Healthy Living Update – October 2, 2017


Some of you may recall this segment from the early days of Dream Big.  Over the last 2 years I have focused on living a healthy life in spurts which has resulted in me gaining a few extra pounds.  As my body doesn’t respond well to carrying around the extra poundage, I have decided it is time to get things under control.

Last Monday I weighed myself and logged 188.4 pounds and today I weighed in at 186.6.  I will only be registering my weight once per week on Mondays.  I have set a goal of losing 1.5 pounds per week which should put me at or around 177 pounds by the time we go to Disney in November for Evelina’s birthday.

My doctor has informed me that my ideal weight should fall somewhere between 160-165 pounds so ultimately that will be my mission.  However, losing weight is secondary to simply eating and living a healthier lifestyle.  I use the weight as a barometer only.

We are also using a simple method to begin.  We will be eliminating all the junk from our regimen: soda (including diet), candy, sugar, processed foods, fast food and the like.  In their place we will be substituting foods we cook and prepare, along with fruit, nuts, veggies and some lean protein.  Eventually I see us eliminating eating anything with a face; a topic I’ll dive deeper into in a future post.

Until then if you would like to join me feel free to create your own post and then leave a link in the comments so others can follow along too.  Maybe we’ll all find some inspiration in each other!

Today’s Featured Blog…The Utopia Universe!!


Illusion time, forget about making that target weight before you do anything, start to take action now and pay attention to how you dress and look, wearing the right clothes and knowing you look good, and being full of confidence go a long way to making you feel attractive.Do you know your problem areas, have you come to terms with them, if not it’s time you did, and start to concentrate on your good points, maybe you have fabulous hair,skin,or great smile, you will have many things going for you than you think, and good points are very much a part of you as well as the one imperfect feature you totally dwell on.

illusion 1 When you learn how to use your body language, it is amazing how different you will feel, when you feel bad about an area, you may well be sending out “keep away” signals through body language…

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Please come check out my new weight loss blog, follow me while I try to shed the pounds

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I am working really hard at losing weight. I want to shed the pounds so badly!
I have made a new blog just for talking about weight loss related issues, like recipes, counting calories, emotional eating, coping while on a nutrition plan, how much I weigh, stats etc.
Please come join me over at

I’d be so grateful as I could use all the encouragement I can get!
thanks guys,

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I have issues

I have issues on Multiple experienceS | My daughter stepped on the scale and was 5-6 pounds lighter. My daughter, who is normal and not obsessed with the…

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Oh no! I can’t fit into my dress!!



I am SO MAD at myself right now! It’s been 6 weeks since major surgery and I am still not allowed to do anything. Seriously, nothing. At least until my physician gives me the green light. And with 6 weeks of minimal movement & the food that accompanies, I’ve gained at a rate of 1 kg (about 2 lbs) per week. 6 kg’s total. I cannot fit into my dress. My beautiful dress.

I spent almost a year last year, fighting to slim down and fit nicely in my swimsuit. Which I finally did, thanks to David. (who is going to be sooooo disappointed). If I could exercise, this would go away, I know it. But what does a person do when they are unable to run, lift, stretch, squat – and the like? I don’t want to go all eating disorder diet, but that…

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The weight I am

The weight I am on Multiple ExperienceS | I battled with my weight my entire life. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. My neurologist’s letter…

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Healthy Living Update – 11/12/16


For those who have followed me since the beginning you know that I once posted every week about my transition to a healthier lifestyle.  After a while I became bored with posting about health so I continued to live my lifestyle, but stopped posting.  Now I have been inspired to post each week about my progress as I aim to reach a new goal of 165 pounds.

Last week I weighed in at the doctor’s office at 185 pounds and set a goal for yesterday’s weigh-in at 183 lbs.  I am happy so say I recorded a weight of 181.6 lbs.  I did a good job of watching my calories, walking Bentley a couple of times at night and did not drink my calories.  Honestly I believe eliminating calorie drinks made a huge difference.  Needless to say I am thrilled!

So this week I am setting my goal at 180 lbs.  I understand that it is not the healthiest thing to lose a lot of weight each week so I will make sure I eat 2000 calories each day and drink plenty of water.  Plenty of calories will ensure my energy level stays high and remains consistent.

How is your healthy living going?  Nonexistent?  Remember you only have one body so try to take care of it!

Healthy Living Update – 11/5/16


A few weeks ago I updated everyone on my current healthy living progress, which has not been the greatest.  I have decided to post my updates on Saturdays instead of Tuesdays so here goes…

I weighed in at the doctor’s office at a 3 pound loss over the last two weeks; I currently stand at 185 pounds.  I have been keeping my strategy simple by logging and tracking my calories.  I have yet to begin any type of exercise other than walking Bentley due to dealing with allergies.

My goal for Friday, 11/11, is to weigh-in at 183 lbs.  I know this is an aggressive goal but I have a good amount of fat on my belly which should burn quickly.  I have introduced more fruit and veggies and reduced sugars.  My overall goal is to be under 178 lbs. by the end of 2016.

Day 3 Done!!

Courtney’s blog is a new page I have been following because I love the fact she is taking control of her life by implementing habits that will help her achieve her goals. You cannot continue to do the same old things and expect to get brand new and awesome results. Something has to change!

7 Tips to Getting Motivated Again When You’re in a Rut

I know many of us have tried and tried and tried with no success to lose weight. But here is a post to help get you motivated when you just can’t seem to get going.

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weight-loss-motivation-tipsTrying to get your motivation back to lose weight can be one of the most difficult things to do.  I know, because I’ve been there.  Several times.  In fact, my longest rut was probably 2 years long (between 2013 and the start of 2015).  I was up and down the same 10lbs and I just did not have the motivation to do anything differently.  I found myself feeling terrible about myself and often times in tears on the way to (and even during) my WeightWatchers® meetings.  It was terrible.

I have put together some helpful tips to help you find that motivation again and hopefully kickstart your weight loss efforts.


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