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 a metric ton weight 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.
Leading me to a total weight loss of 140 pounds by May 2014!!
So What Now:
I’m working out EVERYDAY in some way, shape, or form. I have developed a fondness for running (2 time Half Marathon Finisher in 2014!) and I LOVE lifting weights. I’m also now a Mom of TWO!! My daughter Harper was born 3/15/16 and she is completely deaf. We are setting out on a journey to get her Cochlear Implants and to say my life is chaotic is an understatement 😉 but I’m still finding ways to stay active! I have completely changed the way I shop for my family, as well as the way I prepare meals. We haven’t given ourselves any sort of “foodie or lifestyle” label, I do eat meat, I enjoy a well prepared steak, but I also love steamed veggies-chicken-fish etc. I have learned to love new foods; protein filled foods that fill me up and give me energy. I don’t count calories, starve myself, or deny myself the occasional sweet treat, and I still enjoy my beloved craft beer. I LIVE but I do it in a Healthy, Mindful Way. While I’m not done, and I still have 30 pounds (out of 60 pregnancy pounds gained) of baby weight to lose, I’m not where I used to be and that’s a