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I Fell Off the Wagon

In January of last year (2012) I started on a quest to find my health and my happiness.   I went Paleo.  It was an AMAZING year!  I learned so much about eating and about myself.  I learned that I actually liked to exercise, that I liked coconut, that I liked to shop and that I could successfully lose nearly 100 pounds all by myself.

I was happy.

Not necessarily because I had lost so much weight (although that was AWESOME), but because I proved to myself that I could do it.  I felt confident that I could do anything.

Here we are at the end of 2013 and I’m sad to report that I’ve not completely stuck to my paleo life.  I’ve gained weight (although with a broken scale at home I’m not sure how much).  I only know that my favorite clothes from last year don’t fit quite right and that I find myself searching for old clothes in my closet.  I can still squeeze into my favorite purple pants, but I can’t wear them for long because quite frankly, it’s hard to breathe in them.  My guess is that I’ve gained back between 20 and 30 pounds.


We took my son to the water park for his birthday again this year and this time I didn’t go down one slide.  I didn’t want to take my clothes off and reveal that I’d stuffed myself into my bathing suit.

I feel like crap.

I was contacted by a rep for a magazine about doing a story on my successful weight loss.  I was so excited! What a great opportunity!  But then reality hit me and I knew I no longer looked like my “thin” picture.  What a sad reality check.

So here I am.  I’ve tried to stick to Paleo and make wise choices , but sugar cravings and my love of wine have hit me again full force.  I’ll eat Paleo for breakfast and lunch and then bomb myself at dinner.  Or I’ll go off to work and realize I forgot my lunch so off to [insert fast food devil here].  It’s time to get myself back on track.

My #21DSD Grocery List (it’s a big one)!

I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of the new The 21-Day Sugar Detox Book.  It’s everything I know and love about the ebook only better.  More recipes, more tips, LOTS of information.  I’m super excited to start my new #21DSD on Saturday and try out some of the new recipes in this book.  I’ll be posting about my progress on Facebook (of course!) and I’ll be sharing some of the recipes that I like on here.

I’m on a mission to prove that health is a lifelong battle that can be WON.  Just because I had a set back it does not make me a failure.



  1. I began a weightloss journey at the same time and loved to follow along as we reached many of the same goals at the same time. Remember 10lbs a month?!?! Those were the days! I was definitely inspired by you and dropped more than 60lbs for my sisters wedding last December. By the time Summer rolled around this year I started noticing some of the same signs. I slipped. Over and over and over again (I blame wine a little too!) I made bad choices. By August I couldn’t take it and made a big change. I have remained vigilent but do realize that this time I’m going to need to focus a lot more on long term maintenance. My scale helped, when I reached a number that I had plateaued on last year, that was my biggest wake up call. Also, I had to buy new jeans 2 sizes bigger than last year. I guess what I’m trying to say is, we all do it. I am so thankful for all of your hard work because you kept me motivated! And even now as I refocus its helpful to know that I wasn’t the only one who wanted to still makes life long changes. Thank you thank you thank you for everything!

    • Hi Meg! What a nice comment! I had no idea that you were following so closely. That is so flattering. This whole weight loss and health thing isn’t easy is it? It doesn’t help that society puts out so much delicious crap! Good luck to you, too!! Let’s do it! :)

  2. Rhea, despite the setback you are still an amazing inspiration! I think these setbacks are designed to keep us on track. If you never had them, you wouldn’t have reminders about where you have come from and a renewed focus on a healthy lifestyle.

    I actually am doing the 21DSD in November. I don’t have the book, although a friend did refer me over – If I don’t get it, am going to order it on Amazon. I’m doing it one way or another.

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