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Posted on May 30, 2011 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 36 comments

Memorial Weigh-In

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! This is going to be super quick because I’ve got places to go and people to see (ha!). No, seriously though, it’s a holiday, I am NOT at work right now, and I am going to enjoy it! Not before I report on this past week’s weigh-in findings though. Prepare yourselves.

Drumroll please…

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 195.5 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 193.2 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -2.3 lbs
Total Loss-to-Date: 52.8 lbs.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!! Omgomgomgomg, I’m sooooo happy! I seriously think this is my first real two-pound loss in, ummmm, forever. Finally some real progress! Guess returning to all that strict calorie counting is working, eh? Holy crap, I’m officially in the low 190s. Which means, I’m super close to being in the 180s! Which I don’t think I’ve been in since high school. Yay! A good way to start the day. 🙂

And okay. In celebration of this weigh-in, since I am estatic to finally be making some real progress after what feels like months and months of going nowhere, I am going to do something moderately humiliating. The following are pictures of me on vacation with my family in St. Maarten in December 2009.

Gretchen Swimsuit St Maarten BEFORE tankini.jpg
St. Maarten Bikini BEFORE - ew.jpg

Aside from the fact that my sister is just so, so cool, yes. That is me in a swimsuit. In my bikini. “Befores.” Blech. And the following is me at the pool this past Saturday:


Okay, I can’t say too much here because I have to hit the “Publish” button before I wuss out on posting these pics, but there you have it. Me in all my 50-lbs lost, barely clothed glory. Hahaha… ha? I like to think that this is a pretty good showcase of the progress I’ve made, and not just in actual pounds lost. At this time last year I would have been squatting in my chaise under my coverup, trying not to draw attention to myself (do you have any idea how long I had to search just to find some pics of me in old swimsuits? Let alone that bikini shot. And you can see why, haha!) But this year, I’m borrowing a little of Samantha‘s bikini confidence and just going for it. I’ve worked hard for my body so far! It deserves to get some sun, too. Hehe.

So that’s all folks. An encouraging weigh-in, some embarrassing progress pics, and me saying Happy Memorial Day, and enjoy your holiday!

Have you had a moment when you realized how much your weight loss or healthy journey has changed you? And not just physically, but changed or bettered the person you are inside? For me, I think that moment was Saturday, at the pool. When I realized that it was okay for me not to hate my body. To have confidence that I don’t think I’ve felt in a very long time. 🙂


  1. Hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day and yes, you’ve worked hard..umm…HELLO! 2+ pound weight loss! 🙂 Enjoy it!!

  2. Awesome! You look great in your bikini and I’m so proud that you are willing to share your figure and just put it out there. I myself haven’t quite reached that level of confidence to show myself in pictures in swin suits.

  3. Oh my gosh, girl! You look AWESOME! and SUPER confident, might i add. Love your weigh-in loss, love your swim suit! Congrats!!

  4. Ow! Ow! Hot mama! Congrats on the weight loss! You look awesome!

  5. You look great- but really, did you have to post THAT St Maarten photo? I could have found one that was slightly more flattering for me!! Lol. Love that paisley bikini and the new found confidence 🙂

    • I personally feel that the chosen photo of you Jen screams AWESOME!

      • I concur. It’s a rad photo. You’re trying to judo chop the camera or something! This blog is all about showing what’s REAL Jen, remember? Hahahahahahaha

        • I have no recollection of why i am waving my arms like that in the photo, except maybe there was a wave coming…?

  6. You look really great — congratulations on your success so far! I LOVE the bikini! And, yes, for me, I realized that my weight loss changed me when people started EXPECTING me to do healthy things (eat healthy, exercise, etc) — and started coming to me for advice. I am amazed every day that people see me as a FIT person (65lbs, 8 years ago, and still maintaining the loss!)

  7. Congratulations on the weight loss…and the confidence to post bikini pictures for the world to see! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that paisley bikini! The colors and the print are AWESOME and it looks great on you! Keep up the good work!

    • Thaaaaaaanks! 😀 😀 😀 And btw, the suit’s from Old Navy!

  8. Fantastic job girl!!!!!!!!!! Not only on the weight loss, but for rocking that bikini with confidence and getting out there in the sunshine and LIVING your life instead of hiding!!!!!!!!!!!! Great work!!! I hope you have a fabulous summer strutting around with your healthy self 🙂

  9. You look AWESOME possum!!! 🙂

    But more than the weight loss – it’s your confidence that shines through! That’s where the real change has happened – inside!!!

  10. Mushhhhyyy but I am so proud of you!!! You look so confident and proud and BEAUTIFUL!!! Revel in the weigh-in, you deserve it!

  11. Yayyy, you look AMAZING!!!!

  12. You look great and I’m so proud of you for posting the pictures. I know the feeling of having come so far and wanting to go much further. But you look amazing and look at that picture again and be proud of yourself. You are fantastic.

    • Thank you SO much Cynthia. It is hard not to get caught up in continuing to think about the next step, the next weigh-in, all the pounds I still have to lose. But I’m trying to keep the progress I’ve already made in mind, too!

  13. Hey Cuz! =) You look A.MAZING! Your hard work is paying off, not just on the scale but in confidence as well. Thanks for being an inspiration to so many!

    • Thanks, cuz! 🙂 I’m so excited to see you in a couple of weeks!

  14. What a great week! YOU ARE AMAZING and you look hot, too! Proud of you, girl.

  15. wow, how brave u are to post these pics!! and u look fab! i wish i had ur legs, seriously!! no matter how skinny i am, me calves stay big!

  16. You look fantastic, Gretchen! Watch out Falls Church! Hottie at the pool! xo

  17. Look at those LEGSSS! Girl you are hott 🙂

  18. Impressive in many ways, Gretch!! Don’t forget the sunscreen on all that newly-exposed flesh!!

    • Haha, no worries Pops. I stocked up on my SPF! 🙂

  19. Gretchen, you look amazing! And I love that swimsuit, too. Your blog is so inspirational and fun. 🙂

  20. You look fabulous and the swimsuit flatters you new figure oh so well!

  21. I’m so proud of you for posting this. It takes balls, I know. It’s all about the confidence and even if you don’t have it yet, fake it till you make it!

    That bikini looks great on you! Seriously, you’re owning it.

  22. you look awesome! LOVE the suit!
    And congrats on two lbs lost! keep it up!
    (ok there were several !!!!s oh well! haha)

  23. Looking good girl! Congrats!

  24. Great job! You should be SO proud of yourself Gretchen!!!

    Sarah @ Thinfluenced

  25. I think this is such an admiral post Gretchen – AND I LOVE your bathing suit! It looks like a Vera Bradley pattern (which I happen to LOVE as well!).. Good for you!

    • Thanks Hilary! I try, haha. And I agree, the paisley totally reminds me of Vera Bradley! 😀


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