I started this weight loss journey on May 2, 2012. I woke up that morning and decided I had enough and didn’t want to be a fat person anymore. I definitely contribute most of the weight gain over the past 10 years to fault of my own. I have birthed 4 children (3 of them in the last 10 years which were very close together), and just piled more weight on after each child. I did lose 50 pounds after my third child, but then put it all back on and then some after having a miscarriage, then immediately getting pregnant again and carrying to term.
A couple weeks before deciding to start this journey, I had taken the kids to see a race in our town. There was a steep bridge you had to walk that went uphill to get to the arena where the races were being held. I had gotten out of breath on the way into the race, but didn’t think anything of it. Then the races were over and it was time to walk uphill again to get back to the car. I was so out of breath, I thought I would have to go to the hospital. My husband had to leave me there, go get the car, and come back to pick me up. If anything, it scared me! That’s when I realized just how unhealthy I was. For 6 months, my ankles were swelling and I had no idea why. I went online and researched it a bit and found out it was from poor circulation. Another BIG red flag! I think I just ignored my swollen ankles for months pretending it wasn’t happening. Sometimes, it’s just easier to ignore things.
I have been overweight my ENTIRE life. I was never, as a child or teen, taught to eat right. I was never shown what foods were good or what foods were bad. I never learned to eat right until I was 38 years old. I learned by doing my own research online, spending time reading online forums, reading books, etc. I have learned so much over the past few months and I feel like a whole new person. This is definitely a lifestyle change; I don’t believe in diets anymore. If someone asks me, “Have you been on a diet?”, I respond by saying, “Nope! I have changed my entire lifestyle.” Yes, I have had ups and downs over the past few months, hit a couple plateaus, etc., but I have overcome it all and am currently down 93 pounds of which I am extremely proud of. I still have about 50-60 more pounds that I want to lose and am at a plateau again. I definitely see the other side of this plateau just as I did the last two. It can definitely become extremely frustrating, but I have learned that if I stick with it, then I’ll get past it.