No more fat secret **My Weight Loss Journal**
Below is when I started this fitness journey... and this is the link to the next chapter
Well lets start with the facts...
I'm 27.. 5'6" and battling a prolactin tumor (basically its a tumor that presses on my pituitary gland which controls hormones and my body thinks it is pregnant when it really isn't... oh and it makes it impossible to conceive without medical assistance ... think milky boobies, unintended weight gains, uncontrollable moods and missed periods constantly). Stats when I got diagnosed with my tumor in 2009, I was not pregnant and my prolactin levels were in the 400s... to put that in perspective a non pregnant woman's levels are 2 - 29 and a pregnant woman's prolactin levels are 10 - 209. I was off the charts basically. It made sense looking back on it why when I went to college my weight was hard to manage even though I chalked it up college and stress. I was able to keep my weight down enough to join the military. I went from 145 in hs to 160 by the time I graduated college and joined the National Guard.
Below weighing around 160 in college going to a marine corps ball:
I got married in Dec 2008 and my husband has loved me through it all. He knew me when I was much thinner and seen me go up in weight and never has said a negative thing about it... if anything he has been the person supporting me and telling me not to give up when I have tried my hardest with no results thanks to my unknown medical issues.
I always kept my weight a secret from my husband out of embarrassment. He is 5'7" and weighs around 130 but right now closer to 140. When I say I hid my weight... I really hid it. I never ever let him see me jump on the scale. It didn't matter that he had seen me naked daily being that we were married... Just the sheer number being so much higher than his was depressing.
I started medication once I got diagnosed in 2009 and working on regulating my hormones. Even with medication it was a long battle... many tears of pain over not having sucess thanks to my condition. My husband went away on a 10 month deployment in 2011.. I figured I need to just focus on getting healthy and working out became my full time job and I lost 20lbs while he was gone.
While husband was gone... the day of my graduate commencement (not a good picture but whoooooa my face was pretty fat and I def was around 220lbs there):
A picture of me close to my husband coming home from deployment and 20 lbs lighter:
Low and behold after trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for 3 years and 2 of those years with medication to help regulate my hormones... BAM!!! Feb 2012 I get pregnant immediately once my husband got home from his deployment. I think medication and losing weight made it all happen.
At my last appointment a week before giving birth (had my son Oct 16th, 2012) I weighed in at around 235... my son weighed in at an 8lbs even.
Below is 36 weeks and you can imagine how much bigger I got:
Most recent body pic I have:
Currently I am down 30lbs... I'm 5 lbs away from DHs return deployment weight. My goal is to try to get down to anywhere from 170-145 lbs by my son's first birthday. That means I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I'm willing to commit to being a healthier me. I don't want my fat and weight to be my embarssasing secret anymore. I'm ready to be epic and reach my goals.
Progress pictures as we go:
This is my most current before and after for muscle building:
the left side is before and the right is now
Most recent: Oct 6, 2013 three weeks with my new coach