About Emmie

about_emily1Hi there! I’m Emily, formerly Skinny Emmie, a thirty-two year old weight loss blogger, fashion lover, social media marketer, and writer. I’m on the journey from 455 pounds to healthy – whatever that number ends up being on the scale. I reside in Kentucky with my husband David and pup Lilly.

Want a short list of posts that will give you an intro to who I am? Here it is! 

Authentically Emmie documents the good, bad, and ugly of going from super morbidly obese to healthy. With over 113 pounds shed so far, I cover the gamut of physical and emotional challenges that I’ve encountered from a very personal perspective. I also blog about plus size fashion as it’s a personal passion and is one of the keys to making me feel my best in my own skin. Apologies in advance for excessive mentions of glitter, dresses, the gym, and Starbucks.

Want to get the Cliffs Notes version of my journey? Start here.

I am a corporate marketer by trade who now owns a social media consulting company. I am the community manager for Enell Sports Bras, am a contributor at ShePosts and HerKentucky, and serve as a Fitfluential ambassador. Locally, I serve on the Board of Directors for AAF Lexington and Social Media Club Lexington. Junior Leaguer.  I love to speak at events and write content for various publications. Check out the highlights of various media appearances here.

Want to get in touch with me? As a social media addict, it’s pretty easy to find me anytime! Find me on Twitter at @authemmie. More of a Facebook fan? Find me there also. More formal? Here’s LinkedIn for you. Video person? Here’s my YouTube channel. For good measure, here’s Instagram (or search @authemmie) and Pinterest. To keep tabs on my posts here, sign up to receive updates via RSS feed. I also have a bi-monthly newsletter for readers with fresh, personal content – subscribe here.

I’d love to hear from you. Contact me here, or by email: emmie (at) authenticallyemmie (dot) com.

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Disclaimer: All the information presented on this blog is for entertainment purposes only. This blog is NOT a substitute for any advice given to you by your physician. Always consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any weightloss, nutrition or exercise program. Use of the programs, advice, and information contained in this website is at the sole choice and risk of the reader.

  • Matt

    “In addition to being a fat, I am also accomplished in many other ways.” LMFAO!!!

  • Matt

    “In addition to being a fat, I am also accomplished in many other ways.” LMFAO!!!

  • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com skinnyemmie

    Matt, I hope you were laughing your ass off at the grammatical errors of that sentence instead of thinking that being fat is a reason to laugh your ass off. Would hate to think that a fellow Thesis user in Lexington would post a jerk comment. If I’m over-reacting, my apologies.
    In any case, I fixed the errors and hope that what I say makes sense now. Being fat is not an accomplishment, but rising above people who try to bring you down because of it is.

  • http://authenticallyemmie.com Skinny Emmie

    Matt, I hope you were laughing your ass off at the grammatical errors of that sentence instead of thinking that being fat is a reason to laugh your ass off. Would hate to think that a fellow Thesis user in Lexington would post a jerk comment. If I’m over-reacting, my apologies.
    In any case, I fixed the errors and hope that what I say makes sense now. Being fat is not an accomplishment, but rising above people who try to bring you down because of it is.

  • Matt

    Oh, no! I didn’t intend to sound mean. I almost peed myself when I read that. I though you meant it to be funny. Heck, I’m a big dude and plan to use that line over and over. That line is freaking gold!!!

  • Matt

    Oh, no! I didn’t intend to sound mean. I almost peed myself when I read that. I though you meant it to be funny. Heck, I’m a big dude and plan to use that line over and over. That line is freaking gold!!!

  • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com skinnyemmie

    Sorry for over-reacting Matt!!! Total lesson learned: When you go through life trying to keep from knocking you down, sometimes you shut people out with good intentions.
    Sincere apologies :)

  • http://authenticallyemmie.com Skinny Emmie

    Sorry for over-reacting Matt!!! Total lesson learned: When you go through life trying to keep from knocking you down, sometimes you shut people out with good intentions.
    Sincere apologies :)

  • MsFeasance

    Aaaand…bookmarked. I love your attitude.

  • MsFeasance

    Aaaand…bookmarked. I love your attitude.

  • http://strongandfit.net/ Strength and Fitness Blog

    Nice blog, Em. This is Kevin, from over at problogger.net. Maybe one of these days you could do a quick interview for me over at my blog.

  • http://strongandfit.net Strength and Fitness Blog

    Nice blog, Em. This is Kevin, from over at problogger.net. Maybe one of these days you could do a quick interview for me over at my blog.

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  • http://www.adventuresofasinglewahm.com/ Tishia Lee

    OMG I loved these videos especially the 3rd one & what you said at the end about living TODAY like you wish you would have 10 years from now. My entire life (I’m 34) I’ve heard nothing but how pretty I am but (don’t you just love that word) just think how much prettier I’d be if I only lost weight. Hearing this starting at such a young age (I was probably like 7 or 8 it when my family started talking to me like this) has done NOTHING for my self-confidence that’s for sure. Instead I’ve went through life being a yo yo dieter, at one point in college I even did the whole binging & purging thing to lose weight, and just never being comfortable in my own skin. I feel like being plus size…ok FAT…is wrong and that I’m nobody because of my weight. I’ve let my weight hinder so many areas of my life and it saddens me to think that at 34 I’m still ashamed of my body.

    Ugh so all that rambling to say that OMG I love your attitude! I’m really working on this self journey of learning who I am but most importantly learning to love myself for me…fat rolls and all!

    Thank you so much for these videos – they really touched my heart!

    I have no clue how I even ended up here on your site but I’m so glad that I came across it! I’ll certainly be coming back again!

