Initially I was going to make this blog a crafting only blog, but it’s quickly expanded past that. I’ve decided to share my weight loss journey (and getting healthy in general), in the hopes that it will motivate me and possibly inspire others.
Back to the beginning
In March of 2015 I hit my highest weight yet, 304.6 lbs. It was my breaking point. I realized I had to do something about my weight, and now was the time. I had recently suffered a miscarriage (that’s a post for another day), and I was pulling myself out of depression. I decided I NEEDED to be a healthy mom, and for me healthiness started with losing weight. Over the next 20 months or so I got down to 220-ish lbs making my weight loss somewhere around 85 lbs! I credit my success to following the Weight Watchers program, and going to local meetings.
That didn’t last long
In November of 2016, I got off track… And I didn’t really get back on track… Ever. I got pregnant in March of 2017. I was told I couldn’t come to meetings while pregnant, but the plan was to follow the program still. That plan didn’t quite pan out. I ate what I wanted, and gained, and gained, and gained. By the end of my pregnancy I was back up to a new higher weight 310 lbs. But you’re thinking, “That’s baby weight, it doesn’t count!”, but it definitely did count. After giving birth I lost a few pounds, but gained it back up to 310 lbs.
Time to get healthy… Again
I started back on WW recently, so I’m down to 286.4 lbs as I write this. But the past few days I’ve been slipping. Well I got the kick in the rear I needed this morning when I took the picture on the right:
WOW! I didn’t realize I had gained that much! It’s one thing to see a number on a scale, but completely different to see how it effects your body and image. I’ve never really cared about my image. I mean I do care, but I’m not self conscious. I can rock any weight, but it’s my health I worry about. I want to raise my son with healthy eating habits, and as a boy mom it’s only a matter of time until I’ll be chasing him down (and I don’t want to get winded doing so).
I’ll keep you posted
I’m rededicating myself to the program today. I love Weight Watchers, and I always think about my favorite quote by Maya Angelou: “Nothing will work unless you do.”
I don’t believe you necessarily need to lose weight to be healthy. Health comes in many images, but for ME, health comes easier when I don’t have as much excess weight.