25 Things I Learned While Losing 25 Pounds

I have lost 25 pounds since my second son was born. It’s been hard, and I’ve still got a lot to go, but it has been a very insightful journey.


Here are twenty-five things (in no particular order) that I’ve learned so far in this process:

  1. I like kale. In a salad or a smoothie. I never would have eaten it before, but it’s pretty tasty. Carrots are okay too.
  2. Jogging can be fun, and even a little addictive.
  3. Squats are evil, but effective. Plie Squats are straight from Satan, but I hear he has amazing legs.
  4. There are tendons on the backs of my hands and they’re really cool looking.
  5. Chocolate is super yummy, and it’s okay to only eat one piece.
  6. Portion control is harder than it sounds.
  7. I’m rarely as hungry as I think I am.
  8. But I’m always thirsty.
  9. It is possible to crave water.
  10. I’m learning to be more comfortable with my body and to appreciate it for the awesome thing that it is.
  11. I don’t like it when I get positive attention for losing weight. (I’m working on this.)
  12. I really should have taken a “before” picture.
  13. My children don’t care what I weigh. My husband doesn’t either. But they all deserve for me to be healthy for a long time to come.
  14. It takes more than exercise and eating right to take care of yourself. You also need to care for your emotional and spiritual self.
  15. There is nothing I “can’t” have, but plenty of things I could live without.
  16. I have to be honest with myself if I want to improve.
  17. It’s okay to be honest with others about my journey as well.
  18. There are faster ways to do this, but they won’t heal my relationship with food.
  19. I have the power to make this change, and to help keep my kids from having this struggle later in life.
  20. You don’t have to be obsessed to be successful.
  21. But you do have to be motivated.
  22. No one can motivate you to do something you don’t want to do.
  23. God designed the body to be healthy and happy. It feels, looks, and works best when treated with care.
  24. My happiness is not determined by the number on the scale.
  25. I have a long way to go, but I can still be proud of how far I’ve come.



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