Goodbye Potatoes

So this is where it gets good. Other than giving birth to a human being, this is the accomplishment I am most proud of. I’m not even close to being done, but I’ve stuck to a task longer than I ever have before. I have a tendency to start a lot of “projects” and barely get to the second installment before I’ve lost all motivation and moved on to doing either nothing or something else. Those who know me best understand that I have the best of intentions and very little follow through when it comes to my own personal assignments.


First photo is approximately September/October 2013. Second photo is after about 30/35 pounds lost.


First photo is at my current weight of 158.5. Second photo is unknown weight, but before I started losing.

On January 4, 2015, I made the decision to quit being a mopey, sorry assed person and be in control of my own destiny. As my last post stated, I started at 202.2 pounds, with a BMI of 38.2 (Obese Class II). I lost the most weight between 1/4/15 and 6/15/15. At the end of June, my boyfriend and I took a weeklong epic trip to Vegas and it’s been slow and steady since then. I’ve had some serious self control issues the past couple months and this is one of the reasons I am starting this blog. My other reason for documenting my progress is because by this time next year, I’d like to be a certified personal trainer. I can’t do that unless I can prove that I can meet my goals, be healthy, productive and motivate others to do so for themselves.


First photo was after about 20 pounds lost. Second photo is at 160 lbs.

Here is a snapshot of where I am right now. (I gained 3 pounds this past weekend in Breckenridge)

  • Height 5’1″
  • Weight 158.5
  • BMI – 30.0 (overweight)


  • Upper Arm – 13.5 in
  • Bust – 40 in
  • Waist – 35.5 in
  • Hips 44 in
  • Thigh 25 in

I did not take measurements when I started my journey, but I was in a size 18 pant that was too tight. I refrained from ever buying a 20, but I know I should have. In total, I’ve lost 43.7 pounds so far. I did this by going very low carb and CICO (Calories In, Calories Out). I have stayed between 1100 and 1400 calories a day.

Now the fun part!! 😛

I am setting a goal to lose 25 pounds before the end of this year. If I can lose more, that would be a bonus, but 25 pounds is a solid 2 pounds a week which is hard enough to attain. I am going to do this with a modified 90 day challenge. Starting tomorrow, I will weigh in daily, take measurements weekly and post progress pictures every 2 weeks. I will be blogging my daily weight, food diary and workouts on a daily basis. I welcome any comments, questions or input.

Here’s how I’m going to do it.

My TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) needs 1816 calories to maintain my current weight. I need to create a deficit of 1000 calories a day to lose 2 pounds a week. I am not going to be able to do this strictly by eating less so I’m adding in a lot of extra movement.

My daily goal for max calories will be 1100. I am going to do Beach Body 30 Day Challenge and C25K to create the added calorie burn. In addition, I will make sure to get at least 10,000 steps per day and take time to meditate and use the sauna. After the 30 day Beach Body Challenge, I will be doing the Insanity Workout for the next 60 days. I will be eating back calories over my 1000/daily deficit. This is going to be really hard. But I know I can do it. It’s only 90 days, and it will get me to a stronger, healthier, happier me. I’ll be able to start 2016 proud that I accomplished so much and it will give me the added confidence to start my personal trainer certification.

Please stay with me on this journey. I would love the added accountability, support and of course, if I can help you in any way at all, I am here for you!!

Love & Light – Lainey


2 thoughts on “Goodbye Potatoes”

  1. That’s a hell of a commitment. Be careful when you’re trying to lose that fast that you get enough sleep. Oddly, recent studies have shown that weight loss goes better if you get enough sleep.
    When I walked in the kitchen yesterday to give you those cables for a brief second I didn’t recognize the new you. You’re changing so fast and doing so good.


    1. Thanks so much for the advice and also the compliment! I appreciate both. 🙂 I am wearing my Fitbit to bed again, so as to track my sleep, and I’m meeting my goal of 7+ hours of actual sleep time. I am going to keep monitoring it too. Love you!


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