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Hi there! Welcome to Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!


My name is Gretchen (duh!), and I’m 26, half-Chinese, obsessed with polka dots, and living in Northern Virginia — the little city of Falls Church, VA to be exact. Overweight for most of my life, I’m on a journey to lose weight and redefine my previously toxic relationship with food. I started this blog on August 9th, 2010 at 246 pounds. Despite a history with binge eating and other disordered food issues, I successfully lost 60 pounds. I maintained my loss for a couple of years before unfortunately backsliding… and I now find myself having regained almost all the weight I worked so hard to get rid of. I’m back on track, however, and recommitted to taking control of my weight, my health, and my body once again!

The Dreaded Befores

Making progress!

A little about me: I graduated in 2009 from James Madison University (go Dukes!) and currently live and work in Northern Virginia — which is, in my totally and completely unbiased opinion, the best area ever. In December 2012, I published my first novel!

Terra Cover

My full-time job is working for Yelp as the Northern Virginia Community Manager, and, yes, it is just as awesome as it sounds. I also write a monthly column for the Falls Church News-Press. I change my hair color, um, a lot. I am weirdly close to my family, and I have a wonderful boyfriend named Sean who is also half-Asian like me, and that’s really the main reason I like him. (Kidding, kidding!)

I am a lover of good food, time spent with friends, and am moderately (okay, very) obsessed with all things Harry Potter, as well as my two miniature schnauzers: Harry & Daxter. Expect to hear about the two of them, um, a lot.


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  • Read about my lifelong struggles with weight and my decision to start this blog.
  • Find out more about my history with binge eating and depression.
  • Check in on my progress so far and see a few of my “before” & “now” photos!
  • Read my personal tips for losing weight the healthy way in my Weight Loss 101 series.
  • Looking to get to know me better? Take a peek at my Q & A page.
  • And be sure to check out the rest of my top posts too!

  • 186 lbs back in 2011 — I will get there again!

    Please note that I am not a registered dietitian, nutritionist, or medical doctor. Everything written on this blog has come from my own personal experience. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to email me at gretchen@honeyishrunkthegretchen.com. Thanks!

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