And this is my story:
I am sure many of you have seen blogs out there about people struggling to lose weight, and frustrated about not taking the weight off, and you are probably wondering, "What's going to make this one any different?" My answer is, I'm not sure yet. All I know is that I hope this blog is going to help me get to where I need to be...Fabulous (yes, a subtle reference to a Sex and the City episode...of course)! A year and three months ago, I was 5' 6" and weighed in at a whopping 229.6 lbs and officially obese. Two weeks after I had my beautiful baby girl, Capri, I decided to re-join (third time...I kept getting pregnant!) weight watchers and finally really do something about my weight.
I could pretend to you all that my weight problem started with my pregnancies, (my oldest, Cedi, just turned two last month) but in all honesty, I have been a bigger girl as long as I can remember. In third grade, my teacher weighed and measured us at the beginning of the year and then again at the end. I'm not exactly sure how much I had gained but it was something crazy like 15 lbs. I remember her announcing to the class that was the most weight gained in one year that she'd ever seen. I'm guessing this doesn't happen in classrooms anymore, but I'm pretty sure that just made me eat more.
My goal weight is 150 lbs. Ideally I would like to be there before apple season starts but that last 20 to 25 lbs (depending on the day) is really being stubborn about coming off.
I have to admit, it's a lot easier to be so blunt about my weight now, 15 months after I started the program, than it would have been in March 2008. I am currently (as of tonight) weighing in at a mere 173.8 lbs....still 5' 6". Since I have already lost 55.8lbs it's easier to write this because no matter what, I am not a failure. That is an incredible amount to lose and I'm extremely proud of it.
Here is my before picture (229.6):
Here's a picture of me in August (about 190's I think...I'll double check and correct if necessary):
|From 2008-08-04 with Katrina's WEdding|
and me now (or at least pretty close to now)
from my cousin Claire's wedding on 4/25/09
I mentioned earlier that my kids were my motivation for losing the weight. I realized that with all that excess weight on me I didn't have the energy I needed and wanted to play with my kids, to take care of my kids, and to have my kids be proud of me. The energy I have now...almost 60 lbs lighter is unimaginable! I also want to raise my kids to eat smart and to eat healthy. Right now, they are both vegetable fiends and I hope to keep it that way!
Now that you've heard my story, I hope you stay tuned to see where my journey takes me...