My weight loss journey was put on hold as I dealt with my pressing health issues. I have become a bit discouraged because I really want to continue losing weight. But since the beginning of the year, I have struggled with several infections and new problems with my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. My rheumatologist is working on switching my medication and I had to add additional physical therapy exercises to address the pain in both of my feet. Even thought, I have put my weight loss journey on hold I do plan on resuming once my symptoms improve so that I can start walking again.

My rheumatologist is working on switching my medication and I had to add additional physical therapy exercises to address the pain in both of my feet. Even thought, I have put my weight loss journey on hold I do plan on resuming once my symptoms improve so that I can start walking again.

I am hoping that everything gets straightened out soon before the kids get out of school. We are planning on spending a bit of time at the swimming pool and I am looking forward to spending time outside. The boys are already counting down for summer break.

Anyhow, the purpose of today’s post is to share with you the things that I learned during my weight loss journey so far.


During your weight loss journey, you will be derailed from your weight loss plans. I got derailed last fall when we were getting our house ready to sell. It was just too much to continue keeping up with logging all of my food into MyFitness Pal and deal with everything else going on. I was still active for the most part and somehow I managed not to gain weight during that time. In January after we moved, I planned on getting back on track after my hiatus but that didn’t happen. A derailment isn’t necessarily the end of your journey unless you fail to get back on track.

I Need Help Managing my Sweet Tooth

I have always loved eating sweets and when I lose weight I don’t give up certain foods in order to achieve results. Instead, I focus on managing my sweet tooth by finding healthy alternatives to help keep it under control.

Quest Protein Bars at Target

Target is one of my favorite places to shop even though it is a bit further of a drive from my home. I love it because it is clean and I can use a variety of coupons to save money. Last week, we went to Target to grab a few things that I needed. As we were walking near the pharmacy section, I saw the Quest protein bars on the end cap.

Quest Protein Bars

I had a tough time deciding which flavors to choose. Quest protein bars come in a wide variety of flavors in a variety of popular dessert flavors such as Cookies and Cream, Smores, Mint Chocolate Chunk, Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and more. I ended up choosing Cookies and Cream and Smores. Quest protein bars not only help me manage my sweet tooth but they also provide me with ample amounts of protein and fiber too.

Cookies and Cream Quest Protein Bar

I love the Quest protein bars are soy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian-friendly. They are focused on using quality ingredients and they recently made the switch from IMO to SCF. Each bar contains at least 20g or more protein, 4-7 net carbs, 170-210 calories, 13-15g fiber, and contain no added sugar.

Net Carbs = Carbs – Fiber – Erythritol

Quest uses sweeteners that have little to no effect on blood sugar. Plus you don’t have to worry about the bars causing tooth decay or an upset stomach. The sweeteners that they use include sucralose, stevia, and erythritol.

Smores Quest Protein Bars

Pro Tip: You can even heat the Quest protein bars in the microwave for about ten seconds for an ‘out of the oven’ experience. We loved the Cookies and Cream Quest protein bars heated up in the microwave.

The Quest protein bars are a bit more expensive than what we are used to purchasing. Protein bars are perfect for on the go snack or meal replacement. Plus, they are great for helping calm a sweet tooth.

You Might Gain Weight Some Weeks

There were a few weeks where I didn’t lose any weight or I actually gained weight. Even though the scaled didn’t move in the right direction, I didn’t give up on my journey. There are so many factors that go into your current weight especially for women. I would just keep striving to focus on healthy eating and walking as much as possible.

Don’t Forget to Add Strength Training

Last February, I started physical therapy to regain strength and mobility after having my back surgery in December of 2015. The physical therapist focused on using my body strength and resistance bands to help build muscle. Strength training makes your muscles stronger and it makes doing everyday tasks easier.

Set Small, Realistic Goals

I am far from my weight loss goal; however, I have come a long way since I started my initial journey. Over the last year, I just took it day by day and set small, realistic goals to achieve. I typically aimed to eat 1500 calories or less on a daily basis and exercise 2-3 times a week. I was able to lose around 40 lbs in 28 weeks. I have managed to keep it off give or take 2 to 3 pound fluctuation.

Don’t Give Up

I don’t plan on giving up and really need to get my butt back in the swing of logging my foods again. I tried restarting a few weeks ago, then I ended up getting strep throat and my feet started hurting. I know that I need to get back to my weight loss journey because my sweet tooth keeps taking over and if I don’t get it in check I will regain all the weight I lost. If this happens, it will be a devastating setback and it will put more strain on my achy joints.

It feels great that I have lost around 40 pounds and my journey is not over yet. I plan on resuming my weight loss journey shortly and will be holding myself accountable on the blog again. It is the only thing that keeps me motivated because I love sharing my weekly results with you. I haven’t been perfect on my weight loss journey but I try not to be hard on myself when I fall short of my own expectations.

Have challenges did you have on your weight loss journey? What did you learn from your weight loss journey?