Jan 15 2014

The Beauty Loser: And So 2014 has Begun!


Before and after – July 2011 on the left, September or October 2013 on the right. That’s about a 70 lbs difference right there. I look like two different people. Crazy!

So here we are.

On the other side of the holidays.

It’s that time of year where we get the credit card bills for holiday purchases, and we notice the toll that holiday get-togethers and good food have taken on our bodies and our confidence.

My truth is that I’ve gained about 10 lbs. since last summer. Since the wedding in November, I haven’t worked out as religiously. And I’ve thrown caution to the wind when it comes to how I eat. Here I am on the second day of our honeymoon:


And sneaking holiday cookies in a blurry selfie a month later:


I don’t really care about the number on the scale…OK. Maybe a little bit. My weight crept back into the low 160’s with this bit of weight gain, and I am NOT pleased. Mostly because my pants are a little snugger, and I noticed my stomach pooch is slightly bigger. I can tell my thighs are not as toned.

And there’s no way I’d be doing THIS anytime soon, which I did for the first time in YEARS the weekend of my bachelorette party:


My stomach wasn’t even toned last summer but I’ll tell you what – I was confident and I felt sexy! Even with my gall bladder surgery scar!!!


Now it’s the time for executing my plan of attack.

How am I going to get back to what I feel is the best version of myself? I want to stress that I don’t mean a number on the scale or how I look when I say “best version of myself.”

The best version of myself is one who is confident, maintaining my cholesterol levels with just fish oil, and has no need for the C-PAP I used to need for sleep apnea. Last summer, I was still considered overweight by scale measurements, but I was happy. And I don’t mind being curvy if it means being happy.

So back to that plan of attack.

I can’t just go back into the weight loss phase of Medifast right now (you can read previous The Beauty Loser posts where I talk about my weight loss journey with Medifast here.) When I think about what I’m going to do to take off the extra pounds, fit comfortably into my size 8’s again and be fit and active, I have to consider how life has changed and adjust my plan.

Life happens

Since getting married, Mike and I have made a second major life decision. We want to start a family. So, I read this:


And I’ve had to factor in our hopes and dreams when I think about my own weight and health.

We’re having fun with this journey. But it means that I can’t drastically lose weight, and I don’t want to gain much more so I can be my healthiest self if we are blessed with a pregnancy.

Ladies, I don’t know about some of you but I’ve spent more years trying NOT to get pregnant than pregnant, so I will be surprised if my body even remembers how that’s supposed to work! LOL Needless to say, I don’t want to screw anything up by yo-yo’ing with my weight.

Put one foot in front of the other

Mike and I went to my OB/GYN’s office for a preconception planning session, and I was pleased to know that while I don’t want to yo-yo on my weight, I’ve got the green light to train for a half marathon and continue exercising. If/when I get pregnant, then I will talk to my doctor about how to proceed.

So, on March 30, I’m signed up to run the Philly Love Run, and I started my 14-week training program already. And that’s a HUGE part of my plan of attack.

(Total side note but on New Year’s Day, I celebrated with a leisurely, slow run with my running club…notice my shirt, hahaha!):


I’m starting out small in training – I’ve got three weeks of 3-mile long runs before increasing my long run mileage by one mile every week, and tapering towards the end after I hit a 12 mile long run. I’ve got cross-training days and two rest days with my three days of running every week. I want to get my body used to the increased activity again before I start increasing my weekly mileage. Here’s me, after a treadmill run last week:


What goes in my mouth

The next part of my plan is to eat better, plain and simple. Get eight glasses of water in a day.

I don’t need to be in the weight loss phase to lose, I just need to not substitute a yogurt and piece of fruit for a mug full of jelly beans, or a half a canister of cashews. I need to be mindful of what I’m consuming.

I will cut back on the sugary, sweet foods I’ve been consuming, because those are my weight kryptonite. I won’t deprive myself, but I can’t be eating the left over peanut butter, chocolate-covered Santa’s from Mike’s stocking anymore.

That’s pretty much it. Things really clicked for me over this last weekend, and I’m energized and excited about the next several months.

So are you like me, looking to plan how you’re going to shed the holiday flub? Are you setting any physical goals for yourself? I’d love to hear what YOUR plan of attack is, or if you still have to figure it out – or God bless you if you stayed strong through the holidays and you are all “I GOT THIS” all over the place 😉


  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Thanks for sharing your story! I can definitely relate and made the decision to cut out wheat products from my diet … still working on the sugar!

