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My original methods for weight loss included strict calorie counting (between 1500 – 1800 per day) and generally making my lifestyle (that of a junk food eating couch potato) healthier. Since losing my original 60 pounds but then unfortunately gaining almost all of it back, sigh, I’m going back to my weight loss roots. Calorie counting, increased activity, whole foods. For those of you who are interested in how I did lose the original weight, I detail my weight loss method and tips in the Weight Loss 101 section of the blog!

If you read this page back when this blog was created, you would have seen that I posted a specific goal weight of 165 pounds. Since then, I’ve come to realize that this entire journey isn’t about a specific number, but about me living healthy and free from my toxic relationship to food. That being said, I do still think that 165 is a good general point to aim for, but I am not 100% dead set on it. As long as I can say that I’m happy and healthy, I know that I’ll be in the right place.


Allright, so to get myself into the right mindset of posting pictures as things develop, here are a few starters. I do have my official “Before” photos (in an embarrassing bikini and everything!) as well, but here are a few fully-clothed ones for posterity’s sake.


December 2009 – 246+

March 2010 - 246+

March 2010 – 246+


July 2011 – 186

Work Hard, Play Hard

December 2011 – 200

April 2012 - 188

April 2012 – 188

January 2013

November 2012; 190

December 2013 - Almost back to where I started...

December 2013 – Almost back to where I started…


  1. My advice to you on the eating front is to make sure you’re eating enough or else you will set yourself up to fail. I’d aim to not go much below 1500 – you don’t want to set yourself up to binge b/c you get too hungry! Just go by how you feel. Lots of little meals is my other recommendation 🙂

  2. Gretchen! I’ve been following your blog via facebook (it’s always on my news feed!) and it’s awesome! You’re a great writer and it seems like you’re doing amazing. I hope all is well! =)

    • Thanks Sarah! It’s so great to hear from you — I hope that you’re doing well, too!

  3. Gretchen,
    You look fabulous sweetie! I’m so proud of you!!!!

  4. Girl you can do this! I am so enthusiastic about watching your progress. This is a super honest website and I really think your honesty is so great!

  5. Hey Girl! You are so inspirational. Keep up the great work. I am so happy we met this weekend. I hope to see you and all the other DCers sometime again soon!

    • Girrrrrl, right back at you! We fellow “afters” (well, perhaps in my case it’s still a “during”, hahaha) need to stick together. SO glad we met this weekend – do NOT be a stranger! 🙂

  6. AMAZING progress. You are inspiration! I love looking at the ups and downs of your numbers and seeing that you never give up. My goal is to lose between 60 and 70 lbs. Your journey is even more motivation for me. So glad I found your blog, and can’t wait to keep reading.

    • Thank you, Julia! Here’s to going onward and downward! 🙂

  7. hey read ur blog today thru caloriecount.. ur story is great n very inspirational.. but i m feeling a bit sad because today my weight is exaxtly 146 lbs 🙁 🙁

    • sorry for the error… today my weight is exactly 246lbs … same wt as urs when u started…. i have a long way to go 🙁

      • Don’t be discouraged about that! I was surprised at how quickly I went from 246 to under 210. It’s just been these last pounds that have taken a while! You got this. 🙂

  8. amazing! such an inspiration! thanks for sharing your story!

  9. New Fitness goals for Gretchen that don’t start with the word ‘Run’:

    1. Complete a relay marathon.
    2. Love a Zumba class.
    3. Go Ape 🙂
    4. Etc.

    How do you feel about softball?

    • Haha! Agreed!

      And as for softball, I haven’t played since 8th grade so I can’t really say. I’ll admit to generally wanting to stray from things that mean a ball to the face though!

  10. Came across your site looking for a recipe for milled flax as chicken breading. 😀 Thanks Google! Anyway, I’ll be bookmarking the site to track your progress. I’m starting a similar journey myself. Congratulations on the success and may it continue!

    • Thanks Chad! I love hearing about how people stumble across this little space of the interwebs. Good luck on your journey as well!!

  11. I just want to say I find your blog truly inspiring. I began my weight loss journey 6 months ago with http://www.fullbar.com. So far I have lost 30lbs and have more energy then I did 5 years ago. Fullbar allowed me to realize when I am starting to get full and to stop eating. It has been a life changing experience and I recommend for anyone to try it and thank you for inspiring me!

  12. just stumbled across your site and i am in love with it! i am trying to lose 20 pounds and it is proving diffcult, thank you for inspriring me to try harder! you are beautiful(before and after the weight loss)!

  13. The progress you’ve made is really amazing! You almost reached all your goals. Good luck to you to reach the remaining goals!

  14. Hi! I was reading your blog and I although I am excited for you to meet your goals, I noticed that you haven’t posted in a while. Does that mean you are no longer trying to reach your goal? Or are you just not blogging about it anymore? I am a physical therapist and have recently lost weight using Advocare supplements. I am now an independent distributor for AdvoCare and would love to help you. I can provide weight loss, nutrition and exercise (if you want) coaching. My website is http://www.advocare.com/130738850. Hoping to hear back from you!

  15. Wow! You are so inspiring! I recently started blogging about my weight loss journey for accountability on myself. Im so glad I found your blog because I feel like Im not alone. Thanks for your honesty. Check out my blog and tell me what you think. xoxo

  16. Hi Gretchen,
    I found your website today. Three winters in one year, an eating disorder and some trauma later, I’ve finally managed to do what I promised I would never do. I’m overweight. At 174cm and 80kg, I have a BMI of 26.4. So no, I’m not that overweight, but for someone who naturally hangs around the skinny side of “normal”, yes… yes I am.

    I feel sluggish. I feel crap. I have high cholesterol, and a fatty liver. The last two are actually a product of the eating disorder, not the post-disorder weight gain, but I know that getting healthier will help those as well.

    I’ve been thinking for a while about how I can make myself accountable to others regarding my health. A friend of mine suggested writing on my blog, to make myself accountable to the internet, but considering my health history I don’t really want all the people who know and care for me to be reading about it, stressing that I am restarting unhealthy habits, rather than starting healthy ones. So for now I have made a promise from today on tumblr; that everyday, post workout, I will take a selfie and post it.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for having the courage to create such a wonderful website. I have loved reading your posts today. You’re incredibly inspiring!


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