Life Update! 8 months later...

Monday, February 10, 2014

Hello everyone!!

I know I haven't been on here in quite some time... And I have no excuse for that.

I just wanted to take the time to tell you all what I've been up to! First off, the bad news. I gained back almost all the weight I had lost... Right back up to 320 lbs. I managed to keep that other 15 off at least! lol.

In October, we moved from a tiny 3 bedroom apartment that had safety hazards everywhere to a large 2 storey, 5 bedroom house that was just fixed up! We went out on a limb and jumped on it, hoping I was going to nail a job in the next few weeks. Long behold, the day we were moving I got a call that I was now the new Studio Manager for our local Walmart Portrait Studio. I got to learn photography (which had always sprung an interest in me anyway) and got to be the boss. I absolutely LOVE my life at this moment. Sure we are still struggling to adjust to a much bigger budget, but we are making it work. The children are much happier because now they have a bedroom each, my boyfriend and I finally have us some privacy, and we have outside space to ourselves!!!! How sweet! hehehe

During this time, I have also grown a lot as a person, as a woman and as a mother. I can seriously say I am now accepting my body as it is. Yes, I am working on it, but I have decided that I am no longer going to beat myself up. There will only be moving on. I feel more at peace with myself since I've started feeling this way. I just woke up one day and realized I was way too bitter and angry for all the grace and blessings I have in my life. Doesn't mean I have "turned to God" or whichever, it just means I am truly grateful right now.

I mean really, what else could I want in life? I have 3 beautiful, smart and healthy children. I have a wonderful boyfriend of almost 4 years who is a great man, romantic, thoughtful, strong hearted, kind and loves my children as his own. I have a great stable job. I have a beautiful home (we may be renting, but it is still ours lol), a car that runs. Our family is fed, we have a roof over our heads and we are together.

I'm done freaking out over "we could use more food" or "we could use a newer car", "I could lose some weight, my kids must think I'm ugly". My children tell me countless times a week that I am beautiful and an amazing mom, so I have my answers.

Just around New Year's my boyfriend and I were talking that we could start going to the gym now that we had a little more spending money... So on January 20th, 2014 I went and bought 2 gym passes. We started that Wednesday morning (because of scheduling and travelling issues). Today I am weighing in at 306. I have lost 14 lbs in 3 weeks from going to the gym 3 times a week for 40 minutes. I've stopped drinking energy drinks daily; we will share once here or there, but I am able to go as long as I want without getting the headaches, which is a good thing. We are eating better and less as well, that shows also!

My boyfriend has only lost 3 pounds but that is because he is bulking up :))

I have not set a time limit on my weight loss. I haven't set any goals whatsoever except that we will consistently go to the gym for our 3 days a week; I will continue to make healthier choices but will NOT beat myself up if I decide to have some pop some day, or some chips another day. This is life. I will have my indulgences, but I will limit how often and how much I have.

I will probably keep checking in every few weeks or so, but just know that I may not be skinny, but I am getting healthier and most of all, I AM HAPPY.

Thanks guys!

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    Hey you! I'm glad to hear from you again :D I always enjoy your blogs. I'm glad to hear that life is going well for you! Congrats on your awesome new job position :) We may only be spark friends over the internet, but your kids sound awesome! I hope you'll want to blog more in the future and tell us all about your adventures at this new gym!
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    Go you! Accepting and loving yourself is the first step. You can't stay committed to someone you hate ;-)

    2641 days ago
    Congrats on the house and the job and the happy outlook. Sounds like things are going pretty well and I hope they continue to do so!
    2642 days ago
    Glad to see you are back! I had wondered where you popped off to! I gained a lot back too, but now it's just a matter of moving forward and getting it back off again. Glad to see life is looking up for you, keep up the hard work!
    2642 days ago
    Hey Brigitte! Good for you!! Working out together is a fantastic idea! You have come a long way and you're definitely on the right track!

    Wonderful to see you so happy!!! Take care. You're on your way!!!
    2642 days ago
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