About Kenlie

If someone had told me, when I started this blog in 2009,  that I’d be living in the heart of New Orleans, attending school at Tulane and going to church every Sunday, I would have rolled my eyes and insisted that they get a clue.  At the time, I lived in New York, and I had almost everything that I thought I wanted – a boyfriend, an assortment of designer handbags and a plan, but  everything changed.

After losing over 100 pounds, moving across the country and being forced to hit the restart button on my life, I went through a series of tumultuous times.  I experienced heartbreak, loss and uncertainty, and at times, I wondered if I would ever feel happiness again.  I felt isolated and unloved (even though I’ve always been aware of the love of my family,) but God blessed me in spite of myself.

Now I live in Downtown New Orleans, and it’s much easier to focus on all of the positive things in my life.  I began to rebuild the self-confidence that I had lost while regaining the independence that I lacked.  I also regained some of the weight that I worked so hard to lose.  I’ve managed to keep the majority of it off, but weight-loss has not been a priority for me in ages.

Being physically fit is important to me.  It’s a life goal that I want to continue working toward, but it has never been my only priority.  I needed to get a lot of things straight in my life, and getting honest with myself and the people around me was a great start.  I’ve grown exponentially since writing my first post on this blog, and the growing continues…

Putting myself “out there” still makes me vulnerable in ways that are not always comfortable for me, but it has also allowed me to see that there are a lot of reasons to love myself.

I may not be at a normal weight right now, but I recognize my strengths and talents.  I see the improvements that I’ve made in my life, and I don’t dwell on the mistakes.  I lived a life of shame and regret for a long, long time, but now my life is filled with joy.

Whether you’re here to offer your support or to find encouragement for yourself, I want to thank you for taking time to check out my little blog.  I hope you’ll visit often as I continue to share my life and my desire to go “all the weigh.”

Kenlie Nola Church

 

 

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Doreen June 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Good luck to you. I too love Richard Simmons. I do his Sweatin to the Oldies tape all the time. I’ve had it for many years now. I also bought a small trampoline which I use as well.

I’m sorry to read about your incident with Southwest. What they did is terrible.

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Kenlie June 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Thanks Doreen,

Richard is even better in person than I had imagined! Keep up the fantastic work! =)

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Tanya June 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I was so happy to read that you got to meet Richard Simmons! I wish I could do workout videos in my apartment, but I live on the second floor of an apartment (and have laminate wood floor, so the sound travels BADLY!)… so, I’m off to the gym most days. Love reading your blog!

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Kenlie June 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Yes Tanya, I can see why your neighbors downstairs might be happy that you go to the gym..ha I just came in from the track. We just have to do whatever works for us. =)

Thanks for being here!

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HS @ Our Debt Blog June 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

omg! nice Ray Ban’s girl :) My kinda girl LOL.. Keep up the good work and the fashion.

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Kenlie June 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Ha..thanks…a girl needs a few good pairs of sunglasses, don’t you think? =)

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Nicky June 17, 2011 at 6:51 am

I love what you said there at the end. You’re so right, we’ve only got one life to live. I want mine to be extraordinary too. I love your blog and am really inspired by you as we both work towards our journeys. :)

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Tina June 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

WHY I am I getting all these comments in my google reader all of a sudden?

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Kenlie June 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I’m not sure Tina….I’m looking at this on my iPhone, but I’ll take a look on my laptop to figure it out. My blog has gone through a lot of changed recently so something is probably just confused…sorry..!

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Hyla June 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I am also Tina!

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Joan June 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

It’s not just your blog Kenlie. All the blogs on Google Reader are doing it.

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Dawn June 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I’ve been following your blog and the situation with the airline with a huge amount of compassion for both you and your mum because I dread every flight..that I’d be asked to book two seats, might be told I was too fat or my own personal fear that the lap belt wouldn’t fasten.
I read with absolute horror another truly dreadful story, this time in the UK.

A mum tried to book her lovely, capable independent 12 year old daughter on a flight as an accompanied minor to visit her aunt in Scotland, a flight of less than an hour. Its entirely normal here for airlines to look after unaccompanied minors. British Airways said they did not accept such bookings from young people with Downs Syndrome. They have now admitted this is NOT their policy and a mistake has been made. Dreadful
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2004004/BA-turns-girl-away-Downs-Syndrome.html

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Courtney Gosvener August 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Wow so glad I stumbled upon your blog! I have been in a frozen “do nothing” state for a while now and makes me realize I just need to “Start” and stop thinking about “I have 138 pounds to lose”. It just seems so daunting!!! I have to lose 1/2 my body weight to reach the WW goal set by plugging in my height and weight. I will take losing even 100, but it would be nice to be the lowest ever adult/teenager/preteen weight!!!!

