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10 Steps to Take to Get Back to Healthy Living

I have had my fair share of ups and downs when it comes to my weight.

To keep it 100% real, I am currently in an upswing.  It’s annoying, it makes me crazy, I get exhausted just thinking about it but I need to do some real work to get things back under control again.

I don’t discuss the general ups and downs of my life on the blog because despite me having a blog for the past 5 years, I can share that the past 4-6 weeks have been insanely stressful. Did I turn to food–yes. I didn’t eat the really bad stuff that I used to eat in the past (Hello Fast Food) but I have been eating without thinking. Eating at really late times of the evening when I walk in the door, getting seconds at yummy company lunches, and even mindlessly eating because I was bored.

Despite my overwhelming knowledge of nutrition and food habits, I found myself eating away the stress in large amounts. As much as I wish I could discuss, just know, the situations are of various sizes in nature but add up to one big mess.

What to do now?

So I started feeling uncomfortable in my skin, little things started happening: I went to put my hand on my hips and felt a lot more skin than waistline…or when I put on my favorite jeans–they were all of a sudden not my favorite anymore. I got on the scale (despite myself) and realized that I had gained 4 pounds. It may not seem like much, but on my 5’3 frame, 4lbs is almost a full dress size for me. I knew right away I needed to make some serious changes before this all spiraled way out of control.

I know what I need to to right the ship, I’m a veteran at this–so here are 10 Things You can do to Get Back to Healthy Living:


  1. Evaluate what your eating

  2. Make a decision

  3. Stick to the decision

  4. Start tracking your food

  5. Stop beating yourself up because…ish happens

  6. Be intentional with every single thing you eat

  7. Speak with a professional

  8. Celebrate the smallest of victories

  9. Understand the battle that is ahead

  10. Believe

It’s annoying because the last thing I need on my plate right now is weight gain. But it’s here and I need to deal with  it..again. I suppose my main struggle is #10 mostly, believing that I can actually do this, since it’s been so long since it’s worked for me.

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What say you? How do you get back on the horse when there is so many distractions?


Sunday 20th of March 2016

I hear you; I am 5'4.5" so I know the struggle is real. Especially when you are past the age of 40. Just know that you can reverse the cycle with your steps; I journal everything (food and workouts) to see where I slip up and where I need to make changes. I've learned to say no to some of the office parties; they sometimes do more harm than good. You got this!!!?

Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

This post is so timely - I've gained 10lbs over the past few months. AND being 5'3", it shows. It's nice to have a little extra boobs and butt.... but the GUT is soon to follow so I'm trying to make it happen through diet. My new commute is literally killing me softly.


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

oh girl I'm so sorry. long commutes are the absolute worst. When you are this short the pounds have no where to go so it's immediately visible. and completely annoying.


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Nellie, number 6 -- Be intentional with every single thing you eat -- is brilliant! Even if you and your first commenter were tall, 3 or 4 pounds is something to take seriously because that could easily become 6 or 8 pounds and so on. I really think number 6 is going to be very helpful.


Wednesday 9th of March 2016

yes! exactly. I've been super intentional for the past 4-5 days and it's made a huge difference.


Monday 7th of March 2016

Oh, how I feel your pain, Nellie. Breastfeeding had me wanting to eat all the unhealthy stuff all the time. I tried tracking calories, but I just hate that so much. That's why I made the decision to give up all snack food/sweets for Lent. I needed something drastic. I couldn't do it for myself, but I knew I could do it for faith. No lies, it's really difficult. But it's made a big difference already.


Monday 7th of March 2016

My food intake is good it's the moving part that I can't get down. But I am doing better making sure I park away from the store and walking, making sure I do something physical everyday even if it's for 20-30 min. It's been helping a lot!