I used to work out religiously. In high school, college, when I was a newlywed, even during my first and second pregnancies. I had a gym membership that I loved, and I went religiously. I also have weights and a treadmill at home I would use if I couldn’t get away to the gym.
But then I turned 40…and simultaneously gave birth to my 3rd child (kids, don’t try this at home). And then I had thyroid issues. And then I had thyroid SURGERY. And then I had endometriosis issues. And then I had a full hysterectomy. And then I had intestinal surgery. It’s been a rough 4 years…
My body was completely out of whack hormonally. I gained weight and couldn’t lose it. I felt ugly. Depressed. I had no energy. I didn’t want to be social.
But then things changed.
I got on some good thyroid medicine and got more energy. I made a change in my mind and decided it was time to take care of ME.
I took the first set of pictures you’ll see below last year in May. I weighed 199 lbs. When I gave birth to my first child I was 194 lbs. My second child was 191. My third child I weighed 196. AT BIRTH. In May of last year and I weighed 199 POUNDS and I wasn’t pregnant. I didn’t want to ever see the 200 pound mark.
I joined Weight Watchers (online only, because why would I want to go anywhere?!) and started watching my food intake. Within a few months I lost 22 pounds (these are the bottom row of pictures) and I’ve maintained that weight.
Today I got my first gym membership in 5 years.
The personal trainer who walked me around showing me the gym asked, “What areas are you wanting to focus on?” I said, “Pretty much everything between my neck and ankles.”
This is my new “BEFORE” shot that I took today. Not bad, but not me. So I’m on a journey to look better and feel better! I LOVE my curves and don’t plan to lose them. I wouldn’t mind losing the jiggle and the cellulite though.
So ladies (and gentlemen), please will you stand with me and be my support on this journey? Leave a comment if you’ve struggled with your weight and what helped the most in getting it back in control! Let’s support each other!
Oh P.S.!! This morning before I went to the gym I was coming up with a thousand excuses NOT to go! I almost didn’t do it today. And as I was signing up for my membership, I looked over and saw an older gentleman on the exercise bike…and he had his oxygen tank with him. I saw that and thought, “There are no more excuses!” I mean if that guy can lug his oxygen tank and tubes in with him and work out, Lord knows I can.
Let’s do this!