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!