My Biggest DIY Project Ever

I suppose we are all a work in progress.

I am on day 12 of possibly the biggest DIY project I’ve ever
tackled. It’s going to take a long time, require a lot of hard work and sweat,
and some days it’s a project I wish I didn’t have to do.

But I want the outcome to be gorgeous, and it’s going to
take every bit of strength, both mentally and physically, to make progress on
this month by month.

It’s not a DIY project that I can just slap some paint and
fabric on. I can’t use a coupon code to save money, and there aren’t any real
shortcuts to it.

What is this epic DIY project, you ask?


Losing weight is actually quite a lot like a DIY room
makeover. It takes longer than you’d like, you may end up uncovering hidden
problems that need to be fixed, and everyone has an opinion on what they don’t
like about your project/diet.

I’m on day 12 of Weight Watchers SmartPoints, and I would
say that 7 of the 12 days have been
easy. Those days I feel like I can do this until I get to the
size 12 I want to be, which is a smidge smaller than I was at my 2009 wedding.

The other 5 days have involved me googling things that may
or may not be slightly questionable (i.e.: “how
to lose weight while sitting on your butt”, and “is it possible to not have
excess skin after weight loss if I pray really hard and donate more money to charity?”)

I know that 99% of you come here to get décor and home
inspiration, so I’ll try to keep the weight loss posts to 1-2 a month (unless
you all really love to hear about it, in which case let me know).

Week 1 I ended up losing 4.6 pounds (yay!!), and I’ll know
how much I lost this week once I weigh in on Saturday. I’m doing WW online
because the one and only meeting time here is so inconvenient. Honestly though,
I am truly loving the WW app and the Connect feature. Also, it does sync up to
my Fitbit Zip (yes, it’s still kicking after 3 years!), which makes tracking
Fit Points super easy.

What I am still finding challenging is drinking enough
water. I wish I liked it more. Same goes for veggies. I really think albino
broccoli (aka: cauliflower) is just not something I’ll ever like. And carrots. I hate carrots.

What I am finding easy is replacing all my carby, sugary
snacks like granola bars and pastries with better for me options such as fruit.
That was easy. 

Taking this journey day-by-day, or heck, even meal-by-meal
is the only way I am staying sane. This new WW plan really does force you to
make better choices more than any version of the plan I’ve ever done (and I’ve
done almost every version on and off since 2002).

I can honestly say I’ve eaten less pizza and cheeseburgers
and more lean protein and veggies because the plan forces me to make healthier choices. And 7 out 12 days, I am OK with making those choices.

So, there’s my update on this epically large DIY project I
am undertaking. I know those of you who have been around for a few years have
seen me try and fail at this so many times, but this time I know it’s something
that has to get done simply to have a better quality of life and health. I’m tired of being tired.

Also, next Tuesday, March 8 is my 31st birthday (woo…cake!
Kidding!) and what better gift to give to myself than healthy habits. And maybe a new Kate Spade purse. 

I’ll be back this weekend with a breakfast nook update. I
got the MOST AMAZING furniture accent piece for the space to replace the bench and I must show you
all. xo.



  1. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    March 4, 2016 / 1:55 am

    Good for you. Congratulations for taking steps to a healthier life. I am trying to lose a few lbs too so I do understand.

  2. Mari Corona
    March 4, 2016 / 2:27 am

    You look beautiful in your wedding pic!!! Best of luck on your new journey and look forward to the shares 😉😃

  3. Terrie Sherbon
    March 4, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    I started WW on January 1st. I have tried them before but could not seem to stick with it. For some reason, the smart points programs is easier. Like you, I take it day by day, meal by meal. Plan, plan, plan.