“I really believe that our past can really hold us back from growth, so the best thing that we can do is MOVE ON and NOT DWELL.” -Bob Harper
I’m Jennifer and I’m from a small town in southeast Texas. I have been married to my best friend for 10 years. I have 3 kids, “J” is 14, “A” is 8, and “K” is 5, and one very spoiled rotten cat named Annie. I absolutely LOVE Starbucks and will drive the 20 minutes just to go there since we don’t have one in our town. (I seriously need help with that addiction! lol) I am a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan, have been my whole life. I would rather hang with the guys watching the game instead of chatting with the ladies in the kitchen. I am a stay at home mom with a passion for healthy living. This blog started as most blogs, an online journal about my life, past, present, and future. Now I hope to be able to inspire others as they read about my weight loss journey and my continuing desire to live a healthy life.
I haven’t always been on the path to healthy living. At the beginning of our marriage I was a HEALTH NUT, working out 6 days a week, and eating right. Over the years I struggled with emotional and stress eating. I gained and lost weight repeatedly and that alone was taking it’s toll on me. I finally had enough and in January of 2011 I decided enough was enough and it was time to take complete control of my life. From January to November I lost a total of 69 lbs, will 11 more to go. Along the way I discovered how therapeutic blogging really was for me. It is much easier to type words on a page than to say them aloud sometimes. I have been receiving emails, calls, and texts from friends and family asking for advice on eating and working out. I am honored to be able to inspire others to lose weight and reach for their goals. I hope this website will continue to inspire those and you as well.
I am also a survivor. I survived a mostly emotional and sometimes physical abusive relationship that lasted 4 long years. I say sometimes physical because it was never a daily constant, just random. I will never ever regret it though as my oldest son was the blessing that came out of it. I survived 2 major hurricanes…Rita and Ike. Hurricane Rita did major damage to our town, but we were one of the lucky ones that only had minor damage. The worst part was being without power for almost 3 weeks. Hurricane Ike wasn’t so nice. Our town was completely under water. Only 15 houses were spared. Ours was not one of them. We had 4 feet of water in our house and lost everything we owned. I was smart enough to pack every picture I owned when we evacuated and I’m grateful those precious memories were not lost. The entire town was completely devastated but we rebuilt and our town is better than it ever has been. I’m a survivor of my dad’s suicide nearly 15 years ago. I was a senior in high school and my entire world was turned upside down. It’s not something I easily open up about as I don’t like people to look at me differently. It’s a different kind of grief that only those who have been through it understand.
All of my experiences made me who I am today. I’m strong, a survivor and maybe A Little Bit Sassy.