Feeling Fat

I started this post in January and then forgot to finish it up, but I want to acknowledge my progress at about a year post-surgery even though I look very different now that I'm pregnant. Feeling fat perpetually can warp one's sense of progress. I "felt fat" when I was 18 years old at my…

Not just a water bottle

Last week, my sister Kate and I took my kids to the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco. We had a great time watching the exotic animals, but I was especially excited about the large exhibit for Brazos River Country. There's a slide through the otters' habitat! After walking past every exhibit, we sat down to have…

Goal Weights #3 & #4

Back when I started this journey, I wrote out my goal weights thinking I'd only blog when I hit a goal. I didn't think it was possible that I would forget that I was making progress, but goal #3 came and went and I was almost to #4 when I happened to check my weight.…

10% of 90%

Back when I was teaching, my poor students loved to hate the percentage problems that were percentages off a percentage. Question: If Mrs. Shutt weighed 245 pounds, and she lost 10% of her weight and then lost another 10%, how much does she weigh now? Answer: Mrs. Shutt weighs about 198 pounds!

More than a number

As I shared yesterday, I've reached my first weight-loss goal. However, the numbers on the scale aren't that important compared to the other changes I've experienced in the past six weeks! The most notable difference--and the hardest to explain--is how I interact with food. Every year, we go as a family to Hope Pregnancy Center's bbq fundraiser on Sanctity…

First Goal!

Years ago, perhaps when I tried Weight Watchers, I read an article like "Why Target 10 Percent?" about setting weight loss goals based on 10% of current weight. So, when I made my handy-dandy spreadsheet to track my weight loss, I included 10% goals with some rounding to match milestones.

Big Changes

According to all the homeschool blogs and podcasts, January and February are supposed to be the low-points of the school year. I, however, say "Hail, January!" Hail clean calendar! Hail resolutions! Hail word of the year! I love the chance to start over fresh. This January will be a big reset for my health. I am going…

A Different Budget

On Fridays, families that have paid off all their debt call in to Dave Ramsey's show to celebrate and scream, "We're debt free!" I often tear up because I know how significant that is for families, especially when moms want to stay home with young kids. Sometimes as families get control of their budgets, they…

Sad Fact

While flipping through a magazine the other day, I came across a picture of a full days worth of food for a popular diet. (Sorry for the lack of specifics, I didn't make a mental note of the details.) As I looked at the 3 plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the 2 snacks,…