And she’s back!

I know, I know you haven’t heard from me in quite awhile, for that I apologize. My trip officially ended when I drove into Seattle at the end of June. I was a mix of emotions; nervous, anxious, ecstatic, scared, happy, sad, excited…the list could go on.

The drive across the pass into Seattle highlighted the end of an amazing year, the completion of a huge goal.  I had found success in so many ways; navigated my way across the US, stretched my trip from the original six month plan to a full year, lost weight, met new and old friends, saw parts of the country I had never seen and yet there was still a small cloud of disappointment that it was all over.

When I left for this trip I had very distinct dreams of what this trip was going to mean to me and how it was going to end. I was going to come back refreshed, with a clear idea of who I was and what it was I wanted in life, oh and I was also going to be 80 pounds skinner and tan.

The reality was that my year on the road allowed me to step out of my daily routine, give some time and attention to the emotions I had surrounding the loss of my Mom and the resulting changes to my family. It allowed me to connect with amazing people, revisiting important relationships, moving them beyond the superficial occasional text and Facebook updates to a deeper connection.

I didn’t come back to town knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up but I did come back with the knowledge that what I do for work is just a small part of who I am, it is a tool which provides me a means to the end goal…living.

And since this blog is called “Losing Weight Off the Interstate” I should report that I lost 45 pounds, not the 80 I had dreamed of but 45 stubborn, difficult to lose pounds.  I am maintaining this loss and working towards losing more but for now I am going to stop apologizing that I only lost “45 pounds” and be proud for the huge accomplishment of this past year. Oh and if you were wondering, no, I am not tan either. I guess the next round of “Losing Weight off the Interstate” will be in warmer climates.

Until then, I will update my blog with more frequent posts about life and loss and most importantly…Living.

Up next: A trip back to NYC! (I type this as I am sitting in “my” apartment in Chelsea)



An Introduction to Danielle Prestejohn, Emotional Eating Specialist

Danielle Prestejohn

Love your body. It is an easy enough statement but can be a difficult concept . We are all plied with images of “beauty” on a daily basis and it is easy to compare yourself negatively. Enter Boston located Emotional Eating and Weight Loss Specialist, Danielle Prestejohn. Danielle has created a business around helping individuals find joy in living in the body that they have now. No more waiting to lose those last few pounds to take that trip you have been dreaming of, she encourages you to stop obsessing and start living.

Danielle struggled with her weight for a good portion of her life, starting her first diet at the age of twelve. She has tried various diets, lost weight, gained weight and felt miserable. She was ready to take her life back from food and weight obsession and so she started lifting the layers to her emotional issues around weight.

What I really enjoyed about my discussion with Danielle is there are no hard and fast rules. She recognizes that every person is unique and encourages them to participate in activities that will help them. Some people find value in journaling, some find it stressful and unhelpful. She encourages everyone to ditch the scale, and instead of focusing on a number have them pay attention to how they feel. Instead of putting food off limits keep them in your diet but practice moderation.

I asked Danielle what would be in her cooler if she was taking a long road trip she shared her list with me: Deli Turkey, Hard Boiled Eggs, Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Avocado, Fruit, Veggies, Protein, Trail Mix and Unsweetened Fruit.

I am going to be in New York for several weeks and my host’s refrigerator is just a little bit bigger than my cooler so I think I will go grab some of these “cooler” items.

Danielle has created varied programs from 30 Day guides to one-on-one coaching. You can find additional details on her website where you can also sign up for her informative newsletter.

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