becoming myself

January 30, 2012: 174lbs – 13lbs lost!

One month into choosing health with Medifast and I am down 13lbs. For a little reference, that is as much as I lost in all 3 months of my running and half marathon training.


It is incredible to me what has really changed through this whole process (and I’m not talking about a number on a scale):

In a very literal way, I feel like the layers are falling off and more and more of myself is coming out. A negative self image is a powerful thing at any weight, but I think it is especially oppressive when you feel helpless and trapped in an unhealthy body. This Medifast journey has already taught me that I can control what goes into my body and that I do have the discipline it takes to shed pound after pound, week after week.

I bought jeans this weekend and actually enjoyed the experience of shopping for them. (Old me is laughing right now that such a thing is possible.) They are black skinny jeans (I know, right?! Look out, mama is down a size!) and I feel so comfortable and confident in them. They are step one in an effort to slowly update my wardrobe with versatile pieces as the weight falls off. (More on that soon!)

I used to lie to myself that I deserved a treat after a hard day of mothering. Half a bag of Rolos? Yes please. These days in the evenings I have one small meal and if I am feeling like something sweet, there are so many Medifast meal options I can choose that feel like a treat, but instead of empty calories they have protein and fiber and things I actually need. Now my treat is stepping on the scale each morning.

While the tangible aspects such as jean size, food choices, and weight continue to change, it is the intangible, internal change that I find most dramatic. I am not stuck in a cycle of losing. Losing confidence, losing control, losing hope. Being able to see those positive changes that come as the direct result of my decisions has me pumped, enthusiastic, optimistic, empowered.

That friends is me. Excited, smiley, confident. I’m finding her under all this, and she is beautiful.

My Journey to Health:

January 30, 2012: 174lbs

January 20, 2012: 178 lbs

January 13, 2012: 180 lbs

January 6, 2012: 183 lbs

December 30, 2011, 187 lbs

13 lbs lost!

This 30 second video captures the journey to becoming yourself beautifully. (Jessica in the video lost 85 lbs on Medifast! SO proud of her!)

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Want to join me this year on Medifast? If you use the coupon code, OFAMILY56, and sign up for Medifast Advantage, when you order $250+, you’ll receive 56 free Medifast Meals and free shipping! (More details below.)

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Nursing Mothers Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.

Coupon code details: For your first order of $250+, use my code, and enroll in Medifast Advantage to receive 28 free meals. Do the same on your next order and you’ll receive ANOTHER 28 free meals! This offer is only valid if you enroll in Medifast Advantage, and it’s limited to one per customer. It’s not valid with prior purchases, any other promotions or discounts, or for Medifast Ready-to-Drink Shakes. Check out Medifast’s website  for complete details on program and discounts.

18 Responses to “becoming myself”

  1. rachel

    Congrats! Over the last year I lost almost 30 lbs and last month went jeans shopping and was down 2 sizes. I got a dark wash skinny Jean that I love. They are amazing and make me feel so good about myself. Who knew we were the kind of people who wore skinny jeans? (I didn’t even know moms couldn’t wear skinny jeans!)

  2. Cris

    “I used to lie to myself that I deserved a treat after a hard day of mothering.” It’s exactly THIS that has kept me from getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. That and, “I’m nursing, I need the calories or I won’t make enough milk!” Now, when I feel like I deserve a “treat” after a hard day- which, sometimes I do and I’ll bet you do too!- I’ll exercise for stress relief, paint my nails, for awhile in bed, or make a cup of decaf coffee. I bought myself a pair of dark skinny jeans too after Christmas, I NEVER thought I’d ever do that but I love them!

    My wedding and engagement rings are just barely starting to fit again now- and my twins are almost 2 and a half years old. I refused to have them re-sized. I’m now within 7 pounds of my goal (which is about 4 pounds heavier than pre-pregnancy).
    Congratulations on your success so far!

  3. Beana

    Are you doing the Take Fit For Life program? A good friend of mine is a consultant for that program and has helped so many people make amazing transformations. So glad you are getting this opportunity!


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