  • http://www.adventuresofasinglewahm.com Tishia Lee

    OMG I loved these videos especially the 3rd one & what you said at the end about living TODAY like you wish you would have 10 years from now. My entire life (I’m 34) I’ve heard nothing but how pretty I am but (don’t you just love that word) just think how much prettier I’d be if I only lost weight. Hearing this starting at such a young age (I was probably like 7 or 8 it when my family started talking to me like this) has done NOTHING for my self-confidence that’s for sure. Instead I’ve went through life being a yo yo dieter, at one point in college I even did the whole binging & purging thing to lose weight, and just never being comfortable in my own skin. I feel like being plus size…ok FAT…is wrong and that I’m nobody because of my weight. I’ve let my weight hinder so many areas of my life and it saddens me to think that at 34 I’m still ashamed of my body.

    Ugh so all that rambling to say that OMG I love your attitude! I’m really working on this self journey of learning who I am but most importantly learning to love myself for me…fat rolls and all!

    Thank you so much for these videos – they really touched my heart!

    I have no clue how I even ended up here on your site but I’m so glad that I came across it! I’ll certainly be coming back again!

  • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com skinnyemmie

    Thanks for visiting Tishia! I can’t take credit for those videos- they are Joy Nash- she is just amazing and I think the videos really help us look at ourselves to see how ridiculous it all is in the end, you know? Her blog is at http://fatrantblog.wordpress.com/ and you can search for her on YouTube for more stuff!

  • http://authenticallyemmie.com Skinny Emmie

    Thanks for visiting Tishia! I can’t take credit for those videos- they are Joy Nash- she is just amazing and I think the videos really help us look at ourselves to see how ridiculous it all is in the end, you know? Her blog is at http://fatrantblog.wordpress.com/ and you can search for her on YouTube for more stuff!

  • http://www.adventuresofasinglewahm.com/ Tishia Lee

    Thanks for responding to my comment. I guess if I had paid attention to the name on the videos in the opening & closing credits I might have realized that it wasn’t you in the videos (blushing here). But either way – I still love your site and appreciate the fact that you shared the videos :-)

  • http://www.adventuresofasinglewahm.com Tishia Lee

    Thanks for responding to my comment. I guess if I had paid attention to the name on the videos in the opening & closing credits I might have realized that it wasn’t you in the videos (blushing here). But either way – I still love your site and appreciate the fact that you shared the videos :-)

  • http://pinoysmartlife.com/ Teejay

    Emily, I haven’t watched all the videos. I just viewed the third one.

  • http://pinoysmartlife.com Teejay

    Emily, I haven’t watched all the videos. I just viewed the third one.

  • Emma

    Emmie, you’re awesome and Hawt. Keep it up!

  • Emma

    Emmie, you’re awesome and Hawt. Keep it up!

  • Mello

    Hi Emmie, thanks for your honestly and your attitude. I’m a big girl trying to lose some weight just to feel a bit healthier and comfortable with myself, and in the last week I’ve had three really negative fat comments from complete strangers (well, one of them was ‘you’re pretty for a fat girl’, which I guess could have been worse!). It made me feel a bit downhearted but your blog has perked me up again, so thanks :-)

  • Mello

    Hi Emmie, thanks for your honestly and your attitude. I’m a big girl trying to lose some weight just to feel a bit healthier and comfortable with myself, and in the last week I’ve had three really negative fat comments from complete strangers (well, one of them was ‘you’re pretty for a fat girl’, which I guess could have been worse!). It made me feel a bit downhearted but your blog has perked me up again, so thanks :-)

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  • http://xandiprice.blogspot.com/ Alix

    Hi Emmie, I just found your blog about an hour ago and haven’t looked away from the screen yet. I’m in the same boat trying to get skinny, and God is it a b*tch. Anyway, your site is great. Keep up the good work :)

  • http://xandiprice.blogspot.com/ Alix

    Hi Emmie, I just found your blog about an hour ago and haven’t looked away from the screen yet. I’m in the same boat trying to get skinny, and God is it a b*tch. Anyway, your site is great. Keep up the good work :)

  • tammiclark

    now that girl is funny!

  • Hidi

    I just found your blog and I like what I read so far in regards to your journey in becoming “Skinny Emmie”. I really appreciate the honesty because fat women are not the same. I do not like how society tries to put us in a box. I wish you the best and good luck! :)

  • Meaghen

    I too, have just found your blog! You are an inspiration to me!

  • Kayce

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this website! I have been overweight for about 15 years. I always thought I was beautiful, but like many others, family, friends and just general *stupid* public always put me down, made harsh comments, or even just stared at me like I was a monster. It’s comforting to know that FINALLY someone has the guts to stand up to the haters!!! Joy’s videos are fantastic and have definately boosted my outlook. I’ve always said to people, “if you don’t like the way I look, you have the option of looking the other way!” No need in ruining my day by listening to their ugly comments, right?! I’ve always seen myself as the “voluptuous sex kitten ” I know I am inside! lol !!!Joy is so right and I think she is gorgeous! (I’m thinking I wanna look like her when I grow up… :) ~ I’m 30~ lol. Kudos to Skinny Emmie for this hilarious and and BADASS website! :) I have it already bookmarked and am excited to read some of the earlier posts! Good luck to everyone!!!!

  • Kayce

    I am so glad I stumbled upon this website! I have been overweight for about 15 years. I always thought I was beautiful, but like many others, family, friends and just general *stupid* public always put me down, made harsh comments, or even just stared at me like I was a monster. It’s comforting to know that FINALLY someone has the guts to stand up to the haters!!! Joy’s videos are fantastic and have definately boosted my outlook. I’ve always said to people, “if you don’t like the way I look, you have the option of looking the other way!” No need in ruining my day by listening to their ugly comments, right?! I’ve always seen myself as the “voluptuous sex kitten ” I know I am inside! lol !!!Joy is so right and I think she is gorgeous! (I’m thinking I wanna look like her when I grow up… :) ~ I’m 30~ lol. Kudos to Skinny Emmie for this hilarious and and BADASS website! :) I have it already bookmarked and am excited to read some of the earlier posts! Good luck to everyone!!!!

