I love answering your questions! I get asked a lot of the same questions, so I decided to put together a resource for you guys :). Enjoy, and let me know if there’s a question you think I should answer!

About Me

How tall are you?
I’m 5’4″.

How old are you? 

And you have three kids?
Yep! 9, 5, and 5.

Weight Loss

What was your starting weight?
This is a complicated question. I count my starting weight as 207.4. That’s what I weighed on July 18, 2012. It is not my highest weight, however. The highest number I’d ever seen on the scale (non-pregnant) was 219.5 in June of 2010. I got down to 194.5 pounds, then got pregnant with Maisy and ballooned back.

How did you lose the weight?
I followed the Nutrisystem plan from July 2012 to January 2013 as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation (#NSNation) blogging team. It was the lifesaver I needed to help me stop drowning myself in food! After Nutrisytem, I decided to follow Weight Watchers.

Which system do you prefer — Nutrisystem or Weight Watchers? 
This is hard, too. I loved the ease of Nutrisystem, and it was great because I’m a crappy cook. It was not great because it got very repetitive, and after a while, you are just ready to be done. I love Weight Watchers because I can eat ANYTHING I want. Want Burger King? Great! Eat it. But only if you have the PP to spend. But Weight Watchers is difficult for someone like me who really dislikes cooking. You have to learn how to eat all over again (which is good, but hard to do)! If someone told me I had to pick one to follow for the rest of my life, I’d pick Weight Watchers.

How much weight did you lose? 
I lost a total of 38.2 pounds on Nutrisystem in 25 weeks. Since then, I’ve lost an additional 15+ pounds. At the time of this FAQ, I have lost 54 pounds.

What is your goal weight?
I have a goal weight of 145 pounds. For my height, my normal BMI range is 108-145 pounds. I just want to be normal ;)! Once I hit 145, I may shift my focus to overall health, like beating running times or distances, but I don’t think I will ever be able to put the scale away.

Did you ever plateau? 
Not really. Whenever I didn’t lose or gained weight, it was always because of something I did or didn’t do (binged, didn’t run, etc.). I never really had a span of time where I was busting my rear and the scale didn’t move.

Do you have loose skin? 
Blah. I understand why people ask this question — they’re curious to know what a body looks like after a 50+ pound loss! The answer is yes. Some people tell me to embrace it, and to wear it as a badge of honor, but that makes me want to just punch them in their non-saggy stomach ;). Someday I hope and dream to have surgery to get it fixed. Hear that, Phoenix area surgeons? Want some publicity?! ;)

Do you pay for Weight Watchers?
I did formally join Weight Watchers. I wanted to compare the paid program to doing it on my own. I mainly love being a Weight Watchers member for their iPhone app.

How do you stay motivated?
This is probably the hardest thing about weight loss. I literally could see my life spiraling out of control. I didn’t think about anything but food, when I could eat next, or how I could sneak in more food without anyone knowing. It was a sick addiction. But the tough part is that unlike alcohol or drugs, you NEED FOOD to live. You can’t quit eating cold turkey. Every single meal of every single day, you have to make the decision that your happiness is more important to you than the gluttony of food. You have to make the choice all day, every day.

Running and Fitness

How did you start running?
In the heat of the Arizona summer, I decided that I would start to go on walks with the kids. I had a metal radio flyer wagon that I would pull them in, and I’d average like a 20 minute mile. Those walks were both depressing and inspiring at the same time. Depressing because it was HARD to walk 2 miles at my weight, but inspiring because I was DOING IT. Each time, it got easier. Eventually I started using a jogging stroller instead of a wagon, and I would tell myself, “OK. You’re going to run to that driveway,” and then I’d do it. If you’re looking to get started as a runner, I highly recommend the Couch to 5K program. There’s tons of apps available that will literally tell you to run or walk at the appropriate time. Easy!

What app do you use to track your mileage?
Nike+. It’s free, you don’t need Nike shoes to use it, and it’s been the most comprehensive one I’ve tried. A Garmin is on my wish list!

How often do you run?
Ideally, I do 3 days on, one day off, 365 days a year. It might mean I run one day, do circuit training the next, run the following day, then rest. I mix it up. Sometimes I go through spurts where I really get into circuit training and I do that for like a month solid. I figure as long as I’m doing SOMETHING, I’m good! I’m a big Jillian Michaels fan, and swear by her 30 Day Shred DVD.

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