I Love My Health More Than Fries | The Struggle of Losing Weight & Loving Your Body

I love my health more than fries

So often, we hear about women struggling with body image issues. It’s hard sometimes to look at celebrities (and even our “skinnier” friends) and think positively about our own bodies especially if we struggle with weight–whether that be five pounds or a hundred pounds. No–being skinny isn’t a “requirement,” and this post is not about body shaming the curvy women of the world who have the confidence to rock a bikini (like Ashley Graham in Sports Illustrated). This post, despite how hard it is to talk about my personal health, is about how I love my health more than fries.

2008 | In this year, I was at my healthiest weight. I was extremely active and ate responsibly *wink* This photo was taken before a dance performance in my hometown of Louisville, MS.
2008 | In this year, I was at my healthiest weight. I was extremely active and ate responsibly *wink* This photo was taken before a dance performance in my hometown of Louisville, MS.

For the past three-ish years, I have been haunted by the same twenty-ish pounds. Each new year, I tell myself that I am going to get back on the wagon, but just like a lot of people, after the first few weeks…I fall off the wagon and find myself binge watching episodes of New Girl and Better Call Saul on Netflix while consuming an entire pint of Haagen-Dazs coffee ice cream by myself. I’m not proud *wink*


One of my resolutions for 2016 was to lose the weight that has been crippling my self-confidence. There is nothing worse and more dream-shattering than stepping on the scale for the first time and seeing what you really weigh. For me–that is the hardest part about losing weight because you can work your booty off all week and lose a half of a pound. While that is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC, we all want instant results…and that’s not how weight loss works…and it’s hard to remember that. 


Now, I am writing about this on Beauty Tues because I feel that health and beauty go hand-in-hand. If you are healthy, you feel beautiful–and right now in my life, I do NOT feel beautiful because I know that I am not loving my life more than fries. I know that I am not doing everything I can to better myself physically, so that I can feel better inside and out. I know that I am not the only woman in her 20s out there struggling with the dilemma of weight loss. I know that I need someone to hold me accountable, so I am putting it out here for the whole world to see

So, over the next few months, I am going to be dieting and following several workout plans (because I cannot always make it to the gym with my schedule), and I hope to  I WILL reach my goal of losing 10-ish pounds by the end of May. I want to get back to a healthy weight (according to my BMI), start eating healthier, and begin to love my body again. So, VIP readers–here is my plan.

am-pm at-home workout plan


Info about the “No White” diet.

Feel free to join in and share your progress with me on Twitter/Instagram by hashtagging #VIPLoveHealth or mentioning @AbbyHathorn. I am going to do my best to share my progress weekly as well! :) 


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Throwback Thursday: Artistic Blogs of the Past


Hey y’all! 

After I published “Broken Bicycles” yesterday, I could not help but reminisce about some of my favorite artistic photo blogs….Want to Buy 97 Farms, Dirt Road Prayer, Got A Gun, and many more! While flashing back, I also discovered that there were a few pictures that did not make it to the blog…so I am going to share those with y’all TODAY on #ThrowbackThursday! Yep, that’s right…never-before-seen photos from some of the VIP’s most famous artistic photo shoots. *wink*

Now, y’all take a look at the following photos while I load another episode of The X-Files on Netflix *wink*

Want to Buy 97 Farms?

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Dirt Road Prayer

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Got a Gun

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Noteworthy Neon

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Perfect Pearls

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To see other VIP artistic blogs, click HERE.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn