About Tera

girlgonehealthy.comLet me take you back to December 23, 2008, that’s where my journey begins……

My then 9 month old son, Zachary, was up all night long with a tummy ache, and as I heard him cry through the monitor I knew he needed me.  As I went to get out of bed I felt like the weight of an elephant was pushing me back and when my feet hit the floor I couldn’t even stand up without horrible pain. My first thought was “I must be really tired”, my second thought was “enough is enough, I can’t live this way anymore”.  I couldn’t even make it down the hall to my son with out being in pain. I’m 5’2″ and I was weighing in around 280+ pounds, wearing a size 24/26 in clothes. I knew that I never wanted to feel like I couldn’t get to my son. I knew that I never wanted to be the “fat” mom dropping off cupcakes to his Kindergarten class, and have all of the kids wonder how many I consumed on the way to the school. I knew I needed to do something and I needed to do it then. I’ll be honest, I had tried millions of times to lose weight and become healthy all just to lose a few pounds here and there only to gain back more each time. I did indeed do something, I lost 100 pounds from December 2008- December 2009! But the story doesn’t end there….I ended up gaining 40 pounds back from November 2012 – May 2013, and truly began to understand the meaning of LIFESTYLE CHANGE.

So What Now:


I’m working out EVERYDAY in some way, shape, or form. I have developed a fondness for running over the past 5 1/2 years which childhood Tera still can’t believe. In fact if you would’ve told me pre-2011 that one day I would say “I’m a 2 time Half Marathon Finisher” I don’t think I’d believe you. I don’t log near as many running miles as I’d like to these days but I do enjoy walking with my family, biking, and just getting outside to play with my kiddos. I also LOVE lifting weights with my hubby and putting on my (Princess) Pink boxing gloves and sparring. 

In case you didn’t notice the plural “kiddos” reference above – I’m now a Mom of TWO!! My daughter Harper was born 3/15/16 and she was born completely deaf. Our journey for Harper to receive Cochlear Implants began almost instantly and to say that journey has been chaotic is an understatement 😉 BUT Harper has officially been a part of the Hearing World on her left side as of 12/22/17 and her right side was activated one day after her 1st Birthday, 3/16/17.  And of course you all know my wonderful, handsome sweetheart of a son, Zachary (who will be 10 this year- WHAT?!), is high functioning on the Autism Spectrum so making sure he has all of his needs met keeps my plate full as well but I always make sure I find ways to stay active-both for physical and mental wellness. I have changed the way I shop for my family, as well as the way I prepare meals, but I dpn’t “follow a diet”. We haven’t given ourselves any sort of “foodie or lifestyle” label, I eat meat, I enjoy a well prepared steak, but I also love steamed veggies-chicken-fish etc. We have learned to love protein filled foods that fill us up and provide energy. I don’t count calories per-say but I’m mindful of what I put in my mouth. I also don’t deny myself a sweet treat when I want one and I still enjoy my beloved occasional craft beer and vodka soda any day I feel like it. I LIVE but I do it in a Healthy, Mindful Way. While I’m not done, I still have 15 pounds to lose to be back in what I consider my comfy/happy zone, I’m not where I used to be all those years ago and that’s a GOOD THING!






8 thoughts on “About Tera”

  • Thanks so much for your blog! It is so refreshing to find someone on a journey that is willing to be honest and understand it is about deciding to change. I’ve always had a difficult time with weight and after 3 kids and gaining 95 pounds since I got married almost 11 years ago I’m fed up with feeling tired and sore and needing a nap each afternoon. After my 3rd child was born in Nov. 09 (my second c-section in 17 months also) I pulled my incision and now have to have hernia repair surgery I have put off till he could walk so that the recovery will be that much easier with 3. I’ve tried so many things to loose weight and like I read on your blog I would loose a bit then get off the wagon and gain more! My family has also tried it all from gastric bypass to stomach reduction surgery loosing 100 pounds only to gain 1/2 of it back 3 years later. We are all fed up. For Christmas my sister-in-laws and I received Women First for christmas. A few days ago I read your story and was so impressed. I talked with my husband about the Kefir on the way home from church yesterday but in our area you have to go to the city over an hour away to find health food stores and Whole foods and the like. As I went for milk last night imagine my surprise as I found Lifeway’s Fefir! I was so excited I bought it and have started today with a shake. I look forward to following your blog and being able to follow in with exercise once I’m ok’d to do more after my surgery and recovery starting next week. Thanks again from a stay at home mom of 3 who is tired of being “sick and tired”
    -Alicia J

  • Hi Tera,
    I just picked up the issue of FIRST and found the address for your blog. I have been fighting feeling unlike myself since the birth of my children and had just “diagnosed myself” and was actually at the store buying probiotics. i actually used your article to help me shop so thank you. You look great and I like your ideas, and your outlook. I was never overweight till I had kids so am finding it frustrating but I think your blog and maybe getting in touch with folks on the similiar journey and getting and giving support might help. Thanks for everything and keep up the good work.
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  • Dear Tera,

    I actually came across your article in First magazine last night. I have a subscription and haven’t read one up until now. You know how it is being busy and all. Some how I was motivated to crack it open and read some of the weight loss stories for bedtime reading last night. Your article caught my attention the most because of the sample dishes you provided and I was particularly interested in the probiotic approach coupled with the whole food concepts you use.

    I followed up on your blog on the net and am finding we have a whole lot in common. We both shop at Whole foods, tried Weight watchers and Atkins, embrace to power of Probiotics and Kefir, wheat grass, and like good food and don’t mind tweeking it to make it OURS.

    I really like your approach towards this lifestyle change and making it WORK for you. Oft times I’ve followed the rules of a particular diet just to hit a certain goal and then slowly go back to my old habits and put the weight back on. To be truthful, I knew then that I’d only keep the success if I continued to tolerate the rules of the “diet” I chose. Please continue to keep posting your recipes and daily musings. I’d love to join you on this journey to being the ME I can be.


  • Hi Tera,
    My name is Jo-Ann and I take your classes and I have to say I LOVE them. I have always HATED exercise.Thanks to your classes I am so motivated to lose weight. I look forward to class so much.I am so inspired by your story!!That is me in your story..just sick of feeling like garbage.Thank you for the easy receipes you post, they look delicious and can’t wait to try them.Also thank you for making class so much FUN!!!!

  • OMG! You have been such an encouragement to me. Your concept of making up your mind to eat healthier has really inspired me. I’ve lost 10 pounds already and am working on my goal to lose 20 more pounds. It’s not that hard when you do it in the concept of a healthy lifestyle change. Thanks Tera!

  • Tera!!!! You look absolutely fabulous!!!! I was a Paul Mitchell student and I LOVED YOU!!!! Well still do 🙂 You look great and I can’t wait to follow your blog!!!! Great pictures with Jennifer Leatherwood 🙂

  • Hey Tera,
    I have not seen you in a while and you look great. I read your post today and you have inspired me to get healthy. I have put on a lot of weight since, well in the past few years and Have not been able to find the motivation. TOday I wrote down 5 goals and as you suggested I posted them on my board so I can see it everyday. Thanks for words of encouragement.

    Rachel (Jordan) Frederic

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