About Sweetie Pie

Sweetie Pie at 160 Pounds (2009)

Sweetie Pie at 160 Pounds (2009)

Hi, I’m Nicole, AKA “Sweetie Pie,” and I’m less than half of my former self. I followed a fast track from chubby child to obese teen to morbidly obese twenty something with an all time high weight of 340 pounds. That might not be so bad if I happened to be 11 feet tall, but as I’m just shy of 5’4″, it wasn’t so great. I lost 110 pounds around age 26, regained 60 pounds by age 30 during three years of law school, and have now lost 130 pounds over the past three years for a total loss of 180 pounds. In February of 2009, I celebrated my 35th birthday, and I’m hoping that 2009 will be the year in which I celebrate ditching those last few pounds and reaching my goal weight as well.

Sweetie Pie in 1997 at around 340 Pounds

Sweetie Pie in 1997 at about 340 Pounds

I’ve always really loved to cook, and through the process of transforming the way that I eat, I’ve become passionate about delicious and healthy food. I actually think I enjoy food more now than I did while I was piling on the pounds. I hope that this will be a place for me to share lots of delicious recipes, food ideas and mouthwateringly tempting photos. Oh, and you should not just expect to see brown rice and broccoli on this blog– although I do love both of those things. The name, Just Sweet Enough, comes from my raging sweet tooth, and my newfound ability to satisfy it without going overboard. Dessert will be served!!

If you are interested in knowing more about the strategies I’ve used to lose the weight, I’ve explained that in my post, “What’s the Plan, Man?” “Weight Watchers” is the short answer, although, in March of 2009, I decided to switch to counting calories. After counting points for the last four years, I wanted to shake things up a bit with a new framework. So far, so good! 

If you’d like to know about my newly developed relationship with exercise, please check out my post, “The Party Crasher.” 

I’ve learned a lot along the way, but I’ve only just begun understanding my relationship with food. I decided that I’d like to have a place to talk about my challenges, celebrate my successes and share things that I’ve learned that might be helpful to others. I’m hoping that this blog will be that place. I also know that I have a lot yet to learn, and I’m excited about learning from you along the way. Welcome!

tfI think this picture was taken in 1998, and I was probably around 340 in this picture as well

I think this picture was taken in 1998, and I was probably around 340 in this picture as well


Thanksgiving Day 2008

Thanksgiving Day 2008 at around 160 pounds

Lawyerly disclaimer and other things of that nature: I am not a nutritionist, health care professional, doctor, weight loss specialist or anything of the sort. Any viewpoints expressed in this blog are simply based on my own personal experience. Ok. I’m done now.

94 responses to “About Sweetie Pie

  1. WOW! AWESOME! I love to read about people’s successes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, and congratulations on your success as well!! Amazing!

  3. mediamaggie

    Your story is so inspirational!! I’m in about the same position as you, 25 and 100+ pounds to lose. The weight really piled on in my early 20’s and I knew if I didn’t change something now I never would. It’s great to see that you are following WW. It’s such a great plan. I’ll have to try Pomegranates, I saw how you used the seeds and they look awesome. There is a yogurt shop in Indianapolis that offers natural soy yogurt and pomegranate seeds as a topping. I love them that way!

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your story!


  4. Thank you so much for your kind words. It is certainly a tough place to find yourself in, but it sounds like you are on the right track. Good for you!!

    The soy yogurt sounds tasty! I like a little crunch in my yogurt, and pomegranate seeds would be perfect. That shop sounds very cool. I’m jealous!

  5. thinhopes

    Absolutely fabulous. You are an inspiration, that is for sure. Your story and your success must help so many people who are discouraged about weight-loss; what a blessing. Not to mention your blog is FANTASTIC! Beautiful job.

  6. Stephanie

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog which is srf99.wordpress.com I really love your blog and will definitely be checking back! 🙂

  7. itsthatfatgirlagain

    Wow! I can’t believe the amazing change you have made! You are a true inspiration.

  8. Thanks, y’all! You are all very sweet. It has been quite a challenge, but well worth it. Of course, the fight continues. ( :

  9. Wow! What a success you are! I’m so glad you found my blog, because you’re a huge inspiration to me! Keep up the great work.

  10. Thanks, Bella, and thanks for stopping by!! I’m wishing you the best with your journey too.

  11. Wow! Such inspiring pictures…you look so beautiful! Congratulations to you!! The very best of luck on the last 20 pounds, you’re in the home stretch!

  12. Underneathsarah– Thanks so much for your visit and for the nice compliment!! I’m excited to keep moving forward, and I really appreciate the extra encouragement. It really makes a difference. All the best to you as well!

  13. Maria

    I love your ideas and your inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Maria– Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by!

