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Since this my first post, I’ll start from the beginning … the short version. I was always a skinny and athletic kid growing up. Weight was never an issue for me at all. I probably gained a few pounds in college but I also stayed active there with intramural sports and a little bit of running on the tracks at school.
After I got married in 1995, I remember starting to put on a few pounds. That was probably the first time I thought to myself that I should watch it a little. In 1999, our first child was born and I gained quite a bit of weight. Using Weight Watchers, I was able to lose 40 pounds fairly easily. The week I hit my goal weight I found out I was pregnant with baby #2. And it all went downhill from there.
I think most of my weight gain has occurred since 2004 when many things changed in my life. I decided to become a stay-at-home mom to our 3 kids – giving up a career I dearly loved. Not even a week into my new “stay at home mom” life, my mother was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and she passed away less than 3 months later. My entire world was upside down and this point … and I had 3 children 5 and under to take care of.
Year after year I put on another 10 or so pounds until, here I am. About 90 pounds overweight. I am over 5’9″ so I haven’t had much trouble carrying it – until now. I can tell that my belly is gettin WAY too big. I am sick of shopping in the plus-size departments and stores and, most importantly, my unhealthy eating is starting to show up in my blood-work with high triglycerides and high cholesterol (fortunately my blood sugars are all fine and I am not even pre-diabetic).
I’m hopeful that this journey will not just help me remove the weight but identify and correct the things I was doing to put it on in the first place.