I have struggled with my weight for the past 10 years. The scale kept going up and I kept pretending that it didn't bother me. I was having fun. I was eating whatever I wanted. I was having as many cocktails as I wanted. My clothes kept getting tighter and I was forced to buy bigger sizes. It bothered me, but I just kept pushing it off to the side and I would find outfits that would hide the parts of me that I disliked the most. In pictures, I would often think to myself...that doesn't even look like me. But for some reason, it still didn't register. Sure, I tried a few diets over the years. I tried cutting out carbs and had some luck temporarily. But then I looked at a french fry, and I gained it all back and then more on top of that! It was out of control.
I had pretty much given up on dating because I had dated all of the wrong guys who treated me poorly. I finally found Mr. Awesome in October of 2015. At my heaviest weight, this amazing man wanted me. How was that possible? He thought I was beautiful, even though I wasn't skinny like I used to be. So, of course...that did not help with my motivation. I was fat and happy in love. Or so I thought. While looking at my friend's profiles on Facebook, I had seen a couple of them transition into healthier bodies with the help of NuYou Weight Loss and More in Onalaska. So I started asking questions and in November of 2016, I went in for a free consultation. They told me everything about the program. The cost, how it would go, my commitment, etc. I left the clinic and I did not sign up that day. I wasn't ready to commit.
January 21, 2017 Mr. Awesome proposed to me and made me the happiest woman on the planet. But within 12 hours that would all change. The next morning, I fell backwards off of the stage at Wedding World and I suffered a traumatic brain injury. As you know, I lived! It was a miracle. Although there was intense therapy, difficult healing procedures, and I'm still recovering...I'm alive. That day, everything changed. My outlook on life and how I viewed it. I was not healthy. I was too over weight and I was unhappy. Once I was cleared by doctors to start a weight loss program, it was time to start. I went back to NuYou in February 2017 and started the program on February 28th. I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I knew it was going to take will power and dedication. But I knew that after what I had suffered through with my accident, I could handle anything.
I started with the NuYou Fast 1000 program, did the NuYou Fast 800 program and also tried the NuYou Pronto program. The journey has not been easy, but it has been worth every dollar I've spent and every decision I've made to make healthier choices to get to a better me. I'm a brand new person. As of October 27, 2017 I lost 80 pounds and over 80 inches. I'm healthy, happy, and I love shopping for clothes. No more size 18 pants and XXL shirts. I'm now wearing a size 8/10 pants and a Medium size shirt. It feels amazing and now I'm happy and most importantly, I'm healthy! It's your turn to start the next chapter. Click here!
Hogmanay, Scotland's New Year celebration, is a 4-day party with some weird celebratory traditions.
Here's our favorite, which is apparently celebrated in other parts of the UK as well:
"At midnight, the man of the house would open the back door to let the old year out and then open the front door of the house to let in the new year. The household would also make as much noise as possible to scare off evil spirits."
Um, what if I want to go out on NYE?!
Scroll down for an amazing video from a Scottish lady named Erin that runs BeautyCreep ;)
It's the first extremely cold day of winter and baby it's COLD OUTSIDE! We're expecting a high of 1 degree above zero with wind chill readings 25 to 30 below zero! This will continue for about a week or so, and everyone in the midwest is tweeting and posting about it. #WindChillAdvisory
23 year old Chloe Kohanski won Season 13 of NBC's The Voice! Brittany and Ballzer got a chance to check in with her this morning, check it:
Photo and bio from NBC.com
Miley was one of Chloe's musical inspirations growing up. She has always wanted to be a singer but after graduation, she decided to go to college to be an English teacher. Soon after, she realized that wasn't for her, so she quit school and started playing in a blues band. Her decision to pursue music wasn't exactly what her parents hoped for, as they have always been concerned that the music industry can be unpredictable. While they always want what's best for Chloe, they are still supportive of her singing. The Voice is Chloe's chance to make her parents proud and get validation of her musical talent.
Follow Chloe's journey!
Photo credit: Zack Smith Food Network
Jen Barney, who owns Meringue Bakery in Stoddard, just won the Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship! We were lucky to score a chat with her the morning after her big win:
We can't wait to see what Meringue has in store for you all at Wedding World next month!
You can check out WIZM's coverage here
Office Fans rejoice! After the success of the Will and Grace reboot, NBC is looking to bring back The Office. Right now, details are scarce and it looks like Steve Carell won't be returning but still exciting!!
Check out the deets HERE!
Our friend Amy DuPont who used to work on one of our local TV stations is now working at Fox6 in Milwaukee, and she's gone viral! On Wednesday, Amy was about to go live when her photographer nailed her in the face with a snowball. Amy had to go live within 30 seconds and had to pull herself together. She's a pro! Being that Amy and I are besties (she was in my wedding this past October), we got an exclusive interview with Amy this morning! Check it out! And when Ellen calls...remember who loves you most :)
And because we can't stop watching it, here's the snowball to the face!
We had a fabulous time being Celebrity Servers at Lincoln Middle School today! Thanks to Kinsey and Rox in the kitchen for the invite and hugs to Kate and Maryann for asking us to sit with them ;)
Jenni and Tom from Subway stopped by this morning to tell us about their holiday platters and gift ideas! If you're headed to a party or you're hosting, call Subway or hop online and order a platter of subs! Delicious and convenient! And for the Subway sandwich lover on your list, a gift card is a great stocking stuffer! Plus, they have their 24oz refillable tumbler that would make another great stocking stuffer idea. Get refills for $0.99 until 9/30/18! And now you can order your favorite Subway sandwich on the Subway App! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!
Merriam-Webster announced today that Feminism is the 2017 word of the year. This year started with the Women's March on Washington, DC, saw female directed Wonder Woman dominate the box office with the starring role played by a woman, and is wrapping up with women coming forward with their stories of sexual assault and harassment.
Complicit, recuse, empathy, and dotard round out the top 5 words of the year. Check out the full list HERE
The Z93 Morning Buzz is heading to your office for a Pop-Up Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 20th!
We're bringing decorations, music, Topper's Pizza, Pepsi products, and more! And we'll only distract you for 9 minutes and 33 seconds. The best 9 minute and 33 second Holiday Party, EVER!
Happy Holidays from the Z93 Morning Buzz!