A 25 Pound Very Personal Journey

I wish I could have written this post a couple of months ago! If I did, then it wouldn’t appear to be a New Year’s Resolution…that’s something I really DON’T want it to be. You see, I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions (I’ve never kept a SINGLE one!).

Here's what I think of Resolutions

Image from here.

That and my resolution actually took place two months ago!

For those of you who have followed my blog, you know that in the past two years (YES I’ve been doing this lil bloggin’ thang for TWO years), I have:

  • travelled A LOT…London, Vegas, Paris, Venice, San Fran, London, Edinburgh, Vegas…
  • and I’ve definitely eaten my share of Baconators (Praise the Lard)
  • and consumed two or three “libations” (perhaps why @worldbars @askbartenders @digitaldrink @greygooseRSVP @winerestaurants @kingestates @spiceboxwhisky @cocktaildeeva @dirtandmartinis @boozedandinfused @… all follow me on Twitter?…all lovely folks who I LOVE to interact with BTW so if you tweet you should follow them :)
  • and spent a wee bit of time sitting on my butt studying Chemistry, my Twitter feed, my Facebook feed, Eric on True Blood, and taking “selfies” and food shots over on Instagram

Well, to say that those “regular” habits of over-consumption, couch, and computer time have taken their toll on my health and my weight (and taught me how to crop, photoshop, and see 4 seasons of True Blood in 2 weeks) would be an understatement!

Now, I knew I had gained some weight, but I also (fortunately/unfortunately) possess enough fashion skills to be able to hide quite a bit through wardrobe (that’s a whole other post my friends, but read on because I do give another kind of fashion tip further down if you do). The problem is that I was apparently also hiding it from myself.

So what was my wakeup call you ask? Well, as you recall, back in August I began the arduous process to move and revamp this site. Along with that came the need to review old posts and pictures…and what I saw during that review process shocked me!! After looking over two years of “selfies”, I could no longer sit in denial about my weight.

Now don’t get me wrong…like I said, I thought I had gained a LITTLE weight so I kept saying to myself that right after Christmas…New Year’s…the trip to Maui…Easter break…the trip(s) to London, my birthday…hubs’ birthday…our anniversary…(see where I’m going with this?) I’d start to change my ways. Alas, there was always something on the horizon that caused me to push the pause button on setting a solid plan into action for my LITTLE problem.

Until the photos…

I immediately went to the scale and was blown away to find I had gained 25 pounds over the course of ONE year (considering I hadn’t given birth, that statement right there deserves a paragraph all on its own)!!!

So where’s this PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE that no longer allowed my right brain to over-ride my left? Right here…not exactly swimsuit shots (I have them, but you didn’t really think I was going to post those did you?). Instead, I found more blog appropriate photos, even if they are not nearly as revealing.

The first is from October 2011 wearing my pencil thin True Religions, quite comfortably in a healthy weight range of 140 lb for my 5’8″ frame:

UrbanCountryStyle October 2011

Compare that to this October 2012’s post where the same brand of jeans I was wearing were 3 sizes bigger than the ones from the previous year (denial apparently still shops!), yet they were way too tight! Note all the pulls and wrinkles along the leg compared to the previous photo!

 UrbanCountryStyle October 2012

Not so bad you say? Well consider that’s 25 extra pounds of butter and an unhealthy 165 lb. under those jeans that are three sizes bigger…and at 25 pounds a year, this had the potential to be a problem that grew, so to speak! In just another year, I’d be pushing 190!

Ok, so I’ve read this far Suzie…where’s the fashion tip?

I’ve mentioned this before…take photos of yourself in your outfit before you head out the door. For some reason, our brains don’t really register what we look like when we simply do a mirror check. Instead, we see and focus on the bits and pieces of what we want to see (perhaps a psychological protective mechanism?). It’s as if we can’t take in the whole picture at once. But if you take a picture, you will quickly see IT…whether an outfit either needs an addition or a deletion somewhere? Does that purple scarf REALLY work or does it clash? I really don’t need an arm party AND a neck party at the same time…trust me…you’ll notice something practically every time. So why, given how many photos I take, didn’t “I” see the additional weight before, you ask? Like a bad accessory or outfit choice, why couldn’t I see the extra 25 pounds?

I think in part it’s because my head was cut out of photos for posting…I’m sort of disassociated from my body when I do this I guess. I deliberately do this for two reasons, one is because I want you to see the outfit in the posts and imagine it on yourself…I don’t want me to be the focus. It wasn’t until I sat down to put photos together to make a collage for the new blog that I couldn’t help but see the difference! It was the side by side comparison that really put this issue in focus for me…kinda like seeing your high school year book picture and a picture of yourself now! You don’t see how much you’ve changed when you look in the mirror NOW, but you sure do when you compare to other photos.

Right then and there I decided that it no longer mattered what time of year it was, the time to change was NOW. And that was that! I DID IT! Sounds too easy right? But I have to say the toughest part of changing my ways was actually leading myself out of denial and making up MY MIND that it was time.

And so began my journey toward health and wellness that began 8 weeks ago. And magical things have happened since that decision, let me tell you!

But, I’m sure y’all are tired of the story for today, and as the old saying goes “the mind can only absorb what the butt can withstand” so I’ll give you a break and end this with Part Two on Sunday. And don’t worry, this is not a sponsored post and I’m not on any shake/juice/paleo/atkins/inject diet.

