Thursday, May 24, 2012

Weigh-In Wednesday

You don't know just how hard it is for me to hit the publish button on this post, but here goes.....

Yes, I know this isn't Wednesday, but I wanted to let you know about a weekly post I will be doing beginning next week.

I have wanted needed to do this post for a long time, but always chickened out. It's hard to face the reality of not being what you want to be, and face up to what you are, and finally do something about it. At least it's hard for me. It's even harder to go public with the reality. I have changed my mind on posting this so many times. How would I be judged?

As long as I stayed in the background, behind my words, you could picture me, Lana of Honeysuckle Lane, however you wanted me to look... perhaps you thought I was a tall, slender blonde, or a feisty red-head... or maybe a dark-haired country girl looking lean and fit in jeans, boots, and a flannel shirt (considering all the chicken and turkey posts I've done in the past). But if you've read the rare past posts with photos of me, you know that I am none of those. I am still the person, the artist / wife / mom, who wrote this blog for the last 5 years or so, but I have always held back in some way or another. For many years I have been embarrassed of the way I look, of my weight, and that has caused me to stay on the sidelines, to turn away opportunities, to miss out on so much... all because of how I felt about myself. Silly, I know, but that's just the way it has been.

{taken in February of this year at my son's wedding rehearsal}

I have been overweight for over 20 years and I am so tired of being overweight.
So I am finally.... finally..... doing something about it.

There are many reasons why I decided to blog about this, but here are a few:
  • posting this on my blog will make me feel more accountable
  • this will be a journal that I can look back on and see my progress
  • hopefully, by sharing my experience, I can be an inspiration to someone else
Each Wednesday, I will try to post about my progress on losing weight and getting healthy. I'll share photos, but I'm not sure yet if I will share a weekly photo of myself or maybe once a month... we'll see. I am no expert (obviously) but I will share what I am doing, what's working for me, how I am doing, how I am feeling, etc.

I appreciate your comments and encouragement and will try to respond if there are any questions.

Wish me luck and I'll be back on Wednesday to report in! :)

Take care and God bless,


  1. Hi Lana,
    Oh I wish you only the best! . . . I know how difficult a journey this is! Been there . . . and need a trip right now myself! You are very brave to do this publicly, my hat is off to you! The only advice I can give . . . (being a nature lover and NOT a gym person) is to walk, walk, walk . . . . and garden! Gardening is two-fold . . . it's hard work and you can't grow cheetoes! ;-) Only yummy healthy food!

    All my best,
    Lori Ann

  2. Lana~
    You ARE beautiful-don't ever think not!
    I have been on the same journey, and after 20 years of praying and hoping and trying and failing-something finally clicked, and I lost over 30 pounds. I used Weight Watchers-the older system-but I did not join any group-or even sign up on line. I use the points book and I write down what I eat.

    Sorry-I don't mean to make your post about myself. But I will pray for you, and just know-if I can do it-anyone can. You will definitely be an inspiration.
    ~God bless you!

  3. Lana - you are so brave. I wish you all the best and will follow along. I need so much to do this too, but can´t seam to find the strength. kudose to you for a wonderful and brave post.
    xo Tina

  4. ...You are just like the things you create - beautiful! :o)

    ...I wish you nothing but the best and you know we all will be here to cheer you on. I think this is a great idea too.

    ...Love finally 'meeting' you! ;o)


  5. I've thought about doing this too as I've gained so much weight the past two years (I'm such a chicken, I can't even write how much!)

    Congratulations on taking the plunge. Hopefully, you'll inspire others (like me!) to get healthy too.


  6. I wish we lived close to each other - we could take walks together and trim up. Good luck!

  7. Cheetos! Very funny, Lori Ann! ;)

    Debra ~ thank you for the comment and post about yourself anytime! Maybe we can all help each other! :)

    Tina, thank you so much!

    TJ ~ you're a sweetheart ~ thank you!

    Jill ~ I'm chicken, too! ;)

    SuZeQ ~ wish you did, too! It would be fun!

  8. Hi Lana..........I last saw you at the Lavendar festival.

    I invite you to join our Weight Watcher's meetings in Norris. It's not a's a healthy living style.

    see ya

    kslogan at

  9. Thanks Kathy! That's about an hour away but I'll keep it in mind.

    Hope you can come to the festival this year. I'd love to see you! :)

  10. You can do it, Mom! I believe in you. :) we come! ;)

  11. Thank you, Jessica! Love you! :)

  12. I LOVE seeing the creator of the art at my house!! Good for you for jumping in and doing something to be a heatlhier happier you. I've been on that journey and always am on the journey. Check out my profile, then my Get to Goal blog.

  13. Hello Lana. I am SO happy to "SEE" you. Best of luck...I KNOW you can do it!

    hugs, Doreen