My Wellness Journey Update {Before and Afters Pictures}

Hey sweet friends!  I hope you are having a wonderful week!  

I am super excited to give you an update on my Wellness Journey!  

If you are just now joining me, I have literally been on a journey to wellness for a few years, trying every type of program or eating plan out there, but I haven’t had any success until my sister and I decided to try the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program this past March.

It is a six week program that focuses on intermittent fasting and carb cycling, plus exercise.  It is super easy to follow, although not all of the exercises are easy to do.  However Amanda Tress, the creator of FW2FL, has recently created a “beginners” version of the exercises.  I did the exercises I could do, and as I got stronger, I was able to do even more of them.

I shared this picture on my blog after the first 6 week round…

Although I could see a difference in my body after the first six weeks, it is HOW I FELT that kept me going.  I felt stronger and healthier both mentally and physically.  

I am currently in the final week of my second round, and I am still loving it!  I was going to take “after” pictures next week and share them with you, but the next round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program starts this MONDAY, June 12th, and it is almost full, so I wanted to let you know now in case you wanted to join me!

Here are the results of me being on the FW2FL program for 12 weeks….

I blurred out my face because I do not want to see it all over Pinterest!  haha!  I hope you know that it is NOT EASY for me to share these pictures with you.  Especially the “before’s.”  Oh my!

But if it motivates or helps even one of my readers to make a change and start getting healthier too, then it was totally worth it to me!


I look at the “before” pictures, and I remember how miserable I felt.  I had NO energy.  My body had become a burden and was standing in the way of me living life to the fullest.  I felt completely out of control.

After 12 weeks of being on this program, I feel like a completely different person!

(I’m trying not to sound like an infomercial, but I can’t help it!  It’s just true!)

You can ask my husband and kids who have been cheering me on every step of the way.  They have been so sweet and supportive.  They know me best, and they know the person I had become over the past few years was NOT ME.  My boys wanted their active, healthy mom back…

Me in 2012

I know I am not there yet, but I am getting there, and I feel so motivated to stay the course!  I am signing up for my 3rd round of FW2FL which starts on Monday!  

Wanna join me?

Amanda will be closing the registration soon, and there are not many spots left, so if you are interested, you may want to go ahead and join by clicking the link below.  

If you have any questions at all about the program, you can email me at, or you can leave me a message on my Facebook page. 

And of course, I will be sure to share the results of my 3rd round with you right here on the blog!  It holds me accountable.  :)

Have a blessed day, friends!



  1. so proud of you on your journey to get healthy , stronger and feeling better about your self. thanks also for providing inspiration to others. you got this girl. good luck in round 3

  2. Good job!! I think that whatever program a person finds to work for them is the right one! Any progress helps keep the motivation, and as you get stronger you desire to push even more! I’m proud of you too! Weight is a lifelong journey and often a struggle. Stay strong!

  3. Good for you, I think you look great! Keep going as you know you will reap the rewards! Congrats! I do WW and walk, bike and swim in the summer!

  4. Traci – I’m so proud of you and happy for you!!!!! What a difference 12 weeks has made in your life- very exciting. and what a great example you are setting for your boys and girl. You are a young mom and being at the top of your game is important – I don’t know how you juggle it all. Keep it up! you’re such an inspiration! and I promise I will NOT pin any of your photos :).
    I want to get my daughter on this program – but she has some time constraints right now – finishing her BS in Accounting – but that will be done the end of July. I think this would be so good for her. She has been under a tremendous amount of stress in the past two years and has not really taken good care of herself – and her weight has increase by probably 30 lbs.

    1. oh, and ps – love the SC hat ! I’m from SC – live in TN now, but I love my home state – good ole’ South Cackalacky.

  5. You are looking great! I am on my second round of same program & I can’t say enough good things about it & I’m going on 58!! Helping me loose inches & 15 lbs. Keep up the great work!!!

  6. Traci, (((Hugs))), Girl. I know this was a very vulnerable post. Thank you for being real. You’re doing a fabulous job and I’m so glad you’re having such wonderful success!
    **You’re a rockstar**

  7. SO glad you are feeling better and enjoying life more….congratulations on all your hard work 💃🏼🎉

  8. Congrats…you are looking great and making me feel a bit inspired!! Keep up the good work and thanks for being so brave to share your before pics!!

  9. Traci,
    You are doing GREAT!!!!!! Keep up the good work!!!! You are beautiful inside and out!!

  10. You rock Traci ! Congrats on all your success. Thx for sharing this journey with us! So proud of you! ;-)

  11. You look fantastic! So much of a change in your arms-shoulder-chest area. Keep up the good work!

  12. I am so happy for you, Traci! Both because I love seeing people overcome, succeed and thrive AND because my own journey has been very similar, meaning when you talk about losing yourself and then finding yourself, I 100% relate.

    Cheering for you and journeying with you! xo

  13. Traci, you are doing awesome! It inspires me to see an older woman being able to lose weight without following a crazy “fad” diet. I know I am older than you, at least I think I am and I’m going to check out this fitness program. I’m a few weeks away from 53 and the last year or two has seen my belly turning to fat. UGH!!! I applaud your hard work and your willingness to share your pictures. GOD Bless!


  14. Oh Wow… happy for you. I can tell in your voice how happy you are and what an accomplishment. You really have changed your body. It looks not only smaller but stronger. I’m sure you’ve already helped many. Keep up the good work. I bet Cyndi is proud of you too. :)

  15. Traci, wow these photo shows all of your hard work. So proud of your accomplishment and keep up the excellent work. Awesome…you are rocking this diet and exercise program!

  16. These pictures show me a determined, committed woman using her will in all good ways! Great job, Traci!

  17. Thank you for sharing!! You are looking great and your hard work is paying off. I appreciate that you’re willing to share with us the real you, working on a real issue that so many of us struggle with. Thank you!!!

  18. Well, I tried reading your post about painting your laundry room but kept getting the older post about your weight loss. How does that happen? lol

  19. Congratulations, you look better already. I give you total kudos for being brave enough to share your photos. Keep up the good work.

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