Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hello Lets Start this Journey Together

Welcome to my blog.  I am very new at this so bear with me as I tweak everything to make it perfect. 

I started this blog because I am on a journey to lose weight and rediscover myself again.  I remember the days when I was thin and how good it felt.  To be honest back then at 117 lbs I thought I was fat.  What was I thinking?

Throughout my life I have had many setbacks that periodically caused me to go into depression and I gain weight due to these events I had no control over.  Not to mention the ridiculous diets I endured and the yoyo weight loss and weight gain I experienced.  Seems everytime I was on top of the world and doing great, something would happen to knock me down and I would fail and fall back into bad habits.  Everytime this happens I always have weight gain.  Over the years I have dealt with many hard times from children's illnesses, hospital stays, divorce, and to losing both of my parents within a two year span.  I realize that I would just make excuses for being overweight.  NOW is the time for NO MORE EXCUSES.  I am alive and I am worth it.  So I have made up my mind and putting in the effort and making a commitment to myself to do whatever it takes to get to my goal weight again.

However messy life can be at times we need to remember everyday is a new day.  Whatever happened yesterday is done and gone.  I thank God everyday for another day to enjoy what it in store for me and to put my energy into making it a TERRIFIC day!

I have a job as a bookkeeper and is sometimes very stressful.  When I get stressed I am an emotional eater and tend to want to eat something, anything.  I am working on redirecting and trying to do something productive and healthy for me instead of reaching for some kind of food.  Trust me it is a challenge, but I know in the long run, getting healthy will extend my life and I will have more time here with my family and friends.

I am going to do my very best to record as much as I can everyday.  In a nutshell, I want to share my progress on weight loss, food, exercise and events that happen that day.  I am currently using My Fitness Pal to record my Food & Exercise diary.  It is a very helpful tool that helps me monitor my daily progress and how much exercise I need to do to stay well within my calorie intake.  Plus writing everything down helps keep me honest and held accountable for every calorie I intake.

I encourage everyone to find something to use as an incentive, something to keep you going in the right direction.  Every day that goes by, is going to go by whether your dieting, eating right, working out or not.  It is better to make small changes everyday, you will be surprised at the weight loss you will see.  I hope you will join me while I go on this life changing journey.


Thank you for reading!

Gina  (Lovey Howell)


  1. I'm so excited to follow you! It's going to be awesome to look back a year from now and see how far we've come! I look forward to getting some tips and sharing our experiences together!

    1. Nicole I know this is going to be great. Just know you inspired me to creating a blog. Thanks. Lets just do this. ;o)