That Girl {A confession}

There is always that one girl that is the perfect size, the one that can fit into absolutely anything…you know her. Maybe you are her…but I am definitely not her!

When I was in middle school I struggled with an eating disorder. It is something I think I’ve mentally blocked out of my mind because I don’t remember much of it. I just know that at that point all I wanted to be was skinny – no matter the cost.

In high school I was active in sports so I was able to maintain the weight. I survived the “freshman fifteen” in college but the next year I moved into my own apartment with three best friends. We won’t even talk about the sophomore seventy the four of us gained.

Junior year we all got ahold of ourselves & I started Weight Watchers. I lost weight & remained at my favorite weight until Summer 2012…yep…Marriage! I also had a job I didn’t love & would just camp on the couch with ice cream any free chance I got. Last year Luke & I moved again & while my weight has stayed relatively the same, it’s such a battle to maintain a weight were I feel comfortable in my clothes & happy with myself.

That’s why yesterday, I officially started weight watchers again (for the third or maybe fourth time). It’s not because I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin, rather it’s because I am seeking to live a healthy lifestyle.

Diet, Exercise, & plenty of rest is something I think we all take for granted. In ten years, I don’t want those three things to be what I sacrificed.

While I’ll still be participating in the online Weight Watchers program, I don’t want to catch myself trying to achieve a “perfect” diet. I’ve come up with a few tips to keep me motivated & on track!

1. Stop Comparing – funny this is # one…especially since I started this post talking about “that girl”. I’ve talked about comparison before, but dieting more than ever is where it needs to stop. God made me the way I am for a reason. I need to work towards His healthy & ideal image of me – NOT the world’s.

2. Reward Yourself – The thing I hate most about dieting is thinking you have to give up all your favorite things. That’s one reason I love Weight Watchers. But ultimately rewarding yourself in moderation will not only reinforce healthy habits, it’ll give you something to work towards.

3. Do it together – Luke is doing this dieting thing with me too. Although I am terrified – men typically loose weight faster than women – it’ll be good that we can motivate & encourage one another. Life isn’t about struggling on our own – it’s about sharing in the good & bad times. If there’s anyone who knows how to make a diet more fun, it’ll be my husband!

4. Don’t make excuses – This one is easier said than done, but if you’re dieting & you cheat, own up to it…and most importantly don’t get down. This happens to me all too often & I find myself justifying my bad behavior (sounds more familiar than just food.) but that’s the fine line between getting it right & doing it wrong.

5. Reduce – Funny right? Isn’t that the whole point? I am talking reducing food intake, reducing food buying, limiting eating out, shopping, & mindless errand running. This dieting things needs to be more than just being intentional with food. In order to change a lifestyle, you have to reduce all areas of excess in your life.

Do you have any helpful diet tips?
What is the hardest thing for you while dieting?
What areas of excess do you need to limit in your life?

Thanks for joining me today as I dove into a few things about my life that are a little uncomfortable.
I appreciate your kind comments & look forwards to sharing this journey with you!

Frankly my dear… you are made in God’s image, embrace it!

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  1. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    August 26, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    Body Image. Oh, body image. It is so hard. Thanks for being brave in this post.

  2. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    August 26, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    Jenni! First of all you are absolutely gorgeous and second of all this post will probably reach many of us out there! Love ya girl! xoxo

  3. Kaitlin Rose
    August 26, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Body image is such a rough lifelong struggle for so many. But focusing on health is so much better in so many ways. You're beautiful already but you are very brave and strong to take on this journey to a healthier, still beautiful you!

  4. Mississippi Mrs.
    August 26, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    I need to do this with you. I've put on weight since the wedding and it HAS TO GO.

  5. Amie Beth
    August 26, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    My sweet Jenni! I miss you so much! So, that phrase that I've never been able to say: "I'm happy with myself & the way I look"You know more than anybody how much I have struggled with loosing weight- I think I joined you on two of those four times you started Weight Watchers ;). Each time I start a diet or "weight loss journey", something life changing has happened: unemployment, grad school, new job, & I don't do well with change or stress… (are those excuses?)I have a fantastic job, supportive family and friends, a loving and caring boyfriend, a roof over my head, a dependable car to drive, an education and two degrees… everyone tells me I have it all. But I haven't been able to fully enjoy it because I am no where near "happy with myself". I've been telling myself "things have got to change" for while now…I think it's time. No more excuses, no more excessiveness. Can I join you and Luke?

  6. MakeMeUpMia
    August 26, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    You are gorgeous girl, love this! You WILL succeed because you are doing this for all the right reasons. We started our weightloss journey because we just wanted to be healthy and feel our best, to get the most out of our lives as we age. Those 5 tips are seriously perfect! Allow yourself those cheats, push each other and don't beat yourself up if you "fall off the wagon" here and there. It will happen, just get right back on it and move on 🙂 We pretty much follow the 80/20 rule, not on purpose, it's just how our week goes. We eat very good during the week, easier to do when you're on a day to day work schedule. Then on the weekends we'll splurge once or twice. So exciting you two are doing it together, it's so fun and much easier to have that special partner!