Weight Loss Struggle and Journey

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Hey y’all… I know that you’re here today expecting a delicious recipe from us. Well… this is not that day. There is something on our hearts that we want to share with you. We feel like you are our friends that we can confide in and trust to be our soft place to land.

Vicki’s Story

I sometimes feel that Jennifer and I share one brain. We are typically on the same wavelength, especially matters of our blog, friendships, home and our weight loss struggles. Jenn approached me a couple of weeks ago about going public with our personal stories. I felt like I was having a panic attack. I started sweating and making a ton of excuses as to why I thought it was a bad idea. Eventually, I calmed down and admitted that she was right. We need to share our stories in the hopes that we will help others as well as ourselves. And we need to be accountable to ourselves and each other.

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So here goes… I am overweight and truth be told obese. I tear-up just writing that word…but it’s real and honest. I haven’t always been overweight. When I was growing up and into adulthood I was thin. I could pretty much eat what I wanted whenever I wanted and wouldn’t gain an ounce. I was told by many people that I was “too thin”. But, I had a healthy appetite and a very active lifestyle. The only thing that I could have improved was breakfast. In high school I quit eating breakfast as I was always running out the door to get to school on time.

 When did my weight start becoming a problem? The first surge in my weight was soon after I got married. We left Florida for my husband’s new career and we moved to Houston, Texas. I didn’t know a soul. As soon as we moved into our first apartment, John left for five weeks for New Employee training. Suffice it to say I was totally miserable. It was the days before cell phones and home computers…calling long distance was very expensive. My new best friend was Blue Bell Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. I ate a lot of it to stuff down my feelings of sadness and loneliness in those five weeks…and I gained 20 pounds! Now as shocking as that sounds, my 5’7” frame was only 145 pounds! What I wouldn’t give to turn back time.

How did I handle this weight gain? Mind you – this was a very healthy weight but being that the weight came on so quickly it was a shock to me and everyone that knew me. I started doing Fad Diets…and I jumped around from fad to fad… Cabbage diet, Dolly Parton Diet, The Hilton Head Diet, The Grapefruit Diet – this list could go on and on. Needless to say, because of this constant nonsense and yo-yo dieting I kept gaining weight because I was perpetually keeping my metabolism in a state of shock and deficit. I wasn’t eating enough food for years, so when I did eat something no matter what it was my body held onto it and stored it as fat. I also crippled my thyroid because of my foolishness.

I honestly didn’t know any better. So…for many, many years now I have gained 5-10 pounds a year. Way no fun. I’m fortunate that my overall health is very good. But, I’m not dumb…I know that I must change a few things in my health journey. My thyroid condition makes losing weight very difficult…my 2 pound loss is someone else’s 10 pound loss – but, I am determined to find the magic formula for myself. 

Vicki’s first month Goal: 

  • Lose 8 Pounds
  • Eat Breakfast Daily
  • Move more: Do yoga 4 days per week and walk 3 days per week

Jennifer’s Story


When mom and I first toyed around with the idea of really putting ourselves out there and being vulnerable, I was all for it! For so long I have hid behind excuses when it comes to weight loss and I felt like speaking about this with all of you would help not only to motivate me, but would also hold me accountable to my actions, as well as hopefully inspire others.

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I have always been what I like to call big boned haha…it’s my way of making myself feel better. I’ve always pretty much fluctuated between being a size 10 to 14, and for about the past few years, I’ve stayed at a size 14, but I feel that my poor pants wish they were a 16.

Food, for most of my life, has had this power over me and is definitely my drug of choice. I recently read an article about how sugar is more addictive than cocaine, which blew my mind. I am hands down a sugar addict and always have been. I am at a point now where I am drinking at least 2 cokes a day, probably some sort of sweet in the afternoon (like a scone from Panera), and then at night ice cream. Not to mention all of the hidden sugar I am eating throughout the day too.

I am tired of feeling powerless to my situation and was ready to make a change, but like most changes it is scary. Doubts start to cloud your mind. What if I mess up and fall off track? What if I don’t lose any weight? What if I fail?

I’ve always been the kind of person where if I’m doing really well and eating healthy and then I eat a bowl of ice cream I immediately think “Well, I messed up and ate bad, so I might as well continue to eat bad for the rest of the day, week, month.” I like to spiral out of control lol. I have to realize that if I have that bowl of ice cream it is not the end of the world and for my next meal I will make better choices.

I am also an emotional eater…especially when I’m stressed, which unfortuntately is more often than not. In my mind I think I need food to make myelf feel better, when in reality I am doing more harm. I am tired all of the time and have no energy. When I get home from work I don’t really want to do anything and on the weekends I am such a homebody. I am definitely ready to take back my life, so that I have more energy to do the things I love.

This is an exciting new chapter for us and I can’t wait to be on this journey. There will be ups and downs, successes and struggles, but I know with the support of each other, family, and friends, we can achieve not only our weight loss goals, but also live happier, healthy lives.

