MJ's Weight Loss Log

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hello everyone,
It's been quite a while since I posted last, and I wanted to add an update for how things have been going. My health focus has shifted from the start just doing low carb and losing weight to ongoing maintenance and overall health. I have learned so much about what's in our food, where it comes from, and about my own body in the process - what it can digest, what it can't, and what makes me gain weight. I hope to share this knowledge with the rest of the world, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Greetings, self and all others reading this blog!

This blog is a project more than seven years in the making. It started with me, an insecure 17 year old on a mission to improve my body image by losing an ambitious 70 pounds or so. It has scarcely seen an update after that glorious day where I weighed in at more than 80 pounds lost of my starting weight and with a whole new outlook on life.

I started out thinking that, by virtue of being thinner people would like me more.

I was right and wrong to a degree - there are those who would judge based on superficial attributes such as one's outward appearance, but the people I really, truly cared about were the ones who don't care what size I was. They were with me, through it all, and saw my plan followed through to the end.

I overstepped the boundaries I built.

For years, I was so afraid to broach the boundaries of the healthy lifestyle I'd built, keeping away from sugar, from carbs, from many processed foods. Little by little, I let things slip away. I gained a pound here, two pounds there, and it added up to a problem that grew as my size did once again.

Perhaps we see ourselves as invincible - surely, if we have made it this far, our metabolisms should be able to handle a little treat here and there? "Just once" turned into a binge of overeating, where every meal became an event, prepared for well in advance - buying dinner, plenty of it, dessert for afterward, and loading up on all the accoutrements therein. Alcohol was a staple of my diet, which only fed my appetite for eating more unhealthy foods. In summation, it was all a little too much.

The story is a familiar one for me. I followed this cycle at least twice before, each tiem coming back around before it was too late. This time, I just pushed things too far. Too much stress fueled the overeating and likely contributed to the weight gain, and not enough sleep, paired with eating a large amount of food before bedtime surely did its part as well.

The morals I have extracted from these experiences are manifold:
  • Always value your health above anything else.
  • Once your control of your health starts getting out of hand, take care of it immediately. Like many other problems left to sit, your health problems find a way of multiplying, cascading until they've grown to many times their original size. 10 pounds and feeling like crap contribute to eating to feel better. Eating so much causes heartburn, and that combined with the stress I was experiencing likely caused a small ulcer in my stomach that really colored the way I looked at food. It did not stop my consumption, but only added to my worries. It was a snowball only growing larger by the day. Without halting it, I could have gone past my original starting weight, 7 years ago, and, with the new health problems I am experiencing, put myself in a trap where I could not conceptualize things the way they once were.

Friday, March 13, 2009

New Year (Again!)

I have tried to post on this blog at least once a year since I started it. I have been following my version of the low carb diet for a few years now, and am still working on my health. As always, I hope I can inspire and teach, and let's make this the best year ever!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

New Year, New Me

I've been following my low carb program for about four years, four months now, and I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge of food, eating habits, nutrition, exercise, and overall health.

That's why I've decided to start writing more about nutrition and health so hopefully I can inspire others to want to improve their health and knowledge of how to live a healthy lifestyle.

This year, in addition to writing more, I've set out some personal goals. They are:
  • Exercise more - Find new and different things to try and get others involved in exercise.
  • Maintain my weight loss, as I have been doing.
  • Read more and, as a result, become more educated about nutrition, exercise, and health so I can share that information.
Beyond these health goals, I've set some others that I want to accomplish.

Let's hope this is my best year ever!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Hi, I am MJ. I have been low-carbing since July 2002. I started at 240 pounds and lost more than 80 pounds with a low-carb way of life and exercise.

This blog is about my experiences and about the low-carb scene, dieting, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

To give an update -

I am still following my weight loss plan, and plan to start exercising more. I want everyone who is thinking about seriously looking for a life change and starting a committed dietary plan (whatever that plan may be) the best of luck in their endeavors.

Always remember the reasons you are losing weight - it is those reasons that drive my motivation, and I know they are the fuel by which dreams are attained.

Until next time,

Thursday, December 16, 2004


This is MJ .. I have been really busy over the past year or so, so I haven't updated my log :.

That's ok though - I wanted to post an update - I am still diligently keeping track of my weight - right now, I am maintaining, and adhering to the principles I have followed all along!

Anyone who is starting, just post something in the guestbook. I'll be sure to read it.

Happy Holidays!

Until Next time,


Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Well -

Things are still going great! Long story short, I started this low carb diet 1 year ago and have successfully lost and kept off 80 pounds of weight. My birthday is tomorrow, and I will be going off to college soon. I will always remain faithful to the low-carb doctrine that I am following, and I STRONGLY encourage anyone out there to try a low carb diet - they really work!

My dad and my mom supported me through my journey, and , through my inspiration have each been following low-carb guidelines for eating, and , with my help, have been generally been living more healthy lifestyles. My dad lost 40 pounds already, and my mom is well on her way to reaching her goal.

Atkins' book is the best investment I ever made - buy it, follow his guidelines for 14 days, and, I guarantee, you will see what I mean when I say he is the greatest diet revolutionary who ever lived.

PLEASE, if you go low-carb, please sign my guestbook! It's getting pretty lonely in there, and I love hearing from all of you who access my site!


Sunday, February 16, 2003

An Update:

Things are going very well.. since my last update... which was, unfortunately 2 months ago, I have been maintaining my weight at a range between 157 and 163. Currently, I am working on a new exercise and weightlifting plan.


Thursday, November 28, 2002

Wow! Time really flies by quite quickly! Well, Currently I have surpassed my goal, now at 161 pounds and counting. That makes 82 pounds loss since day 1, 4 months and 1 week ago. I will keep posting more.