We got our elliptical machine in 2008. I know this because I wanted to get back in shape, while I was home on maternity leave. This didn't happen. Before I went back to work I had to hunt for blousy tops to cover my stomach, which has become the biggest trouble spot for me.
I did slim down once I got back to work, because a coworker introduced me to the Metabolism Miracle Diet, because she was going through a lot of weird mood swings, etc, and was thinking it was more of a nutrition thing, since she'd investigated other avenues and they had not panned out.
It worked and I was reasonably thin - At just under 5'4", with a big chest (regardless of weight) and an hourglass figure, 157 puts me in a size 8. Not a skinny bikini shape, but a shape, nonetheless. See? Here's me at my daughter's first birthday. I don't have a lot of full-figure photos, because I am a perfectionist and if I don't feel I look perfect, I throw out the photo. I will only admit to this here, but it's the truth. I hate that I do this. I was 31 in this picture. There's one of me in a bathing suit, in Bermuda, too.
When I was pregnant with my second daughter in 2010, I was already heavier, but I'm not sure when exactly I started gaining again. After I had my 2nd daughter, I continued to balloon upwards and size 12s fit, if you didn't button them, which I hate to say, but it's true. This is the heaviest I have ever been. Dieting since 9/9, I can now fit into size 12, thank God, but I am hoping to get at least back to an 8. I looked and felt the best, when I was in a size 4/6.
Anyway, I have been working dilligently at this since 9/9 and I'm hoping to stay with SparkPeople for the long haul. Even when (and I know it's not an "if" because I've done this before, I keep yo yoing), I really need to stay here. It's going to be a lifelong thing for me to try to stay healthy.
Here's a horrible photo of me from Facebook that I untagged myself from - it's the only remaining record of me being at my daughter's bday party this year. That's my mom next to me, who lost weight, while we both went through a lot of upset with sick family members (she stopped eating from being stressed and I ate enough for both of us).
I put together an amazing backyard party, when all of my daughter's friends do 2 hour parties at acrobatics places. I had a circus theme, rented a bounce house, had kid-friendly appetizers, pizza, old fashioned games (pin the tale on the donkey, sack races, ring toss) and had a pinata, prizes - invited everyone & their siblings & their families. But, not a picture of me that I am willing to share with anyone I know in real life.
Anyway, back to that coat rack....err, elliptical. It's so nice - we have an exercise room with weights, our elliptical machine has an audio jack for my Kindle or my Ipod, and there's even a little fan that blows cool air on my face, as it tracks calories, time, etc. I just need to fight the good fight and go down there and do it everyday.
Do you hide pictures of yourself you think are "fat"? I hate that I do this, because it's like I'm missing out on a lot of things I did.