Hello, World! It’s great to be back in the blogging world. I have missed writing a blog. A few of you may remember my adoption blog – if you want to check that out, it’s still available at http://adopttaiwan.wordpress.com

This blog is going in a different direction. For the last 2-3 years, I have been on a journey to better health. I have always struggled with my weight. I would lose a few pounds, only to gain back the weight, plus a few extra pounds. I have tried most the popular weight loss plans out there, usually with initial success. The clothes in my closet ranged in size from “thin me” to “fat me”.

In 2012, I changed my focus. Instead of setting a goal weight, I committed to get to the gym three times a week. I was able to stick to that commitment, so each month thereafter, I set a new goal: one month I committed to try a new class, another month it was an attempt at learning a new fitness skill or eating “cleaner”.

By the start of 2013, I had lost about 25 pounds and was at a plateau with my weight loss. I started working with a personal trainer at the gym and I could see a difference in my fitness level. Not only that, my trainer started teaching me about nutrition, specifically macronutrients like protein, carbs, and fat. Other diets always focused on calories or points. This was different. I learned not all calories are created equal, and I was not eating enough to lose weight – I know, sounds like an oxymoron. But I actually needed to eat more to lose weight. With my new plan, I started tracking nutrients, not calories. And by May 2013, I reached my goal weight. This is an eating strategy I will likely follow for the rest of my life. It’s not a diet I go on and off. I feel at least 10 years younger and wish I had learned about eating this way much earlier.

I still set monthly fitness goals. I’m lifting weights now and I rely on body fat measurements once a month instead of the number on the scale. I became a TRX instructor in 2013, and now hope to encourage others in their own fitness journeys.

My Goal for the Well-Trained Mama blog:

I’m a mama to four sweet blessings. I want to be a strong and fit mom, and a role model for them as they grow. Not only do I want them to be healthy physically, I want them to put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I want to share my journey towards physical AND spiritual fitness through this blog. I hope you will be encouraged as you read my posts.

Below are two photos. . .I always thought that pink shirt looked flattering on me, until I saw that photo, taken in June 2011. I realized at that point how much weight I had gained. The one on the right was taken in September 2013, a ‘selfie’ taken in a dressing room buying new clothes because everything in my closet was too big.

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Elastic Tits


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the blog and can’t wait to follow along! Love the before and after photo’s 🙂 Thank you for being a support for me 😉
    love ya

  2. Great post! Glad to see you blogging again! As I have said many times, you are an inspiration to me…I will enjoy following along as you continue your journey!

  3. Thank you so much for writing this!

  4. thanks so much for starting your new blog and sharing! i would love to read how your new fit lifestyle has positively impacted your being a mom. and also spiritual applications. You’re an inspiration, and you look great. It’s so true, it’s not about a number, it’s about being fit and strong and healthy so we can serve God and love our families and be there for them.

    • hoostaiwan@gmail.com

      Hi Joyce – Glad you found me over here! I’m excited about starting this new blog. Thank you for your comments.

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