Dear Diary – One Year Down

canstockphoto12877207It was a year ago that I wrote this post.  One year, 37 pounds and 4 sizes.  Last year I wrote about my need to get healthier and the process which brought about the start for me.  Since then I’ve changed a lot about how I eat and what I eat.  I exercised a bit but was really lenient on myself.  My only exercise goal was to walk through the doors of the gym twice a week.  Anything after that was bonus whether I did 10 min  or 40.  It was all good.  Most weeks I managed two days.  Some weeks I did three and some I did none.  I vowed to never berate myself when things didn’t work out.  I let myself have treats and enjoy food – especially at social functions with the knowledge that I’d pick up and keep going in the morning.

After Rob got sick I pretty well stopped exercising for a while.  But we continued to eat well and Rob joined me in that and has lost some weight too.

This year I’m feeling much better prepared.  I still have my gym shoes and sports bras and locker lock.  I know what to eat and how to feel my best.  If I can repeat my successes from 2013 then I’ll be super happy with myself.

I don’t really know what else to say here – I just wanted last year documented somehow.  I want to tell myself that I’m still on the path and that even though I’ve come a good way there’s still more steps to take.  I want to tell myself to keep taking them.  I want to tell myself that it’s easy to reach my goal because my only goal is to keep going.


305 lbs and size 24


268 lbs and size 16/18


  • Stay gluten free (feels so much better!)
  • Eat Clean.  No sugar.  No empty starches.
  • Be Happy

I wish you a happy and healthy 2014 too.  Are you making any changes?



  1. Good for you. I like that you weren’t too hard on yourself when you slipped. I think a positive attitude goes so much further than willpower. In another year you will be even that much further ahead!

  2. Well done, Heather! It’s so hard to make changes, but your positive attitude is inspiring…and so are your GF recipes 🙂

  3. Love love love that you are finding that balance between continued motivated dedication and enjoying life as it comes. I admire that very much!
    I am 45… When did that happen?!? I have a husband that is magical in the kitchen and I run a design business from our home so great food is always close by. I want to really try to find that balance this year in my own life! Wish me luck!

  4. Way to go on the progress! Totally awesome 🙂 I’m back at the gym after the holiday break; pretty sore, but feel happy to be back fighting the good fight. I’d love to try going gluten free but as a vegan, it becomes pretty restrictive. Maybe I’ll shoot for a week and see how it feels

  5. Great work, Heather! I am so proud of you for making it about health. I must say that your gluten free journey is very interesting to me and I love your positive attitude about it all. Thank you for sharing your progress. 🙂

  6. First off Congrats on the weight loss! I think that my biggest problem when I try to get healthier is I am too hard on myself… If I don’t see sufficient results fast enough, I get discouraged and give up! I need to have a more positive attitude like you to get through it!

  7. Fabulous progress and success! That’s great to hear. I’m glad I finally checked my email to see what I was missing because I’ve seen you chatting about healthy eating and whatnot around social media. I’m not necessarily making an changes right now. I always try to eat healthily and I’m doing pretty good with that despite my occasional “bad” food, but my biggest goal is resting and taking care of myself. I’m having some bigger health challenges and the best thing I can do right now is be gentle with myself.

    I really hope I can have the amount of success you’ve had with losing weight. I think all the meds I take are working against my efforts to maintain or lose a few pounds.

    Congrats on your success. I know you’ll continue to do well because you rock!

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