  • Harshleen

    You look fab in that blue dress! Wish you Good luck for your fitness goals!

  • marciaf

    You did so great on your diet. You should feel so proud. Good luck on getting pregnant. There’s nothing like a baby!!

  • MyNewestAddiction

    I am so proud of you! You look amazing! An inspiration! I didn’t know they made a book like that either!

  • Nidia Doherty

    Good luck with everything!

  • Ange

    You look great! Also, I had no idea they made a book like that for before!

  • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

    You look super!!! And, you inspire me!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Aw thank you Kimberly – hugs to you!!!!

  • Justina

    You look great! I had a personal trainer for the first half of my pregnancy, and it made a huge difference. I loved having the accountability and learning new exercises I could do with a big belly. I loved parts of being pregnant…but mostly the part where everyone always offered me the last cookie. LOL. Keep up the good work!

    • BeautyJudy

      That’s great to hear! I am still hoping to be active if I am able to conceive and am pregnant!!! I told Mike that it will be hard not to say “baby wants ice cream” on a regular basis lol

    • BeautyJudy

      Wow!!! That’s great to hear. I’d love to still be active if I am blessed with a pregnancy!!! I also hope I don’t go telling the husband that “baby wants ice cream” all the time lol

  • Farryn

    Wow, you’ve really out done yourself that is amazing! Keep up the good work 🙂

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Farryn! I’m hoping to get back to my healthiest soon, unless we are blessed with a baby!

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    You look incredible! Totally rooting for you!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you Jess!!!! Xo

  • FabZilla_Kath

    You have my support Judy. Yeah, it’s not about the scale number but we all strive to live healthy for ourselves and for our loved ones. Just eat everything in moderation, drink lots of water and exercise. Go girl!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kath! Yes, I need to be better about those 8 glasses a day. I think today I actually did it!

  • Amber

    *whistles* girl you look fab!! You have a great attitude, which is so important! YAY!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Amber! I always try to stay positive!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Very inspiring! I haven’t exercised for the past month! I need to fix that.

    • BeautyJudy

      it’s hard when we’re so busy to make time for this, I still struggle sometimes.

  • http://polishinsomniac.blogspot.com jbrobeck

    You are an inspiration! I fell off my diet in November. Every day seems to get worse rather than better. I need to start from scratch!

    • BeautyJudy

      Let’s call it a journey, we are up, we are down, at least I know I am! When you struggle with weight, it’s never ending ! We have to work hard if we want to be healthy and that sucks but it’s my truth, at least. I wish you good luck in your journey and I’m always here for support!!!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    I’m glad that you put an emphasis on being happy and feeling confident!

    • BeautyJudy

      Lol, yes. I would be lying at this point, now that I see a number I don’t like on the scale, if I said it didn’t bother me but it’s more about how my health feels. But I’m still able to run faster than ever so I will try to shed those lbs and tone up but for me, not for someone else’s standard!!!!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Way to go! I’m currently dropping weight and even a few lbs feels good to shed. You look like you’re doing great – good luck!

    • BeautyJudy

      Congrats to you Cosmetic Sanctuary!!!! We’re gonna rock this year!!!!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    You look amazing and you’re a total inspiration. As for the scar just say Gang Wars… you’ll be so bad ass

    • BeautyJudy

      OMG I hope I get back to bikini ready before baby because I really want
      To say that to someone lmao!!!

  • Melissa

    Way to go! and Oh my gosh that blue dress looks ahhmazing on you!!! It’s great that you are going about it all in such a healthy overall lifestyle way (If that makes sense) Also is your photo in the medifast commercial? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it in a real quick blurb in the end -In the middle of a photo collage of success stories? Or maybe I’m hallucinating? lol

    • BeautyJudy

      Hi Melissa – thank you!!!! I don’t believe my photo is in the commercial. I actually haven’t filled out the testimonial form yet, but I have the paperwork and have to write it /) maybe someday who knows?!

  • Anastasia

    Good luck keeping up with those resolutions, you can do it!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thank you Anastasia!!!

  • http://www.manifestdestany.com/ Destany

    Go you! Beauty Judy babies will be so adorable we won’t be able to stand it!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Lmao!! One can only hope their offspring will be adorable. But the. No matter what, that kid will be the apple of my eye, if/when they ever happen for us! 🙂