Heather's Journey to Becoming Healthy!
Hi Everyone! After reading the journals for the past few weeks, and gaining a lot of inspiration, I have decided to start my own. So first let me give some background on me.
Im Heather, and I will turn 30 in January. I have three wonderful kids. Makenzie (5), Landon (3), and Gianna (just turned one in August). I have been married for almost 7.5 years. While I am a SAHM this year again, I am out of the house quite a bit doing a principal internship for my masters degree.
I have been overweight most of my life. I lived with an older sister and a younger brother that were stick thin. Seriously...stick thin. My metobolism just wasnt the same. I ate better than they did when I was younger, yet I was still a chunk. After coming home from my freshman year of college where I gained the "freshman fifteen"...twice...my mom made a comment to be about being fat. (She denies it to this day...but it was the best thing she probably ever said to me that year!) I worked my butt of that summer and lost 45 lbs while working two jobs to save for the next year of college. The next 2.5 years I was in the 140s...which for my body is great! I was wearing mostly 10s/12s. I looked healthy and felt great! I got married in June 2004 and was about 142. When I got pregnant with Makenzie I was around 155-160. (Went out to too many yummy places that first year of marriage.) I ate like a cow. I remember on Sundays eating 3 doughnuts on the way to church, and three on the way back, not to mention the gallon of milk I would down a DAY! Yes, not really the best choice. I was so sad I was 2800 miles away from my family pregnant.. Fast forward to Landon (#2)...I was around 185-190 when I got pregnant with him....and after he turned one our family lost our house due to my husband losing his job and my weight hit 200 lbs. Thats about where I was when I got pregnant with Gianna. I was close to 270lbs when I had her back in August 2010. A few weeks after having her I was 238. I started WW and had great success with the online program. I did that from September 2010-December 2010. Around January I was working out and doing well and had my weight around 210...well you know, life threw John and I a few more curve balls...and I resorted to the only thing I knew how to do, I ate my stresses away. Fast forward again....end of August 2011..I was watching the news and heard a story about a baby boy (age 2) being snatched right in front of his parents. His dad had to chase the guy and literally rip the child out of his arms. I sat there thinking, oh crap, if that was me alone with the kids, would I have been able to save my child? I can barely run out ot the car without huffing and puffing. Thats when I decided no more excuses...I need to do this for me and my kids.
I started planning what I was going to do atg the end of August. I started September at 211 lbs. I decided to cut soda out once and for all (my last diet coke was on September 4th!) I also read about MFP here on this group (thanks so much!!) and started tracking my calories and really watch what I put into my body for energy. I also scheduled time to work out when my husband was around to watch the kids. I work out Monday-Thursday in the morning and then Saturday and possibly Sunday if I do not have to be at church too early. I am about to have to make a little change to it, due to John's schedule change, but I am still looking at at least 5 days..hopefully 6.
As of today, I am 203lbs. I went shopping today at JcPenneys and an xl actually fit me, and I was estatic. I have been too heavy to shop at Kohls, JCP, or similar stores. My mini goal was to be at 199.9 by September 30th, but I think I might have to realistically push it one week out, so by October 7th. Another goal I have made is to be 190 by December 30th, and I would really like to be 185 by my birthday in January. I know this journey is not going to be easy, but I finally feel that I have figured out what triggers my horrible eating habits. I really hope that I can stick with it and see my ultimate goal 140 by Gianna's 2nd birthday in August!
If you read this whole thing, THANKS...it was more for me to get it all out....and stay motivated!