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1st Birthday Reflection: 70lbs lighter

Friday, September 16, 2011

My son's 1st birthday is coming up in a week - I've been spending a lot of time thinking about the last few years

Up until the age of 37, I pretty much believed I couldn't get pregnant

Spring of 2008, my husband I bought bikes - we rode or took walks/hikes daily - we had a blast - I lost some weight

My cycles have always been wonky, but I had one that was in sync, then it wasn't - but I felt different - so we checked with a test - and 9 months later, I looked like this:


The next day, this beautiful little girl was in my arms:


I had 4 normal cycles

Before I even missed, I felt something was up - so when we could check, we did, and 9 months later, I looked like this:


The next day, this beautiful little boy was in my arms:


With both of my pregnancies, I started at 250, dropped weight to the 240s in the first trimester, topped out in the 280s, and within a month and a half I was back down to 250

Then I found SparkPeople

As of this morning, I weigh 213

It is hard for me to fathom that I have lost about 70 lbs in a year (I normally don't include my baby weight when I'm looking at how far I've come, but I thought it might be interesting this one time)

Also, as a funny aside, when I was pregnant, I didn't often feel pregnant, and I sometimes wondered if people could really tell or if I just seemed "fat" to them - looking at the picture from right before my son was born, I didn't realize he was so popped out there - just goes to show you that our perceptions of ourselves aren't always reality

I saw a saying somewhere "I'm so crafty, I make people" - I love that!

Here are my little people on a trip to the raspberry farm last weekend:


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  • MSILVER94
    Congrats on your weight loss and your miracle babies! They are cuties!
    3213 days ago
  • ONESTUBBORNTART
    Beautiful pics! Well done for doing so well on Spark. emoticon
    3214 days ago
  • MINERVASPARKING
    AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!! Your little one's are too precious! I love your story too. I love surprises :D Thank you for posting your prego pics! They are too cute too :D I have a couple, but only because some girl friends and cousins made me! And now I'm glad I have them because I felt the same way you did, that I just looked a little bigger than my usual. HA! Those belly bumps don't lie! emoticon
    3214 days ago
  • ROOBEARZ
    Your babies are beautiful!! Great pics!!
    3214 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10923446
    That is wonderful, congratulations! I ended up gaining 70 lbs when our son was born a year ago October 1, and now I'm 95 pounds over where I should be. I haven't lost any weight, I've actually gained back the 33 lbs I lost in given birth so you are a great inspiration for me! Keep up the great work!

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    3215 days ago
  • GOOFYKIMI
    Your little ones are adorable.. Congrats on staying strong and loosing.. 70 pounds is a huge acomplishment. You have lost my 11 year old.. lol he is just about 70 pounds. I often felt when I was pregnant that becuase I was big people couldn't tell I was pregnant. I wish you the best of luck as your journey continues..
    3216 days ago
  • GERMANIRISHGIRL
    Awww...they are so precious.


    3217 days ago
  • VIBRANTVAL
    Awww, what a great post!
    I'ma so happy for you and your babies!!!!! emoticon
    3217 days ago
  • HAKAPES
    Your son is so sweet!
    3217 days ago
  • LESLIE_2B_LESS
    Lovely children!~ And a tremendous journey you have been on. I feel lucky that you will be part of the 5% Determined Daisy Leadership Team this coming challenge! You will a new facet to the team! You have lost a great deal of weight & you can inspire us all to lose!
    3217 days ago
  • TLWARE9
    Your blog is very good. I like how you reflected over the last couple of years. I am not sure I realized you had 2 kids so close in age. You are doing great keeping up with spark people and taking care of 2 young kids. I hope your son has a great bithday next week.
    3217 days ago
  • TLWARE9
    Your blog is very good. I like how you reflected over the last couple of years. I am not sure I realized you had 2 kids so close in age. You are doing great keeping up with spark people and taking care of 2 young kids. I hope your son has a great bithday next week.
    3217 days ago
  • VIAFREE
    You were truly blessed and I know your little angles are spoiled as heck! lol just kidding, but who wouldnt spoil 2 adorable babes like yours? I know I would. Your hubby has got to be thrilled.
    My daughter is 33 and has been trying for a few years now,I hope someday she will have the surprise you did.

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on the 70 lbs gone!!
    3217 days ago
  • APRIL_IN_MN
    Your kids are adorable! Your little guy and mine might share a birthday! Little guy will be a year on Sept. 27.

    You have done an awesome job! I think you are definitely entitled to count your final pregnancy weight in your weight loss. I know for me, I weighed almost the same a week later as I did the week before the birth! So, that counts as "post-pregnancy"! LOL!

    Congrats to you on your weight loss and your sweet little kiddos!
    3217 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9543726
    Wow, those little guys came so close together! You must have your hands full. :D

    Whoops! Hit "enter" too fast! I also meant to say that they are both adorable, and that you're doing so well! That much weight in a year, including baby weight, is just great!
    3217 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/16/2011 6:39:09 PM
  • YRISHKA
    This blog is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the pictures and your progress. Imagine next year, same time, and another 70 lbs lighter! WooHoo! You can do whatever you put your mind into.

    You have really cute kids! What a great job you've done! Your body can do anything, or at least more than you thought! :)))

    Best wishes,
    3217 days ago
  • APIRLRAIN888
    so cute! and I know i had to drop weight to conceive too! congratz and happy bday to u little one
    3217 days ago
  • JULIENMM
    Your kids are sooooo cute! Congrats on the weight loss and on the two super cute kids!
    3217 days ago
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