Is Honesty the Best Policy?

Is Honesty the Best Policy?

The Update I Have Been Dreading


 

Healthy Fresh Salad Ingredients 

Is honesty the best policy? Well we will soon find out. When I started this blog back in February 2015 I made a promise that I would be honest and transparent about the ups and downs of my new reality. I have been dreading this update, but here it goes. 

I was feeling overwhelmed with a few projects that were my plate. Between maintaining the blog and meal planning I started to feel burnt out. There is so much work that goes into this blog each week. I spend about 4-6 hours each day preparing the blog. But don’t worry, the actual amount of work from your side of things is not nearly that big of a commitment, I have done all of the work for you except the actual cooking😊. However, the meal planning and diet analysis are a huge undertaking.  I do love the blog and do find the process very therapeutic in coping with my disease, I just reached a point that I needed a break.

I decided to take the last few months off of the meal planning portion of the blog. I still ate healthy, but was not strictly controlling my portions. After 8 weeks off I stepped back on the scale and hit probably one of the lowest points of my journey so far.

In only 8 weeks, taking a break from strict meal planning, I have gained everything back. I can’t believe I am about to share this, I now weigh 205 pounds.

One of my biggest hesitations for sharing this update is that I was honoured to be asked to share my success on television and radio. When you reach that level of media you feel like you should be bona fide expert in the weight-loss field. But friends I am just as human as everyone else struggling with a weight-loss journey.

I feel like I have completely let you all down. I have been so touched by the number of you who have told me that I have inspired you. I am hoping that in the midst of my failure I can inspire by being honest with my genuine struggles with this journey.

I guess this set back reveals how VITAL strict meal planning is for weight loss. I cannot afford to take a big break from meal planning. Proper portions are so important to maintain a proper weight. Back to actually measuring out a tablespoon and not estimating. When you estimate, or maybe it is just me, but when I estimate I am usually hungry so a tablespoon turns into a 1/4 cup! 

Moving forward I need to find a more sustainable way of maintaining the blog. My recipes may become less elaborate and you will likely see repeats. I believe I have moved away from the original focus of this blog. I have felt like I needed to provide a new beautiful and elaborate recipe for every single meal. No one has put that on me, I have done that to myself. I need to step back, simplify, and refocus on my diet analysis. 

I think that one of the most sustainable plans for me to follow is 4 days strict eating and 3 days smart eating. What I mean by that is for 4 days of the week follow a meal plan meticulously with precise portion sizes, and for 3 days don’t worry about following a plan, but still be very conscience about what and how I am eating. 

Back to square one and back to a strict meal plan. Meal planning has clearly become a necessary lifeline for me to cope with this disease. I hope you are still interested in following my journey. Thank you so much to everyone for your support throughout my journey of living with ARVC.

Here are my latest pictures: Fitless flavor Journey take 2!

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12 Comments

  1. Oh friend, I don’t think any, or at least not the majority of people who are inspired by you are inspired by your numbers on the scale. Its the beauty you have created from a tough situation. Its the determined smile to not let life get you down. You know, “lemonade out of lemons”. You are still every bit of an inspiration, you are still every bit the woman so many are grateful for because of the recipes and help you offer freely to us but at cost to you. I understand that in a way the numbers are important. For you they can track progress in regards to your health long term. So it is good to see you have not given up, but instead took a step back and made the changes you saw necessary to continue on making healthy decisions. The rest of us, however, are inspired by your attitude!! So thanks πŸ™‚

    1. Oh Steph!!! Tears! Your words have bolstered my heart! thank you so much friend! You have uplifted and encouraged me tremendously! Xooxxooo!

  2. Okay, my dear, just know that I am following you from afar, but always feel close in my heart!! Know that you have so many on your side! Looking forward to hearing so many good things from you!! “Onward and upward!!”

    1. Oh Sandy! It always makes my heart so happy to hear from you. Thank you so much for taking the time to send me such kind and encouraging words! It means so much to me! I feel so loved!

  3. Hey Lauren

    Don’t sweat the time off. Stuff happens and you just have to let it go and laugh about it, and move on. Think of it as a learning experience. I love reading your blog and your recipes are very inventive. Keep up the good workπŸ‘

    1. Awww! Thank you Pat! I so appreciate the encouragement! I am so glad you enjoy the blog, this makes my heart happy!

  4. Most definitely interested in following your blog. All that you have done is prove that you are human & that it does not mean that you have to give up because you slipped. There is nothing wrong with repeats, that is what we actually do in real life when we find something that we really like.

  5. Girl – i love your authenticity. No one is perfect. Struggle through a disease will have its highs and lows. You are inspiring. You are real. You are passionate.

    He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
    He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
    To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
    To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
    When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
    When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
    When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
    Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
    Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
    Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
    Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
    The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
    His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
    His power no boundary known unto men;
    For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
    He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

    May you catch glimpses of his steadfast love and find and anchor for your soul . xoxox

    1. Dallas thank you so much for your encouragement and for taking the time to share these absolutely beautiful words with me. It means so much more than you know!

  6. Lauren – you are amazing! By no means have any of us felt discouraged by what you deem as your failure. First and foremost, it’s not! It’s called life. Life in never a failure. God works in every aspect of our lives – ups and downs.
    We are all in this mom, healthy, God loving, living thing together.
    ❀️

    1. You are amazing! Thank you so much for these kind words, you have uplifted my heart tremendously!

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