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I am 25 and recently married. My wedding pictures were one of the hardest things in the world for me to look at. I have three herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, high testosterone which is causing a whole mess of problems and I also have a slow metabolism and chronic depression. Losing weight has been a huge challenge for me and has recently become a challenge I was tired of undertaking. I had completely given up.

Then I saw my wedding pictures. I wanted to cry. I don't ...
I am 25 and recently married. My wedding pictures were one of the hardest things in the world for me to look at. I have three herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, high testosterone which is causing a whole mess of problems and I also have a slow metabolism and chronic depression. Losing weight has been a huge challenge for me and has recently become a challenge I was tired of undertaking. I had completely given up.

Then I saw my wedding pictures. I wanted to cry. I don't know how it got so bad. I am almost exactly 260 pounds, more than I have ever weighed before, that I know of. There was a time where I just wouldn't get on a scale. I don't think I weighed this much though, even though I wore a larger size back then.

A lot of obstacles stand in my way...I'm not technically cleared for exercise, my husband and I are moving to Montana on Sudnay, my body holds onto weight like no other, the list goes on. BUT, I will NOT let it stop me. I have decided that even if it takes me YEARS to lose all this weight, I will do it.

This time last year I was in a completely different place with my weight loss. I was on track, my doctor and I had worked out a routine, I FELT good, even if others didn't always see that, I FELT it. Then my back went out again, for the third or fourth major time and it was the worst of them all.

I want to get back to how I FELT at that point in my life. The last week or so I have really been focused and doing well, I think. I have seen pictures of people who weighed much more than me that now weigh much less than me and look amazing! I am jealous, I can admit that, but I am motivated by them. One person in particular had almost the same medical problems as me and then some and is about 50 pounds lighter than me. I know that I have no excuse. Every little thing will help and even if it takes me 2 years to do what it should only take a year to lose, I will hang in there. Hell, even if it takes me 3 or 4 years, I will not give up. I am ready to be fit and healthy and live a happy life.

My husband has gained some recently due to depression and is fully supporting me and is ready to make lifestyle changes with me. No diets for this girl. Just better eating and more movement. :-)
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Member Since: 9/13/2010

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My Goals:
I would like to reach a healthy weight of 128.

I'm going to post my goals in two month increments. For at least the first two months, there will be no weight goals.

Week 1: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise 5 days

Week 2: Do at least 10 minutes of exercise 7 days

Week 3: Do at least 15 minutes of exercise at least 5 days (moving to Montana from New Mexico this week)

Week 4: Do at least 15 minutes of exercise 7 days

Week 5: Do at least 20 minutes of exercise 7 days

Week 6: Do at least 25 minutes of exercise 7 days

Week 7: Do at least 30 minutes of exercise 7 days

Week 8: Do at least 35 minutes of exercise 7 days

My Program:
I'm on severe restrictions to do a major back problem, but I am NOT going to let that stop me.

I am approved for a rowing machine, foot/hand pedals, squats, yoga moves as long as they don't send shooting pains, and a weighted hula hoop. I am sure there are others, those are just the ones my doctor and I have discussed. I am NOT to walk more than a mile at any time and am NOT to ever jog or run, not until my back is stronger. At this point it is unclear if they are going to do surgery, since I seem to be recovering. However, they are not sure how I can walk, stand or move, since none of my specialists have ever seen an MRI like mine where the person could move and wasn't screaming in agony.

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My name is Natalie. I am originally from California, but currently live in New Mexico. Feel free to friend me or send me a message or comment if you'd like to know anything else!

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One of my favorite stories of all time is Peter Pan. I'm not talking Disney's Peter Pan, but the real story. If you ever want to see a good Peter Pan, watch the one with Jeremy Sumpter. Amazing. But my favorite quote isn't the usual one, "To die would be an awfully big adventure." My favorite quote is, "To LIVE would be an awfully big adventure."

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SHERREE66
12/16/2013 4:31:28 PM

I think your husband made a wise decision. I have 4 sons and wouldn't want to join any service nowadays. So far two of my boys have made other career choices. Two more to go.

Thanks for the compliment. It took a lot of hard work. I've slipped back some but I'm on the right track again and getting ready to do the biggest loser challenge 24 on Sparkpeople next month to help. Have you done any of them? It did wonders for me.



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SHERREE66
12/16/2013 3:46:32 PM

My husband did 20 years in the Marine Corps. He had many moments when he wanted to get out but he stuck with it. We bought our first home when we are at last duty station ( where we still are ) because we knew this was the best place to be for his career when he got out. We lived there for three years and then got the military move itch and bought a different house in the same town. Unfortunately we got caught up in the housing mess and ended up losing it. We have been renting for 7 years now. It has been very frustrating but we are now financially ready. Make sure when decide to buy that you don't make yourself house poor. That was our downfall.



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SHERREE66
12/16/2013 3:06:38 PM

Thanks for your comment to my blog. We think it's pretty crazy too. It has actually had three appraisals before ours because the owner was trying to have a relocation company buy her out and that was part of the deal. They could not tell us what amounts they came up with though. Our lender told us that our appraiser had to call the owners agent to find out what comps she was using because they couldn't find any. We're hoping it comes in lower but if it doesn't it will be ok. Feb 4 will not come fast enough. Good luck on your career choice. I sounds like an interesting profession.
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CHRIAMARIA1983
12/16/2013 1:50:51 PM

You're gorgeous! You're wedding pictures are incredible. So you're not at a healthy weight- that can be changed- but you look very, very beautiful in those pictures. I was at my heaviest at my wedding too- about 265-(Actually, I was heavier when I was pregnant, but I don't feel like that truly counts since immediatly after having each baby I was back down to that weight or under) and I know how it feels to wish you could fit into those gorgeous dresses that are on display. I ended up finding a dress that was specifically made for plus size, but due to my particular figure it never fit right- even with the alterations. I guess we'll never be those people whose goals are to fit back into their wedding dress LOL!



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NKING1982
12/13/2013 5:02:44 PM

Thanks for the comment on my blog. Congrats on the two months of not smoking



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