  • http://authenticallyemmie.com/ Skinny Emmie

    Wow, thanks guys for all the love recently! Seriously- it’s awesome to hear from people who are reading that they can identify with me in some way. It makes me feel like less of a freak!!! It’s amazing how similar people can be when we go through our lives feeling so alienated at times.

  • http://authenticallyemmie.com Skinny Emmie

    Wow, thanks guys for all the love recently! Seriously- it’s awesome to hear from people who are reading that they can identify with me in some way. It makes me feel like less of a freak!!! It’s amazing how similar people can be when we go through our lives feeling so alienated at times.

  • SammysGrammie

    Emmie, you are no freak, believe me!! I wish I’d had your spirit when I was your age!! Dang girl, you ROCK!!! And they say you’re never too old to learn, so I’m just going to keep on reading you!! You are so right about our similarities, yet feeling so alienated at times. I’ve been fat and I’ve been skinny and I’ve been fat, and guess what? The girl underneath all the skin is the same girl either way. Too bad people don’t realize that. I love your blog. I’m 56 years old and not alot excites me anymore, but you’re dang good at reaching all ages. Keep up the good work, sweetie!! :0 Bless your heart!

  • SammysGrammie

    Emmie, you are no freak, believe me!! I wish I’d had your spirit when I was your age!! Dang girl, you ROCK!!! And they say you’re never too old to learn, so I’m just going to keep on reading you!! You are so right about our similarities, yet feeling so alienated at times. I’ve been fat and I’ve been skinny and I’ve been fat, and guess what? The girl underneath all the skin is the same girl either way. Too bad people don’t realize that. I love your blog. I’m 56 years old and not alot excites me anymore, but you’re dang good at reaching all ages. Keep up the good work, sweetie!! :0 Bless your heart!

  • Maia

    Not going to lie, I totally am reading your blog for the first time but Emmie I am going to devour this thing! I am so proud of you! You are an amazing writer and I can’t wait to read all about your journey.

    xoxo
    Maia

    • http://authenticallyemmie.com/ Skinny Emmie

      aw, thanks Maia!!! xoxo

  • Maia

    Not going to lie, I totally am reading your blog for the first time but Emmie I am going to devour this thing! I am so proud of you! You are an amazing writer and I can’t wait to read all about your journey.

    xoxo
    Maia

    • http://authenticallyemmie.com Skinny Emmie

      aw, thanks Maia!!! xoxo

  • amber

    I want to feel good in my skin as well! i want to look in the mirror and be proud!

  • Elj457

    Founds your blog from a link on Fat Girl's Guide to Living and I'm totally hooked. Your attitude is amazing and I hope by reading your posts, it will help with my motivation to continue on with my workouts and the daily struggle with eating healthy. Thanks for being brave and creating this blog – it takes a lot of guts and it's going to help a lot of people like me!

  • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com skinnyemmie

    Thanks for the kind words! It's a daily struggle for everyone- we should
    just recognize it, own up to it, and then fight every day for our health!

  • FatCat

    Another new reader from FGG. I'm going through a similar journey–been fat since I was a teenager, and I'm in my late 30s now! So tired of it! Best of luck to you, and I'm really looking forward through reading through your site for inspiration!

  • http://freefringes.com Erica M

    Found your blog through TexintheCity. I am moved by your honesty and your struggles. Blaming PMS, I am weepy as I type this comment. Thanks for sharing your life with your readers.

  • Mxpxmeg

    This blog is awesome! Keep us updated!!! Stay with it!

  • http://baconbitsncarrotsticks.wordpress.com Angie

    Found your blog through “A merry life” I have to say after reading just a few post, I”M hooked! Such an inspiration, keep up the good work :-)

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  • Smay

    You go girlfriend! I’m 60 live in Kentucky , am friends with Kristi Martin Kohm, and I’ve been heavy all my life .Except for 1 very short period of time when I went thru a lot of mental anguish. You know kind of like the person that gets a divorce and then gets skinny. Didn’t do that, but was just about as bad. Kristi told me to check out your blog, because now not only am I heavy but everything about me hurts and exercise or sometimes just trying to walk around the football field just about does me in. I can just envision them sending an ems unit to pick me up. So the jest of my rambling is, I’m very happy you are searching for skinny Emmie and when you se her tell her hi from Sandy.

  • http://heatherhawkinson.blogspot.com/ Heather

    I love your blog. So honest. You’re a wonderful writer, and a great wit. On my own journey myself and have been blogging about it for a couple of months now. Sounds like you have a lot of wonderful supporters. I will be one of them!

  • Jana Fail

    AMAZED at your blog. Brave, honest, lovely! All the things I aspire too. I’ve browsed your blog for over an hour, cried, laughed and feel determined myself. I am going to start my own blog largely based on what I’ve seen here and a couple of other well thought out, honest, true weight loss blogs. And for that, and this one time only will I use the term I abosoulty hate…’YOU go girl!”

  • jaune

    hi emmie,

    your enthusiasm is amazing. BRAVO keep it up :)
    i’m just beginning my weight loss journey. initially i was worried with the amount of weight i have to lose (100+ pounds), thinking how am i ever going to lose ALL that weight! But i’m telling myself to forget about the numbers and go with small goals. When i first started briskwalking, my mantra was “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ but that is such a ‘mouthful’ so i went with ‘No Diabetes, No Diabetes’ :PPP
    looking forward to more of your blogs and tweets :)

    jaune

  • http://alltheweigh2009.blogspot.com Kenz @ All The Weigh

    Again..I’m so excited to have found your site Emmie! Thanks for being here!

