Coffee Cake and Cardio started out as a weight loss blog. It was a place for me to celebrate my successes and to open up about my weight loss struggles. I loved being able to talk about the diet I was on, how I was doing, and what my goals were. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t stuck to one program longer than a few months since starting Coffee Cake and Cardio, but I knew a lot of women could relate to that struggle. In my opinion, Coffee Cake and Cardio grew because I was sharing what so many women were also experiencing in their quest to lose weight.
After a few years of blogging I started receiving negative e-mails and feedback about my weight loss (or lack there of). I started struggling to open up about my weight loss journey because honestly, the criticism was hard to handle. No one was saying anything I didn’t already know, but to have stranger write me to tell me I was a failure was difficult. Instead of brushing the critics off I became timid and hesitant to blog about my full experience.
In 2013 I really struggled to find my groove, regardless of the blog. I started playing full contact football, felt despite to lose weight before getting pregnant, and met with a lot of professionals about my weight (nutritionists, doctors, etc.). I tried to blog about my journey, but I was really all over the place. In 2014 I got pregnant, which was absolutely amazing. Blogging about pregnancy was a lot of fun, but it was such a shift from weight loss blogging. My personal goal was to eat healthy and to enjoy my workouts during pregnancy, so blogging about those goals helped me throughout.
After giving birth to Magnolia I was excited to get back to weight loss and blogging. After a few years of trying anything and everything, I felt like I was given a clean slate. I lost a lot of weight in my first month naturally, but really struggled to lose weight postpartum. Despite breastfeeding, my weight plateaued for almost 7 months. I started trying anything and everything again until I realized that enough was enough.
I have spent the past 3 months healing my relationship with food and dieting. I have walked away from my scale this summer in order to focus on what I’m eating, how I feel when I eat certain foods, and honestly, to step away from weight loss blogging for a bit. I know Coffee Cake and Cardio has changed a lot over the years and I’ll admit that I haven’t loved it as much as I used to. I really, really loved being able to share my plans for the week, to post recipes and workouts, and to be raw about the process. I’ve lost my blogging groove and this summer has helped me to refocus.
My scaleless summer ends on September 7, but I’m not going to weigh in until Magnolia’s 1st birthday on September 14. That Monday will mark a new beginning and a return to blogging about weight loss, my weight loss. Coffee Cake and Cardio is a reflection of me and it’s time I get back to writing from the heart.
My current goal is get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (234) by Magnolia’s 1st birthday. I have one month to go, so I’m going to use the next 4 weeks to share more of what I’m doing, without the scale, to lose weight. Not everyone will agree with my approach to weight loss, but I’m excited to share what I’ve been up to. Football season just ended, so I’ll also step into a new workout program next week. I used this week to rest, but next week, it’s go time.
I’m really excited to blog about weight loss again and talk about the highs and the lows. I know a lot of women are working to lose weight and I hope that my journey will help others along the way. Thank you to those who have continued reading and hello to those who are new. I hope you’ll enjoy my shift back towards weight loss blogging, with a focus on health, wellness, and well-being.