My Frump to Fit: Size 24 to Size 6

2007, 2012 & 2014

Before I really get into this...  This is only my journey.  This is what worked for me.  This is not what I recommend or suggest but simply telling my story.  Many people have asked me what I did, do or are doing to get my weight down.  A LOT!  Well it doesn't feel like a lot to me because it's become my life and I'm in love with it!

  • 2007 - Bought a size 20/22 ball gown for my first Marine Corps Ball in San Diego.  This is after being fitted for a bridemaid's dress...22 top and 24 bottom.  No my friends...those are not inches.  I cried a lot, grabbed my foot long 3 cheese Wawa sub with mayo & a bag of cool ranch doritos and drown my sorrows.
  • 2008 - Had my beautiful baby boy!  He actually did all the hard work for me!  During my pregnancy with him I had an aversion to fast food and greasy food.  OH the heartburn!  Oh the massive amounts of tums!!!  After he was a month old, I was down to a size 16 in women's clothing.  Sadly, I went back to the bad eating though.
  • 2009 - I had been staying steady between 16 & 18 when we discovered I was pregnant with Lilli.  ...WORST SICKNESS EVER!!!  I literally ate Ellios pizza for the first trimester because nothing else would stay down.  Ran the risk of gestational diabetes again...  I ate horribly but I was active!  Chasing Aiden that is.
  • 2010 - Lilli was born!  One month later in my 16s again!  Another thing was born shortly after...Nicole Michelle's Creations.  I was a busy woman!  I had a 2 year old, a breastfeeding baby and a sewing business!  Enter in nutrition of coffee and m&ms.  Yes, I did that.  Got down to a 14 with that diet of coffee and chocolate.
  • 2011 - Our first big move from NC (where I finally felt at home) to California.  Halfway through the move...pregnant with Isabel.  By the time we got to our destination I had already gained 16 12 weeks.  CRY!!!!
  • 2012 - Isabel was born!  And afterwards...size 18.

This brings us to the serious beginning of the effort after all the wrong ways.

May 2012

  • Moved into our home in Jacksonville, NC.

June 2012

  • Foot down!  No more junk food on the grocery list.
  • No more soda on the grocery list.
  • No more candy.
  • Searching for healthy recipes...  Still searching.
  • And began blogging 🙂

July 2012

August 2012

    • Friend contacted me about Advocare.
    • Prepared cabinets for clean eating.
    • Downloaded MyFitnessPal.
    • Broke down and began therapy for the beginning to everything.  My goal for a fit mind, fit body & fit soul.  I was working on me.  My past, my body image.
    • Began using the xBox Kinect.
    • Began to listen to the free lessons to help with over or emotional eating from
    • Found Blogilates.  So much easier to do youTube workout videos that are short during nap time!
    • Began to work on proper posture.  My abs killed!
    • One ice cold water first thing in the morning!
    • 80/20 food rule.  80% of the time eat healthy and 20% of the time indulge.

September 2012

October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

January 2013

  • Doing 3 different tummy crunches 50 each a night
  • Using elliptical on off running days

February 2013

  • Pregnant.
  • Finished 10K program
  • Bought a treadmill

March 2013

  • Started a thyroid medication to help get it back under control during the pregnancy.
  • Half Marathon training.

April 2013

  • Started taking spin class for cross-training.
  • 30 day squat challenge
  • Push-ups every night still
  • Ran a half marathon!!!

May 2013

June 2013

  • Blueberry Festival 5K

July 2013

  • Stroller Warrior's "I ran to Afghanistan" campaign
  • We started menu planning
  • Sand-sational 8K

August 2013

  • Ran the Run to Remember Sgt Pyaett 5K

September 2013

October 2013

  • By the 7th, normal clothes again!!!
  • Cleared for exercise!
  • Started to work in some push-ups and planks
  • Started the Fit Foodie blogging!

November 2013

  • Hampstead Turkey Trot 8K
  • Yoga class once a week
  • 30 Day Guns, Buns & Abs Challenge
  • Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30

December 2013

  • Santa Shuffle 5K
  • Plank Challenge
  • Marathon training!
  • Completed the Stroller Warrior’s “I ran to Afghanistan” campaign for 250 miles!

January 2014

February 2014

  • Been searching for a new protein powder...decided on Jay Robb Whey Protein!
  • Bars...I've been testing tons!  Love love love Think Thin Brownie Crunch and Pure Protein Chocolate Deluxe
  • New sweets quencher - Luna Protein Bars Choc Chip Cookie Dough & Peanut Butter
  • Got a caliper and finally had a good measurement!
  • Doing a short tummy workout and butt workout plan in the mornings before eating any calories.
  • Glass Slipper Challenge!  Enchanted 10K & Princess Half Marathon in one weekend!

March 2014

  • Been earning money for my good habits on the app Pact
  • Shamrock Anthem Half Marathon
  • Cherry Point Half Marathon
  • 30 day squat challenge
  • Started seeing a chiropractor to help with old spine issues from a car accident.
May 2012 & Now

This brings us to the now.  The point that I am at...fighting for the final few pounds before I switch to lowering my body fat more.  It's a lot.  I will not ever deny that but it was worth it.

Overall loss from where my story began:  92.9 lbs

Body Fat Loss: 17.8% (since 8/2012)

Total Inches Lost: 34.3" (since 8/2012)

From a size 22/24 to a size 18 to a size 6!