That is crazy right? 71 lbs? I was carrying around 71 lbs of extra something on me! That's a member of Big Time Rush. That's a Backstreet Boy. That's almost the weight of my twelve year old!!
Fourteen years ago, I was a nice, skinny, high school senior. (What a hottie I was! I tell you, if I could go back to when I thought I was fat and I wasn't...)
Soon after, enter child #1. I gained 60lbs during my pregnancy. (Sorry no pics, I can't seem to find one. It's quite possible I burned them all lol) Fine, all I craved was McDonald's, and mac n' cheese. But still. He could have been born a teenager with all of that weight. I think I just kinda thought my skinny teenage body would just bounce back on it's own, but it doesn't work like that. And anyone who has a child knows that when they finally, finally, FINALLY go to sleep, the last thing you're doing is hitting the treadmill. Maybe in my dreams I was, but I was hitting the bed first lol!
I did lose some of the weight. But I was no where near my skinny high school self above.
And then over a couple years, I gained more back. I can bake your socks off, and of course I was gonna try everything that I baked. And I hate cooking, so sure, let's go out to dinner! And oh, let's have popcorn and M&M combo mix at 10pm at night!
Enter baby #2. When I got pregnant, I was already 25lbs heavier then I was in high school. Strangely, during this pregnancy, I craved nothing but fruit, veggies, and yogurt. But I weighed the same when #2 was born as when #1 was born, because I started out much higher with #2.
And the cycle repeated itself. Dream treadmill, baking...until one day I woke up and saw:
Was that me? Where the heck was my neck? Why did my husband not tell me I had no neck!? Why did he not tell me every time I asked him if this shirt made me look fat did he not say, yo, eat an apple?? What the heck happened????
Don't get me wrong, I knew I had gained weight. But I didn't really see myself looking like that. I thought I carried my weight well.
So I decide to change things. I wanted my skinny high school body back. I wanted to show my kids that you can be healthy, and that you can do anything that you put your mind to. I wanted to shop in a section that didn't have a plus in its title.
One year later, thru Weight Watchers and Zumba, I'm 79 lbs down, and 8 pant sizes smaller =
The hubs is 40 lbs down. Combined we've lost the equivalent of our two kids.
I'm not done yet. I keep changing my goal, because I have exceeded my original goal beyond my wildest dreams. But I did it. Weight Watcher's helped me. Zumba helped me. Not wanting to be the 600lb woman helped me. It's been a battle the whole way, because some days I just want to sit on the couch and eat Doritos. But that's how I got to my before.
If I can do it, anyone can. And if you need a cheerleader, I'll be there! I know what it's like.