"Before" Photo At 230 Pounds
"After" Photo - 130 pounds (100 Pounds Gone)
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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
thank you for taking the time to read the climbing the mountain post. I'm glad that you liked it, I think I, myself need to read it again. I hope you have a great day
1548 days ago
Oh i know, I just meant that I would since I plan on teaching them so much at home anyway but cause of my reasons I won't. And YES, that's another good reason not to. We DO need our time during the day. I LOVE Rachel but I love some free time here and there too. :-)
1550 days ago
20's are the perfect time to have children cause for one, you get to have more and you're more carefree and can kinda grow up with your kids but at the same time 30's is when we all start maturing a lot more. Everyone's different but I know I wouldn't have been as good as a parent. Of course I think that's why I didn't have any then. I was on birth control but it's not like we were being really safe. BC is only so effective and I know many who have gotten pregnant on it but I think now was my time to have children. I've always been a VERY impatient person but as I get older I get better and I think for me it's much easier now than it would have been before. Of course I wanted a house full of kids and I'll probably have to forgo that now but maybe I can at least get in a couple. :-) I've learned so much in the past 10 years and I'm a MUCH better person that I was in my 20's. Especially early 20's.
That's awesome! I'd thought about home schooling but we really want our kids to have a social life and even though there are many things home schooled kids get to do now it's not the same as the school environment. Even though lots of bad things happen at school I think it's a great learning experience. Not so much the educational things they learn but the social things. They have to learn right from wrong and be given the chance in an environment that's life like. The world can be a horrible place and they need to learn how to deal with it before they get thrown into the working world IMO.
You are absolutely welcome! I'm glad things are looking up! I hope they keep getting better. :-) Now, I just need to get into a good routine and get healthier. :-) We can do it together. Would be nicer if we could go walk together and hang out but we'll make do. :-)
1550 days ago
Thank you SO MUCH for your thoughtful, warm, caring support. I read your posts when I was stressed in the middle of the night and your words really did make me feel better. The lack of sleep compounds so many other normal issues to adjusting to life with a new baby. Yesterday and last night were particularly rough. Keep your fingers crossed for us! I keep implementing different advice, to see what, if anything, will work. I have a follow up ob/gyn tomorrow because I'm still not healed (fun, fun) and I am going to ask her advice, too. I think I may also ask for something to help me sleep, too - now I'm so wired and exhausted that I CAN'T wind down and sleep.
1550 days ago
Yeah we've thought about that too. We're going to be in our 50's when she's out of high school and going to college, lol. BUT we're much more mature now and we were completely ready now as opposed to being in our 20's. We were wanting to have fun then and not that a child wouldn't have been important but we may not have given it our all at that point. We're much more settled down now. We need someone to take care of us when we're old, lol.
He the only one that got the flu in the house? That's great!
Well, we're actually talking about the next one right now. I think we're going to try later this year. I'm going to TRY to get the weight gone before then too.
We want them to be no more than 3 years apart (if possible) but we'd like them closer. Main thing is though I'm not getting any younger, lol. I'd like to have kids done by the time I'm 38 and I'm 32 now so I don't have a lot of time. We want 2 for sure but we'll try for 3 if we have time. :-)
1550 days ago