Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Remembering Where I Began

          It's been quite some time since I even moderately focused on anything that could remotely be considered a blog, diary, or journal. I miss it sometimes and other times I try to tell myself that I have nothing to say or that it just takes up too much time. Well at the moment all I seem to have is time and I think that means it's time to try to find myself again. I was a healthier person when I blogged full time; my body and brain thrive on a routine. I think that it just might be time to start again. Rather than make a dramatically long post about what has been going on for the last couple of years or so, I'll just explain and bring up things as the become relevant. Right now the biggest thing on my mind is my health and so that's where I will begin.

        Meet Pepagirl circa 2006-2007, probably somewhere close my heaviest of 282 but really, who the hell knows... at a certain point you really just don't keep a very good eye on the scales.

June 2006

October 2007

December 2007

      I stayed somewhere in this general range from 2004 through 2008, during that time I got married, moved to a new state (California), made new friends and started a new job. I wasn't a slave to the scale for a long time but somewhere after the time that I saw 282 I lost about 40 pounds by January of 2008. I attribute that to cooking being a more active person in general and a brief stint of doing Atkins in the Fall of 2007. Anyway, I got serious about weight loss in January of 2008. I started slowly just with dieting and walking combined with my daily activity at work. I kept that up until we moved to Washington in May of 2008, I was down to around 210 to 220 pounds between January and May.

March 2008

April 2008

        I really tried to focus even harder on losing weight once we got out new house, I got another new job and again combined my daily activity at work with diet, walking and occasional at home videos. I swear I never set foot in a gym, everything seemed to melt off through diet and simple exercise- it was amazing. Things were really simple and happy at home, I now remember this crummy little house as the happiest era in my life.

June 2008

July 2008

July 2008

             All Summer things were good, life was happy and I was completely pumped by how quickly I was losing and how much better I felt. I really have come to believe that happiness is a huge key to weigh loss, the happier and more stress free my life was, the easier it was as well. I had to buy new clothes for the first time in a long time and it was such a new and amazing thing to try to figure out what would look good on my new body.

September 2008

October 2008

October 2008

      By November of 2008 we had moved again (in the same town) to a beautiful house right before the holidays. I was down to 152.8 pounds at my lightest in the Fall of 2008, a number I have been chasing ever since. Shortly after this picture was taken my mother passed and my efforts at weight loss sputtered and stalled for a number of months. My weight swinging up to 20 pounds in a matter of weeks, I wasn't happy and probably not that healthy but I managed to hold things together the best I could.

November 2008

December 2008

February 2009

March 2009

June 2009

July 2009

August 2009

September 2009

January 2010

            So for the year of 2009 I pretty much maintained or went back and forth a few pounds here and there up until that Fall. We went on a cruise in September and after coming home we were really stressed out because another move was coming up in December and things were pretty uncertain with our future. My husbands drinking was also getting a lot worse and we were both really unhappy. When I weighed myself in January of 2010 I was up around 190 pounds. Until March we separated by his job and finally got temporary housing together in Florida where he was training. I joined Curves in April of 2010, the first gym I'd ever been a member of. My starting weight with Curves was 182 pounds. I have no pictures of myself or anything for that matter from our time in Florida. I was extremely stressed and unhappy and my husbands drinking had reached an all time high. I refer to Florida now as the "hobo days" because we had nothing and life hard. We moved again in July of 2010 to Virginia.

August 2010

September 2010

       For awhile things calmed down even though things were still strained with my husbands alcoholism, being in a new place brought some adjustment time that kept things busy for a time. I decided to not get a job for the first time in 6 years and actually focus on my health and weight loss. I'd come so close, I knew that if things would just stay stress free for a few months that I could finally reach my goals.

To Be Continued...


  1. Excited to see you blogging again xoxo

  2. So glad you are back! Thanks for the comments. I was starting to wonder if anyone was reading. But then once in a while, I get a comment and I'm like WOO! Still got a reader or two! LOL I look forward to 'catching up' with you again. I know we're friends on FB, but it's just not the same! :D