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Kim Andrews August 17, 2011 at 1:07 am

Kenlie, I met you in Richard Simmons class tonight. I commented on what a beautiful name you have. I noticed your warm smile and shining personality. I am happy I came across your blog. Watching your determination in class and now reading your blog has really motivated me. Keep up the positive attitude. Look forward to seeing you in class again :)

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Brooke September 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

Girl, you rock! I am a new follower and I love everything so far! Keep it up and keep making me have a positive attitude!

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Katy October 28, 2011 at 12:12 am

I am a new follower and I just wanted to say GREAT job, you are so gorgeous. I am on my own weight loss journey and you are amazing inspiration!!!

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Jillian November 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

i just stumbled upon your blog and just want to say WOW! good for you for how far you’ve come and your devotion to where you are going! your smile and spirit are contagious (even just through your blog) and you make me want to be friends with you! (i don’t mean for that to sound as weird as it probably does!)

keep up the great work — you inspire us all!!

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Hoda November 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Great job dear! What a determination u have! Plz never stop
beliving in urself and that nithing is impossible.
Lots of support from my side :)

Hoda

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Deborah (Schmiet) December 1, 2011 at 12:44 am

Wow, what an inspiration you are! Congratulations on your achievements to date.

Deb

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Nik January 9, 2012 at 1:00 am

OMG! You are too cute and brave! I happen to find your blog by accident, but I think it’s a sign, because the timing could not be better. Thanks for being such an inspiration…well done!

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James January 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Thanks for the blog, keep up the good effort!

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Jeanne January 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

Kenlie,

Love your inspirational posts – The only limits in your life are those that you set yourself.

Keep up the good work and be proud.

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Lacy February 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Wow! I look forward to learning more about you and your journey! I, too, enjoy recipes from Skinny Taste and Hungry Girl! We also share a similar taste in music :) You are such an encouragement and simply beautiful. Glad we are friends!

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Andrea - Making It Healthy February 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I love your story…congrats on taking the bull by the horn and making it happen! I’m looking forward to following you on your journey and losing weight right along with you :)

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Phil May 4, 2012 at 2:51 am

Kenlie, your honesty and sincerity are obvious. This may not sound like encouragement, but it is. The weight loss shouldn’t be the goal. That’s the reward. The goal I think is to live your new lifestyle for the rest of your life. Science says it will be difficult. Much more difficult than a naturally thin person to maintain. You have to accept that. But you can never slack off. A few days, yes; while you’re sick, yes, but otherwise, never. Never. It must become who you are, not just a program you are currently following. I really want you, and others like you, to make it!

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Mommy Bags May 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

Love your story, blog and your courage it is awesome to see in this crazy world we live it. I caught your story on our local news this am. I am looking forward to reading your blog and getting to know you. BTW love Gina’s Skinny Taste recipes. I also need to get Gillian Michaels Shred I try and work out almost everyday but I think I need an extra kick in my ass.

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Cassandra May 7, 2012 at 12:04 am

Hi Kenlie,
I just saw your interview on the Today show. Sorry you and your mom had to go through that. People can be very hurtful. You’re a stronger person for going public with what happened. Good luck on your weight loss journey.

xo,

Cassandra

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Charlie Carriere May 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

Just wanted to add my voice to the positive comments. I admire what you’re doing, personally and legally.

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Donja Meuleman May 7, 2012 at 3:01 am

Wow Kenlie, I admire your courage and perseverance. I read an article on Dutch News Today about you suiïng the airline company as they demanded you to buy an extra seat on your trip. The article had your weblog in it and as being overweighted myself and my struggle to fight the prejudices society has I decided to take a look. My goodness, you lost a lot of weight already, I’m proud of you and what you did. I do understand the point of view of the airline though but that doesn’t take away my admiration for what you accomplished so far. You did this all without surgery I understand reading your story ? Super ! Continue the good work and kick some ass ) Greetings from a too cold Holland. Donja.

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Sarah May 8, 2012 at 8:29 am

Hi Kenlie! I just found your blog and I wanted to give you major props on your weight loss journey! You’re looking fantastic and I think you’re doing a great job getting healthy. As much as I wish for a magic weight loss cure, I think your attitude and approach to weight loss is great. I’m excited to continue reading about your journey.

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Amelia May 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I just wanted to say that I think you are a beautiful person. My weight is going up and up. I had 2 kids (plan on having at least one more :) and the weight won’t come off. I do not like how I look but I am trying to love myself for who I am. Things are rough at times. I yo-yo diet and think “ok tomorrow I will start dieting again and working out.” The whole process is depressing for me, but I plan on sticking to it someday! Anyway, I found out about this blog when I heard your story about the flight. In my opinion, I think that maybe some of the seats should be made bigger to accommodate “larger passengers.” Would it be that big of a deal to make some of the seats a little bigger? I do not think so. You are doing a wonderful job and look great! Keep up the good work! :)

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Janet August 26, 2012 at 4:27 am

Hi there Kenlie! I just nominated you for inspiring blog award. Here is a link to instructions on what to do next.
http://frozencream.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/inspiring-blog-award/

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Liana September 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I love what you have done so far! I’ve just started blogging again after a loooooooooong break and many of the weightloss bloggers I followed before no longer post. It’s great to find some active blogs.

