I'v lost 131 lbs and still have a long road to travel
My name is Tasha I am 32 years old. I have been heavy my whole life or atleast as long as I can remember.When I was 19 years old I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hypothyroid. I never really had good control over my blood sugar and I wasn't very compliant with my medicine. My weight ballooned out of control about 6 or 7 years ago I was struggling with infertility and it was making me more and more depressed all I wanted was to be a mom. With each failing month It got worse and worse. I ...
My name is Tasha I am 32 years old. I have been heavy my whole life or atleast as long as I can remember.When I was 19 years old I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hypothyroid. I never really had good control over my blood sugar and I wasn't very compliant with my medicine. My weight ballooned out of control about 6 or 7 years ago I was struggling with infertility and it was making me more and more depressed all I wanted was to be a mom. With each failing month It got worse and worse. I was a big time emotional eater.After two failed IVF procedures I finally got pregnant on my own and gave birth to my first daughter in July 2008. Fifteen months later I got the surprise of my life I found out I was pregnant yet again. I gave birth to another beautiful baby girl in May 2010. At my highest weight I was 346 lbs that was after I gave birth to my second daughter. I wanted to be healthy and be around to watch my daughters grow up. I wanted to be able to keep up with them. I had type two diabetes before I was pregnant and while pregnant had to give myself insulin 4 times a day. My asthma was so bad breathing became a chore. I started slowly losing weight by watching what I was eating and tracking on spark people. I was seeing a decline in my weight and I was getting more and more motivated. At first I started out walking as exercise and then I worked up to going to Curves 3-4 times a week. In just two months I lost 20 lbs and 22 inches. In October of 2011 I won a free month of Cardio Kickboxing I was so afraid to go by myself and have such stranger anxiety I kept putting it off. In January of 2012 my cousin who was only 24 years old and also like a little sister to me passed away. I felt like my world stopped. I was so depressed again I found myself eating any and everything in my path. One morning after my cousin passed away something snapped inside me. I had a husband,two beautiful daughters,a family and friends who love me and need me. I just kept putting off getting back on track theres always tomorrow right? Well truth is tomorrow isn't promised I needed to snap out of it and take care of myself right then and there. That night I emailed the owner of the kickboxing class I told him how I won the free month back in ocotber and asked if I could still come and try it out. He said come on down. The first day I walked in there I was scared to death I didn't know anyone. I was afraid they would look at me like what is SHE doing here. I couldn't of been more wrong the people were all so welcoming and friendly. I felt as though I belonged there. I fell in love with Kickboxing it's the only thing I have stuck with this long besides curves. I joined in January 2012 and I am still going strong. Sure I feel bad when the girls put on their sad faces because mommy is going to class. I need to do this for myself and for them. I always put myself on the back burner to take care of everyone else but I am important too and I do matter, It took me years to realize that. Since I joined in January I have lost another 30 something pounds and although I haven't measured myself the inches are just melting off. At my heaviest weight of 346 I was wearing a 4-5x or 30-32 shirt and size 28 pants. As of today I am currently 220 pounds a XL shirt still buy a few 2x's also and a size 14 pants. I have never felt this good in my life. I overcame my emotional eating and changed my life. Now when I'm depressed or having a rough day I take myself and my ipod to the beach and just walk and walk until I'm feeling better. I find so much peace in walking the boardwalk at the beach it recharges my spirit and the time alone is good for me it's where I do my best thinking.
I want to live a long healthy life and be around to watch my kids grow up. I don't want to have to shop in the plus size department forever. I want to walk past a mirror with confidence and not be afraid to look in it.
Tasha (Clark) Perregaux 32 Milford,CT firstname.lastname@example.org
I just wanted to say hi and tell you that even though I've been away from SP for the past several months (bogged down with work and stress) I am looking forward to ending the mighty-year-of-challenges that has plagued me this past year and start fresh soon... I may be still a bit scarce around here for the next little while but I did want to let you know that I've been thinking of you and hope you are doing well in life, in happiness, and in your journey.
Today you have the choice to be amazing. Today you can do more than just try. You can succeed. You can be victorious. Today, you can rock your world. You can look yourself in the eye and smile... because you know that you are fighting for an amazing cause: YOU. And YOU are absolutely worth fighting for.
You can also do the same thing tomorrow.
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." - Vince Lombardi
In honour of the upcoming Summer Olympic Games this Saturday in London, I give to you the Olympic Creed which is as true for the games as it is for achieving our own goals and dreams each and every day:
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
Today, you are a superhero, a survivor, a warrior, and a beacon to others for honouring yourself, your mind and your body; for making the choices that will make you an even better person tomorrow.
Today you are one step closer, because you decided to be. Fight strong, fight well, fight fair.
"Never, never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill
Today is the unofficial "take happiness into your own hands" day. It's unofficial because I just made it up! (*grin*) But it seems like a great idea, right? Today, try not to be controlled by others... decide to be happy, decide to be great. Move forward as if all your dreams could come true today with no barriers standing in your way. Smile, laugh, and be amazing...
Because you ARE.
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.” - Groucho Marx
Thank you Tasha for stopping by my sparkpage, I sure do appreciate it! You are doing awesome! So how did you break your plateau? I am trying, but it is slow at the moment. MY NUT says I need to eat more, am trying. Hugs, Angela
Please forgive the blanket letter but there were too many people to thank and simply not enough time to write personal notes to everyone...
Thank you so much for your support and friendship. I am happy to say that I am pretty much back up and running full steam and only have a couple more hurdles to jump to finally put this cancer battle behind me. Now I can look forward to concentrating on my original goals again and come the fall will (fingers crossed) be well on my way to being heathy and happy.
Coincidentally, this Friday, June 8th, is Best Friends Day. So for all those in your life that you are thankful for, please take a moment to reach out, give a hug and share a smile. Where would our lives be without the amazing support and friendship from someone like you?
As we are entering into the summer season (for those, like me, in the Northern Hemisphere), I would like to send this wish to you:
May you enjoy an everlasting renewal of energy and passion, for this is a time to celebrate the great potential you possess. May the sun shine upon you and fire up your heart to reach all of your goals and find joy in yourself and the world around you. Whatever battles you are fighting, whatever stresses may come your way, may you find energy, confidence, vitality and strength. This is the time to shine bright and show the world how beautiful you are. Embrace the summer-lit brilliance of each day and you will create a new life where all your wildest dreams come true. ~ Michelle