Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Personal Victory

That was us a few months ago. . .

I finally did it! In the last 5 1/2 months, since January 1, 2012, I have lost 50 pounds. In 2007, I read a Woman's World Magazine article that changed that part of my life, that gave me the tools I needed to succeed. I ended that year looking like this:

Ame and me at Bethel Temple in Evansville, IN.

I think I looked pretty good. But, I went and had three babies in two years, and I gained it all back . . . and about 10 pounds more. I felt like the girl in that picture with Ame, but when I looked in the mirror, really looked, I knew that wasn't who everyone else saw anymore. She got away from me, and I had to get her back. So, I returned to the University of Kentucky Shake Diet from that 2007 issue of Woman's World Magazine. It's a grocery store version of a clinical program called HMR (Health Management Resources). The plan is simple, but you have to be hard core. Here's how it goes:

Breakfast: 190 calorie or less shake (like Slim Fast), plus 1 fruit or veggie serving (4 oz)
Morning Snack: 190 calorie or less shake (like Slim Fast)
Lunch: 180 calorie or less prepackaged meal, plus 2 fruit or veggie servings (8 oz)
Afternoon Snack: 190 calorie or less shake (like Slim Fast)
Dinner:  180 calorie or less prepackaged meal, plus 2 fruit or veggie servings (8 oz)

Exercise: walk 45 minutes every day

Follow this plan exactly, and the magazine promises a 40 lb weight loss in 12 weeks. I took a little longer, because I didn't always follow it exactly. I don't always walk 45 minutes a day because I have a full time job and a baby. Occasionally, I have a 250 calorie dinner. I have a cupcake blog with my baby. I go out to eat. So, no, I didn't lose 40 lbs in 12 weeks. It actually took me 16 weeks. Not too shabby. The biggest thing I've learned is that if I make a "mistake" on my diet, that doesn't mean I've blown it for the entire day so I can just pig out and start again tomorrow (I know plenty of you know exactly what I'm talking about.). If I do that, I'll always be waiting for tomorrow. If I make a "mistake," it isn't really a mistake. I just adjust my calories for the rest of the day. Sometimes, I just have to be hardcore for several days in a row and follow the program exactly. 

Actually, the biggest contributor to my success has nothing to do with the UK Shake Diet at all. I believe I was successful because I keep a food journal. I weigh myself every day and write down everything I eat every day and total the calories. If I eat something without nutrition information, I just make my best guess. I won't get it exactly, but I'll be close enough to stay in control and keep myself from having that "I've blown it" mentality.

I don't quite fit back into those jeans that I was wearing in that picture with Ame, but this 50 lbs marks a milestone for me. I now weigh what I weighed before I got pregnant with Gabriel. Cassidy has a mommy who exercises and plays with her. We talk about her healthy food choices and mine. These past few years will never be erased from my heart, but it's good to know I shucked them from my body!

. . . and this is us now!


  1. You look fantastic. I know that it is so hard, but you havebeen doing all the right things. Most importantly, you allowed yourself room without being so hard on yourself. You are always an inspiration!

  2. Wow you did it...I am so proud of you...I know you have worked hard, and it's easy just to pick up some candy or Little Debbie, but you sure stick to it. The walking I believe is the main thing. I have stayed pretty much the same since having the boys. I walk everyday on my break at work and try not to eat to much. Our body really doesn't have to have all the stuff we put in it....But it sure taste good.Good Job..

  3. Bonnie, you are BEAUTIFUL! I am so proud of you!!! :)

  4. You look great!

    I know I don't know you.
    I stumbled across this blog when I googled HSG photos to see if I could find any that looked like the one I had done today (I follow up with my doctor in a week or so).

    I have lost 6 babies, ranging from weeks 4 weeks to 23 (a gorgeous little boy named Deagan)and almost everywhere in between. In the midst of those 6 losses, I got one perfectly healthy and gorgeous little boy (okay, so he was huge. he was born at 10lbs).

    The doctors are completely stumped at this point.

    Thank you for sharing your story and I'm very glad that you finally got a baby to take home with you. <3

  5. princessbodani,

    Thank you for sharing this with me. How did the hsg go? have you been tested for antiphospholipid antibody syndrome?

    I'm so glad you have your son. It must have been so miraculous to have him after losing Deagan. I always imagined what it might have been like to have Gabriel's brother.


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