Future PriorFatGirl, #6

Introducing Lynne…

My name is Lynne and I have 126lbs to lose. I am a single 30 year old gal who loves photography, scrapbooking, blogging and the outdoors but whose weight holds me back from really living my life. Growing up I had two desires, the first was to be married to a lovely man with a house full of children and the second was to help other people.

Towards the end of last year it really started to hit home with me. If I don’t start being intentional about my actions and start making real changes to my lifestyle, I won’t be in a position to see those desires come to life.

Each year I pick a word to focus on and this year my word is “wholeness”. My goal for this year is to find wholeness in every area of my life; in my eating, my body, my spirit, my emotions and my outlook on life. These past few years have been difficult ones, and have greatly contributed to the weight gain, but the thing that I am finding more difficult to live with on a daily basis is not so much the extra weight (although that is clearly an issue), but rather the lack of self-confidence. This affects how I see myself and the things that I do, or often don’t do, in life. I love dresses but never wear them, I shy away from meeting new people, I find myself trying to be invisible in a group of people and I don’t stand up for myself the way that I know I should do. I can’t let this go on – it simply has to change no matter what it involves.

Health and being healthy is very similar to my one little word for the year, wholeness. For me, being healthy not only means eating well and moving more but it also means following my dreams, learning to love myself and taking an active part in my own life. For me, the first step of this journey begins with the physical. My goal is to lose a total of 134lbs and I know that I am the type of person who not only needs a structure to it, but who needs flexibility within that structure. In line with my personality and what I know I need, I have signed up to WW online. I have started moving more since January, and my aim is to keep that movement up and improve on it. Three to four sessions per week has been built into my schedule as I know that that is the only way that I will get it into my daily life. 134lbs is a lot of weight to lose but I know that this process is one which will probably take me twelve to eighteen months – and that is alright with me. A pound a week, even half a pound, will be considered a victory and will bring me one step closer to my healthy self.

I have also started on building my confidence again. This confidence journey is also going to take a lot of time and effort, but it’s such an important step in this process. Once the weight begins to come off and the confidence grows, I hope to be able to make new friends and meet my man, I would love to open up my own business and I above all else I want to be enjoying my life.

If I am to be successful at becoming a priorfatgirl, I would be so honored. It would not only give me the opportunity to help other people (my second heart’s desire) but it would also help me to stay accountable. This journey is such a difficult one, but I really believe that by being real with how things are going and acknowledging the highs and lows, that this journey will be the best one yet. The thing is, even if I am not successful with joining the priorfatgirl family, I know that this is my time to make the change. I will succeed.



  1. Lynne – your story really hit home with me. Regardless of who is chosen to be the next FPFG, I hope we can keep up with each others’ struggles and triumphs! Let’s do this!

  2. Lyndsey says:

    Lynne- I can relate to your story so much. I am at the tail end of weight loss part of my journey (down 117 pounds, 8 more to go to goal). I wish you all the best, and believe YOU CAN DO THIS! It’s a beautiful, challenging undertaking that will shape you in ways you cannot even begin to imagine. Good luck, and always, always persist. It will pay off.

  3. It isn’t easy to make the commitment to do it but it sounds like you are on the right track. Best of luck to you!

  4. I am also 30, single and a photographer so I definitely identify with you. I’ve lost 50lbs since August and ideally have almost another 100 to go. Good luck with your journey, and I hope you get the chance to blog about it because I would follow!

  5. This post reminded me a lot of myself, and I look forward to voting for you!

  6. Lynne,
    I’ve just got to say that I love your idea of a word a year to focus on and wholeness is the perfect choice.

    Good luck!

  7. Thank you for sharing your story Lynne! I loved reading and wish you the best of luck! Hope to be reading more soon…

  8. Really great…I love your idea of “wholeness”. I am struggling with my weight also but I find that, particularly on this website, most are trying to lose baby weight. While their progress is inspiring, there actually is a reason for the weight. so ‘comforting’ might not be the right word, but please know that you’re not alone and I look forward to following your journey!

  9. I just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely comments and words of encouragement.

  10. Go girl! You are on the right track and have the right frame of mind to do it. It will change your life! And Im talking from experience, having just gone through a year of change myself.

  11. Go for it Lynne. You can do it.

  12. Leigh-Ann says:

    I know you can do it so try hard and go for it.

  13. I know what its like so all the best. Well done for getting this far.

  14. Rosemary says:

    “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23) – And you will succeed Lynne!

  15. Hi Lynne, I believe you can do this. You have the right frame of mind and just need to keep positive and with the help of the Lord you will gain your goal before you know where you are. Keep focused and I would love to hear how your loss of weight is going. God bless

  16. Hi Lynne, your reasons are all perfect and show you to be in a positive frame of mind. Just remember who you are doing this for – YOU. All the best on your journey to an all new YOU. 🙂

  17. Heya 🙂

    Just want to say good luck. Know that if you put your mind to it and have the support around you, you can do anything.
    All the best 🙂

  18. Hi Lynne,

    Your post resonated with me. I have 115 pounds to lose, I turn 30 in a few months and I am single, hoping to find marriage. I would love to keep up with your progress and stay accountable. I am starting by strength training at home as I can’t afford much else. My cousin introduced me to a fitness app that presents a simple yet good workout. I am sore from doing it with her yesterday. Anyway, would love to follow your progress and share mine as I hit marks.

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