  • http://alilofthisalilofthat.wordpress.com Leah

    Just found you! Can’t wait to read more :)

  • Lissette Core

    I love your attitude!!!!!! Congrats on your weight-loss : )

  • http://pathtofab.wordpress.com Alejandra

    Emmie, I just recently found your blog and have been spending hours (at work ooops!) reading it. So inspirational!

    • Samantha

      ALEJANDRA- ME TOO!! I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BLOG. I AM ALSO A MEMBER OF THE FATOSPHERE. I AM TRYING TO FIND MY SKINNY SAMMY. :)

  • http://futurelawyermodelmama.blogspot.com Cicely

    Hi Emmie! Love love love your blog. Just recently began reading it via a friend’s FB link. I’m a Kentuckian too and soooo applaud you for the progress you have made and continue to make. I am on my own journey to lose 75lbs among other things and truly appreciate ur perserverance.

  • http://www.CurvyGoddessLounge.com Plus Size Workout with The Curvy Goddess

    You are SENSATIONAL Emmie! You inspired me to go on my 100 Day Fitness Challenge. Today is Day 2! Yes. A plus size NYC personal trainer has her issues too. xoxo.

  • Malisa

    i just found this blog today and i love what ur doing and that ur working hard on it keep it up :)

  • http://www.eatsavetravel.com Liz | EatSaveTravel

    I love your blog! You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work :)

  • http://dietplaid.wordpress.com/ Jen

    Love your blog! I read that article on Roth and almost peed myself. Not anorexic, but doesn’t eat until after she’s worked out…so 4pm.  What a hoot.

    Anywho, I’m tracking my progress on my blog too. I’m not obese, but overweight and have never been comfortable in my skin except for a couple years in high school when I got more in shape. Back to square 1! I’m working on being a fitter, happier tomboy.

  • Able

    Just stumbled over your blog.   Keep up the effort every day!

  • rp491

    I just ended up here.  and let me tell you… i needed this.  i’m a 350 pound girl that is trying to lose weight to survive.  i don’t want to live like this forever, but i’m struggling to do this weight loss thing alone.  i’m a third generation – big girl…. and i know what my future holds if i don’t fix this.  so thank you for this.  this is so needed for me.

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com skinnyemmie

      you can do it- your future is YOURS to make. Yes, history shapes where we might be now, but it does not determine where we’re going! Wishing you the best. 

  • RVB

    You and your blog are amazing. I’m not a long winded gal so I’ll sum it up nicely: Thank you. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/MizzRose87 Ashley Sharp

    You Inspire Me In So Many Ways You Have So Much Confidence In Losing Weight Your My Weight Loss Hero And Also What Kind Of Healthy Things Do You Recommend 4 A Evening  Snack Good Luck 2 u on ur journey 2 ur weight loss

  • The thin seeker

    Loved reading your manifesto. I am looking forward to reading your blog. I too am on a similar mission. I too want the same things that you do, I also have to do it for health reasons as I’ve started down the pre-diabetes path. Hope that we can support each other through this journey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=778370969 Cat A. Brasseur

    Wow.  You are an inspiration to me.  I’ve been skinny all my life, until I quit competitive swimming (but kept the athletic appetite).  I lost the weight in college and in my 20′s but when the kids came along I gained nearly a hundred pounds with each one.  I’m now only about 50 pounds overweight, but I’m also pushing 50 (read turned 49 this year) and losing the weight has been a struggle.  You look great.  You’re attitude is the one I need to keep foremost in my mind, because discouragement is plaguing me now. I love your blog.  I’m putting your blog on my phone so I can read from anywhere.  Thanks for the inspiration to just get up and keep trying. 

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    You are true inspiration for all of us struggling with gaining control over our bodies. Keep up the good work. 

  • http://eatjustone.wordpress.com Alexandra

    Glad to have found your blog, Emmie! I just realized, for the first time in my life, that being overweight doesn’t mean I can’t feel pretty. I’ve spent more money on make-up and accessories in the past month than I have in my entire life. Your blog is a true inspiration!!

  • http://www.fis4feminism.wordpress.com Matti

    Hi Emmie, I just wanted to tell you that I am a fat acceptance type, but I love what you are doing. Fat acceptance shouldn’t ever mean telling someone they aren’t allowed to change themselves. I suppose I’m more of a size positive person. People should be the size they CHOOSE to be, for whatever reason that is. Putting a moral value on size or reasons for being that size is just silly!  I, too, am trying to live more healthfully, but my goals are different than your. I wish you the very best of luck!

  • Bree 1196

    I love your blog! It’s so inspiring. I’m in high school, and Im not “fat” (I’m semi-athletic), but Im not very healthy-living. If I were to continue my bad eating/minimal/on-and-off good habits, I would become overweight. So I’m striving to be a “Skinny Emmie”! (healthy, confident, and thriving). Whenever I feel a little down or if I have a bad, unproductive, junk-food-filled day, I’ll check back here to pep myself back up.

    Thankyou for your positive, productive attitude! x

  • Devona

    I do not know you or your journey but are proud and admire what you are doing.  Not just the weight loss but the positive attitude as well.   You are a child of God which he loves you just how you are.  This (all of this) is a part of who you are and if you are happy, I am sure He is happy with you.  Good luck Emmie, keep your drive and your faith, no one on earth can take away anything heaven sent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.mccown Sarah McCown

    Emmie, I’m hoping you’ll let my join you on your journey, because even though I just discovered you, I love you for what you’re doing, what you’re standing for: yourself. The beauty you know you have and you know you are is something you’re getting ready to show on the outside too.

