Cheering Each Other On


Blogging, oh, blogging. How I continually love thee. There are days I think about giving up blogging or putting ole LFF on the back shelf for awhile. It's true, we've all had those thoughts. Blogging gets to be too much, or life's too busy… but yet I keep coming back, daily, to the world of blogs. The people I get to "meet" is a huge reason why. It's amazing the people you can connect with, no matter how similar or different they are from you, no matter if they live near you or in another country. Blogging brings people together and I absolutely love it.

I've made it no secret (and pictures certainly don't lie!) that my weight has fluctuated a lot in the past three years. I've had horrible habits to break and I'm finally feeling like I'm on the right path to becoming fit. It's so encouraging to read about other people's struggles and victories and have people all over cheering each other on. I hope you'll read Jasmine's story so far, and head over to her blog and meet one heckuva' gal. 

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Hey there Erin’s friends! I’m Jasmine from www.fleurtyandfit.com!  Erin was so sweet to let me take over her amazing blog for the day! First, let me just say how much I love her! I started following her a few months ago, before I started blogging myself.  I love how cute she and her husband are together—and they are going to be such fun parents one day!! I also LOVE their passion to get out of debt and their Sallie & Perkins series! It really motivates me to get stuff paid off.

A little bit (ok, a lot) about myself—I’m married to my high school sweetheart (insert fairytale music) and am the mother of two VERY energetic boys, Cameron (11) and Tyler (7).

I started my blog in January of this year.  I started writing to keep myself accountable—you see, I’ve got a weight problem—it’s called fat. And I have a lot of it. It’s been hanging around for far too long, and I’m ready to be done with it. So, I got on Pinterest about a year ago and got inspired. I found weight loss blogs and started following them—looking at their progress pictures, reading their weekly weigh in stories, drooling over their meal plans. I finally had enough of squeezing into my too tight size 18s. I decided I wanted to be one of those people with a great weight loss story! I wanted to be one who helps others by being brave enough to put herself out there and change her body. I wanted to change my body, and do it in a way that anyone could do it. No shakes, no pills, no gyms, no gimmicks…just eating and moving. And I wanted to document it all along the way, so, I googled “How to start a blog”. And the rest is history (well not really, it’s only been 4 months)….and a lot of googling. :)

From the beginning…I've always seen myself as overweight, even when I wasn't. I look back at photos from high school at around 125-130 pounds and want to scream for thinking I was anywhere near fat.  My weight really started to creep on in college. I was less active, going out drinking more, and eating crap in the food court or fast food. As nursing school got harder, I did nothing but eat and study. I don't think it really hit me how much I had gained until I joined Weight Watchers for the first time after Nursing School… and I weighed in at about 190. I couldn’t believe I was that fat! Weight Watchers worked for me that time--I was newly married, working night shift, no kids, so it was easy to lose weight. I lost about 50 pounds by eating Boca Burgers, green beans, and mall walking every morning after work. I had finally gotten down to my goal weight (140) and I was so happy. But not for long…enter baby #1 in 2002. Four years later, baby #2 in 2006.   Pregnancy was my excuse to eat ALL THE FRIED THINGS! I gained so much weight with both pregnancies--I don't even remember exactly how much, but I know I was in the 200s.

And I was a mom. My life was not my own anymore. As a mom and a wife, everyone else's needs came before my own. I think that is how most mom's feel--taking a back burner to just get things done, and make everyone else happy. You want to order pizza? Sure—we’ll get take out. Too tired from working, cleaning, laundry, homework…the list goes on. I found myself often pigging out on chips and cookies in front of the TV after the kids are in bed…the only quiet moment I had to myself. 

I have been a nurse for 14 years. Most of those years have been in a corporate wellness environment. I am now a school nurse (which is the BEST job in the world). As a nurse, I have always struggled with feeling like a hypocrite for telling others how to eat healthy and lose weight. Eat this or don’t eat that, you don’t want to get diabetes, heart disease, cancer…In  my head I’m picturing them all looking at me like, “Who are you to tell us how to lose weight?? You’re bigger than me!”

So what changed? I got tired of squeezing into my size 18s. The Unhappy Me on the inside was struggling to keep up with the Happy Me on the Outside.  I felt exhausted ALL the time. When I got off work, all I wanted to do was take a nap—and I only work until 2:30!!  I was starting to see how I felt about myself was affecting my relationship (bow-chica-bow-wow) with my husband (and he doesn't deserve that). My kids are now a little older, and more self-sufficient. My highest weight about a year ago was 224. When I started this journey my starting weight was 217.

I began making myself a priority, and I am blessed that I have a family that supports me. I started to make exercise a priority, which sometimes means missing soccer practice. I changed the way I eat, which sometimes means I cook two separate meals, one for me and one for the boys. I cut out carbs (mainly rice and bread) for about 3 months, and lost 20 pounds. I most recently started to change things up a bit and try to clean up my diet. 

I also take a lot of pictures! I LOVE a good progress picture—even the slightest inch difference I can see motivates me! So far, I’ve continued to lose weight, and I am now at 22 pounds GONE!! I still have a long way to go…my ultimate goal is around 140. That’s another 55 pounds or so to go!! I can’t imagine losing another 55 pounds.  But,  I hope when I get there, my story will be just as inspiring as the others I’ve read.

Come say hi over on my blog or follow me on Instagram!

10 comments

  1. Soo if you ever do give up blogging, you can NOT abandon e-mail... just throwing that out there!!

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  2. I hear you. Blogging is LOTS of fun, but man sometimes it's just UGH ya know. Don't leave us please ;)!

    Keep up the great work ladies, work it OUT!

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  3. Never ever leave!!!

    Oh my gosh that family picture with the mustaches is too cute! Thanks for introducing us to Jasmine!

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  4. Wow! Inspirational! I'm in need of a new inspirational blog! =)

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  5. I LOVE Jasmine! She's so positive, encouraging and hilarious!

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  6. First of all, Jasmine, I simply love the mustache picture of you & your family. Very fun!

    Erin, if you ever think of leaving, I'm gonna find you & beat you! I love reading your posts, you're one of my favorites. I'm not just saying that, I truly mean that! So, please don't leave, I would be very sad. :(

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    1. Thanks Mandie! With my boys--it's hard to get a good smile with everyone looking at the camera--this was my best shot because they thought it was cool:)

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  7. I know what you mean. I have so many things I want to blog about, but it's hard to find the time with everything else. So glad we connected through this bloggy world though!

    And way to go, Jasmine!

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  8. You look fabulous! Great story. It's awesome to hear about you taking control and working hard to get to where you want to be. You go, girl!

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  9. You've come so far, Jasmine!!! Looking great :) go you!!

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