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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I grew up in Small Town, KY into a family where my brothers and I never had weight problems, but I watched my parents struggle constantly. My father would crash diet and lose a ton of weight only to gain it back, and then some. My mother would try any fad diet, but have little or no success. That all changed a couple of years ago (once all the little birdies left the nest). Mom joined a gym and started watching what she was eating. Activity was never an issue for Dad, so he simply changed his diet. The results - pounds have melted away the healthy way!

This is not the only thing that changed a couple of years ago. I got married in 2006, and became pregnant with my son in 2007. At the 23 week mark of my pregnancy, I was taken to the ER with severe pain and swelling in my left leg. Diagnosis: May-Thurner Syndrome which caused a blood clot that started in my abdomen and went to my toes. After an extended stay in the hospital, giving myself shots in my stomach twice a day, and being off work for the remainder of my pregnancy, our son, Ethan, was born healthy on June 9, 2008.

Even though I am out of the woods health wise, I still face problems related to the blood clot. When Ethan was 6 months old, I had 3 stents placed in the illiac vein & artery to open up blood flow because the clot did not fully dissolve in that area. I am on coumadin for life because of the amount of residual clot. From the studies I have read, prolonged use of coumadin can weaken your bones - to which is I tested that theory this past year by shattering the 5th metatarsal in my left foot. One plate and 5 screws later, I'm back on both feet.

The reason it mention these things is because I know I have used them for too long as a crutch. I was afraid to exercise for the longest time after my blood clot incident even though my doctors assured me I would be fine. When I broke my foot, I couldn't bare weight for about 2 months, so instead of trying to eat healthy because I couldn't go to the grocery store easily or stand to cook, I ate fast food everyday (and sometimes multiple times a day). The result: I got up to 222 pounds. When I graduated high school in 2000, I weighed 127 pounds.

I don't want my son to grow up watching me go through the same struggles that my parents did. Now is the time for change. At the beginning of this year I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer that I meet with once a week. Just by exercise alone, I have already lost 7 pounds and my clothes are looser. Last week officially begin the diet portion of my weight loss program and that is when I joined SparkPeople. I am very excited to be apart of the community and have access to such wonderful tools & people!!!

So here's to making to most out of bad situations and not letting anything hold us back!
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