  • Nicole Horning

    you are such and inspiration to me, I am at my heaviest right now at 320.. 4lbs heavier than i had my son at 3 years ago… I honestly cant remember the last time i weighed less than 250, I keep telling myself I can do it but I honestly dont know how or where to start, I have been “working” with my dr since Nov 2010 and it seems all wants to do is push his pen across the prescription tablet, since then I have gained 40lbs… So I am done asking drs for help… I came across your blog and You look absolutly beautiful and stunning, I admire what your trying to do for yourself… I am looking forward to following you more… Nicole

  • RecklessJo

    You are amazing, Emmie!! Thank you for your story – I’m privileged to watch you continue on toward your goal. So true that success is about getting started…I had hoped to start a new diet today, a turning point, but ending up binging yet again. Your journey encourages me to keep on going and not give up. Thanks. Looking forward to the future!

  • http://www.lifeplusrunning.com/ calee himes

    My friend Emily at Fit and Free with Emily sent me here (great discussion on your post today). I have to say that I am very interested in following you and very impressed with your progress and your decision to be healthy — at whatever weight healthy is for you!

  • Niki Bass

    OMGoodness I hope this is an ongoing blog!! I am so inspired to get up and move…but I am in the office :P Congrats on your journey so far!

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  • Lolly

    I just discovered your blog and am loving reading your posts. You are such an inspiration. I just started my own blog this week to document my vegan weight loss journey and share some recipes etc. I find writing to be cathartic. I am at my heaviest weight right now (last weeks weigh in was 354.4 but I lost 9.2 pounds this week, so am happy.) I have lost probably thousands of pounds over the years but always gained it right back (I am in my 40s) but this time I am determined to figure it out! I’m off to check out some of your other blog posts!

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  • Teri

    You are Awesome! Keep up the Great Work! I’m tring to more motivated but somedays are very had!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michele.thornton1 Michele Thornton

    Can I just say you are fantastic? You are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GordonWayneWatts Gordon Wayne Watts

    You’re doing the right thing about your weight problem, and you can rest
    assured that you don’t need to be an “exact” weight to be attractive:
    So long as you’re not morbidly obese or rail thin, you’ll be OK — In
    fact, in the picture on the right, where you claim you weigh 342, you
    don’t look fat or unattractive. Maybe 360 or 370 would start to “look fat,” but don’t worry about your appearance: Worry about your health –and, since you are exercising,
    I’d say you’re on the right track. I’d suggest a mixture of both
    strength and aerobic exercises –some of each. In fact, even women who
    are professional powerlifters & weightlifters don’t look like men,
    if you wanted to push yourself that hard. But even some exercise is
    good. Also, besides how much you eat, WHAT you eat is important:
    Artificial sweeteners (used by people on a diet) often slow the
    metabolism (poison) and make weight loss HARDER. Even more important is
    the fact that processed supermarket milk (even fat free) is a HUGE
    cancer risk –Google my name, and click on my blog’s ‘Health/Diet’
    section to see my research –or do your own: Vegan and Vegetarian
    countries have lower cancer rates & longer life-spans –and the
    patter is not just “by chance”: The linear regression has shown a direct
    link between both animal products in general (such as meat) and milk in
    particular, and CANCER, so I avoid milk like the plague. It was much
    more healthy when we could get it raw, but raw milk has been made hard
    to get by government regulation. So, in short, you can lose more weight
    –and probably this will help your blood pressure and reduce joint
    stress, but I’m glad you didn’t get that stomach operation: This is much
    more dangerous than helpful. You are doing well, and, if you doubt my
    assessment and still think you “look fat,” ask other guys. Being in good
    health (physically, mentally, and spiritually & emotionally) are
    more important than being a certain weight –although extremes can be
    bad too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GordonWayneWatts Gordon Wayne Watts

    Emily, you’re doing the right thing about your weight problem, and you can rest
    assured that you don’t need to be an “exact” weight to be attractive:
    So long as you’re not morbidly obese or rail thin, you’ll be OK — In
    fact, in the picture on the right, where you claim you weigh 342, you
    don’t look fat or unattractive. Maybe 360 or 370 would start to “look fat,” but don’t worry about your appearance: Worry about your health –and, since you are exercising,
    I’d say you’re on the right track. I’d suggest a mixture of both
    strength and aerobic exercises –some of each. In fact, even women who
    are professional powerlifters & weightlifters don’t look like men,
    if you wanted to push yourself that hard. But even some exercise is
    good. Also, besides how much you eat, WHAT you eat is important:
    Artificial sweeteners (used by people on a diet) often slow the
    metabolism (poison) and make weight loss HARDER. Even more important is
    the fact that processed supermarket milk (even fat free) is a HUGE
    cancer risk –Google my name, and click on my blog’s ‘Health/Diet’
    section to see my research –or do your own: Vegan and Vegetarian
    countries have lower cancer rates & longer life-spans –and the
    patter is not just “by chance”: The linear regression has shown a direct
    link between both animal products in general (such as meat) and milk in
    particular, and CANCER, so I avoid milk like the plague. It was much
    more healthy when we could get it raw, but raw milk has been made hard
    to get by government regulation. So, in short, you can lose more weight
    –and probably this will help your blood pressure and reduce joint
    stress, but I’m glad you didn’t get that stomach operation: This is much
    more dangerous than helpful. You are doing well, and, if you doubt my
    assessment and still think you “look fat,” ask other guys. Being in good
    health (physically, mentally, and spiritually & emotionally) are
    more important than being a certain weight –although extremes can be
    bad too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GordonWayneWatts Gordon Wayne Watts

