My name is Whitney!  Nice to meet you!  I work full time; blog, exercise, and count calories part time; and sleep the rest of the time… (Need. More. Sleep.)

Does it freak anyone else out that the first 3 letters of the word diet spell “DIE?”  Yep… basically sums up a diet right there… You’re on it for 3 days and suddenly you’re faced with the possibility of starving to DEATH!  Overly dramatic?  Heck no.  You can only stuff down so many lettuce leaves with a 0-calorie mustard garnish to try to distract the stomach before insanity sets in… Before you know it, you’re meeting with morticians, picking out coffin fabric colors and burial plot preferences.  “Gee… I think a nice view of Mr. Smith’s tombstone would be ideal.” 

That there is why I had to get rid of the word “diet” from my vocabulary.  It’s now banished… sunning itself somewhere on the beaches of hell, along with the words “menstruation” and “PMS.”   Diets don’t work.  They don’t.  I should know,  I’ve been on a diet since I was 7 years old… SEVEN!  Weight Watchers… toting myself into class with my diaper and binky (that’s a whole NUTHER blog!)  Calorie counting… what!?  I could barely write my name in cursive at that point…  So began my forray into “die”ting.  I guess the word “die” IS appropriate in this instance, because as I dieted, I gained and gained and gained, until one day I found myself on a warehouse freight scale, weighing 530 pounds and hearing the words of my doctor, “You will die if you don’t get a handle on this,” playing on repeat in the recesses of my mind.  If the object of the dieting game was to gain the most pounds… I was definitely winning.  Slap a sticker on my forehead and call me Richard Simmons!

That’s basically what this blog will be about… me, losing weight while NOT on a diet.  Just living my life in moderation… one day at a time… no restrictions.   Of course, the disclaimer applies… I am not a doctor, dietician, certified trainer, psychologist, sewer worker, or circus freak (that last one is debatable depending on who you ask), just a girl trying to get a hold on her life, changing her lifestyle… one day at a time.

I am unique in that I had a gastric bypass surgery about 10 years ago.  I was so excited to start my new life… lost about 180 pounds in the first year or so and then I gained ever pound back in the following years.  I didn’t do it the right way… I thought it would be a sure fire easy fix… News flash… it ain’t.

So, I had to start over… this is my journey to lose over 300 pounds on my own… If you need a laugh, motivation, inspiration, and/or ideas… I hope you join me on my journey.  I’m 228 pounds down… about 130 left to go. 

A woman on a mission… and this time I aim to go ALL THE WAY!


Before… at between 450 and 530 pounds…


24 responses to “About

  1. Jen


    205 lbs! I had no idea! That is so wonderful. You can totally reach your goal. I love reading your blog. You are practically a celebrity now!!!
    Your cousin

  2. Tonya

    Hello my name is Tonya.
    I know your sister Lindsay we work together. (I think she is a wonderful person) when I read your blog about her I had to laugh, you nailed it perfectly!
    I have heard so much about you… your sister is so proud of you! and before you had a blog I could not wait to hear the next update from her, I was so excited when she told me you had a blog and I love to read your post’s.
    I think what you are doing for yourself is truely amazing and I wish you much continued success in reaching your milestones and your ultimate GOAL!
    I think your attitude and will power will see you through to the end of your goal, and help you as you continue to strive in the new life that you are creating.. you have inspired me to lose the fifty pounds that I have been gaining over the past three years and out my life back on track.. I will be following you on your journey and wish you well!

    • Thank you for the nice comment, Tonya… it’s fun getting to know anyone who might come across my blog and have the patience to read my ramblings!! Thank you for the well wishes! Sending them right back to you in getting to meet your goal! 😀

  3. Andrea S.

    Hi Whitney,

    I work in YW with your mom and saw her facebook post about how proud she was of you with a link to your blog. I decided to check it out and I laughed and laughed!! You rock!!! I am so excited for you and your goals. I too maanged to lose a good deal of weight without drugs, the “d” word and the like. Lifestyle change is the key!Thanks for inspiring the rest of us with your successes and your struggles.

    • Of course I remember one of my mom’s favorite YW advisors! Thank you for the nice comment, Andrea… and for following along on my blog. Congratulations on your “d-word-less” weight loss as well. The magic wand would have been easier, but probably not as worth it! 😀

  4. Tami

    Hi Whitney!
    What an inspiration you are! I have 182lbs to lose and I am struggling so hard right now, but reading your blog has inspired me to keep going! Keep up the good work and I’ll keep checkin in to see your progress!

  5. sarah

    You are amazing, as I am sure you have heard a million times before, and a huge inspiration for me!

  6. 205lbs I can’t even begin to imagine how that felt like better you lost it. I started at 250 and thought I was near death. It must have taken so mch dedication and strenghth on your part. I found your blog throu MFP and always reading what you write — loving every word! More power to you girl — you are such a inspiration to everyone!

  7. Maria

    Amazing! Im on a mission to lose as well. Im down 126lbs with about 60 more to go. Its been a great and horrifying experience all at the same time. Keep up the great work, glad I found this, your inspiration will certainly help me to complete my own journey. Thank you for sharing you life!

    • Congratulations to you as well, Maria!! 126 pounds is AMAZING! Thank you for finding my blog… there are a bunch of us out there, weight losers, and it’s good to all stick together… Get those last 60!

  8. I can’t believe how much weight you have lost, you are an amazing person! I’m excited for you.

  9. I found your blog through MFP and have followed it on a off for a while. Just wanted to say that you’re a wonderful inspiration for the rest of us on this journey! I have almost 200 lbs to lose to get to my ultimate goal, and reading your blog lets me know that it is possible! Congrats on your success so far!

  10. Tom

    My wife is always telling me about your blog so I checked it out. Good work with all the progress you have made. In a world that focuses on quick fixes and diets, it is good to see someone using common sense and discipline to get results. Keep up the good work.

  11. Nicole Mitchell

    Hi Whitney! My sister-in-law, Erin Mitchell, was telling me about your blog and your amazing journey! You are so inspiring! I see you are on my fitness pal….my name on there is nokey73, I would love it if you would add me!
    Nicole Mitchell

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  13. Trudy beasley

    Hey Whitney found this site of yours and it’s TOTALLY fab i was looking for a pumpkin pie recipie…thx
    MORE recipies plz!
    keep doing all the great work honey x

  14. Congrats on all your progress! It’s no easy feat! Best of luck with the rest of your journey! 🙂

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