    I’m just hoping that some of my ideas can be helpful to others. That will be my silver lining. 🙂

  15. carolynwantstoshrink

    You totally rock and you look amazing. What an inspiration you are. So happy I have your blog to read. You have also inspired me on mine 🙂

  16. Thank you so much!! You are very sweet, and, speaking of inspiration, I think you might have inspired me to consider getting a steamer. Your fish dish looked divine! Inspiration is always appreciated!

  17. ladyc0005

    Thanks for the comments. Your progress is amazing. You are very inspiring!

  18. Thanks, Cheryl! Best of luck to you on your journey. It sounds like you have a very full plate.

  19. Wanda

    Sweetie Pie:
    Are oyster fritters okay? You are my inspiration too, and lots of fun, I must add.
    Much love,

  20. Hey!!
    I’m so glad you stopped by! All things in moderation, right? I think that if you chase the fritters with some pomegranate seeds and champagne as well as a big serving of roasted turnips, everything will turn out fine!!

    I hope you have a fun weekend! XOXO

  21. WOW you look fabulous!!! Congrats on losing all that weight. I have almost as mush to lose total. WTG! I know with your determination you’ll reach goal! Keep up the good work.

  22. Donna, Thanks!! If I can do it, you can do it! I’ll be rooting for you! Best of luck. 🙂

  23. katiescraftworks

    Congrats. You look wonderful. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog (re: the lights went out). I am so glad you did or I would not have known about your website. I hope you don’t mind if I put a link to it on my page. You are a huge inspiration.

  24. Cathie, thanks so much for your kind words. I’d love it if you added a link! I’m pretty new at this, but having a great time so far.

    My family has been on my mind a lot the past few days so your post caught my eye. At this point, my parents (and brother… and cat…) have been without electricity since Tuesday evening, and they aren’t expecting to get it back until sometime next week. I’m sending them lots of warm thoughts. It sounds like you are experiencing some serious heat, so I will send you some cool ones. 🙂

    I’m so glad you stopped by. I enjoyed your page a lot too! It looks like you are seeing much success with your goals, and what an inspiration you are as you battle weight in addition to other health challenges! I’ll definitely be visiting you again! Congratulations on your awesome progress!

  25. katiescraftworks

    Thanks so much :0)
    I just put a link to your site on my site, under healthy food, weight loss and recipes and I wrote a separate post about your wonderful site, so that your link is seen.
    I hope your family are ok. I cannot even begin to imagine what they are going through. It was bad enough here when our city lost all it’s power, but, it only lasted a few hours so we were very lucky. It has cooled down a bit now, but, we are expecting more heat this week and we are having very bad bushfires too.

  26. Thanks!! I think you just made my day. ( :

    I hear scary stories about the wildfires that tend to ravage our west coast, and I’m guessing that bushfires are similarly threatening to people, animals and civilization in general where you are. I hope that they stay far from your doorstep, and I hope that the weather becomes less fierce very soon!

  27. Suemare

    What a wonderful webpage. I’ve always looked at my weight loss as a huge challenge but because of you I KNOW it can be done.

    I am so committed and each day is an eye opener. I just turned 40 in January and I also have some health problems so I want to make sure I take care of myself.

    Thanks again for being an inspiration and support line for so many people.

  28. Thank you! I’m getting a lot out of being able to share what I’ve learned, and I’m just hoping it can be of use to others. Weight loss is a huge challenge, but it can definitely be done! It sounds like you have identified several incentives that are helping you to stay committed to taking good care of yourself, and, in my opinion, that puts you in a perfect position for success! I’m wishing all the best for you, and thanks so much for stopping by my page. I hope to see you back here again soon!!

  29. Oh wow! I am living vicariously thru you. *wink*

  30. Wow, this is fabulous! You must be so proud. I will have to stop by more often now that I know you are here. As said in the other comments, you are quite the inspiration. You look great!

  31. Cindie, thanks for the comment!! It made me chuckle. : )Thanks, ladybeams! I’ll definitely be visiting your site again soon too!! Thanks for stopping by!

  32. harelda

    You are a complete inspiration!

  33. Harelda- That’s so very nice of you. Thanks for the comment, and I’m glad you stopped by my blog!

  34. OH my!! I am so glad I found your blog!!! I look forward to reading more!

  35. foodsthatfit

    You look amazing! Great job, I am very impressed!

  36. Wow… I think I found your blog through TokenFatGirl’s and I’m so glad I did! I was immediately struck by: “Over the last few years, I have learned to really love food, and I’ve lost 180 pounds in the process. This blog is about the ways that I stay true to my passion for food, while keeping on track with my weight loss goals, my quest for overall fitness.” I’ve only lost 55+ and have about 70 more to go, but I refuse to do it by depriving myself. I’ve found a greater love, respect and appreciation for food than I ever had pre-lifestyle change.

