Half-Way ~Jen

I am currently driving a bus full of American Study Abroad students in the wine region of Western Australia. I have asked some great bloggers to provide guests posts for me.

I have chosen and eclectic mix of guest posters baby-sitters this weekend, because they all have different stories, passions, loves, JOURNIES. I found Jen through my friend Esther and I LOVE JEN! She is a holistic package of real-ness (is that a word), hilarity, honesty, funniness (is that a word) and creativity. (you must check out her photography site. If When I get married, I am flying her out to take my photos).

Have fun reading Jen’s post. She is a ball of greatness and I am go thankful she was willing to post up on my site! ~M


Half-Way ~Jen, Ex-Hot Girl

Well, hello everyone! The lovely Michelle has asked me to do a guest post on her blog while she’s out on vacation. I’m flattered!

So… many of you might not know who I am. My name is Jenn and I am also known as “Ex Hot Girl.” I am a photographer, and a crazy chick who’s losing weight in the Midwest.

What I’d like to talk about today is being halfway through the weight loss journey. Many of us are just starting out; some of us have only 5 pounds to go. For me, I’ve lost half the weight I need to in order to reach my goal.


42.4 pounds lost.

42.6 pounds to go.


It is both joyous and sort of daunting at the same time. I feel really happy, and also kind of sad that I still have so much further to go. It got me thinking about what happens now that I’ve gotten to that halfway point.

  1. I feel really good about my weight loss thus far.
  2. I fit into clothes I haven’t been able to for two years.
  3. I look back at photos of myself and can really see a difference in my face and body.
  4. I feel more confident in every area of my life.
  5. My relationship with my boyfriend is even better because I have more confidence and feel more comfortable with my body.
  6. My sex life is better. Read: Less wobbly bits!

All of those things are positive ones! But there are also some things about losing weight, and not being to the goal yet that aren’t necessarily good things.

  1. I tend to loosen up on my diet. I am smaller, and experiencing all the good things that go along with it, so I feel like it’s “okay” to eat a cookie. Or, yeah, I’ll have a piece of pie. Or, my personal vice… cheese and crackers. I could sit down with a box of Ritz and a block of cheddar and go to town for a few hours. Seriously.
  2. I slack off on working out. I’m doing so well, and my body is okay right now, it’s not “crucial” that I get to the gym today…

I can’t figure out exactly what it is about being halfway there that makes me feel like such a slacker. I reached this point by being dedicated to eating well and controlling what went into my mouth. I had “no thanks,” down to an art form.

Do you guys find that reaching your mini weight loss goals makes you more motivated, or more slackerish? ‘Cause I struggle with this one.

SO! I’ve decided to come up with a little motivation plan to keep me on track through the remainder of my weight loss journey. Whether you’ve lost five pounds, fifteen, or fifty… if you have further to go, maybe this will help you too! And if you have any other tips or tricks to add to this, please share them. I’d love to hear your advice. 🙂

  1. Keeping photos of myself at my goal weight on the fridge, on my phone, on my computer desktop. If you haven’t been at your goal weight yet, find a photo of someone around that weight/size and it might motivate you more.
  2. Keeping my skinny jeans in plain view. I have them on my dresser, and I look at them almost every day. Every few weeks I’ll try them on just to remind myself that while I fit loosely into my size 14’s and can squeeze into a 12… I still can’t zip up those 8’s, so I’m not there yet and it’s not time to eat carrot cake.
  3. Watching shows like The Biggest Loser, Diet Tribe and You Are What You Eat (BBC) – it reminds me that physical activity helps to make you stronger and it will increase the effectiveness of your diet plan in losing weight. The success stories are motivational!
  4. Keeping active in the weight loss blogging community. Blogging about my journey, reading other people’s blogs and participating in challenges helps to keep me on track.
  5. Along with that, participating in the Bloggerhood of the Traveling Not So Fat Pants. This one is a huge motivator because I’ve got a pair of 14 jeans that are going out to another woman in a month. I need to be in my size 12’s by then so I can follow through on my commitment to her. On that same note, she’s working hard on her weight loss plan so she can fit into those 14’s I send her by the time they get to her.

So there you have it! My little motivational tips. I’d love to hear what else you guys do to keep you motivated on your weight loss journey!

Thanks for having me, and I hope you all have a kick-ass Halloween. 🙂

~Jenn (Ex Hot Girl)

3 thoughts on “Half-Way ~Jen

  1. missyrayn says:

    Being halfway was a strange place for me. I had lost about 50 pounds and still had 50 to go. I slacked up a bit but when I gained a few pounds I got back on track quickly.

    BTW I love You are What You Eat on BBC. I watch it every weekend. 🙂 She’s so blunt and I love it.

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