Thursday, August 20, 2015

Leaving a Tip (or Three)

Current Weight: 303 lbs
Total Loss: 46 lbs
Avg. Loss/Week: 2.3 lbs
- Body Weight %age: 13%

One question I get asked a lot is "give me your best weight-loss tip."

My first impulse is to scoff. I think, "Um hello, can't you see who you're speaking to? The 300-pound-girl-with-good-intentions knows not the answers, Crazypants." My second is to make a joke, "I'd start by deciding to eat Oreos one at a time, not by the sleeve."

But then I remember Hold on, I'm the girl who has stayed on plan for 20 weeks and has lost 46 pounds! And thanks to what I've learned and practiced I can answer this question, for the first time in my life. I tell them:

1) Plan. Plan. Plan. — For me, most of my bad eating is the result of a whim, for example:
Coworker brings donuts to work =  getting one with the crowd and coming back later for a second.
TV Commercial for pizza             = quick nuking four leftover pieces before the show starts again.
Spontaneous date night              = drinks, app, entree and dessert (each).

Now, prior to eating out, Jordan and I look at the menu online beforehand and, if possible, the nutrition facts selecting items that will taste good but still keep us on track. We also stock the car with with popcorn, jerky, and fruit if heading out for a long day or on a road trip along with full water bottles. Meal planning and strict grocery lists are also a must.

2) Drink Chug water — No one hates drinking water more than I do, I mean no one. However, we've discovered that this willful drowning water drinking comes with serious health benefits. I'm shocked to find it really does keep us full; it's hard to be hungry when you've got 24 oz of the stuff sloshing around inside of you. We both drink between 9–12 cups on the plan daily.

3) Get yo beauty sleep — My weakest time is between dinner and bedtime because it's the witching hour for sweets. I crave what I used to call "dessert" which amounted to a prolonged eating of sweet things around the house for as long as possible before bed. So aside from water drinking, part of my strategy is to end the day and go to bed when all I want to do is eat.
I also have way better self-control throughout the day if I'm not dragging—being tired triggers survival mode and makes me ravenous while weakening my resolve at the same time (bad combo). There's a reason the words "tired and hungry" go together and in my case I'm not weak from hunger, I'm hungry because I'm weak so sleep is my panacea.

Keep in mind that I am not in any way a qualified nutritionist/dietitian and each of us have different health and weight struggles and strengths. These three tips are centered on what's helped me the most in the last five months and while these are universally good things what works for you might look different. 

Quick note: thank you for the fabulous response to this blog both through Facebook, texts/phone calls, and in my one-on-one interactions with you all. The support and acceptance I've received is totally humbling and overwhelmingly encouraging. I'm flattered more than I can say that you have read and perhaps found value in the blog. I'll work hard to keep it updated and keep fighting the good fight!


  1. I am so proud of you and this well written blog inspires me to be more healthy! Way to go!

    1. Thank you so much, Amy! I so appreciate the support!

  2. I love both you and Jordan more than I can express without this program. That you have gained so much self confidence makes me ecstatic and so proud. You are an inspiration to so many and that is a tribute to your sweet spirit. Hugs and kisses!!

    1. We couldn't do it without you, Mama Higgins! Well, maybe kinda but it wouldn't be NEARLY as fun or gratifying. We love making you proud and we'll keep on keepin' on!

  3. Love your tips and I love your writing because it is so real! So proud of you and crazy about you!

    1. Thank you so much for reading and your kind words, Sweet Tea! Confession: I sometimes think about you when I try to make a funny on the blog, I'll think "would this make Kori laugh?" The answer is often "I have no idea" but I try anyway! Glad you enjoy and cray-town about you too!