My cutie and my reason to lose weight!
What I looked like nearing my weight goal, I want to get back to this shape!!
Baby Girl and Me. I'm not photogenic... and she's not looking all too thrilled. :P
My name is Laura -- wife and mother of one. I've always been a 'big' girl, I'm 6' tall and built very sturdy which makes losing weight feel like it takes forever. From 2004 to 2006 I had lost nearly 50 pounds and barely went down one pant size. It's not what I feel as major success but I've come to realize, it's not about what size your pants are but how you feel about yourself and the quality of your life and health!
Right now, my quality of life has been horrible. In 2013, my doctors finally listened to me when I told them something was wrong. I had half of my thyroid removed (only because it was obstructing my trachea) where they found 2mm of malignant cancer. 2 doctors later, I kept mentioning my issue of having hypoglycemic issues and possible PCOS. I was having issues with not even being able to do 8 minutes of sustained exercise without getting a migraine! My current doctor didn't act on anything until my a1c was 7.1 which by his standards is out of the insulin resistant phase and into diabetes... but only put me on metformin.
He "apologized" for the bad news, but I refuse to let it be a sentence. I see it as him finally giving me the tools I need to actually get somewhere in this weightloss journey. My next appointment is May 1st. By that time I am looking to blow him out of the water. My current goal is to get to 300lbs (36 lb goal) and exceed his 6.5 a1c lab result. I also wish to bike to my appointment too (about 3.5 miles one way). At the time of writing this, I am already down 11.5 pounds and not even 1 month out from my initial appointment (which was Oct. 31st).
My long term goal is to finally get down to my initial target weight of 200, but I will focus on my small victories of 25 lbs at a time once I am down to 300. I hope to be able to ditch the metformin (possibly to replace with berberine? Or nothing altogether). If my body says I can keep going down to my "healthy bmi" which caps at 174 for my height and large frame, I may shoot for it, but I will not stress out if I don't make it.
I have also been going to the gym with my kiddo too. So she is learning more about this journey - and pushing me to keep going as well.
Current goal: 300. 24.5 lbs away (11.5 lbs lost) 6.5 a1c
Long term goal: 200, will be broken down into 25lb at a time. Normal a1c. Able to buy underwear that I like. (Seriously, why does no one make any other style than "briefs" and "highcut briefs" beyond a size 9??? Do underwear manufacturers think someone at size 10 and above shouldn't have flattering styles of underwear that don't poke out from their pants??)
Low GI/GL diet (nixing the high carb, sugar and starches), apartment complex fitness center (mostly the recumbent bike with a bit of weights for the upper body), walking kiddo to and from bus stop (only a quarter mile, but I walk it 4x a day, 5x a week!)
I'm 34, happily married, a stay at home mom, and mother of 1. I love doing arts of many forms -- drawing, painting, sewing, photography, photo manipulation/photo enhancement, etc. Now that my kiddo is older, I am getting back into it and some video editing to boot!
I love to write and draw. I hold a BS degree in Film and Video Productions. I used to work for a CBS station as the head news video editor but gave it up for now to be a stay at home mom. When my kiddo entered into school, I picked up a part time job at Uhaul. Worked there for 2.5 years until I couldn't manage the balancing act of work/school/someone being at home for the kid/dinners. Fortunately, my dad offered me a possible job that took off! I am now working from home and matching (and at times exceeding) what I made at Uhaul with so much less stress!
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| Pounds lost: 14.5
Hey Laura. The pictures of your little girl are so beautiful! She is going to break a lot of hearts with those pretty eyes! Sounds like our goals and challenges are a lot alike. I am also 6 feet tall, and have never been small by any means, but I currently have about 90 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight of about 180. My little girl is 16 months old, and I too want to be a healthier role model for her than I ever had for myself. I also share your affinity for food and difficulty with exercising. Congrats to us both for taking the steps we have toward reaching our goals, and give me a yell if you need any support from this big ole Amazon.
3154 days ago
Laura: Saw you on Boise Sparks. Welcome. I don't know which area of town you live in, but maybe we could walk together? I'm in SW Boise, Victory and Five Mile area. We have been have a once a month Spark Walk on the Greenbelt (had one March, April & May) and not too many people came. I'll set a date for June one and post it, so maybe you can come to that. Hope you're doing good and had a nice weekend. If we're pretty close in town, let's see if we can walk. You might not like walking with me since I am a slow walker and with your height you probably walk lots faster than me (I'm 5'1")..........anyway, I'll post a walk in June for Boise Sparks.
3175 days ago
Here is a thread i enjoy, but it is mostly, well 'weird" people like myself, You might enjoy taking a look at it though
It is one in the game room for writing limericks.
3177 days ago
Comment edited on: 5/20/2008 12:34:13 AM
Hey There Laura...
Congrats on joining...and hope you find the site really supportive and fun...And CONGRATS ON THE 50LBS oh my gosh that is stupendous!
Anyways...Take Care and if you need anything just let me know!
3179 days ago
May I be the first to leave a comment on your page? I'm so happy to see you here and I love your page. Thanks for adding me as your friend. (guess I won't have to post so many pictures of the baby!) I know you can do this.
3180 days ago