I always like to know a bit about who the person is that owns the blog I’m reading so I thought I would do the same service to those of you who are interested.

My name is Shannon and I’m 29 years old.  I live in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.  My only sibling is my twin sister who lives about 25 km away from me in Vancouver.  I work for a box making company as a customer service representative.  I’ve worked there for 8 years this spring. 

Those are the main details.  In this blog, you will be reading about my weight loss journey.  A life journey that I started on September 4, 2007 at 6:30pm.  I started my journey being 5’10” tall and 249.8lbs heavy.  I don’t imagine my height will change, but the goal is to get my weight down.  I’m doing that via Weight Watchers Canada. 

If you want to know a little more, I suggest that you read THIS post, my first one of this website.

December 29, 2007 ~ UpdateWell, this website has been alive for almost 4 full months now.  I’ve lost a little over 45 pounds in 16 weeks and I feel good.  I’m still not there yet, I have around 30-40 more to go but I’m pretty pleased with the progress so far.  While I still have to put in effort every day and make the right choices every day, I’m definitely finding it easier than it was at the beginning.  I’m starting to put a little focus on dating at this point and so far I’m managing to do it without feeling bad or getting frustrated or losing my focus for the weight loss.  The dating is SO MUCH EASIER when you are happier with how you look and when you go into the new situation knowing you already have respect for yourself and are not hoping to find that through anyone else. 

March 17, 2008 ~ UPDATE.  OK, we’re well into 2008 and I’m well into creating a new life for myself.  I’m ultimately the exact same person I was 7 months ago, I’m just a little better adjusted, a lot smaller and much, MUCH happier overall.  I’ve lost 70 pounds at the time of this update with only around 10-15 more to go.  Right now I’m trying very hard to open myself up to the possibility that I won’t be single forever.  While I definitely do NOT want to be single forever, the thought of having more upheaval in my little world scares me and makes me not want to get involved.  There is a voice in my head that tells me “just wait until you’re totally done the weight loss” or “just wait until you’re ready”.  The problem is that I won’t ever be completely ready and if I peg it on the weight loss timing I will always have an excuse since I already know I will never be completely happy with the number or how I look.  I have to take the leap and put myself and my heart on the line for the possibilities that are out there.  That said, since the weight loss is pretty much complete and now all I have to do is learn to live the revised life that I’ve created, I’ve decided to change the focus of this website from one of weight loss to one of life-living.  It’ll be the honest and uncut version that the weight loss journey has been only it will be about other aspects of my life.  Some weight, food and body issues will come up, I’m certain, it just won’t be the main focus anymore.  If you’re new here and are looking for weight loss posts the entire archives from September 2007 to the middle of March 2008 will be exactly what you’re looking for.  The information is all still relevant and of course comments are still welcome.  Mid-March and onward are going to deal with more of the overall things that I need to work through, on and around. 



  1. Briggie said,

    September 11, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    I admire you. I wish I had the courage you have when I was 249 pounds. I kept hoping a miracle would occur, then I allowed “life” to dictate my habits and I let my job control my day. If I would have faced myself all those years ago as you are now, I may have been able to avoid having surgery to break the weight gain cycle. But, since I cannot change the past or predict the future, I must be in the moment of now. I am thankful to God for my family and my doctors. I am thankful that I can walk more than 10′ without being crushed by pain and stand for more than 5 minutes without needed a place to sit. I know that I have many more days ahead of me and I will not watch life pass by my window because I’ll be too busy walking past it.

    If I can give you some small amount of advise it is this – MOVE!!! Park as far away from the door as you can and force yourself to walk. Spend half of your lunch break walking. Try to walk after every meal whenever possible. Eat breakfast and keep snacks handy for when you start to get the rumbly in the tumbly (because we all know that when we eat breakfast, we get very hungry a few hours later)! Do not skip meals!!! Our bodies go into a starvation mode and convert anything we put into our mouths to fat! When you eat out, ask for a take home container when you order, then divide your meal in half and put half of it away before you begin to eat. And if you want dessert, order it and pack half of it away or share it with whomever is with you. Control the food, don’t let it control you!! (sorry, time to get off my soapbox now)

  2. shannon12271 said,

    September 12, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Thanks Briggie. Yes, I had to realize that there will be no miracle. I had to realize that I will not wake up one day and be thin. I can account for every pound that I put on. I know exactly how this happened and I finally realized that only by doing something can I change the future.

    Good luck to us both!

  3. Krystle said,

    September 12, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Eee, we’re on the same page… kinda, sorta, yep – pretty close.

    I don’t have time to write a whole big monster comment right now, but give me a couple hours, and I’ll be back… M’kay?


  4. evelyn said,

    November 22, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    blog surfed and came here. Just got to say all the best! 🙂

  5. Jenn said,

    December 1, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    I done WW’s so many times it seems! I will last a day or so then give up!! The longest I have been on was 3 months and I did great but let life take over instead of me telling life to go away! You are amazing and I admire you for what you are doing!

  6. katapilla22 said,

    December 30, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Love the new photo beautiful lady!

  7. tomax7 said,

    December 31, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    You gals encourage me, as I’m looking to loose 30-35 lbs by May. I was going to try WW, but figured I can do it myself.

    Walking during lunch hours and after dinner is something I want to make a habit of.


  8. Literate Housewife said,

    January 24, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I just want you to know how much I love your site! It will serve as motivation for me in my weight loss journey, but also in my blogging. You’ve done some incredible things here. I also think that British Columbia will be lucky if you become a Weight Watchers leader.

  9. Lady Shanny said,

    January 24, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Ms. Literate, thank you!!!!! I love it when people come here and enjoy what they see and read! I put all of myself (quirks, fears, beliefs, soapbox moments and more) on this site and it warms my heart when people can connect with what they’re reading.

  10. Deb said,

    February 27, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Hi Shannon! Thanks for your comment on my diet blog – I totally hear you on the being tall front. I just saw your pictures and WOW – you’re doing GREAT! Looking forward to reading through more of your posts. It’s a real encouragement to me as well. I’ll also add a link to your blog from the Diet Divas home. Hope to hear from you again!

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