Jenn’s first month Goal: 

  • Lose 10 Pounds
  • Stop eating out so much
  • Move more: Walk 5 days a week

We feel your pain Cam…



Thank you for letting us share our weight loss journey and struggles with you. Can you relate? We would love for you to follow us in this process of discovery. We will be giving a monthly update the first Wednesday of every month. If you too are struggling, please share with us so that we can offer encouragement.  We would also love to hear some success stories and tips. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Until tomorrow,

XO~ Vicki and Jenn


  1. You girls are speaking to my heart this morning! I’m in Jenn’s camp. I have a crazy schedule and eat out a lot. I’m also an emotional eater and if Publix ever runs out of heavenly hash ice cream its gonna be a showdown at the courtesy desk. Thanks for being so brave girls. I’m doing this weight loss journey with you – my goal is 5 lbs this month, walk 5 days a week and drink more water. Love and hugs, Coco

    1. Hey CoCo – we can never express in words how much this means to us. I know each of us has a different journey with our weight loss.Thank you so much for sharing and caring.

  2. Oh, me too! 3 years ago I was on a roll and was 20 lbs. lighter. I was eating healthy lo-carb and working out and feeling great. Slowly bad choices began creeping in and the work outs stopped because of a heal spur. Hello twenty pounds. At my age, weight loss, even doing what I’ve previously done, is harder. I’m with you girls. Wiser choices and moving more! If I don’t lose a pound, I’ll at least keep trying just for the sake of feeling better and not putting on additional pounds. Thanks for being brave and open. Love you guys!!

  3. My pants size recently went up a size. Now is the time!! Thanks for the
    inspiration to do something about it!

    1. Angie – When life gets busy it is so easy to get caught in the “bad choice” trap. We are so surprised out how quickly the weight comes on…but so slow to come off. We thank you for your support and we will encourage you on the road to success!

  4. Hi there – I am on the same journey as you all are. Realizing I gained 20 pounds in just a year did it for me. I knew I had to exercise more because food and I are best buds. Then I watched a documentary on Netflix called “Fed Up”. It totally made me re-evaluate how and what I eat and look at every nutrition label on everything I buy. Well worth watching if you are looking at hidden sugar. I have lost about 10 of the 20 and am still waiting for the last 10 to drop off. Lots of water, eliminating most carbs (bye-bye my friends…muffins, bagels, bread, potatoes…) and tennis 2-3 times a week. It’s fun, healthy and I don’t feel like I am exercising. Good luck to you both. We’re all rooting for you!!

  5. First of all, can you feel the ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ coming your way. Vicki and Jennifer, you are my “sister and daughter in spirit,” and I know the grit and determination you both possess. You are brave and strong, and I am very proud of you both for always seeking to live in a positive light and direction. You inspire me and many others, I’m certain. So many good thoughts and wishes are coming your way on this journey.

  6. Liz Bonin says:

    Vicki and Jennifer, I am sending lots of love your way. What brave ladies you are to share your journey with all of us. Good luck with this new direction your life is taking! My biggest fear is always the fear of failure and for that reason there are many things I want to do, or should do and I never take the first step. But you have done that now so you are already on the road to success! xx Liz

  7. Good for you all to share your journey. just tarted on one myself. My husbadn said blog about it. . I was silent but think I will follow your example. Inspired and encouraged!


  8. going through the same thing. just joined weight watchers . they give u a lot of points. and you can eat out. it is healthy. I think it is a way to go .there is a young girl on facebook weight watcher girl she has lost over 150 pounds. take a look. she touches your heart

  9. I know we all struggle, but how wonderful that you have each other to help support you in your goals. I can’t wait to see you succeed!

  10. You both ROCK! Thanks for sharing your journey, and we are right there with you. One day at a time, one choice at a time, one meal at a time, one bite at a time. You’ve got this! Bwg ~~~

  11. Wow thanks for being so vulnerable and I am right there with you. Ok I have been thinking about doing something so I will be joining you too. 5 lbs in a month, moving 3-4 days a week and cut out unhealthy night snacks. xoxo we can do it!!

  12. mary scott says:

    Good luck to you — you are brave to put yourselves out there. I am with you both as I also never met a carb I didn’t like, & I am addicted to sugar too. This is a great time to start — before the Eating Season begins.

  13. Love you guys! I swear you guys are mine and my mom’s twin sisters. My mom was recently diagnosed with a hypothyroidism and we’re both trying to lose weight, and we feel like we sorta share a brain like you two do :). Looking forward to following along with you and supporting my Bees!

  14. I cannot tell you how incredibly proud of my two girls I am. You are beautiful, inside and out – no matter what. I will be cheering you on…you’ve got this!

  15. Way to go girls……so courageous to share your stories with all of us….I know you can do it. A little humorous saying that I like “when we get older we have to work twice as hard, to look half as good, as we did in our twenties”. Boy that isn’t that the truth. Good Luck!

  16. This is so sweet & lovely.
    It pains me to think that you would feel sad or be ashamed because you are such beautiful people.
    I am proud of you and wish you much success.

  17. Wow! I just found you two today and I have been getting so fed up with my weight but doing nothing about it. You two have inspired me…I’m in!
    Will you be sharing what type of diet, etc. you will be using or anything like that? I really need guidance…
    Let’s do it! Thanks so much for sharing and nice to meet you!

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