In August 2010, I was 9 months pregnant with my second child. I weighed close to 300 pounds. I was sweaty, I was miserable, and I knew that after my recovery time post-baby, it was time to get serious about losing the weight.
Once Little Brother was born, the weight melted off. It had to, it was August in Georgia. I found a Weight Watchers meeting when he was 6 weeks old, stepped on the scale, and was both delighted and shocked that I weighed 255 pounds. I was shocked because this was more than a lot of college football players! However, I was also delighted because it meant that a good 50 or so pounds was baby weight. So, I did the weight watchers thing for a few months, and in addition to nursing , I lost 35 pounds. In April 2011, I finally joined a gym, and lost another 5.
Then we spent the summer preparing to buy a home, and I maintained at around 215-220….for a year. I know that sounds crazy. Maintaining for a year! We moved. Big Sister started preschool, I quit nursing, I didn’t have anybody to work out with. I also needed to learn how to maintain my weight. I’d never done that before. Once I left for college, I was gaining (freshman 30) or losing (getting married). Then the cycle began again right after marriage, as I got pregnant with Big Sister shortly after tying the knot. So, it became important to me to know, in my head, about how much I could eat to maintain without counting calories or points. This became an important motivator because I realized during this time that, while counting calories/points/whatever is very helpful and a great tool, it also wasn’t something I wanted to do every single day for the rest of my life. Anyway. Where are we in the story now? Ah yes, summer 2012. I knew it was time. I knew I was ready to be under 200 pounds …for the first time in 7 years. I joined a gym in our new hometown (still no workout buddy!) and fell back in love with Zumba. I started walking. I started eating more veggies. We went meatless for a while, we went paleo for a while, and then I realized that at the heart of any healthy diet is plenty of real, fresh, food……so why put a label on it? Just eat mostly good stuff, and not as much bad stuff. I know that sounds like the easiest thing in the world. But, it’s been a hard concept to wrap my head around. So here we are. It’s two and a half years later. I’m 70 pounds lighter, and while my original goal was go get back at my high school weight, I’ve decided to shoot for 5 more pounds past that and lose 100 pounds. Being healthy is the most important thing though, despite what the number on the scale says. (That is why my goal weight is 160-to put me at a healthy BMI.) While I don’t have a specific time table, I’d like to be at my goal by Little Brother’s third birthday. It’s been a long, hard road, but worth it.