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Cathy October 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Kenlie, you are amazing! I wanted to start by saying that. 100 pounds, wow. And you are beautiful! I started reading Kelly’s NTTC blog because I got a recommendation on the Jenny site. I am on Jenny also, about five months now and 27 pounds. I have a ways to go too. I really enjoyed all the posts and pictures about that Fitblogging weekend — and it made me really jealous I wasn’t there (even though I don’t blog) :) I saw all the pictures of all you cute bloggers and I just thought I would stop to say hello and congratulate you on such a great job :)

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rick October 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Wow, I just found your website, your are a beauty for sure, I hope you reach all your goals. You may have heard of this before, but if you haven’t, I am a fan of dr. joseph Mercola at mercola.com. He teaches a workout called HIIT, or high intensity interval training. His method is called peak 8 and here is a link to a video with phil campbell who is an expert at hiit. The whole workout is 20 minutes and much more beneficial than steady state cardio. Take care and I wish you you the best.http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/02/10/phil-campbell-interview.aspx

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Sylvie @ StruggleswithaFatA November 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Nice to meet you! I’m a new blogger and hope to achieve the success I’ve seen on blogs such as yours. Any advice is greatly appreciated. :)

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Dan November 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Kenlie… I’m really glad I met you the other night. This is amazing. You’ve got me motivated. And I’m going to share this with friends. Good luck.

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Kelly December 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I’m so glad I saw this blog!! I’ve lost over 200 lbs (started at about 400) and am struggling to lose the last 40 . It’s definitely hard and it definitely requires a lot of dedication, but it’s worth it. The gym is now something I crave…and veggies? I crave those too!
As far as the rude comments, etc: don’t let them get you down. I still get called names (my identical twin sister “grew out of” her weight problem in middle school while I continued to balloon and still calls me “fatty” or “fat stuff’ on occasion when she’s angry) and I have family that actually makes getting in shape sound like an STD–something detrimental that they can catch. I let it roll off my back and know that in the long run I’ll look and feel better about myself, which is all that really matters.
Keep up the good work!!

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Steve December 31, 2012 at 6:46 am

Hi Kenlie,
My name is Steve and I just found your page and really enjoying it. That’s awesome news that you’re halfway there before you know it you’ll have reached your goal. Good luck.
I have also lost a good amount of weight, 291 pounds lost about 2 years ago. I just wanted to tell you there is nothing more I wanted and the payoff is ten times greater than I have even imagined. I let myself out of a self created jail.
My timeline is below:
Highest weight 475, 1988
First diet down to 384, 1995
Loss of: 91 pounds
Re-start at 384 in April 2008
End 200 February 2011
200 Pounds Lost from Restart
Current Weight: 184 pounds
291 Pounds Total Pounds Lost

I can remember my first day on my lifestyle change, I stepped up on the elliptical and worked for a full 5 minutes, got off and headed upstairs… I stopped and said NO, I am going to do 20 minutes even if its in 5 minute increments. I am now doing 2 hour workouts per day because I enjoy it not because I have to.
I am currently having some small challenges on maintenance and need to get involved in weight loss. Either reading or helping in some sort of way. I never want to go back to the old me, the new me is so much more fun. :)

Happy New Year to you and your readers.
Good Luck to everyone,

Steve

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Kim January 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I just wanted to let you know how amazing I think you are! I have not checked your blog (or any blogs) in a while and when I logged on today I saw that you were still going strong – good for you!! What an inspiration – you should be very proud of yourself :)

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Sherri March 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Good luck on your journey! It’s seems as though you have an attitude that will take you to the end of goals. Keep up the good work.
Persistence and a positive attitude. You have both…

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Julie Jefferson August 2, 2013 at 12:17 am

Hi, Kenlie. I’ve enjoyed your blog for some time! You are so positive and motivating! Your recipes rock! Thank you for sharing your journey! My friends & I enjoy (and learn from) so many of your posts! Keep fighting the good fight! You show that it CAN be done! :)

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Attempted Runner September 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Not sure if you participate or not, but I just wanted to let you know that since I enjoy your blog, I nominated you for the Shine On award! http://trainedtorun.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=674&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

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Lea October 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I just wanna say I admire you so much! I myself have recently lost over 100lbs. I am a 21 year old college student and I have been big my whole life. One day I decided I had enough and started eating right and working out. Everyone was shocked at how fast I lost the weight from doing it the old fashion way. All my friends are tiny girls who all play a sport at my school. I have been slacking off these past weeks but after reading your blog I am determined to lose these last 50-75lbs to get to my goal. Thank you for the motivation and I can’t wait to read the rest of you journy

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