I’m not kidding myself

If you look over at that weight loss counter, you’ll see that I’ve lost three pounds in my first few days of this journey. I am not kidding myself that it’s all going to be that easy, but BOY!! does it feel good to see progress right out of the gate! The simple act of recording what I eat has been eye-opening – not because I’m such a glutton, but because I’m often not. My friend Melissa, who is a doctor’s wife, told me the first day that eating so little puts my body in starvation mode, so that when I do eat a regular day’s worth of calories – or overindulge – my body stores every single bit of it, thinking that I’m starving.

The other interesting thing has been the process of being intentional about eating – planning when to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat. I understand that it’s an important process for me, but the challenge is that I am thinking about food far more than I am accustomed to, and since food has been about more to me than just fueling my body (did I mention that I am Italian??) having it on my mind so much has been a little hard. I expect that will get easier as I get accustomed to a new routine, which will include some exercise starting next week. (I’m waiting for my FitBit to arrive!)

I was a little overwhelmed – and entirely delighted – by how many of you stepped up to leave words of support and encouragement here and on Facebook. And so many of you shared your own challenges and triumphs in the quest to become healthier. I can’t tell you how much that all means to me, and I am deeply grateful to you for joining me on the journey.



I am mostly over the flu and am only now dealing with mountain cedar allergies, which are the bane of my existence between late November and March. I’ll be home for the next few days with nothing specific scheduled, so I’m taking the opportunity to catch up on things that fell by the wayside while I was so sick, like laundry, cleaning, and getting my studio inventory completed for our taxes. And may I say how much I loathe the idea of that last project. Yuck. I’m telling myself that it will at least be fun to re-connect with all the beads and trinkets I forgot I had, especially as I just signed up for Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Hop for the first time! And I have two posts that were due while I was so sick – I owe my partners over at Art Jewelry Elements a post about the December Component of the Month reveal, so I need to take photos of my piece, and I need to photograph the remaining items that were part of Lorelei Eurto’s 12 Days of Christmas hop.

Art Jewelry Elements

Let me just take a minute to say that if you aren’t checking out the Art Jewelry Elements blog on a regular basis, you are really missing out. My teammates over theere have been putting up some really interesting posts, filled with lots of eye candy and excellent tips and information. Just this week alone, they’ve posted soldering tips, a tutorial for using glass headpins to make dangle earrings, and the first in a series of posts about the history of trade beads. Head on over and check it out – I know I’m biased because they’re my peeps, but really: you won’t be sorry.

So there you have it. I am in major catch-up mode, trying to get things done and get myself back on track. Today we have some workmen here giving us some estimates for things that need to be fixed around the house; later in the week, we’re having an arborist come and look at a couple of our trees. And my dryer buzzer just went off, so there’s laundry to fold. What are you doing today?


4 replies
  1. Tracy Smith
    Tracy Smith says:

    Francesca – Miss you!
    I want to encourage you. Intentionality will be your key to reaching your goals.
    I began in June of last year with a real desire to get back to a healthy weight for me. I had slowly (over several years) been climbing up the scale and found myself miserably uncomfortable with my extra weight. I purposed to be intentional about eating, and focused on portion control. (and only eating sweets when I was CRAVING the chocolate.)
    I am so pleased to say that 6 months later, I have slowly learned how to eat more appropriately and have not only lost the weight but the inches, too! It has been a slow, but steady process. Even through the holidays, I maintained and now continue to see the weight going down. I feel better, and I’m happier when I look in the mirror.
    Just bought a new pair of skinny jeans today in a size I NEVER thought I’d EVER wear again!

    You can do anything you put your mind to do – especially if your heart is being held in God’s capable hands.

    Be patient, be intentional, and keep trusting in God’s strength to meet your needs. He will ALWAYS be there for you.

    Your intentional friend,
    Tracy 🙂

    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Thank you so much for this, sweet Tracy! So pleased to hear your “skinny jeans” news – I have been browsing through some fashion sites and dreaming of the time when I might be able to shop for style instead of comfort! And I miss you too – when are you next going to be in SA? Can we do coffee?

  2. Sherry
    Sherry says:

    I’ll be cheering for you from afar. Is it a family affair?
    I’ll cheer for you both. Good health and fitness are priceless. I can see you and Nick down the road enjoying life with vim and vigor and spring in your steps. A radiant, loving, joyful couple.

    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Hi Sherry – thanks so much for the encouragement!! It’s sort of a family affair, but Nick isn’t tracking things in as much detail as I am. He’s going to the gym more often than I am at the moment, but we’re mostly trying to get into a new routine together at home. Currently, my food consumption means having to measure and weigh everything – he has been very, very patient and encouraging about it. He’s a wonderful, supportive husband – but would you expect anything less??


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