Thursday, January 10, 2013
I've never tried to lose weight before.
Sure, I gained 90 (yes, you read that right) pounds with my son and got back down to a reasonable weight. However, his birth caused a reaction that made my thyroid become hyperactive (a malady I sometimes secretly wish I still had. Sadly I am now firmly - and frustratingly - in the "hypo" camp) and so most of the pounds slipped off in a relatively quick time frame, without exerting much effort.
I gained some pounds as my thyroid stabilized while keeping my diet (that of a pregnant woman who gained 90 pounds!) the same. But soon I lost my job and started waiting tables to hold us over until I found something new. All the walking it entailed, and limited time to eat, kept me in pretty decent shape weight-wise, despite the fact that the times I would eat, the food wasn't particularly nutritious.
Through the following years the scale began to steadily climb until I recently got pregnant with my second child. Add 70 pounds to my already expanding waistline, on top of the fact that I'm now in my 30s, my thyroid is under-active, and my job is sedentary (I do stand up and work most of the day, though!) and you have a pretty urgent problem.
I sure am kicking myself for not implementing a healthier lifestyle sooner. But I'm hoping that the first time I've ever put an effort into losing weight, that it sticks. Especially since so many of us have been up and down, over and over. I really want to set the example for my kids, so they learn to make better choices from day one. My goal is that they'll never get to the point of having to dig themselves out of a hole.
God willing it will only take once!