    Congrats on your hard work and thank you for sharing so much information, so many resources and tons of recipes.

  37. Tina,
    Thank you so much!! I do hope that some of the information and recipes are useful. I’m having a great time coming up with new things to post each day.

    As for the language you quoted, I think that this blog has really helped me to realize how much I love the food that I eat now. Before, I think I was just eating without a lot of thought. Now, like you, my love, respect and appreciation for food has grown.

    Congratulations to you on your losses so far and many wishes for continued success!! You have such a great attitude, and you are doing so well. I know that you will reach your goals (and enjoy plenty of yummy food along the way) in no time!

    I’m glad you stopped by! I hope to see you again soon!! 🙂

  38. WOW! You look amazing – you should be so proud of everything you accomplished!

  39. Thanks, Allison! I’m so glad you stopped by. I really enjoyed popping by your blog earlier today, and I will definitely be back to visit frequently!

  40. Wow you are an inspiration! Are you on the WW boards too? Laura

    • Thanks, Laura! You are very sweet!! I am on the boards from time to time. I go by melodylg. 🙂 Do you hang out on the boards too?

      I just checked out your site and really liked it a lot. Sorry about your ankle!

  41. Erin

    I’m so glad I found your blog!
    Your story is amazing!

  42. Erin, thanks so much! I’m glad you stopped by!! 🙂

  43. I came here to look at your mushroom casserole, and now I just want to post a congrats and a “way to go!” on your success! 🙂

    I see that you’ve linked some Cooking Light recipes, too. Also, a love of mine. I look forward to more of your reviews. 🙂

  44. harelda

    amazing! i have you linked on my blog for future reference and for your amazing food recipes! xx

  45. Janet-Thanks so much, and I’m so glad you stopped by. I do love Cooking Light, and I’ll definitely be making more of their awesome recipes!I am definitely a big CL fan!!

    Harelda- You are so sweet. I’m glad you like my site, and I appreciate your nice comment!

  46. Hi Pie! Whoa what a transformation! I am really impressed with your dedication. That must have been tough for you. I really admire your strength and commitment to health. HIGH FIVE CUTE STUFF! You look and sound amazing!

  47. Thanks, Erin! It has been tough, but well worth the effort. I’m glad you stopped by!! I really enjoyed my visit to your site today. 🙂

  48. Hi,
    Congratulations! I found your blog while looking for a red lentil, carrot and tomato soup recipe. I made it today and it was wonderful. Did you ever think of working in the field of nutrition? I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and think you might be interested in the school – you already have a wonderful and inspirational testimony. Just thought I’d share that as many people who attend the school have overcome things like weight loss or eating disorders and decide to help others along the way.

    Best, Jacqueline

  49. Jacqueline,
    What an interesting idea! I’m still paying off law school, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t interested in the possibilities in the nutrition field. Helping others in situations similar to my own is certainly something that I feel passionately about. Thanks for the suggestion!

    I’m glad you made some tasty soup!!

  50. Hey Nicole – was tag-surfing tonight and found your blog. I’m about 6 months into kicking a binge-eating problem and on Weight Watchers to help structure myself while relearning how to eat. I live out in the Shenandoah Valley, basically at the other end of I-66, and have a strong Southern streak as well! I’m trying to get down from about 215 back to the svelte 150 I was when I had my gallbladder out in 2005. I never had a sweet tooth before that surgery, but I definitely do now. Love what you’re doing here. 🙂

  51. Hey, thanks for commenting on my blog Nicole!
    I give you MAJOR kudos for the weight loss you achieved…you look amazing! It is HARD work losing weight and I commend you for it!

    I’ll be reading!!


  52. Skiffly- Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by! Your part of the state is SO pretty! Good luck to you. Losing weight and dealing with food issues is so tough, but I think it is so rewarding too. I hope you will keep me updated!

    Balancemycake- Thanks!! I really enjoyed checking out your blog, and am so glad that I found it! I’ll be back for sure. I’m so glad you stopped by mine too. 🙂

  53. Congrats on your weight loss.

    You look amazing!!

    Keep up the good work!

  54. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog!

    Your story is very inspirational and your blog is great! I added it to my blogroll, hope you don’t mind.

    Have a great day!


  55. Wow, your story is inspiring! Congratulations on your weight loss. I am looking forward to following your blog! 🙂


  56. I missed this part when I checked out your blog earlier tonight but you’re weightloss is totally amazing! What incredible results! I am struggling myself to lose weight and after having lost quite a bit last year regained about half of the weight loss, so am trying to get back into the right mindset again. I’m not following any diet, just good food and healthy eating habits combined with sports (I do spinning & cycling mostly) Loved your story!

