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I’ve debated all week whether or not to write this post. I’m typically a very open person with how I feel about EVERYTHING (for better and for worse), but for some reason I’ve been very trepidatious about disclosing this post topic. About five minutes ago I decided to just go for it. So here goes …

I have learned a very hard lesson these past few months. I’m fat. HA!

The reason? I’ve gotten older and have not changed the way I’ve eaten my entire life, which is however I wanted! I’ve never had a problem with weight and that is the problem now. The old ways are not working with my older body. And I’m sick of it.

I’m sick of feeling like an alien in my own body. I’m sick of seeing pictures of myself and gasping in horror because I canNOT believe that’s what I look like. I’m sick of tight jeans. I’m sick of being embarrassed. I’m just sick of it. PERIOD!

So I decided to hire a pal of mine who made some very SMART lifestyle changes and successfully fine-tuned her body. Because that’s what I want to do, be smart about it. If I continue on this path I’m destined for strokes, diabetes, heart problems (all which run in my family on both sides, thankfully), not to mention feeling like crap about myself. And I want to nip this in the bud now, not after one of those aforementioned things occurs.

Here’s our start-up plan for me: eat as clean as possible 1200 calories a day, drink tons and tons of water and exercise three times a week.

This is day five. So far I’ve been doing really good.

The goal: lose 40 pounds (or so).

I don’t know why I chose to write about this very personal subject and journey. I’m not really telling you so that I won’t want to quit because I feel pretty durn motivated at the moment. I think it’s that I’ve always laid my heart out to people who’ve read my newspaper columns and now my blog and this is a very real issue that has been burdening me for a long time. So I think it fits here.

Over the next few months and weeks, I hope to write about specific things I’m learning on this challenging journey, including how I’m dealing with Pepsi (my love).

Enough stalling … elliptical, here I come!!!

Categories: Weight loss on the farm


My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

17 replies

  1. Good for you, Ginia! This is the time to ‘git ‘er done’! You are young and it will be a little easier now than later and you will feel sooooo much better!

  2. You go, girl! I was in the same boat last year. Still have a long ways to go, but I am getting there! You can do this!!!

  3. Way to go!!! Throw some of that motivation my way been going for 2 1/2 years 70 or so down and could use another 30 down! Being public about it was one of the best things I did and found tons of support that way!!

  4. Ginia, you look great but I also know how it is to feel like you do about getting those pounds off. You will be even more of an inspiration for blogging about it and reaching your goal, not to mention the support you will receive. Accountability is a great motivator! Trust me….it only gets harder the older you get. Good Luck funny lady!! Love you!

  5. Great article, as always. Well, you know how I feel about being healthy because we always talked about it in the office so I think this is awesome! I used to be a Dr. Pepper ADDICT and I went off of it cold turkey too. The first week or two will be the worst. I know you can probably never remember me as heavy, but there was a time when I did gain quite a bit too, but I lost 30 lbs on my diet and have been able to maintain with those eating habits. Good luck and you can do whatever you set your mind to!

  6. I am also uncomfortable in my own skin these days. (I think it’s that fourth child that does it!) I’m on a modified journey myself. I’m exclusively nursing so I have to have a little more calories. Here’s to bringing sexy back!! Lol

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