The Weigh Things Are Going

so let's chat for a minute about the weight loss yo-yo game.
story of my life.
me and weight watchers....well we're not reall working out.
the points thing is such a flipping roller coaster for my brain.
let me have a moment of brutal honesty here -
last week i seriously had an ugly-face crying break down over food.
now honestly, food shouldn't have that kind of hold on me. and do you know what sent me over the edge? the freaking lack of white cheese dip here in texas. my georgia peeps will understand...it is the epitomy of mexican food in georgia. and here in texas, this stinking close to the border, there is absolutely no cheese dip.
well a few places have it, but it's not the same at all.
so take me whining because i can't have my white cheese nachos which completely spiraled into crying phrases (that were barely understandable) of things like
"i'm soooo hungry"
"weight watchers won't let me eat"
or this is my favorite
"why can't i just eat and not be fat?! or why can't i be fat and just not care?!"

it wasn't pretty folks.
poor, poor chris had no clue how to handle such a basket case.
he just held me and let me boo-hoo and said "honey, i don't think weight watchers is working for you."
at which point i wanted to respond in obscenities....and i may have.
i don't remember much about it, if that tells you how distraught i was over the flipping cheese dip.
i digress.

so i decided that i would go back to the lower carb, higher protein way of life because that's where i've had the most amazing results.
i just wish for a day when this struggle isn't a part of my every day...i'm sure i'll get that right about the time there's world peace.

last night i was looking through some old emails looking for a picture of the first time i met my neice. i had wanted to include it in yesterday's post.
and while i didn't find that one, i did find this masterpiece.

this picture was in february of 2010 at my brother's wedding.
hideous. gah-ross!
first of all, who decides its ok to make plus sized clothing in such unflattering prints.
sadly, i thought i looked real cute in this here zebra monstrousity.
my face is so fat you can barely see my facial features!
don't worry, i'm not self loathing.
i'm so thankful that i ran across this picture at this time.

that picture has reminded me of just how far i've come.
my size 20 dress to this here cutie in a large shirt.
i'm reminded of my promise to never go back there again.

so all of that to offer a little encouragement to any of you that may be struggling.
i've learned that this will be something i always struggle with and have to work towards.
it's my weakness.
but i can look at these two pictures and see that i have made and am making progress.
and even when i look in the mirror now and have some major ugly thoughts that go through my head, i can say that i'm not where i want to be, but i'm a heck of a lot further along than i was.

i guess this was god's way of giving me a little nudge to keep up with the fight.

Romans 5:3-4
"we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."


  1. um can you please put a black bar over me in this picture? Its not so flattering to me either. LOL.
    I'm so proud of your weight loss and i think you look terrific. Maybe i need to find me a fabulous wooden necklace to make me look skinnier too. :)
    love you

    1. You should have told me to go home and change once you saw me in the get up!lol!
      See, you should have found you an awesome 50 cent necklace in the state of GA! Lol!

  2. Girl, you are absolutely beautiful. Your smile is so contagious. Every time I visit your blog and see your picture I automatically smile. You are too cute! You are wonderfully made my friend!! ;-)

  3. Yes. It is hard, and yes, it will be constant and continual part of your life forever. That's where I am now, accepting that no, I cannot eat whatever I want whenever I want and still be healthy and that I also cannot EVER go back to where I was - miserable and dying because of my weight. I've shed almost 70 pounds, and still have a few more to go.

    So. There it is. You CAN do this, Lauren! Persistence, not perfection.

    P.S. Did you find a Fuzzy's Tacos and try their white queso?

    1. Congrats to you my friend! And no, I haven't made it to Fuzzy's yet. Although, honestly, after my breakdown over the stupid cheese, I probably shouldn't haha!

  4. I'm about to find your email address and send you an email, because I have so much I want to say in response to this post! Here's a teaser though: we're so similar in our journey and thoughts, and I figure it's always good to hear from others so you know you're not the only one...

    1. I can't find your email address on your blog anywhere?!

  5. what a great inspiration! and it's awesome that you are positive about where God has brought you. beautiful! glad i stopped by today and glad to be your 100th follower. yay!

    1. oh, and yay for atlanta girls! read your post about the tabernacle and YES it's great. saw needtobreathe there a few years ago. it was kind of an epic experience.

    2. So glad you're my 100th follower!!! Wahoo!
      And needtobreathe...well i just love them too!

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  7. this is an amazing post!!!!! You are so beautiful and trust me, I think many of us struggle with the weight loss thing (at least I do) and us being in Texas, where everything is bigger, and being Southern, where everything is about food....ugh, so tough.


  8. I don't diet. My husband has dieted though. It's torture. I found something that helped him was "Cook this not that," or, it helped me to make healthy choices for him that helped him enjoy food, just less of it. Fresh herbs, etc. those are the things that are most helpful for us..

    I'm a new follower! :)

  9. What a beautiful and applicable piece of scripture to share. Romans has got to be my favorite book, if for nothing more than that one line.

    Girl... I hear ya on the weight loss rollercoaster (and the ugly-face crying episodes over things like cheese dip... I've done it over ice cream multiple times). Just know that I think you're truly beautiful, and my prayer is that God would guide you towards a healthy lifestyle that allows you to see his glory and his blessings even when pursuing that lifestyle is hard and tear-jerking. Keep it up, lady! :)