Jessica’s Journey

This is just one person’s story – but I’m hoping it will be worth telling.

I plan to often continue to write personal blogs that give insight into the way my personal journey is going as I fight with weight loss, anxiety, depression, and more. I can’t wait to see how I change over time and I hope you’ll join me in watching the journey.

How Does Journaling Help?

There is, of course, a myriad of choices for support for the anxious person of today. Any Google search will give you a list of things to do, symptoms, prescribed and not-prescribed help. While no academic expert, I can give a story and some personal advice as to what kept me sane. High school was … Continue reading How Does Journaling Help?

CBD for Anxiety Relief

When I was in college, a ton of people started to pop up around me talking about the magic qualities of natural oils. I sent out a signal once on our school Facebook group that I needed some DayQuil/NyQuil for a sinus infection I had. One girl reached out and had me go to her … Continue reading CBD for Anxiety Relief

New Year’s Resolutions 2021

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the last 20 or so years of your life making “New Year’s Resolutions” that are supposed to make you into a “NEW YOU.” The thought of a new number on the calendar and Januaries bring in this chaotic idea that this is the Monday-est of Monday’s – this … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions 2021

Agreeable

Is it better to be agreeable? Truly? I’ve heard it all my life: how easy I make everyone’s lives, how well I listen, how I fill the gap and take initiative. These are all good traits, I’m sure. I’m sure there are people who don’t have these that wish they did, but maybe… this is … Continue reading Agreeable

I Tried the Green Week

I have been attempting to come up with a system of “dieting” that allows me to feel freedom and avoid binge-ing and anxiety. I came up with and tested the idea of a “Green Week” – a week where I spend 7 days eating between 1400-1750 calories a day. I posted along the way on … Continue reading I Tried the Green Week

Green Week

A system to count calories, teach yourself to eat better, and a new idea for helping your metabolism.

Stirring Up

What a week I’ve had… and it’s only Tuesday. I have felt insanely anxious and on edge since the middle of last week, and I think it started with having to cancel on a friend and I’s walk on Thursday. I had completely forgotten that I was leaving work early for a DMV appointment and … Continue reading Stirring Up

The Tortoise Wins Again

Why must we learn the same lessons over and over again? Why do silly moral stories stay so important through generations? I’d say we just need reminding again and again. When the heat of quarantine was going on, I remember seeing post after post about how we’d learn to slow down like we had been … Continue reading The Tortoise Wins Again

You Are Your Own Charge

Sometimes I feel like I’m babysitting myself. “Jessica, remember to wash your face again before bed.” “Jessica, you have to go workout, it’s good for you, you feel better when you do it.” “Jessica, there isn’t time to play a game of Apex, you need to prep some food so you don’t run out of … Continue reading You Are Your Own Charge

When It’s All Too Much?

Written June 2020 I like to think I’m a lot stronger or better or braver than I am. I heard once that we always expect our “tomorrow” selves to do much better than we do today. We expect higher motivation and generally assume that after a night’s rest, we’ll be doing great. Kind of reminds … Continue reading When It’s All Too Much?

Creativity and Anxiety

Say hello to my sanity from High School. These journals are filled with tears, with ripped pages, with pen and pencil, with history, with frustrations, with pretending, with texts, with passed notes… and so much more. My first journal started when I was about to be a freshman. I had gone on a mission trip … Continue reading Creativity and Anxiety

Not Every Day is the Same

Sometimes… I am KILLING it. Two weeks ago, I had my Thursday 5k, I ate about 1350 calories – some of it in the delicious pasta recipe I had seen. I didn’t go back for seconds, and I crocheted and watched This is Us instead of late-night snacking. Some days, I do great – even … Continue reading Not Every Day is the Same

Emotional Eating

I have only recently received the official diagnosis from a medical professional, but I have always known that I have persisting anxiety (GAD being the proper name). A lot of this is related to the circumstances I grew up in. I had divorced parents, drug use in the family, I moved all of the time, … Continue reading Emotional Eating

Roadblocks to Weight Loss

“I have been thinking about the idea of excuses for some time now. They are like menacing demons that creep into our lives without us knowing. They are roadblocks, white lies to ourselves, a reason to set the bar lower, and self-justification for achieving less than our full potential.” Lorii Myers, No Excuses, The Fit … Continue reading Roadblocks to Weight Loss

Weight Loss History

We all have a history. Sometimes it’s our childhood, our 20’s, a weirdly obsessive ex… sometimes it’s our weight loss. Man, oh man, do me and my weight loss have a history. In high school I barely had to think about it. I was more concerned with the drama my family was always having or … Continue reading Weight Loss History

And…. Go!

This is where the fun begins. This week was the start of what I am calling my new beginning. See, I have a tendency to avoid these hard-line statements in favor of qualifiers. I love “for now” and “we’ll see” and “I’m hoping,” because these give me an out. When I mess up, I have … Continue reading And…. Go!


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