Friday, April 9, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Hello, Ultimate Blog Party Blog Hoppers!  I'm Kris, the Christian, homeschooling, now-only-fifty-six-pounds-overweight-instead-of-ninety-five wife to my super-supportive husband Brian and mom to my three great kids, Brianna (14), Josh (10), and Megan (8).

I launched this blog on the Monday before Thanksgiving -- the day I decided that there was no time like the present to do something about my weight.  A lot of people -- myself, included -- thought I was crazy to begin this journey the week of Thanksgiving, but I knew I had to start then or never start.  I'd like to invite you to read my first post, which explains where I was, emotionally, when I began.  It also explains all the Twilight stuff.

Before: 220 pounds
(give or take -- this picture was taken the summer before I began my weight-loss journey)

Although I began my journey the week of Thanksgiving, it wasn't until somewhere in the middle of that first week that my whole attitude changed.  It was then that I realized that all my previous efforts to lose weight had failed not because they didn't work, but because I quit.  It was sometime during that first week that I decided that this time would be different -- that I must do or do not because there is no try.

After: 190 lbs. 
30 pounds down (March 2010)

I host a Weekly Weigh-In on Tuesdays and I regularly share about my struggles and my hang-ups, as well as my triumphs, epiphanies, and dreams.

If you've got a significant amount of weight to loss -- or just want to offer your support -- I hope that you'll subscribe and join me on the journey!

Per UBP guidelines, I'll share that I'd love to win any of the following prizes:

  • #39 -- A gift certificate for any Hilton Gardens hotel (Can you say "date weekend" with dh??)
  • #11 -- A gift certificate (If I can't have the date weekend, a date night would be nice.)
  • #32 -- A $25 gift card to Target (Oh, how I love Target!)
  • #112 -- A $50 gift card to Amazon (What homeschooler wouldn't love more books??)
  • #72 -- A Your Shape game for the Wii (So I could get that last 56 lbs. off)
  • #14 -- 10 custom bumper stickers (Wouldn't that make a fun giveaway?)


  1. Congratulations of your weight loss journey. That is awesome! I need to do that but I'm scared I'm looking down a long road. But some of my friends are starting to have health issues related to their weight, and I'm turning 35 this year, so I know there is no excuse.

    Great meeting you! Have fun at the UBP!

  2. Hi, I'm your newest follower and I can't wait to come back and read more after my darlings are in bed later! Congratulations on all your hard work!

  3. COngratulations on losing that much weight! That is a great accomplishment and I amsure you have the determination to finish your journey. :-) It was nice to find you via the UBP, hope you have fun!

  4. I'm really looking forward to reading more of your blog. Great job on the weight loss.

  5. Congrats on the loss so far!! I'm a new follower. I'm also on WW and I LOVE them! I've had success in the past and it's been so great this time too.

    BTW, LOVE your blog title / header :o)

  6. Hi Kris! Congratulations so far on your weight loss journey! Stopping by from UBP, and will be following along! I have my 3rd weigh in this Monday for Weight Watchers, so I'm right there with you!

  7. Congrats on your weight loss!! I am currently following your blog now. In February I joined TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)and have lost 22 pounds. TOPS is a lot like WW except it is a not for profit org. Keep up the good work!!

  8. Hi! just stopping in for the party! Congrats on your weight loss! I too am overweight and have lost 20 lbs so far. Its a slow process but it will all be worth it. I am 52 years young and I am worried about serious health issues if I don't lose the weight.I Enjoy your blog. Hope you will stop by my blog for a visit. Have a great weekend!

  9. Hi,
    Stopping in from the blog party!

    Oh my goodness, what you wrote is exactly where I am at right now. I thought I was crazy starting the Friday before Easter with a 2 day detox fast but it has been the best thing I have done for myself in a very long time.

    I will be back to follow your blog when I'm signed into my family blog sometime.

    I have a handmade giveaway blog I would love for you to drop by and visit sometime at:

    You can also visit my family blog at

    I'm so glad I found your blog!

  10. I too am on a weight loss journey and revamping my entire diet. If you need any support yourself, you can find my journaling about it here:

  11. Wow, you look great! I am working on my weight as well and 30 pounds is an amazing success - congratulations! :) (Stopping in from the UBP.)

  12. I want a wii game too!

    We homeschool too.

    I'm losing weight too.

    We have a lot in common too.

    Okay, that's going too far. LOL.. I crack myself up.

    Now back to you. I'm having a 12 week biggest loser challenge.

    Each day I'm posting challenges on my fb fan page, blessed quiver, if you are interested. We are all staying really motivated with them.

    anyway, good to meet you!

  13. Congratulations on your weight loss. You can really see it in your face! I am in the process of changing my diet as well and am about 1/2 way there. It feels good to be accomplishing goals!

    Amy @

  14. Stopping by from the blog party. I've got a lot of weight to lose myself. Looking forward to reading more about your journey!

  15. Congratulations on your weight loss! I'm currently struggling to stay on plan with WW.

    Now along for the ride....I'm sure I can learn a thing or two from you!

    Happy partying! ;)

  16. Congrats on the weight loss! Keep it going!

  17. Congratulations on your weight loss...I am bookmarking your site...This is such a fun party and I have already met some of the greatest bloggers... I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs. Stop by for a visit...just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET!

  18. Congrats on your weight loss already. There's never a perfect time to start and I applaud you for going ahead just before Thanksgiving!

    I will definitely be back to read more. I've thought about starting a blog to chronicle my attempt(s) (and help me work through it) but I haven't found the courage yet. Good for you!

    Happy to have found your blog through UBP10!

  19. Good Luck! Also, I can't believe Eclipse will be here in 77 days! That means True Blood (HBO) is coming too!

    Saying Hi from the Ultimate Blog Party! I am also following you now!
    Visit my party post
    I also have a whole bunch of giveaways going on if you wanted to check them out!
    My Current Giveaways

  20. COngrats on your weight loss and sticking to it! I love how commited you are, I go on a diet and a few weeks later I fall off, Your enthusiasm I think is wonderful!

  21. Of all the UBP blogs, I'm so glad I found yours. I've always struggled with my weight, but this past year has been one of the worst. Congratulations on the weight you've lost and the health you've gained.

  22. Hi, Kris, stopping by from the UBP! That is awesome how much weight you have lost! Although I have less to lose, mine is coming off very slowly. I am trying to stay encouraged and keep up the exercise and healthy eating habits. :)

  23. Congrats on your weight loss so far and best of luck with your continued success!! Hope you had fun at the Ultimate Blog Party! I know its over but I'm still partying and visiting some new blogs! :)

    Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
    My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by, say hi, and grab a free tutu making lesson! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest


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