Ella went for her checkup with the doctor, and in her first two months of life she has almost doubled her weight. She is now starting to sleep for larger chucks of time at night so we are able to develop and schedule. And Kerry and I are becoming more functional human beings; I think we have moved out of the "new parent zombie" phase. Julia and Liam are fantastic with their new little sister, always wanting to hold her, kiss her, and even help change and bathe her.

I feel so blessed to have so many people following my journey and encouraging me. I am shocked that on a daily basis I always have someone approach me and start quoting my blog, and how it has helped them focus on their own life and challenges they are facing. Most people make comments about my weight loss progress, but more surprising—just about everyone comments on my mood, attitude and happiness since I started the Best Life Diet. I didn't realize I was unhappy before, but I am realizing there are many people who thought I was unhappy.

This is real life—no controlled protective bubble that we are able to solely focus on losing weight. I am excited to be part of this Best Life project to show viewers real life solutions instead of the reality show weight loss, which is completely contrived and fabricated. "You would have no willpower if you cannot stick to a diet knowing you are going to appear on national TV with the results." I have heard this many times, including from close friends. There is a reason why I let myself get to my current weight and poor health, and baring all in front of millions is not going to magically solve the problem.

I would love to be the perfect role model, but the reality is that being part of this show makes the weight loss experience much more stressful and challenging. I am proud of myself that I am consistently losing weight during an extremely busy time in my life, plus the show pressure. It can be done if you really want it. I am breaking patterns and habits while attempting to understand the "whys" to make profound changes that I can maintain to live my best life.

If you are reading this and are overwhelmed and do not know where to start, commit to moving 10 minutes a day to start. I know you are busy, but are you worth 10 minutes out of the 1,440 minutes in each day! Next week, commit to 20 minutes. Then 30, and then see what happens. It is all about chipping away by making the small changes that are maintainable for the rest of your life.

I know it sounds trite, but we are creatures of habit. The more pizza I ate, the more I craved pizza. And believe it or not, the more healthy food I eat, the more I crave it. I have broken out of a "food coma" that helped me balloon to a high of 296. With small manageable changes I am creating a new life for myself.

Keep moving forward,

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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