  57. Jennifer- Thanks!! I’m doing my best! 🙂

    Foodie- I’m honored. Thank you so much! 🙂 I love your site, by the way!

    Haleigh- I’m looking forward to following yours too!

    Simone- It sounds like you are on the totally right track. I’m trying to get away from being so concerned about “points” and embrace the fact that I have developed some great healthy eating habits as well as a love of exercise. I just hope I can trust myself to let go a bit. I’ll be reading, and I’m wishing you the best!

  58. What an amazing story! You have so much to be proud of. Love the Thanksgiving pic especially. Good health is always something to be grateful for 😀

  59. Melanie

    Wow congrats on your success! You look fantastic! Just wanted to say hello since I also live in Arlington and am a Weight Watcher. I lost about 70 lbs on WW and made goal in May 2006. I have gained back about 10/12 lbs and am working on getting back to goal.

    I’ve never been to the Courthouse farmer’s market and looks like I definitely need to check it out! Thanks for the pics!

    Best of luck and thanks for sharing your story!!

    • Melanie, Thanks so much and thank you for stopping by to say hi! I always love to meet a neighbor. 🙂 I really can’t say enough about the farmer’s market. I’m going back on Saturday for more of the Greek yogurt I got last weekend. It’s insanely good! Have a great weekend!!

  60. You are an inspiration and I am really glad I came across your blog!

    Do ya know how gorgeous you look?

  61. oh my goodness!!!! you have come so far! thanks for stopping by my blog! your story is so inspiring for anyone who thinks they “cant change themselves” LOOK! it can be done! congrats!

    i love your header pic btw- that looks like something my Peanut would do with her food! always coming up with creative snacks! i better not tell her about this pic..

  62. SUCH an inspirational story!! can’t wait to read more! xoxo

  63. sarahdbelle

    I’m so glad that I just found your blog. I can’t wait to read more- you’re amazing!

  64. What an amazing and inspriational story, I look forward to reading more and checking out your recipes!

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  67. christine

    What a great success story. You should write a book. I am not a jogger or a blogger but love reading stories such as yours. I found your site from the Happy Texans and have marked it as a favorite. I look forward to new food ideas. BTW, what exercise do you do? I am addicted to Leslie Sansone walk at home dvds..

    • Aww, thanks Christine! It’s nice to meet you!!

      I do strength training with a trainer twice a week, kickbox once a week, and do cardio circuits in the gym mixed in with outdoor cycling and running. Basically, I do a bunch of different things because I get bored too easily to do one thing day after day after day… 🙂

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  69. debby

    Hi! I just found you (from Lori’s blog, I think.) Your story is amazing. And I am always surprised by the similarities I find with others on this journey! I lost most of my weight with W.W. and also just switched to counting calories! And, I love food just as much as always, and have a sweet tooth too. I’ll be checking your recipes out! The Derby day Brownies sound divine!

  70. OMG, I had no idea that you had lost that much weight. I’ve been reading your daily updates on your blog but never really “explored” it. Those pics of you brought tears to my eyes. I had to show the photos to Chuck and he said you look like a totally different person. Wow. I’m so impressed. I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. 😉

  71. angiesappetite

    Wow- congratulations on such a big accomplishment…keep up the good work, and I will keep reading!

  72. you. are. un-freaking-real. ❤

  73. What an exciting story! Congratulations. Your story is so inspiring. I can’t wait to read through the archives. = )

  74. Gabrielle

    Wow! I am so happy for your success. You’re such an inspiration!

  75. Jenna

    Awesome! Congrats! 🙂

  76. Congratulations, again!! You look fantastic and healthy and happy!

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  78. Your story is so inspiring!! I’m so proud of you!

  79. Carolyn

    You are such an inspiration – thank you SO much. Love from Australia. Carolyn

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  81. Wow! What a great story! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  82. I don’t know if i’ve said this yet, but you look amazing! Congrats! It’s so inspirational to me! Please keep writing!

  83. Wow. You should be so proud of yourself, especially for being willing to understand your relationship with food as well as with yourself. There is so much more to life than just losing the weight (or just being at a healthy weight). It doesn’t solve all of our problems, but it does makes us healthier! I look forward to following your blog and hearing more about your story.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  84. Melissa M.

    Nicole, you are amazing. I knew you in your before pictures and you were an absolutely beautiful young woman inside and out back then. Congratulations on everything you have accomplished since I saw you last.

  85. Wow! Just found this blog through a search for the Muffinaire pan! I have four from my husband’s grandmother and found a new one for 25 cents at a yardsale today. I’m looking forward to checking out some of your recipes as I have my own weightloss goals to fulfill!

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