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Posted on Aug 9, 2010 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 12 comments

246th time might be the charm!

I am a large woman. Er, girl. Lady? Female. Whatever. Voluptuous, curvy, full-figured — whatever you want to call it, I am it. Of course, I’m a lot of other things too, but since people base their first impressions off of looks, and anyone who says that looks don’t matter is a bold-faced liar, this is where we’ll start.

I’ve spent the entirety of my adult life overweight. And here I am, the biggest that I’ve ever been, resolved to FINALLY do something about it (hmm, where have I heard that one before…?) I know it’s going to be rough. And as someone who has probably tried all of the (affordable) weight-loss quick fixes in the path (including those of the dangerously unhealthy variety) it will probably be extra difficult. But that’s kind of where this blog comes in — I’m here to stop hiding. To stop pretending I’m “not that bad”, to stop comparing myself to other, larger people and feel good about my not-quite-as-hefty-as-them stature. To face reality, and say this:

My name is Gretchen, and I weigh 246 pounds. I plan to change that.

Obviously I want to be healthy, live better, and feel better, but in all honesty (and this may sound completely superficial but hey, so am I) I just want to be smaller. Along the way, I’ll be posting recipes, reviews, and of course, the trials and tribulations of what will (hopefully) be the lifestyle change that gets me to where I want to be. Hold me accountable. Lend your support, because I think anyone who has ever dieted knows that it is hardly a success when you have to do it on your own. Here we go!

Height: 5’9″ / 175 cm
Starting weight: 246 lbs
Pant size: 18/20
Shirt size: XL – 1X/XXL


  1. I am so proud of you to start on this journey and I will be here to support you 110%!!!

  2. Congrats Gretch Gretch! I know how hard it is. I took the last two weeks off and I’m dying here. Let me know if I can help 🙂

  3. Gretch, I am so pleasantly amazed what a brave girl you are to face the challenge head on like this — after all, you have that “Shue” blood in you. If you want to find out what “Shue” blood is, ask KP.

  4. I’m so excited for you! Anytime you want to get together and cook healthy dinners you know where to find me…well when you finally come see my apartment 😉 Seriously though, I think this is a great way to keep track of your progress and I can’t wait to see some of the recipes you come up with!

  5. You are so pretty! That, said, I’d love to be one of the people holding you accountable, and hope you’d do the same for me. I’m adding you to my blogroll! 🙂

  6. gretchen, i just saw this through anne’s blog and i do have to echo everyone else. i’m so proud of you, this is a very brave way to hold yourself accountable. best of luck, let me know if i can help in any way….and lastly, thanks for giving me another blog to stalk 😉

    Thanks, Lala! Congratulations on your healthy step too! Jenny told me about you quitting, that’s amaaaaaazing!! Must be something in the air

  7. Congratulations – I am a diabetic and am on a 1600 calorie diet since July 10th and have lost 16 lbs. and dropped my glucose numbers. You can do it. I am 60 and if I can do it you certainly can. I started doing zumba gold at the senior center and walk for one hour every day.
    Good Luck

    Thank you so much – I certainly hope I have the success that you’ve had! I’m starting slow, but hopefully the old story is right and slow and steady wins the race after all!

  8. Congrats! I am on the same journey! Starting out at about the same point (240lbs, 5’9″, yuck!) but I’ve been doing great since I started my blog like 2 months ago! Good luck! Hopefully we can share some tips along the way! 🙂

    Thanks! It’s so great to hear from someone who has literally been in the same shoes as I am right now! Do you find you’re making good progress? You’ll have to pass all of your tips on to me, since I really am at the beginning here!

  9. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I wanted to say congrats on being so honest and taking the first steps. It’s a hard journey but well worth it when you find yourself at the milestones. (I won’t say “when you get to your destination” because it can be an effort far beyond reaching a goal weight.) And it can be done – I started out at ~245 and am now nearly half that. Good luck!

  10. you rock- i am looking forward to following your journey! fyi- I started out at 226 and am 5’2. it was not pretty, but has been so worth it!

  11. i just found your blog and am wishing you the best luck! i like that you are doing everything in moderation. i am back on the straight and narrow (trying to be anyway). i still love my wine though and that has been my achilles heel! i started at 185 at 5’11” about a month and a half ago and have dropped about 9 pounds. i am trying my best to make all my meals from whole foods (as little processed food as i can manage) and eat as many veggies as possible. i really like to make my own balsamic vinaigrette for salad (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, dijon mustard and salt and pepper = delish!) good luck! i look forward to seeing your progress and your recipes :o)

  12. I love you Gretchen! I am going to read your whole blog today and be so excited about all your progress! You are very brave and I am proud of you as well. I miss you A LOT! I wish they would move Richmond and Falls Church so they were next door neighbors!


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