Fat Calves and All

I have been losing weight for a while now and I love seeing all the differences. I love feeling stronger and more able. I love that my body is getting smaller. I love having more energy and being able to live my life instead of just existing. Just about every day I notice something that I can do now that I couldn’t before, or something that I can do better now. Sometimes I think, “I can’t do that”, but I try anyway and sometimes I can! When I can’t, I know that really it just means that I am not able YET, but I will get there! I am feeling more positive and optimistic than I have in so long, maybe ever.

Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle. I still need help sometimes with things that other people take for granted. I still hurt every day, although I do hurt less now. I still move slowly most of the time, but I’m moving more and more. I still have social anxiety, but I’m working on it.  I still have people who say and do ignorant things when I’m in public sometimes, but I’m learning to ignore it and move on. I know that I am a work in progress and I probably always will be, but I’m working hard on making me the best that I can be.

I see the pounds and inches coming off and I am so proud of all that I have accomplished. I have lost inches everywhere, except for one place. I am not, AT ALL, putting myself down or belittling how far that I have come, but really, REALLY, why the heck are my calves still SO fat??? Lol.

Hiking August 1, 2012

Anyway, have you watched and rated my video blogs? If not, here are the links:

Video #1 Mindi’s Taking It Off: https://apps.vi.com/vistar/channel/554695322?v=WLkmXdOxL5s#.UBqYKCMiIrY.facebook

Video #2 Exercise: https://apps.vi.com/vistar/channel/554695322?v=WLkmXdOxL5s#.UBqYKCMiIrY.facebook

Video #3 Mindi’s Taking It Off – Hiking: https://apps.vi.com/vistar/channel/554695322?v=WLkmXdOxL5s#.UBqYKCMiIrY.facebook

Video #4 Mindi’s Taking It Off – Motivation:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLkmXdOxL5s

And the link to my fan-page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MindisTakingItOff

And the link to my Visalus webpage: http://mindiraley.myvi.net/

Please feel free to visit any and all of them 🙂 As always, thank you for your support, encouragement, love and understanding. You bless my life 🙂


This past week was a hard one because I was hurting a lot physically and emotionally. I tend to take things incredibly personally, so when I feel like someone is attacking me it hurts a lot. When someone who I thought loved me proves that they don’t, it hurts. You’d think by now I’d be used to it, but I don’t know that I ever will.

This week I did not exercise enough and I did not eat right all the time. When I did my weight and measurements I was sad, but not surprised. This week I only lost one pound and one inch. I started to feel bad, but then I realized that at least I lost something. I honestly think that if it weren’t for my Body by Vi shakes, I probably would’ve gained a pound or two this week.

So I am focusing on the positives. I feel really good. I have lots of energy. I am sleeping so much better than I think, maybe, I ever have. I got new exercise games for the Wii and I am LOVING them! I did an amazing hike the other day. Did you see the video? If not, please check it out and vote for me here:  https://apps.vi.com/vistar/channel/554695322?v=iQqEaBgW-ZE#.UBYBk1DyCxc.facebook

Today I did a video about motivation and it was emotional. You can watch it and vote for me here: https://apps.vi.com/vistar/channel/554695322?v=WLkmXdOxL5s

So maybe it wasn’t the greatest week, but I’m still moving forward. If ever I forget, all I have to do is look at how far I’ve already come:

My weight this week is 456.




I was told that people like visuals, so I’ve been trying to get more camera friendly. It is difficult to do when I’ve always hated pictures of myself, but I’m working on it. Looking at pictures side by side makes me more likely to agree to having my picture taken. I like to see my progress in these pictures of me. The one on the left (me in blue) is from June 13. The one on the right (of me in pink) is from July 9. These are the same exact shirts in different colors. It is amazing to see the differences in my body in only 30 days. I can’t wait to see me a month from now!

June 2012July 2012