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Jul 27

From couch to 5k – My journey to getting fit, losing weight, and feeling better


I want to take the blog in a different direction in these posts. I want to share my weight loss journey with you, in hopes that it will inspire one person who is exactly like I am (was?)

Let me be honest here. When I had the kids, I gained, on average, about 45 lbs with each one. Then I lost 20. 4 times. So, eventually I ended up at 5″5 (I think, I may be 5′ 4″ I will check later) and 154-158 lbs. To be honest, I was good with that, even though I was about 20 lbs. overweight.

I never worried about what I ate, it all went in my mouth. Fast food, chocolate (I always said you could kill me first if you tried to take away my candy) I would think nothing of eating french fries and white rice in the same meal. If I started approaching 160 lbs, I would feel it and lose a couple pounds. I was happy, I was fine with how I looked (hey, I have 4 kids, stuff it) and I had my food.

One day, my husband and I went into a thrift store, and saw a scale, similar to what doctors use. He jokingly told me to get on, so I did. I almost threw up when he said I was 170 lbs! This scale is wrong! I told him I would go home and prove it to him.

I pulled out the scale (blew off the dust) and got on. 172 lbs. 172 POUNDS. How did I gain 15 lbs and didn’t even know it?

I took a serious look at my self and heard my mom’s voice in my ear..”It’s so easy to gain weight, Dane,(not a typo, she calls me Dane) it’s 5 lbs, and 5 more pounds, until you are what the doctors call morbidly obese.” Morbid obesity is a medical term describing people who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40, or of 35 to 40 with significant medical problems caused by or made worse by their weight. (Wikipedia)

I decided the time was now to lose the weight, before it got so out of control, I would never take control again.

July 15th, I vowed to start eating healthier. I don’t want to call it a diet, because to me that has deprivation connotations. I prefer to think of it as making smarter choices in my eating. I immediately started drinking water.  64 ounces of water a day is recommended. I also made some smarter choices in my meals. My old self would have probably nothing for breakfast, and candy and soda for lunch. (Or chips, or pork rinds, or McDonald’s, you name it, I ate it)

I don’t have a specific diet I am following, just a modge-podge of ideas. Weight Watchers recommends 1300 calories daily to lose 2 lbs a week. So, I try to follow that. It’s not easy to be mindful of what you put in your mouth when you are an unconscious eater like I am, but I have googled what I have for breakfast and lunch, so I know roughly what I have taken in, calorie wise.

Here is what a typical day looks like for me now:


1 granola bar (140 calories)

1 banana (110 calories)


Smoked turkey or chicken wrapped in lettuce – 3 wraps (2 slices are 100 calories so this weighs in at (350 calories)

1 boiled egg (80 calories)

Sliced tomato (only 4 calories each so about 20 calories)


Fruit (Some say this is a no-no, that way I look at it, better than a bag of pork rinds – 50 calories)

Sugar Free Jello (10 calories)


Whatever my husband makes, as he always makes a healthy meal and has tried to avoid making foods that may not be the best choice for me right now. I do not track calories for this meal.

As you can see, my calorie intake averages about 760, not including dinner. I also try to get in my 64 ounces of water (as a result I pee every half hour)

Fast forward to this week. Monday, I got on the scale and I weighed 163.5 lbs. An 8.5 lb. weight loss. Not bad for a little over two weeks. I knew I couldn’t continue this unless I incorporated some exercise. My boss, and dear friend introduced me to an app called From Couch to 5 K. I started on Monday, and I want to share this journey with you too….Our journey continues…Join me?



  1. Dan Muller

    All the power to you….

    1. DanaPots

      Thank you 🙂
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