I’m 32 years old and work as a Social Media Strategist and Marketing Consultant. I’m also a Wife and Mom on a mission to get my family healthy. Let me take you back to December 23, 2008, that’s where MY mission began.
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 265 pounds, wearing a size 24/26 in clothes. While I’m not nearly done with my mission I can boldly state that I’m down 100 pounds, wearing a size 10/12, and 25 pounds away from my initial goal. And guess what?! I did it on my own! No fad diets, no pills, no surgeries, just sheer will and determination to stop living an unhealthy lifestyle. 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 one day, 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 wasn’t going to do it alone. 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. YOU have to WANT this! And friends, you have to want it for YOU. While I wanted to do this for my son and husband, to be the mom and wife I knew I could be, deep down I really wanted it for ME. I wanted to be the girl I knew was hiding somewhere inside of me.
Fast forward to Present Day:
I’m working out EVERYDAY in some way, shape, or form. 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 the taste of a Bison burger. We are not strictly Vegan, Organic, or Vegetarian we dabble in all of it. We have learned to love new foods; foods that fill us up and give us energy. I didn’t realize the “impact” (I use that term lightly) we were having on people until our friends began asking us what diet pills my husband and I were taking. They couldn’t believe we had lost that much weight, my husband is down about 65 pounds, and have this much energy without taking a pill or starving myself.
My hope for this website is that it can become a meeting place for people in all levels of their healthy journey to congregate. I want this to be a place where you can feel “safe” and not judged, but supported and cheered on. I’m not certified in any thing, I didn’t attend culinary school. I’m just a REAL girl with REAL struggles, struggles I have had all of my life. I have found ways to conquer those struggles and I want to share them with you, as well as have you share your tips and tricks with me.
Thank you so much for stopping by Girl Gone Healthy. Please feel free to comment on any post at anytime!! The more the merrier!
Sincerely- Tera Norberg, Creator of Girl Gone Healthy.com
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Below are some pictures of me from 2007 when were vacationing for our Desitnation Wedding in Las Vegas, this was the size I was when I became pregnant too. I of course gained weight with my pregnancy, but after having Zachary I went right back to being this size. There aren’t to many pictures where you can see my body after Zachary was born, as I conveniently edited them to be that way. I just wanted to show that I really did this on my own, and YOU can too! These pictures are not meant to put out there as “oh wow look at me now”! That’s not what GGH is about. I have received several questions as to how big I really was when I began so these are merely to serve that purpose.