I made a pact with myself that I would share photos as I went through various phases of this “wellness process” – not a very comfortable thing for me to do. Nope. Not at all.

And honestly, there aren’t very many of them to show, either.

But, sometimes you have to do what you really don’t want to do. 

This is one of those times.

So, here goes.

The first photo below was taken Sept. 30, 2015, at World Dairy Expo in Madison. I started my “wellness journey” the following Monday, Oct. 5.

(Photo credit: Randy Blodgett, All-Breeds Blog)
WDE 2015

The photo below was taken Feb. 14, 2016.

What a difference four months and losing 48.7 pounds makes. 


Photo 1

I’m not quite halfway there yet, but I’m still making steady process.

I’m all about transparency and full disclosure. Is it embarrassing to share details about my weight? Nah.


I’ve done far more embarrassing things than losing weight, let me tell ya’.


Succeeding is not embarrassing: it’s freeing and humbling.

And pretty awe-inspiring, actually.


Weigh date Weight
Monday, February 15th 189.0 lbs
Tuesday, February 9th 190.4 lbs
Monday, February 8th 192.5 lbs
Tuesday, February 2nd 193.8 lbs
Monday, January 25th 195.4 lbs
Monday, January 18th 198.9 lbs
Monday, January 11th 200.0 lbs
Monday, January 4th 202.5 lbs
Tuesday, December 29th 206.7 lbs
Monday, December 21st 205.8 lbs
Tuesday, December 15th 208.7 lbs
Tuesday, December 8th 210.6 lbs
Tuesday, December 1st 212.2 lbs
Monday, November 23rd 213.0 lbs
Monday, November 16th 216.6 lbs
Monday, October 26th 222.4 lbs
Monday, October 19th 223.4 lbs
Tuesday, October 13th 226.0 lbs
Monday, October 5th 237.7 lbs


This personal experience is like so many in my life and, most likely, yours as well.

Taken alone, as a single incident, each step exists as only a blip on the screen.

Steps taken together, however, form a pattern, create a fuller picture, and write a more complete story.

I may be halfway (or more, who knows?) through my life, but damn it, my story has just started. I have many more steps to take, some on a mapped path and others unscripted.

It takes courage to put one foot in front of the other. To move forward. Step by step.

Fear can force you to fall backward. Or simply not to move at all.

I’ve stood still so long that I’m surprised my feet aren’t permanently affixed to the ground.

It’s not just about losing weight. Losing weight, choosing wellness, any or all of that – it takes a certain amount of courage. One can physically see the difference when one loses weight. What one cannot physically visualize, however, are the other changes happening to a person. The process often exposes things that one may not immediately see or want to accept.

But if you’re at that point where you’re ready…then do it.

Is it easy? Nope.

Is it worth doing? Yes, it is.

Be courageous. Be honest. Trust yourself. 

Pull together your inner circle

You’re worth it.