Welcome to the Shrinking Cajun

Welcome to the Shrinking Cajun blog which is a journal of my weight loss journey. I was born and raised in South Louisiana where I still live. Yes I am part cajun and proud of my heritage and my state. Living in a state where the motto is, “Eat to Live” can be a challenge!

I really wished I would have started this blog from the beginning of my journey, but better late than never. I first started my journey at the very end of August in 2009. I was thin in high school and even in college. I really didn’t start gaining weight until 1997 after I already met my husband. He was also thin and quite muscular when we met. I started slowly gaining weight and was up to 200 pounds when we married in May of 1998. I continued gaining weight, and was up to 230 when I became pregnant with my first son. I maintained my weight and even lost a few pounds after delivery and nursing him for the first year really did help. I didn’t really pack on the weight until after we lost our second son. I got so depressed that I turned to food for comfort. I just stopped caring about myself.

Fast forward 6 years later where I finally turned a corner. I have tried several times during that time to lose weight like Atkins but I literally got sick from being on that diet. Each attempt always ended the same, I would quit after losing some weight because it wasn’t a long term solution. I would go back to my old habits and pack on more weight. There are several reasons how I reached the point of sticking with it and not quitting. I really don’t want to get into all that in this post, and have saved those reasons for a future post. The main thing was I wanted to be a better person for my son. I had to get my act together so I could be the mom I wanted to be and not the self-conscious person who wanted to hide in shame. I managed to lose 100 pounds over the course of the year and was looking great and feeling great. I even kept it off for about 18 months. So what happened? I still ask myself that very question.

Below is a picture from my heaviest to when I lost 100 pounds back in 2011. I went from a size 26/28 to a size 12 and large in tops.

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All I have are excuses. I went back to college and graduated in 2012 with an Associate Degree in General Studies. I was so proud of myself that I said I can do this and get my Bachelor Degree. I did in May 2014 with 2 English Minors and a degree in General Studies.

At the same time, my blog, Thrifty Momma Ramblings exploded. The traffic was unbelievable and I was doing amazing. During that time, I moved back to my hometown into my mother’s house, my husband had a new job so he would no longer have to commute 30 miles each way, and my 16 year old niece was living with us. We also renovated the house which included adding a master bedroom suite for me and my husband. Long story short, I gained back 90 pounds. Sad but true. How could I let that happen? Stress, stress, and more stress. This whole story could be a novel but it was more excuses and I just stopped caring. Shame on me. A lot has changed in my life since then and I have lost 50 pounds again since January of 2015! I am excited to be back on this path of healthy living and my husband also lost 50 pounds doing a Biggest Loser challenge at his job. Since we are doing this together, then it does help since we support and motivate each other.

My best advice is TAKE BABY STEPS! It makes losing weight so much easier and seem doable after you see the scale going down. Don’t let that scale determine your success either. How do you look and feel? How do your clothes feel? Baggy and loose? Then you know you are on the right path. There will be challenges and bumps. I know firsthand which is why I wanted to update. You never quit fighting. You never give up. That’s the difference. Here is how I lost over 50 pounds each time.

I first started losing weight by not drinking soft drinks. Then I switched to eating whole grains and ditching refined white grains. I incorporated regular exercise a couple months later which gave me more motivation and energy. By taking small baby steps, I have been able to lose 100 pounds and keep it off 18 months later. I plan on sharing my success as well as what didn’t work for me. I have reviews I want to do of exercise programs, diet tips, equipment and much more. I still have about 75 pounds to lose. I haven’t had any loose skin since I am losing weight slowly. I am looking forward to hearing from others with their stories as well as share mine. Thanks for reading and I will add more recipes so we can all share and support each other.

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Comments

  1. Melissa Eschette says:

    OMG. We have do much in common. I have never lost a lot of weight all at one time, but I would lose about 20 or so pounds and then would become disinterested and gain it all back and then some. I have lost 55 pounds since February / March of this year and want to lose 145 more. I look forward to following you. Congrats on your success.

    • Thank you so much and welcome! I hope you will find useful information here as I have so much I want to share. IT is so hard to keep it off and stay motivated. Congrats on your weight loss! That is awesome! You should be very proud of yourself. I will have more baby steps to share as I honestly think one of the keys to losing and keeping off the weight is by doing small steps and building on it. Then turn them into habits. It only takes 30 days for something to become a habit. 😉

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