Lifestyle Reflection weight loss

Mardi Gras, Travel, Wedding Things and Such…

It’s been a few weeks since I said anything here, and I appreciate the messages and comments asking if I’m okay. I’m okay. It’s just a busy time, and blogging hasn’t been a priority. I have to say that I still enjoy it though, so I’m happy to be spending quiet time at home today.

I’m down a little over 80 pounds, which hasn’t changed much in the last month. I’m not exercising much, but I hope that if I exercise it will break this plateau. The numbers haven’t moved in the last few weeks, but I can wear jeans that I couldn’t wear at the beginning of the year. Two pairs of jeans that have been too tight since 2013 now fit again. One is even so big that people keep suggesting that I buy smaller pants.

The picture on the left is from about five months ago when I finished dead last at the New Orleans Saints 5k, and the picture on the right is from a few weeks ago. I’m obviously still big, but I feel so much smaller and lighter on my feet than I did that day. I’m incredibly proud of my progress, but I’m still striving to change what’s in my heart and head. My life’s purpose is not to lose weight; it’s to love people.

I’m doing an in-depth study of the book, “Made to Crave,” by Lisa TerKeurst, which unpacks the reality that God made us to crave Him, not food. People here have suggested that I read it in the past. Is anyone else reading it now? Has anyone read it?

It’s incredible how much my life has completely changed in the last several years, and I’m seriously ready for God to change this part of me too. The number on the scale is important, in that, I need to live at a healthy weight, but none of that will really change for good I don’t invite God in to really change the way I feel about food.


Speaking change…my wedding is only a few months away, and everything is going well so far. People keep asking if I’m stressed, but it hasn’t been stressful at all since I wrapped my head around the fact that I get to spend my life with Michael.

The venue, the food for the reception and the registries are complete. We’ve secured a block of hotel rooms, and the invitations are sitting in my kitchen waiting to be addressed. It’s still a bit early for that, I suppose, but I’m ready to do this. My soon-to-be sister-in-law is an event planner for one of the most popular venues in New Orleans, and she has been a tremendous help! I’m thankful for my future family of chefs too because they’ve made the process of choosing foods so easy for me.

I’ve always joked about want to register everywhere if and when I actually got married, and it was, indeed, as much fun as I thought it would be! It was most fun at Bed Bath and Beyond because they made a big deal about it, and I got to use the scanner gun thing. Target was cool too because I could scan things with my phone. There’s no way I’ll get everything that I scanned, but it’s okay. It was one of my favorite parts of wedding preparations so far.

Last week I came home to a gift from my Amazon registry, and I want to thank Connie for the beautiful salt and pepper shakers. I’ve loved them for years, and I was so touched to receive such a sweet surprise from someone from my blog. Thank you so much, Connie! It really made my day! I’m already using them, and Michael gets to use them too when I cook for him too.

Have I mentioned that I cannot wait until we live in the same place? It’s going to be an adjustment, but I’m looking forward to when I can go to sleep and wake up with him everyday. Is it June yet??

My plan (after blogging) today is to finish up our little wedding website. I enjoy quiet weekends from time to time, and I carved out some time to relax at home this weekend because it’s crazy in my neighborhood due to Mardi Gras and the NBA All-Star game. (Seriously, it took 45 minutes to get from my exit to my parking garage, and it usually only takes 3 to 5 minutes.) Next week I’ll be in San Francisco skipping out on the revelry, and I’ll be back when Carnival Season is over.

I’m looking forward to heading back to California because it’s been several years since I was last there, and any time that I get to spend with Leslie is awesome. She’s one of my closest friends, and I never would have met her if I hadn’t started this blog. Isn’t the internet cool like that?

Now Leslie is like family. I’m excited to meet up with her in San Francisco, and I’m excited that she’ll fulfill such an important role in my wedding this summer.

Life is good right now. It’s not always easy or perfect, but I have so much peace. I’m joyful and hopeful about what’s God has done and is doing in my life. I’m in awe, and I’m thankful.




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  • Reply
    Kristin C
    February 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Kenlie, I have been watching your journey and gaining inspiration from you for several years! So excited for the progress you are making in all areas of your life. I had a VSG last Wednesday, and am looking forward to the changes in the area of my health and weight. It has been a blessing to read and gain a little insight to this process through your blog and Instagram!

    All the best! Kristin

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    February 20, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Hi, I don’t know you but found your blog and enjoyed reading some of your past posts. Congratulations on your weight loss success. I’ve been taking this journal too and have lost 71 lbs. since June 2016. I still have a long way to go, but I don’t focus on the long path ahead, I just focus on the next 5 feet in front of me – one step at a time. I have seen the book “Made to Crave” and have considered it. How do you like it so far? I may have to get it as well. Good luck on your continued success and upcoming marriage.

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    Connie Bartlett
    February 20, 2017 at 8:42 am

    My your looking awesome after the 80 lb loss! You’re have always beautiful in all your pictures at any size, but you are glowing.

    So glad you received and like the little gift… and you’re very welcome.(I noticed you have very good taste in kitchen accessories. I love the little extra touches in the small things that makes a kitchen so pretty.) 🙂

    Keep up with the little updates when time provides.. it is exciting to see as all the wonderful things are unfolding for you..


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    Toni Martin
    February 20, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    sweet kenlie! what a wonderful season of life!!!!!
    God is at work as you walk with Him, giving Him all the pieces as He shines up your new creation! i am finding this a gloriously challenging process as with Him growth is part of living!! my word for this year is “surrender” and He has been unearthing fragments of old lies that i believed i had submitted:) i love that you are taking the non-world approach to planning your wedding as you choose peace over hype!!!! thanking God for His hand on your life and praying romans 12:1-2 over you and me and we present our bodies as living sacrifices and our minds to be transformed!!! toni

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    February 21, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Kenlie,I love to read your blog because you seem like a happy person. Also congratulations on your weight loss after your surgery. Hopefully you will continue to lose weight. I want to get you a wedding gift too. Can I have your last name so I can browse for it on Amazon. Thanks

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    February 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    You are looking fantastic!!! It also sounds like you are in a really healthy place emotionally with your weight also!!! Keep up the work and those pants sizes will keep dropping!!!! (The scales will too…they just sometimes are dumb and take a bit longer!!!)

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