I just want to share my story of what and who helped me with my process (in fact, she has no idea I’m sharing this with you) although I guess I have to tell her now.

But before I leave, can you tell me if you’ve set a resolution for the New Year? And if so, have you made the same one before and broken it, or were you successful? Do you look at old pictures of yourself to see how you’ve changed…even if they were only from last year?

I’m dying to know! Why? Because we can all learn from each other

‘Til Tomorrow Y’all!


18 Comments on A 25 Pound Very Personal Journey

  1. Tracy
    January 7, 2013 at 5:31 AM (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, this is soooo me! Six 4/6 and “woke up” a year later to find me an uncomfortable size 10. Just got back on it.

  2. Shawna K
    January 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM (3 years ago)

    Great post Suzie! You’re real and we all can relate to you. I mean who else is going to say ‘Praise the Lard!’? (Even when our lard isn’t so praise-worthy.) You’re an inspiration. Thanks for your honesty.

    • Suzie Salmon
      January 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM (3 years ago)

      :))) Thank you Shawna!

  3. Tracy A
    January 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM (3 years ago)

    Thank you for being real and honest. I am going through weight struggles and appreciate the honesty. I look forward to your journey.

  4. Tracy A
    January 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM (3 years ago)

    Thank you for being honest and real. I have been struggling in the last 20 yrs with my weight. Every year I think I will do things differently. But every year I fail. I appreciate your honesty and understand I am not alone in this struggle. I look forward to your journey and hope I can follow in your foot steps. So 2013 can be a can do and not another didn’t do. Carpe Diem!

    • Suzie Salmon
      January 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you for sharing with us! I really hope when you read tomorrow’s post you’ll find something in there that will help. I know it has been working for me, and that I feel better than I have in years!
      Carpe Diem is right girl!

  5. Sandy
    January 5, 2013 at 7:28 AM (3 years ago)

    I really appreciate your honesty…I’ve been tiptoeing into your blog for over a year and upon reading your post yesterday…I am so completely hooked by your “put it out there cause it’s me” attitude.

    I’m watching, I’m reading and I’m motivated!

    • Suzie Salmon
      January 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM (3 years ago)

      Sandy, I absolutely love meeting those who tip toe through! And that you like what you see and read. Some find me a little too abrupt some times, but I can only be me and try to do that with as much compassion and gratitude as I can muster.

      Thanks so much for introducing yourself!!! Have a fantastic day!!!

  6. Kelli
    January 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM (3 years ago)

    It really means a lot to me personally to have you share this Suzie. I have a horrible habit of comparing myself to others and like they say, seeing their best film and my own backroom cuttings. It is so nice to find that the ladies I’ve come to see as friends through the wonder of the Internet are actually real people that share their real struggles and triumphs. I’ve been slowly motivating myself to take better care of my health since this last baby and have begun incorporating small lasting changes to my routine. I can’t wait to read part 2! Thanks for being more than just a fashion role-model for me…you have become someone that I really admire and respect all-around!

    • Suzie Salmon
      January 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM (3 years ago)

      And the tears are flowing freely now!

      Kelli, thank you!!!, you have no idea how much it means to me that powerful women such as yourself can reach out and support each other, and me!, and just how important these connections we are making (virtual or not) are becoming in our fast-paced world.

      I am humbled and will do my best to live up to your respect and in-turn give you the same!

  7. ~the south dakota cowgirl~
    January 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM (3 years ago)

    I love this post. I am on a kick myself- the cowboy and I have decided to use our xbox kinect instead of watch tv every evening. And I am seriously thinking of purchasing some cross country skis. I love to ski, I love snow, and I don’t like running outside in the cold, so I think it’s a perfect compromise!

    • Suzie Salmon
      January 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM (3 years ago)

      Jen, I think half the battle is won when you decide to get moving. For me, the other half was figuring out what was the most effective way for me given I am never in one spot for very long! I’m happy to report I’ve found it!!!

      Oh, and I haven’t tried x-country skiing, I prefer a more solid snowshoe underneath me :) but I hear it’s a kick a$$ cardio session for sure.

      Thanks for taking the time to share girl! We all learn from each other and I really appreciate you chiming in.

      • ~the south dakota cowgirl~
        January 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM (3 years ago)

        I feel like I move a lot but it’s still not enough based on how we eat around here, and since Zach’s mom loves us with food, the compromise will have to come with me doing more. I don’t sit still too much, but I’m sitting still too much for how I eat. So I will have to find that compromise. Snowshoeing never has looked like great fun to me. We’ll see how my skiing idea pans out! We usually have enough snow to keep one busy all winter and I could just strap them on and head out through a pasture!

        • Suzie Salmon
          January 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM (3 years ago)

          Jenn, you are really going to want to read tomorrow’s post…(yes, that’s a cliff hanger).

  8. Thea
    January 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM (3 years ago)

    Great post, Suzie! I am in the same boat – though I’ve known for sometime that it was a problem. I’m not really one for resolutions, though I am resolving to be a better in touch (with actual talking not just fb and twitter!) friend, I have also decided that now that I’m all moved it’s time to commit to some healthier eating and exercise habits. Looking forward to the next chapter of this story …

    • Suzie Salmon
      January 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM (3 years ago)

      Thanks for sharing Thea! I really think supporting each other regardless of the medium is so vital to our successes. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how I’m managing this process! It really is all about developing good habits and I love how I finally found the dedication to do that!


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