A Year in Review

That’s right, friends.

It’s finally here.

1 full year of blood, sweat, and tears (okay, mostly tears.)

365 days of blogging my heart, soul, and weight almost every day.

Happy blogiversary to me!

Those of you who aren’t related to me, did you ever get a chance to read the first post? If not, you should take a gander. In case you hadn’t heard, I’ve kinda made some progress.

I was 246 pounds and counting, on the wrong kind of path. I have never considered myself to be a strong person, but somehow, some way I pressed publish in tears, not really believing that this would last any longer than the last failed diet attempt.

And yet here I stand (er, sit? Type?) 56 pounds lighter and more committed than ever.

I think I'll keep it.

It’s a good day.


And even though the journey hasn’t always been roses and multi-pound weigh-ins, even though it isn’t over yet, I am so, so grateful for undertaking this, and so proud of myself for coming this far.


And to show myself exactly how far I have come not only physically, but emotionally as well, I have done the unthinkable. The unimaginable. I have posted my “real” progress pictures on the blog to horrify and astound. Please be aware, these are pictures of me in a bikini at various weights, so they may be potentially NSFW. For that, and for other (obvious) reasons, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Click here to throw up observe.

No, seriously though. I can’t even imagine having the hutzpah to post what I’ve posted today a year ago. Hell, I couldn’t have posted it five years ago! Had I not come down this road, I don’t think I’d ever have had the nerve to post anything close to it. But if there’s one thing that this past year has taught me, it is how to be brave.


I guess I really am growing up. Heh.

And I guess life really does come full-circle. Because one year ago, I was in tears as I pressed the publish button. And now… well, c’mon. Are you really surprised?

Thank you. I really couldn’t have done this without you.


  1. larasays:

    happy day, darling girl! i’m so proud of you, you should be so proud of yourself! i hope that you can see how over the past year you’ve become so courageous. best of luck as you continue down this path (of character improvement, this is life, no?)…i’m excited to watch as you do πŸ™‚ you are very inspiring.

  2. Happy blogiversary! It’s quite fabulous how far you’ve come, and I love how committed you are. Yes, those hard days will still sneak in, but it looks like you’ve learned a lot of lessons to help combat them. I am so proud of you!!

  3. Happy Anniversary!

    I am so impressed that you posted your progress pics (I just checked them out!) — you should be SO PROUD!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Happy Blogiversary!!
    I wish I had known of your blog from Day 1 (and I am going to check out your first post, asap). I love your humor and your candor. Your journey is an inspiration to us all. Congrats!!


  5. Congratulations! That is such an amazing weight loss!

  6. Jen Robinsonsays:

    Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary!! I am always so proud to tell everybody about what you have been doing- I hope you continue to keep it up even after you get where you want to go πŸ™‚

  7. You are a beautiful, amazing, capable, STRONG woman. Moreover, you are an thINSPIRATION my dear! Congratulations. You have accomplished great things and I look forward to reading about the future πŸ™‚ xo

  8. Lesliesays:

    You amaze me Gretchen and have inspired me to finally make the commitment to lose the 15 lbs that have tortured me these past two years (none of my clothes fit)! I love reading your daily posts/recipes and your inspiration is priceless! Thank you for taking us on your journey..do I dare have your courage and start blogging about weight loss???


  9. Happy one year! You really are an inspiration and such an awesome person all around- so much more than your blog could ever show! I’m so glad I got to meet you in person and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you because I know it’s big. πŸ™‚

  10. Completely awesome progress! Happy anniversary. Postings like this are such motivators. You’ve come along way, baby! πŸ™‚

  11. Ai Reisays:

    Happy blogiversary!

    PS. Kid Gretchen pictures are always amazingly adorable.

  12. Happy Blogiversary!

  13. beautiful
    congrats, lady

  14. Michaelasays:

    congrats! awesome post πŸ™‚ and wow girl, u are so brave for showing us the “real” pics.

  15. Happy blogiversary! Your blog is so inspiring I hope you have many more πŸ™‚

  16. Congratulations on that you have accomplished! What a great journey!

  17. WAHOO!!!!!! congrats, love!

  18. Congratulations Gretchen!! It’s been so fun following along with your journey and getting to know you! I can’t wait to see you in almost a week and celebrate!!

  19. Congrats, m’lady. You look incredible, but more importantly, you sound HAPPY.

  20. Congrats! I hope you are really enjoying your special blog-versary day!

  21. Congrats Gretchen!!

  22. Congrats Congrats Congrats! Your progress photos are amazing. Looking forward to seeing you reach many more goals and milestones!

  23. You’re so brave. And you’ve come such a far way! This reminds me I need to take new progress (starting weight) pictures… though I’d never be so brave as to post any of myself in a bikini online.

    Also, your hair looks really really cute!

    By the way, even though I’m not related to you, I even commented on your first post (back when you first wrote it). πŸ˜‰

    • That’s right! You’ve been along for the ride from the very beginning. πŸ™‚ THANK YOU for that!

  24. Yay you! Happy blogaversary! It’s fun to look back and see what you’ve accomplished, isn’t it?

  25. I totally use your blog as regular inspiration!

  26. oliviasays:

    congratulations gretchen! super exciting and inspiring πŸ™‚

  27. What a happy day!!!!!! Not only for the blogaversary but because it’s a celebration of you! And all you’ve accomplished!!!

    Kudos darling! Kudos! πŸ™‚

  28. Happy Blogoversary. You’ve made huge changes in your life in the past year and that’s something to be proud of.

  29. Congrats on making such great progress on your goal! Way to go!! Oh and by the way, was catching up on your older post and they just put a Seasons 52 here where I live. I can’t wait to try it out! Keep up the hard work! It’s paying off!

  30. I’m so proud of you Gretchen! You make me smile.

  31. Erinnsays:

    I have been following your blog for several months now and have finally decided to comment and let you know that you are truly inspiring!! You should be incredibly proud of how far you have come, and undoubtedly will continue to go. It takes so much courage and strength to put yourself out there for the entire *virtual* world to see, and you do so with such charm, wit and humor. Happy 1st year blogiversary. Here’s to many, many more…

  32. Congrats on a year of blogging!

    Love reading your blog!

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