    Emily, you’re doing the right thing about your weight problem, and you can rest
    assured that you don’t need to be an “exact” weight to be attractive:
    So long as you’re not morbidly obese or rail thin, you’ll be OK — In
    fact, in the picture on the right, where you claim you weigh 342, you
    don’t look fat or unattractive. Maybe 360 or 370 would start to “look fat,” but don’t worry about your appearance: Worry about your health –and, since you are exercising,
    I’d say you’re on the right track. I’d suggest a mixture of both
    strength and aerobic exercises –some of each. In fact, even women who
    are professional powerlifters & weightlifters don’t look like men,
    if you wanted to push yourself that hard. But even some exercise is
    good. Also, besides how much you eat, WHAT you eat is important:
    Artificial sweeteners (used by people on a diet) often slow the
    metabolism (poison) and make weight loss HARDER. Even more important is
    the fact that processed supermarket milk (even fat free) is a HUGE
    cancer risk –Google my name, and click on my blog’s ‘Health/Diet’
    section to see my research –or do your own: Vegan and Vegetarian
    countries have lower cancer rates & longer life-spans –and the
    patter is not just “by chance”: The linear regression has shown a direct
    link between both animal products in general (such as meat) and milk in
    particular, and CANCER, so I avoid milk like the plague. It was much
    more healthy when we could get it raw, but raw milk has been made hard
    to get by government regulation. So, in short, you can lose more weight
    –and probably this will help your blood pressure and reduce joint
    stress, but I’m glad you didn’t get that stomach operation: This is much
    more dangerous than helpful. You are doing well, and, if you doubt my
    assessment and still think you “look fat,” ask other guys. Being in good
    health (physically, mentally, and spiritually & emotionally) are
    more important than being a certain weight –although extremes can be
    bad too.

  • Chantelle

    Hi, I have no one to talk to or who can relate but even if no one reads this here I go. I just turned 49 I am 304 pounds, I loose gain loose gain loose gain over and over. I will be doing great and then boom I fall off the wagon! Thank goodness I am still hanging on and dragging behind because I still have hope. Yes Hope that I will get down to 160 pounds. I have a goal, that is to loose as much weight as possible by my 50th Birthday 9/11/13 i have taken steps to make this goal become reality. I have confessed my weight to my Son en law who is a person trainer and has helped a good number of people get the weight off. I started the meal plan today and am also going to walk today. I have to do this or I am going to simply die. I am on 3 blood pressure medications, I have the start of early renal failure, I so tired and sluggish. But there is still this person stuck inside this fat body who wants to be free. I am pretty screwed up, i usually think I am over my childhood and past issues but food seems to be of comfort when I get down about pretty much anything. But today I am setting myself free, I forgive those who hurt me, I cut the ties that bind. I am free. I am doing this for Me, Myself and I. I have always done everything for my husband, Kids and family but now I have to put me first so today I take my first step, I am re-born. Thank you for this spot to write. I really need it. Much love to all.

  • The Bipolar Pianist

    I find this so inspiring. I’m beginning my mission to lose the weight and I started at 395lb. (No I will absolutely not admit that I even reached the 400lb. Leave my denial in peace) I’m down 7 lbs and obviously have a long ways to go. It’s nice to see someone else put it out there. Those pictures of yours took some balls to put up. Made props for you. Good luck Emmie!

  • Candiana

    Hi Emily,
    I don’t recall what directed me to ur blog but I love it. You’re doing such a great job and I’m inspired. Although I’m on the other end of weight scale, I share your passion and desire in improving one’s overall health. I wish you best of luck and please never give up!!!

    Cand From Toronto,Can

  • Leah Anderson

    You are an inspiration girl! Love your blog & dedication! I found your blog today through Ronisweigh. Keep up the good work :)

  • Jess

    Hi Emmie, I’ve just stumbled across your site, and I wanted to say how wonderful I think you and your blog are. I love your attitude as you reclaim back your life, and make it what you want. I’m on my own weight-loss, life-gaining journey (now 39lbs off of my original 286lbs) and as I’m slowly gaining back ownership of my body, trying also to move forward in my life… All the best of luck and happiness to you for your future.

  • april

    I love your blog emmie

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740490090 Lisa Mcalister-Aydin

    I just started reading your blog. So happy for you. I am on my own path to fitness. I am 47 I wish I had started when I was younger and before health problems started. It is a lot harder then. Good luck to all.

  • HealthLady

    Hi Emily, I attended your commerce Lexington training today. You can see how effective it was because I checked out your blog. Congratulations on your journey to health. You are inspiring and I would love to invite you to speak to some of our KC WELLNESS worksite clients.

  • Catherine BellesPlus

    What an inspiration! I love it when you say that your journey is about being mostly healthy, happy and confident. Bravo Skinny Emmie!

  • greenhatlady

    I love the idea that you keep everything fresh and honest. I am also on my weight loss journey. A lot of people who want to lose weight think oh I will lose weight. Losing weight is changing your lifestyle and this clearly shows you understand that. love your blog and will ever continue to read it.

  • Amanda

    I stumbled upon your blog today and it was just what i needed. I am down 55 lbs so far. Today was a difficult day and this blog was such an encouragement. Keep up the good work!! My hubby is currently topping the scales at over 400lbs, any advise to help keep him motivated?

  • ruby295

    I am so ready for a change–being fat is no fun!!!! Just getting over the flu. Tomorrow morning, I start working on the new me. This time I can’t give up–my health is at stake. 2013 will have a lot of changes in store for me. Just been diagnosed with RA and it is affecting my joints and muscles.

    • robynn

      That’s great, use your illness as a starting point. I know I lost 4 pounds just from having the flu myself!! Not the best way to lose weight, however, it is a good start

  • Trauma mama

    I love your blog ! I am trying to lose my 100lbs I gained having 5 kids over the years I stumbled upon ur Page and u are an inspiration truly ! 2013 is my year I Have reached my point of no more being over weight ! I want to love myself again and be there for my kids ! Thank you !!! God bless ;)

  • http://greenhatlady.com/ Berlin Patience

    i love your blog. I have a blog but do not know how to market it, can you give me advice on how to do so, I do not know where to start. thanks a lot :)

  • Weight loss

    Great post! The
    fact that you means someone is reading and liking it! Congrats!That’s great
    advice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Walter-Whitley/100000659518478 Walter Whitley

    Thank you Emmie to write about your weight loss and how it is going. You look amazing so far. Look forward to checking back and to see how things are go.

