Week 1

August 13 – August 19

Three days after deciding it was time to make a change to a healthy lifestyle, I sat down to make a plan.  I know me.  If I dive into the deep end making all kinds of changes, I’m not going to stay with it a week!  So I only made 3 changes… 10,000 steps/day, replace my biggest vice, Coca-Cola, with water (minimum 64 oz.) and to eat at home.  No more drive-thru suicide.  I have always heard it takes 21 days to make something a habit, so if I can make those three changes for 21 days straight, then I can add more changes after those 21 days.  Baby steps…

I started by asking my friends to join me in a workweek challenge.  They all came back and really pushed me!  I came in 3rd place but more importantly I hit my 10,000 step goal everyday!  My best day was Monday with 11,782 steps (4.69 miles).  Some days were a real struggle.  But it got easier everyday… and best of all, I wasn’t feeling tired like I was the week before!

Saturday and Sunday did not go as smoothly.  On Saturday, I was feeling pain in my left knee.  When I was in the Army, I had problems with that knee and was eventually medically boarded out (I’m a disabled Veteran).  I have had this problem for 28 years and knew I needed to stay off of it, but sometimes I can be stubborn.  I hit my goal (barely) on Saturday but by Sunday I learned my lesson. I spent most of the day on the couch.

As for my other two goals, I went the whole week only eating at home.  I only drank water and milk.  I did not always hit the 64 oz, but I am not going to beat myself up over it. Giving up Coca-Cola is a big change for me so I will take it!

All in all, the first week went really well!

1) 10,000 steps per day
2) Eat all meals at home
3) Drink water instead of sugary beverages.


Fat-Assery Report


Years ago when I was blogging on MySpace, a friend had a blog called The Jack-Assery Report where she would talk about people she met who acted like a jackass.  She is a great writer with a lot of humor so it was one of my favorite blogs!  Sadly, her life got hectic, she focused on other things, and deleted her blog.

At that time, I had been widowed for about a year and a half and was struggling to pull my life together.  Before my husband was killed, I had been easily losing weight, but after his death, I gained it all back and then some.  There was little to nothing healthy about my life then.  I did not know how to cook for just one person and it was easier to hit a drive-thru on my way to class.  If I did not have class, I would invite my friend out to eat, just to distract myself and get out of the house.  I skipped meals which meant I binged when I did eat.  Since my husband died, I went from a perfect 8-hour sleeper to insomnia (something I still struggle with today).  And as a full-time student working on a master’s degree in history, I spent most of my time either sitting at a computer or reading.

One day while sitting in line at Burger King, I wondered, “Am I slowly committing suicide by drive-thru?”  I could not say no.  In those 2 years, I went from being about 45 pounds overweight, doubling that to 90 pounds over.  I found a personal trainer I liked and when he found out I blogged about my grief, he encouraged me to also write about my weight.  Not wanting to combine the two blogs, I started a weight loss blog, asking my friend if I could use her idea The Jack-Assery Report, changing it to The Fat-Assery Report.  She loved the idea and my weight loss blog was born!

I was not able to lose weight but I did stabilize my weight for about 5 years… until my dad got sick and passed away in 2013.  Many more pounds later, I am beginning my weight loss journey and blog again.  Hopefully others who are also struggling with weight loss, or have been successful, will find me and send encouragement!  For my weight loss entries, check out my Fat-Assery Report!

Fat Ass to Bad Ass Y’all!