Losing 100 Pounds Changed My Life Forever

Over a decade ago, overweight and unhappy, I embarked on a journey of food journaling, portion control, and exercise with the dim hope that if I stuck to it, my body would change.

And it did. I lost more than 100 pounds. And I’ve kept it off to this day.


What I didn’t understand was how much my life would change. From breaking through self-imposed limitations, to observing how the world treated the “new me,” to accepting the realities and myths of life as a thin person, I’ve been on a rollercoaster of self-discovery that’s been exciting, challenging, rewarding, confusing and, at times, rather surprising.

img_0779But one thing has remained consistent throughout the ups and downs: my daily food journal.

The American Journal of Preventative Medicine says people who track their food lose twice as much weight as those who don’t and that’s true…but it’s not the whole story.


Food tracking not only helped me lose the weight…it’s helped me keep it off. Even though I’ve been at goal weight for years, I continue to track my food (including weekends and holidays !) and it’s kept me centered, accountable and – literally – right-sized.

And that structure has opened up a whole new life.

Me, Wedding 2001

Yes, I hope you’ll try food journaling because it works for me. Yes, I wrote a food journal that I believe you will find useful. But I also hope you’ll join me in the journey because transformation involves so much more than just losing weight.


That’s where the website comes in. From fashion to recipes to basic logistics (how exactly does one travel without overeating?), I share information, inspiration, and aspiration to help you live your happiest, healthiest life.

SAMSUNGI encourage you to share your experience, ask questions, submit feedback, and send in suggested topics to shannon@postiveportions.com.

Because none of us do this life thing alone: We do it together. Let’s have a conversation.


Shannon Hammer