  • Kelly Anne

    I am living for this blog!! My weight loss journey started today, at 344 pounds. I am also a serious fashionista and I LOVE that you are modeling the clothes. Plus sized models never realistically depict the size and shape of “full-figured” women. Thank you! Thank you!

  • Deanna

    I just stumbled upon your blog. I’m from over at Life As The Fat Friend Blog, and I LOVE your site. You have a new stalker..er..friend.. for life. ;)

  • Hailey Berg

    Love, Love, LOVE your blog. As someone who had my own weight-loss journey of losing 135 pounds, this is super motivational for people who wish to start. I just started blogging my own to help inspire people as well. Keep up the good work! If I can do it, anyone can. advocarehailey.blogspot.com :)

  • http://twitter.com/linneajrod Linnea Rodriguez

    Such an inspiration Emmie, keep it up!! You can do it :)

  • victor

    emmie i like your story i am losing weight to am at 300 now started at 330 have you heard about the challenge

  • http://www.sexyheffer.com/ Sherry @ SexyHeffer.com

    You are so amazing! <3 you and all of your inspiration!! :)

  • Harper Mel

    Amazing Journey.

  • blogger

    Emmie, I saw you on linkedin and decided to check out your blog. Love it! I too am losing weight and it really is life changing, isn’t it? I have my before and progress picture on my fb page if you want to friend me, feel free. I post healthy information on there almost daily. I have lost 37 lbs and 57 inches in four months and it feel awesome. Hang in there because you are looking awesome and imagine the good you are doing for your health. If you get to a plateau and want to try something different, let me know because I have never done anything that has worked like this. It is all natural, organic, super healthy and you lose your cravings (the best part). As long as your plan is working for you, keep it up because I have fought my weight for years and I know when something works, you stay the course. Best of luck and I am going to keep following. fb is Kathy Doss Rhoden

  • Jade

    Hello Emmie,
    This is the first time i’m checking out your blog, and so far i’m hooked :) I hope reading about your journey will also help inspire me. My mom told me about your site – she loves it! I’ve been trying to get to that healthy place too for a while now….but more seriously since June 2012….I’ve lost about 35lbs and do feel better…but of course it’s not coming off as fast as I’d hoped for…(it never does) so I’m trying now to focus more on the making healthy decisions daily as oppose to what my scale says every morning..it’s definitely a journey! I admire you for sharing your with the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.carpenter.125 Anne Carpenter

    Hi, Emmie:
    I happened upon your blog by accident. I have a similar journey. I had the lap band surgery on April 3, 2013 and so far, with medication and the surgery, I have lost 60 pounds and 11.25 inches. I also keep a blog: http://www.anneslapbandjourney.com. I have found that writing helps me identify my feelings. I wish you continued success and I will keep reading.
    Anne

  • Germany

    I think some get a rush from insulting or putting others down. Keep you’re journey going. You are making progress. Much Love

  • Ashley

    People need you. Keep it up. Stay committed and realize that this is all part of the journey. So many people loose weight only to gain all and more back. You are winning this battle and you are helping others in the process.

  • http://crashbeauty.com/ Chrissy

    You’re amazing. I just randomly crossed your blog. keep it up girl you got this!

  • Michelle

    While surfing the web, I came across your blog. You look amazing in that dress. I want one just like it, I’m a plus size girl too. So far, I have lost just over 50 pounds. Keep up the good work and I wish you success.

  • Carly

    Emmie,
    I am a young college student and although I am an athlete, I have put on a few extra pounds during my off season. I am just starting to get myself back into the gym. My goal is to lose around 20 pounds and tone my body. I just wanted to say that you have become an inspiration to me! Keep it up girl!
    Thank you!

  • davismauldin

    Skinny Emmie… first I want to CONGRATULATE you for your success so far… WOW! I only need to lose 100 pounds but you are an inspiration. If you are open to suggestions?, have you ever heard of high intensity interval training (HIIT)? The main benefit of this type of exercise is that your body continues to burn fat for over 24 hours after your workout. Go to youtube and search for mercola peak 8… you might like this routine?

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  • Wrinkles

    Stand proud! I’m struggling with weight, the older I get the bigger I get. Stopped smoking (a very good thing) but was in the middle of menopause at the same time. Hormones changed and the weight just kept on coming to the tune of 50 lbs in 2 yrs. Trying hard to get it off.
    What are your plans with all the excess skin when you finish your diet? You’re still young and can undergo surgery, I’m starting to think I’m too old. I’m in my mid 60s.

  • OceanLoverBC

    Recently learned of your blog in The Province, a newspaper from Vancouver Canada. Thank you for sharing your journey and inspiration ♥♥♥

  • Ann Roth

    Love your style and fun attitude. You rock! Congrats on all of your success and on writing about your journey, not just the results. That takes GUTS!

