Weight Loss Here We Come!


Over the years I have gone back and forth with trying to lose weight. I get into a mode and start working out, eating healthy, or both and then out of no where it all stops.  It seems to be a trend for me and no matter how much I really want to lose the weight I seem to always fail at it.

With everything that has gone on with me I have not only really wanted to lose the weight I need to lose, but become much more healthy.  Back in March I went to the doctors for my annual check-up. Although the check-up came back normal as always, I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic and insulin resistant. Because my OBGYN is no longer officially practicing, only teaching, he wasn’t able to start me on any regimen, but referred me to my family doctor for this.

A few weeks later I was meeting with a new family doctor, since I hadn’t been to one in many years, and unfortunately he didn’t want to do anything for me. Told me to start eating more healthy and exercising.  Great doctor, right?  I mean, I knew I needed to do those things, I was officially 60 pounds over weight and it wasn’t going to go away just on its own.  However, because of my history with PCOS I was hoping that he would prescribe me the proper medications that not only help women with PCOS lose weight, but that are also used for insulin resistance.  Nope. He wanted me to do it all on my own and come back six months later and if I still needed any help than he’d provide a prescription for what I needed.

Obviously I was not happy when I left.  I knew I wouldn’t be going back to him. I knew having absolutely no support I wouldn’t be able to do anything. I was doomed.

Then I joined a local women’s only gym and started working out five days a week. I wasn’t eating very well because of all the stress of everything with the divorce/separation but I was somewhat eating and I was exercising.

The best part of the hardly eating part was that I started eating smaller portion sizes and although I still wasn’t eating 100% healthy, I was doing better because I wasn’t eating as much of the bad stuff.  I’ve started eating on a more routine basis and including a bit more veggies to my meals.  But I’ve also stopped snacking as much or leaving the major snacking to the weekends.

A couple of weeks ago I weighed in for my final weight for a diet bet I was participating in and I was officially down 20 pounds from around the first of April.  That put me down 20 pounds in just under three months!

Not only did I lose 20 pounds, but I lost inches and two pants sizes!  Woot 20 pounds down, only another 40 to go!  I’ll update with a picture soon.


  1. Liz

    July 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

    That’s great! Congrats. I have been trying to lose weight as well. Are you on MyFitnessPal? I like that they have an app.
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    • Shawn Ann Griffith

      July 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Yeah, I use the MyFitnessPal app, well not really use it like I should but I have an account. I have so many different fitness/health apps but I don’t really take advantage of them like I could and should.


  2. Kerri Hale

    July 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    This is awesome, Shawn Ann!! Way to go! I’m trying to lose some pounds as well. It is tough.


  3. Ashleigh

    July 7, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Great job!!! I’m trying to lose weight now and its ROUGH!

    You might like the app Pact! You make a weekly Pact to do certain things: workout, track food and eat fruits/veggies and get paid when you meet the Pact (and you pay if you don’t reach the goals–super motivational for me…I’m cheap!). Good luck with your goals!!
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    • Shawn Ann Griffith

      July 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

      That sounds very interesting Ashleigh, I just might have to check that app out. Although I’ll probably not do very good with it because stuff comes up and I just forget. Like last week I couldn’t work out at all because I sprained my ankle, just now getting to walk good on it again. But it is definitely worth looking into 😀


  4. Dad of Divas

    July 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

    WOW, great job. Congrats on the progress!
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  5. Gwen Mulholland

    July 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Congrats on the weight loss!!
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  6. Amber Louchart (Metro Detroit Mommy)

    July 7, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Congrats.. losing weight is so hard. One of the best bits of advice I can give is to record your calories in and out. My Fitness Pal is a great app (on phone and puter). This app helped me lose over 70 pounds.

    I wish you the best in your weight loss, if you need encouragement or advice, please let me know!
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  7. Leah

    July 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Great job on your weight loss. Staying motivated to do the right things is the hardest part. Most people know what they should be doing, but they just don’t do it. Having a community of support is super important where ever you can find it.
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  8. Sarah

    July 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    That is great work Shawn Ann. You are very impressive with everything you do and all that is going on and still managed to lose 20 pounds. That is awesome!!!.
    To give you something to look into, I am going to start a 21 day sugar detox by Diane Sanfilippo. Seems very doable and the books talks about starting your system over and getting the hormones back inn sync.


    • Shawn Ann Griffith

      July 14, 2014 at 7:36 am

      Thanks Sarah, it hasn’t been easy at times and I’m still struggling with everything.

      I know a few others that have done the 21 day sugar detox, not sure if from the same person or not, but they’ve had some good results. I couldn’t do that though, I need my sugar for energy many days.


  9. Sarah Shields

    July 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I hoping this gives me energy without the sugar need. I’ll let you know how I did and how my energy was during and after :). Keep up the great work!!


  10. Daria

    July 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Way to go!!


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