goal achieved!

So here we are in June. Five months have gone by since my new life style change back in January.

I have to say that I am doing well. I am eating more whole foods and not many processed foods. Although I have a cheat meal once a week or a cheat day once a week, I am no longer looking to food to fill my time, erase my boredom, or stuff my emotions.

Yes, I occasionally have some chocolate, but that's ok. It's not a staple in my diet anymore.

Yes, I still put cream and sugar in my coffee, but that's ok. Because I have cut back on the amount of sugar, and the number of cups I drink per day.

Yes, I have made exercise a definite 'no excuse' part of my daily routine. no...not every single day. I do take most weekends off.

If you so desire, you can check out my previous stats here. (i weighed in at 168)
And these are my stats as of May 29th...

(I weighed in at 151.2)

Body Fat%  31.27 (which is just in the acceptable range)

Pounds of Body Fat 47.47
Pounds of Lean Body Weight 104.33

Goal Achieved!!
New Goal:  28%  *Lose 6.9 lbs of body fat

I lost TWELVE pounds of body fat! Just thinking about it blows my mind! Back in February when my first body fat assessment took place, I was so depressed that I was considered 'obese', and overwhelmed with the daunting task ahead of me. I didn't think I could possibly lose that much body fat in three months. Well...I did it! 
I feel great. Yes, I have lost weight. But it's what I've gained that I am most satisfied with. I have gained some well needed confidence in myself. I no longer say, 'I can't do that.' I say, 'I'll try.' And if I fail the first time, I will try again. I'm not just talking about the exercises, I'm taking that attitude in all aspects of my life.

I will admit, I am not where I want to be in my relationship with Christ. It seems like no matter how hard I try, I fail in that category. But God's grace brings me through to the other side of that failure. He knows my heart and I know He will always be there...waiting for me. No matter how long it takes me to turn around!

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." That has been my saving grace since I started in January. It has gotten me through some tough times...running, exercising, eating well, emotional struggles (because let's face it, emotion and food go hand in hand), spiritual struggles....

Jesus is my ROCK....and here on earth, my husband, Hank is my rock. He supports me in everything I do. He's been so patient with me. Even the time when I tried to give up coffee for a week! He was still so patient and forgiving! (I only lasted 12 hours! HA!)

But in all seriousness, I can say that I am staying in the fight to remain healthy in all aspects of my life.
I hope and pray that one day my husband will follow suit, and that my boys will see and learn from us that being healthy (taking care of our mind, body and soul) is one of the ways that we can glorify God.

I also do this in memory of my mom...who died of heart disease, and complications of diabetes. I would say the last ten years (at least) of her life were spent in agony fighting these diseases. It was heartbreaking to watch (because most of it was preventable). I don't want my boys to watch me go through any of that.

Goals for this month:
  • eat 95grams of protein a day
  • get 8 hrs sleep
  • fast 24hrs/1 day per wk
  • eat plain greek yogurt instead of the fruit-in-the-cup greek yogurt (just one more step in getting off the sugar train!)
My motto for this month - "Just do it! Even if you suck!" 


  1. Congratulations!

    Thank you for being an encouragement to others as well by sharing your struggles and your successes!

  2. oh mare, you are amazing!!!! yes, you are SUCH an inspiration!!! very proud of you!!

  3. Mare- I love you! You are inspiring. I will pray for your goals for this month!


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