  • April Rogers

    Did you fly at your heaviest? I am going to be taking a flight to PA from CA and I weigh 375 pounds. I have never been in an airplane before in my life and I am reading all these fees and horror stories online about charging double. I am going economy and could really use some tips

    • Jackie

      I’ve flown Southwest half a dozen times buying two seats in advance. I weigh about 350. I fly with my husband and it saves us the stress of having to fit and extra stranger in three seats together. So we end up with an empty seat between us. When we check in we inform the airline employee of our reservation at check-in (no automated check-in for us), then we get a special pass we place on the empty seat to reserve it after we board. (Southwest has open seating, no reserved seating). If all the segments on our flight are not fully booked, then we are supposed to get a full refund, otherwise we are not guaranteed a refund at all. However, I have always gotten a refund! When we get home I write a letter to the appropriate address requesting the refund and the credit appears on my credit card usually a month later. Even when the plane appeared to be completely full I have gotten my refund. And the employees of Southwest have always been courteous about it at check-in and about reserving the empty seat. It’s not an ideal situation, but it’s worked for me. You might want to check your specific airline’s policies. It’s probably better to arrange things ahead of time so you don’t have to stress!

    • Samantha

      I flew on Alaska Air in October, and I was close to 300 lbs. I had major anxiety like you did, but decided to take my chances purchasing 1 ticket, and hope some unsuspecting passenger beside me would be kind and not mind me potentially “spilling over” on them! lol… I boarded the plane, butterflies in my gut swirling around like bald eagles, and approached my seat anxiously. I nearly cried with worry, hunched over to get in the seat space, sat down reluctantly, and weighted on bated breath for someone to sit beside me. I barely fit in the seat, the arm rest digging into my side. The seat belt extender was a generous size (gave 60 inches total in length) so that was wonderful. When the lady sat down beside me, I instinctively apologized for my size! She smiled nervously as she sat beside me. ‘Twas a tight fit, but not unbearable – thank God. I can’t say I wasn’t uncomfortable, as I pushed myself up against the window pretending to be “overly enthusiastic” about looking out the window, but doing so secretly to give the gal beside me an extra 2 inches of room! God bless a short trip from Medford, OR to Seattle, WA in an economy seat. The seats ARE freakishly small in economy, and I saw smaller people cramped, so it took some of the sting out of being heavy! Best of luck to you on your trip, April :)

      -Samantha Brown

      • samantha

        WAITED not “weighted” lol

  • lexi

    keep up the good work beautiful :) with time, I will be working out just as hard as you!

  • Robert – IF Fan

    Can I just say you are fantastic? You
    are. Now, you look really pretty. You know its so inspired to me I’ll
    definitely try to loose some weight and gain some muscle.
    Congratulations, you look very, very good. Keep it up!

  • http://biomeddisposeit.com/ Sharps Containers

    love ur hard work, you are amazing dear.

  • http://quickweightlossmethod.com/eat-stop-eat-review/ tiver da

    A beautiful girl, and great efforts

    The world is no longer the body fat anymore, if anybody like this determination

  • cassie

    You are such an inspiration, I myself am trying to lose weight and it takes a lot of discipline! Keep up the great work your doing awesome!(:

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      Thank you Cassie :)

  • Louise P.

    Hello Emmie. I am new to this world but just wanted to say thanks to you for sharing your story. I love hearing about other bloggers also on their journey.

    • Margot

      Are you Louise Pentland (Sprinkle of Glitter)? If by any chance you are, I am a huge fan! The reason I have found my way to this blog is that I have been inspired by my favorite blogger/ youtube star, you! Good luck on your journey! If you aren’t Louise Pentland, than I’m sorry for the confusion, and if you’ve never heard of her, check out her youtube channel called SprinkleofGlitter! She’s lovely :) Have a nice day whoever you are!

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      Thank you for stoping by!

  • Laurie V

    Hello! I just found your blog through some Gwynnie Bee posts and am so excited to have found you! I restarted my healthy living journey in September, starting at 349 lbs. Thank you for being so open about your path toward becoming healthy. I also love that you love fashion as much as I do. I feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit!

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      Hi Laurie – thanks for the nice note and for stopping by! I’m obsessed with GB – ha.

  • Hannah B

    Hi Emmie, I just found your blog and immediately decided to subscribe. I’m looking for some inspiration. I previously lost about 120lb and got myself down to a weight lower than I was in high school. Then I started gaining back, and now I’m almost where I started. My goal now is to lose about 65-70lb, but I’m completely overwhelmed. So I’m hoping by reading other people’s struggles and triumphs, I might be able to find the fighter in me that did it the first time and once ran a 10-minute mile.

  • PERFECT WEIGHT

    SOUNDS GREAT

  • Kimberly Louise

    Hi, nice blog Really very interesting post shared above. Awaiting for more
    posts like this.

  • Bluvsu2

    Love that dress!

  • Tracy

    Hi Emmy. Somehow found your blog and I love it. Quick question – I am looking for a good and comfortable sports bra to support me during my cardio workouts. You are a community manager for Enell sports bras. How good are the sports bras? How fast can I have them shipped to where I leave?

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      Hi Tracy, I personally would never workout without my Enell bra because it’s the only thing that stops the bounce. It is quite tight, and intended to be that way to keep everything in place. As soon as you start moving, you’ll realize why it’s designed that way. The sizing is very specific, so I’d recommend looking for a retailer near you to do a fitting. http://www.enell.com/store-locator

      If that’s not possible, then measure yourself according to the sizing video (that’s me in it – ha) and then order from the site. They usually ship within 24 hours on the weekdays, and it takes 2-4 days to reach you depending on where you’re at. http://www.enell.com/fit-video

      • Tracy

        Thanks for the reply. I will look at the site. I know my measurements and will definitely order one. Keep up the good work.

  • Jodee Weiland

    Glad to get to know you and looking forward to getting to know you better at BBCSTL. You sound like someone you knows how to set a goal and then how to achieve it. I think what you are doing is great! Looking forward to hearing more from you and connecting more!

  • Angie

    You look amazing! This blog has motivated me a lot to stay on track. I found you on 20 best weight loss blogs! Me and my little sister are attempting for the millionth time to get in shape. We’re each other’s enablers. I’m definatly showing her your blog. Keep up the good work!