About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Jennifer Kay says

    How would you like to do 30 minutes on the elliptical during your lunch hour and sweat your a$$ off Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the last two weeks to get on the scale this past Friday and see that it said the same weight. No loss. No gain.

    Just as discouraging because working out sucks the fatty. And it's sweaty. And it hurts.

  2. Hey! I don't think something's right in MyPlate. It's giving you MORE than 2,000 calories a day, and 2,000 is the normal "limit." I'd double check that first.

    Second of all, gains happen. And it's hard to get started on a new plan sometimes. It's just like starting anything, you know? It takes a little bit for the bugs to get worked out!

    And I feel you on the mid-morning snack. I have string cheese or a pear or some baby carrots in my mini fridge to grab after first period.

    Hang in there!

  3. first, getting active will make a huge difference. can you go for a short walk or jog in the morning? or maybe take eddie when you get home?

    secondly, i think the calories is still a bit high. while i'm not a nutritionist, but i would go with 1600-1700 to start. ESPECIALLY if you're not active.

    you can do it girl!!!!!! you'll have good weeks and bad weeks, but keep it up!

  4. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli says

    I don't think the first week should really count. You are learning and figuring it all out. It's like any goal, there needs to be a learning curve before it starts to pay off.
    You are doing a great thing. For you and for your family.
    Let me know how it goes!
    p.s. I really need to do an expose on that pumpkin latte everyone is all about.

  5. I agree with Kristin, the first week doesn't count. You were just learning about your habits and creating a game plan. You're okay!!

    I started using Myplate to calculate calories and start eating healthier. I have never been more aware of what I put in my body day after day until now. Oh my God.

  6. Don't be ashamed to publish this post!! You are learning, and you are working towards a goal.

    Have you tried fiber bars? They are pretty tasty, and they curb hunger because of all the fiber and protein…however, they sometimes have an unpleasant side effect in some people (gas).

  7. Bitter Betty says

    First of allcoming from a fellow fat girl, I've had some sucess with sparkpeople.com , it's always reasonable and they give you week by week meal plans if you'd like. Because you shouldn't be eating over 2000 calories. That's 1000 calories away from gaining one pound. And the pumpkin spice latte is (verified from starbucks) 380 calories for the grande. So maybe try another calorie tracker.

    And know that weight loss is a huge uphill battle! With small victories and great losses. It's all about trial and error! Good luck this week!

  8. I use myplate and I love it. Sometimes I have to do some research at different sites to find the correct calories for something since people can add whatever they want. My calorie count is at 1600 and that's to lose 2 lbs a week and I'm at 197 this week. You might want to double check your info. good luck!

  9. I would check your calorie intake also… over 2,000 seems like A LOT! I know when I was really trying to lose weight I was at 1,500. Also, so good that you do snacks and things. So better for your intake to do it small over the whole day so your body has time to process and not store!! Good job! I have such a hard time with that cuz it is sooo much effort to find and fix a healthy snack all the time. You are doing great, just by getting informed. You will always have to change and reinvent what you do to keep your body on it's toes, and you have a GREAT start!

  10. YOU CAN DO IT!!!! Sometimes you have to go backwards before you can go forward. It's ok.

  11. I am rooting for you! I lost 60 pounds using MyPlate and I thought it worked great. Keep your head up, you are doing great. I agree with the other comments about 2000 being too many calories, but I also agree that this week shouldn't count. 🙂 Good luck!

  12. Ok… I am so with you on this one. I worked out three days a week for three weeks and then weighed myself… um, nothing. I even tried eating better.

    But reading your post reminded me that it happens and to keep chugging along. You've inspired me to REALLY start watching my intake… I'm such a sucker for all things that aren't good for you!

  13. I am not the person to advise on food and weight issues. I hate paying attention to what I eat. And so I mostly do not. I often forget to eat, actually.

    And I have never had a weight problem.

    Except when I was pregnant.

    But that was short-lived.


    Off to check you out at Nichole's.

  14. pinkflipflops says

    I think you are probably consuming too many calories. Change your activity level or change your goal to 2 pounds a week and just see the calorie difference. 1500-1800 would probably be fine if they were good choices and high in protein and fiber. And tons of water. half your body weight a day in ounces.

  15. Blair@HeirtoBlair says

    Keep it up!!!

    The only thing I would say is that it seems like a LOT of calories – I know Nutrisystem's plan is a 1200 calorie per day diet.

    So maybe something's off?

    But I agree that you've done a great job of watching what you eat & picking some good choices. I'm a HUGE fan of packing in protein.

    Then again, I am in no position to give advice as I gained 15 lbs & haven't been able to take them back off.

  16. Jessica Anne says

    I think that it's actually a great first week. Just being aware of what your putting in your body is HUGE! The numbers will come later if you keep it up and keep tweaking things. I like to trick myself and buy substitute items like soy butter (I can't taste the difference, really)so I get the taste but less calories and less fat. And Kristin is the best. 🙂

  17. i like a string cheese or a light and fit for a mid morning snack. remember that protein and a little fat will satiate you longer.

  18. WTH am I Doing? says

    Wow. I am so proud of you! 🙂 You know I have my weightloss drama going on too. & Kristin has been great for me too. She's a rockstar. 🙂

    My $.02…We are almost exactly the same weight. I fluctuate between 195 & 197 (the dreaded week tends to push the scale up…)

    I do well with more protein & fewer carbs. I find that Luna protein bars are very, very tasty & will keep me full for a while (plus adding fiber & protein). I'm not a huge protein bar fan, but the chocolate peppermint stick? Tastes a lot like thin mints. Just saying.

    Also? Be careful about cutting your calories too low. I tried to do that & I was hungry & felt like crap all the time. For me? Eating smaller bits more frequently (& upping the protein for staying power) was the key. I lost no weight until I did that.

    Good luck! Perhaps I will get on the McFatty Mondays to keep me motivated…

  19. Michelle@DomesticationoftheSingleGirl says

    You're learning as you go. That's NOT failure. It's a process and it takes awhile. Just like anything. And when you reach your goal (which you WILL) you won't be hating the week that you messed up a little. No, I'm not saying it's not a big deal. I'm just saying…go easy, your heart is obviously in the right place.

    I'm a little horrified by what you're telling me about my beloved pumpkin spice lattes. SixHunnaWHAT?!

  20. I'm late because I was out of town, but I'm catching up.

    It sounds like you need more protein in the morning/mid-morning. It will help keep you from bottoming out before lunch.

    I made scrambled eggs every morning (egg whites), I used Pam in the pan and then I added diced bell peppers. Also I'd give a couple of shakes of tobasco. It is actually pretty good for you, filling, and keeps you going til lunch.

    Peanut butter is good, but I can't really remember how many calories that has. So that may not realllllly be good. lol