and tell yourself you’re going to be “good.” You’re gonna stick to “lean and green” options like you keep hearing all these health nuts and BL Alumni members talk about. You automatically skip the appetizers, ask the waiter to not even BRING the bread, and you opt for lemon water. You’re feeling great about your choices, and decide to go with a chicken salad with caesar dressing. OK, you know the dressing isn’t the healthiest, but it’s a salad with grilled chicken, you can spare a few calories for a yummy dressing…This is the problem with a majority of people’s weight issues in America. You think you’re making good choices, and then you’re slapped in the face with a harsh reality that you just scarfed down an ENTIRE DAY’S worth of calories in a SALAD!! Case in point this Cheesecake Factory Chicken Caesar Salad…check out below how this bad boy breaks down.

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Calorie Comparison: Pasta Bolognese

Calorie ComparisonI’m excited to introduce a new topic on my blog, “Calorie Comparison” where I compare a common restaurant dish with a MUCH lighter version, and the recipe where you can make it! This week I’m comparing one of my FAVES, pasta bolognese. I’ll be honest I make a mean bolognese sauce, but it isn’t the healthiest so I try to find lighter versions of my favorites. No one says you can’t enjoy clean eating and have tasty options. It’s all about the effort you make in finding those on Pinterest, Google, or other clean eating blogs. So let’s get into comparing these dishes and see just how drastically the nutrition info differs from one to the other…

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