I started this blog to share my weightloss story with anyone who wants to read it. I've been overweight my entire life. There isn't a time when I remember being happy with my weight or the way I looked. Now that I look back I wish I would have been happier with where I was because I never realized how bad things could and would get.
When I graduated high school I weighed around 175 lbs. I wasn't happy with the way I looked, but I was fairly healthy. I was exercising on a semi-regular basis at the time.
Once I started college and met Tim, my future husband, I got fat and happy so to speak. I gained a little bit at a time until I was 200 ... 225 ... 250 and eventually 260. I tried Weight Watchers just after Tim and I got married in January 2002. I lost about 15 pounds, but getting up early on Saturday mornings to go to meetings didn't last long. I should have known I was setting myself up to fail when the thing I looked forward to the most was going to IHOP right after weigh-in. I gave up, and gained back the weight I had lost plus alot more.
I don't think I ever really realized how big I had gotten. I knew my clothes were getting bigger and bigger, but when I looked in the mirror I still saw a fairly ok looking girl most of the time. I would see people out in public that I knew were way bigger than I was, so I felt ok about myself. But not great. I can remember asking my husband, "am I bigger than her?". Of course he'd always say no, she was way bigger than I was. So I was ok.
In 2007 I started seriously thinking about having a baby. At this time I was hovering right around 260 lbs. I wanted to lose some weight before I got pregnant. I started Weight Watchers again and lost 15 lbs before I found out I was pregnant. Throughout my pregnancy I did gain weight, but not a shameful amount. I think the total ended up somewhere around 20 lbs. After my son was born I lost around 30 lbs in just a couple of weeks. I got down to about 235 or so without even trying. I was super excited. I weighed less than I did when I got pregnant! That is what sparked my desire to continue. I thought, "if I can lose 30 lbs without even trying, what could I do if I put some effort into it?"
So I logged back on to weightwatchers.com and renewed my account that I had cancelled, and so the story began.
Tim and I at my baby shower. (March 2008)