Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Five Years Ago TODAY


  June of 2016, I met blog friend Debbie of Just Breathe,  at Cracker Barrel for lunch. The photo above showed up in her FB page this week as a Memory from 5 years ago and she emailed it to me. I decided to post it as is because I have shared with all of you my lifetime struggle with my weight.  

When I shared our visit in a June Post of that year Here, I made sure MOST of me was covered. You will get a kick out of the creative ways I HID my weight. HA HA on me.

7 months after this photo was taken, on January 26, 2017, I gave up Sugar completely which is my addiction. Eat one donut, finish the dozen that day.  

In the month of December that year, Bob and I BOTH gained almost 10 pounds that showed up in January. I was miserable, I felt sick when I woke up and sick when I went to bed. The two weeks from Thanksgiving until Christmas, we ate, just the two of us. 
1 fruit cake
4 sweet potato pies
1 Banana bread
2 packs of donuts
and ate out at Golden Corral, 4 times. 2 for breakfast and 2 for lunch. 
We both hit the desert bar and wiped them out. 
There is more but will spare you and myself 
I lost 50 pounds in 2017 
and 15 more in 2018 and held there until the pandemic closed us down.
Today I am down for the first 15 days of June, I am back down to within 3 more lbs from the day our world shut down.
This time I will make it to my goal weight given by my doctor. That will take a few months, since weight loss should be done slowly by lifestyle changes, not starving.
I needed this photo to nudge me to keep on the right path.
For now the rapid loss is due to drastic calorie cut and NO bread.
When I lose 3 more pounds I will add white flour, but only once or twice a week and it will be eaten outside of the home.
the best way to NOT eat it, is to not have it in the house.
We have 12 grain and Rye for Bob and I can eat 1 slice of that without wanting it because I hate it
My journey 10  lbs each photo
Now you know why I freaked out at my Pandemic Weight Gain


Ginny Hartzler said...

Wow, I can really tell on this Cracker barrel photo such a huge difference! I never thought you were very large, but maybe I looked at you through rose colored glasses. I KNEW you could lose the covid weight,because you lost so much more than that in the first place!

Ginny Hartzler said...

P.S. I like the macros on my camera, and we have the same camera I think. But of course you are way more advanced than me.

CheerfulMonk said...

It sounds as if you are back on track. Good for you, it's hard and you should be proud of yourself.

Tigger said...

Said it before and will say it again - amazing skin. And your face looks radiant at your lower weight.

Ann said...

Clever way of covering up part of that picture on the old post. I like the one of you and Debbie on this post.
Good for you getting back on track. You are so right about the best way not to eat something is to not have it in the house.

Hootin' Anni said...

You're doing it!! And I know you can cross the finish line with flying colors!!

DeniseinVA said...

You did great Sandra, photos are the best motivators I find, for me anyhow. Won't be long before you get to where you want to be and congrats on what you've already accomplished. Now give yourself a big pat on the back :)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

You are an inspiration to many of us who are in the same weight loss battle, Sandra. Thanks for your honest words about the difficulties and the success you have achieved. Kudos to you for sharing your journey.

Mevely317 said...

What a memory! Or, were you keeping a food diary even then? You're so right about this being a new lifestyle - not necessarily a challenge as I called it. Funny you talked about keeping a photo as motivation. I was thinking last night I'm going to find a picture of me when I felt slim(ish) and keep somewhere I can see it every day. Anything showing me the way I looked in 2020 (that's not cropped) would just make me depressed and send me back to the refrigerator. 🤪

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
June 2016 I was at the BAR with several of our blogpals! Golly - five years, eh? I was fat then and remain fat. I have taken up the pedals as promised. Managing about three minutes continuous at the moment.... YAM xx

Martha said...

Great photo of you and Debby. You sure were creative trying to hide yourself in the original post. The rule about not keeping it in the house really works and it definitely takes a lifestyle change to keep it off. Thank you for sharing your journey!

bobbie said...

You GO!!!, girl!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm really proud of you! It's hard to fight that battle all the time. My husband is underweight and we keep all kinds of treats and high calorie food here for him. Since I have a bad reaction when I eat sugar, I am not tempted though. Eat a bite of a's not worth it! lol You're doing great and look good no matter what you weigh. But it's how you feel! It's the healthy lifestyle that's important!

Chatty Crone said...

I love you friend at any weight I think you are beautiful!
What I am jealous of (nicely) is you getting to meet Debby.
I want to meet both of you and Ginny!

photowannabe said...

What more can I say?
What a journey.
I know I was shocked when some of my photos from the same time period came up for my "viewing pleasure".
We will do day at a time...
the weight will continue to come off.
Love you friend

Inger said...

I admire you so very much. I've never had a food addiction, but I was a smoker who couldn't quit until they came up with Nicorette gum, so that I know about. I lost 8 pounds during the pandemic isolation. Pounds that I didn't want or need to lose. I now need more blood tests to find out if something is wrong with me or if I just don't eat enough.

There's always something, isn't there?

Ruth Hiebert said...

I admire your determination. Wish you well.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Hang in there and keep on keeping on. No stress.

Something is up with Feedly. Mom clicked on All today and all the unread feeds disappeared. She had to go find them all in "recently read" and flag them for "read later". Whew - we thought she had lost them all too.

Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Great job Sandra!!!

LC said...

Appreciate your sharing about challenges. Your openness encourages me to keep working on healthy eating to deal with my Type 2 diabetes.

Catherine - Mixed Media Artist said...

I'm not trying to lose weight, I'm trying to do what my doctor feels is best for my health...lots of things have left the fridge, freezer, pantry and yes I crave them from time to time, but I say out LOUD, you can have a nibble of something when everything is WAY better...

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It was so much fun meeting you and I hope to do it again sometime! I am the same weight now as when I meet you only it is distributed differently now. Too much sitting and too many steroids. I've manage the same weight for over six years. I'm recently down 4 pounds. It's hard with my COPD.
So glad you are back on track. You can definitely see the weight loss in your pictures. Way to go!