"Before" Photo At 230 Pounds
"After" Photo - 130 pounds (100 Pounds Gone)
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CHICKIEMAUI is a SparkPeople Motivator!
I've always struggled with my weight, when I was a teen I thought I was fat but now that I'm older I see that I wasn't. I just had low self-esteem and a bad body image. When I was about 18, I did get fat. By the time I was 23 I was at an all time high of 250 pounds and I was wearing a size 24 jeans, along with a size 2XL shirt. I pretended like I was happy, always smiling .. hoping I could fake my way through life. Like if I seemed happy enough, or if I smiled enough my weight wouldn't be noticed by others. In 2003 I decided that I wanted to do something about my weight. I didn't know what I weighed, I just knew my pants were getting tight and the thought of buying new pants, bigger pants, was devastating. So I bought this DVD collections called Walk Away The Pounds with Denise Austin (WATP) I would walk 1-3 miles and then reward myself by going out to a breakfast buffet with my husband. I did that for a long time. I did lose some weight though, I didn't always go out afterwards, but any movement I was getting at that point was better than what I had been doing. I dropped down to 220 pounds pretty easily. I thought I was getting smaller, but then I saw a picture of me at my sisters wedding in 2004 that ripped my heart out. I couldn't believe that was me. I started taking my goals more seriously. I ate healthier during the day and I started walking. At night I still struggled with my habits though. It was a slow process of cutting out bad habits. On New Years Eve 2005 I saw a concert on TV while were hosting a party, Hilary Duff was singing in this wonderfully sexy gold dress. I stopped and I thought to myself ... I can do this. It's a new year, I can change some stuff. I can get serious. I can be that! At this point I only had 2 kids. My daughter was about 9 and my son was about 3 years old. Having 2 kids at home is so much easier than 4! I bought this DVD set. Tae Bo Bootcamp. I popped in Basic Training and after 10 minutes my body felt like Jell-O, after 15 minutes I threw up. I knew then how bad of shape I was actually in. I committed my life to getting healthy, and to be the best mom, and wife I could be. The best person and woman I could be. That year I did a lot of learning, a lot of growing .. I worked on being able to exercise and I learned everything I could about nutrition, exercise and I even worked on my soul. In 2006 I started my year at 197 pounds. I hadn't lost a lot in 2005, but what I did lose were some bad habits, and I gained knowledge. I worked hard in 2006, giving myself 100% to losing weight. I felt great, I was losing weight consistently, I was feeling better about myself and I loved to go shopping. I became more active, but mostly I was still working out to DVD's in my home. I lost a total of 50 pounds that year, and in November 2006 I found out I was pregnant with our 3rd baby. I gained 85 pounds (I know! Eek) with our son, but within a year after having him I had lost it all. I started a new job that kept me on my feet and active, and I lost even more weight. I discovered the world of Veganism (which I no longer am) and I became very trim and lean. I also started running. By 2009 I was a trim 140 pounds, wearing a size 10/12 in pants and a size S in shirts. I felt amazing! Then in 2010 I found out we were pregnant with baby #4. This pregnancy was a huge surprise for us, I struggled with it from the beginning. By the time I was 6 months along I was put on bedrest. I went from working a full time active job, from being a runner, from being vegan to sitting all day, and all night. I became addicted to food, and I became lazy. I gained 85 pounds with my pregnancy, and still have 50 to lose. That's why I'm here. To get back the power I had over my body, and to lose the weight I gained while pregnant.
Lose my "baby weight" and get back to my pre-baby body!
"Fix" my arms, because I have a larger upper half, regardless of my weight my arms are big. The only time they have slimmed down was when I was doing P90X.
See 125 Pounds or below on the scale.
Strengthen and tone my body ... I want long lean muscles.
I want to tone up my upper inner thighs. When I see women dancing on TV (usually music videos) they have amazing legs and I want them.
Cardio: 45 Minutes 5x A Week.
Strength: 15 Minutes 5x A Week.
Follow a Paleo Lifestyle.
I cannot live without music. Music makes me feel like I am alive. I love the outdoors, if I am feeling down about life I can go outside for a walk or hike or play tennis and I feel like life is worth living and it will all be okay. I am a Christian but feel like I will never be able to do God justice so I wake up everyday and I pray for strength to resist all temptation that comes my way. I have been with my husband, Kevin since 1999 and we have 4 children.
I love hiking!!! I like to walk every morning, I feel like it sets my day. My favorite part of working out is with weights and core exercises.
I love being outside and by the water, I feel happy when I am outside and when I listen to music. I want to live everyday feeling proud and when I have a not so proud moment I want to move on from that moment to a proud moment not even letting that bump slow me down.
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| current weight: 191.0
Sorry to hear you hurt your ankle! Hope it's better soon...take it easy!
1225 days ago
Turning a corner and fighting the good fight, as always. Though my exercise routine is in chaos and I'm getting the system back in place.
1228 days ago
You are doing great!!! Keep it up!!
1238 days ago
I try to eat plant-based (I follow Happy Herbivore's plans). I don't always stick to it, but I try to eat that way :)
1239 days ago
Well, my husband is the one cooking most of our meals these days, since he's a stay at home dad and I work full time. So it's hard to slip things past him.
I still haven't found time to get back into a workout routine, almost a year after my daughter was born. To be honest, though, I don't need it to lose weight (I'm trying, unsuccessfully, to transition to maintenance. Blarg, I hate this part), but I miss the me-time. I'm either at work or being a mom, and it's exhausting. I have to figure out a way to carve out some time to be alone.
1241 days ago