About Me

I’m sure everyone has heard that the 30’s are the best years of your life.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t believe it.  I was absolutely terrified to turn 30.  I know that technically I was no longer a child in my 20’s, but to me it was a prolonged adolescence.  Even though I was an adult who was responsible for my own life, I was still figuring things out.  There are so many decisions to make, so many paths to choose, that it all seemed very overwhelming.  As I neared 30, I began figuring things out.  I started becoming more comfortable in my own skin.  When I turned 30 last year, I knew I still needed to make some changes, but I wasn’t quite ready.   In February of 2012, I hit the refresh button on my life.

There is something you should know about me, in order to get the full picture here.  I have struggled with my weight for most of my life.  Healthy foods were just not for me, and I certainly wasn’t into exercising.  I just liked to eat and I didn’t like to do what was necessary to burn the calories.  Every once in a while I would get on a health kick and lose 10, 20, 30, or maybe even 70 pounds.  However, I was always doing it because I felt like I should, not because I wanted to.  I didn’t try to find healthy things that tasted good, and I certainly didn’t try to find exercise that I enjoyed.  Being on a diet was not supposed to be fun.  It was work, so there was no way I could enjoy it.  My attitude was never in the right place.  So, a few months (or weeks…or a year…) later, the weight would slowly creep back on until I was back where I started.

This year, something just clicked.  I decided I was going to let being healthy become my lifestyle, not something I was forcing myself to do.  I started Weight Watchers once again.  This is a program that I tried twice before.  I was pretty successful at it too.  I lost 70 pounds the first time and 20 pounds the second time.  However, my head wasn’t in the right place, so I quit and it came right back on.  I knew this program worked, but I was too lazy to put in the effort.  This time, something was different.  I was different.  I wanted to change my life.  So the journey began.  I started working out regularly, finding things that were actually fun.  I started tracking what I ate, which became like a game.  I found healthy versions of the foods I always loved.  Right away, the pounds started coming off.  The results were definitely encouraging, but most of all, I liked how it made me feel.

As I began sharing my story and my progress with others, people began asking me questions about it.  I found that there are so many people in the world with stories just like mine.  We are different ages and come from different backgrounds, but our struggles are the same.  I wanted to create this blog to expand the circle even more.   Here you will find personal stories on health, beauty, fitness, and faith.  As I also struggle with sensitive skin, you will find an occasional beauty review as well.  I am not an expert by any means, but I hope that you will be able to relate to my story and feel encouraged to share your own.  Maybe you will even hit the refresh button yourself;  and start your own healthy, beautiful, blessed life.

2 comments on “About Me

  1. Jean says:

    Hi Kendra,

    I’m listening to your interview on the Half Size me podcast.
    I relate to soooo much of what you say; I couldn’t wait to get on your website and find out more!

    I immediately saw your post dated:
    December 7, 2012
    “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11

    I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and He is my Savior and my Lord.
    I love the post you wrote. It was such a blessing for me to read it this morning!

    I have struggled with my weight my whole life, too.
    I identified with you rigth away when you said that you were taller and bigger than kids in school at a young age. That was so me.
    Reality, I was prob 5 or 10 lbs more than my ‘skinny’ friends.
    The way I perceived it, I was a huge, fat whale:(
    I’ve pretty much felt that way for most of my life.

    So…..
    After losing, and gaining, losing, and gaining,
    I’m back on track.
    I’m counting WW points.
    I’m exercising.
    I’m doing the things I need to do that will change my life.

    Like you, I feel that something is different this time.
    I am leaning on the Lord or help….for guidance…and I am starting to be very honest with myself about everything in my life…not just my eating and my weight.

    Praising God for leading me to hear you this morning,
    and for the wonderful, REAL, nice gal you are:)

    Thank you for sharing your story!

    Jean

  2. Kendra says:

    I am so glad you found my interview and site. I know how important it is to find someone you can relate to in this process. Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is very inspiring to me, and I’m sure to many others. There are a lot more like us out there!

    Congratulations on getting back on track. Keep going, one moment at a time, and keep relying on God when it gets difficult. If I can do this I have no doubt you can. You are in my prayers, and please keep me posted on your progress!
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