I'll start out by saying that I have felt happy for the first time in a long time. These past two years were the toughest of my life... there was too many untimely deaths we had to get through, dealing/helping with addiction, and many mistakes we had to face. I finally hit my low about a year ago, and since have slowly but surely made drastic life changes mentally, physically, and spiritually.
There is still that struggle of balance of being a mother, wife, and college student that a most of us can relate to, but now I'm learning to appreciate the struggle. Although I am no where near completed with my journey, I survived the past couple of years and came out a better person, and I am forever grateful for that.
This is me right before we got pregnant with our second in 2009. At this time I had dangerously lost 55 pounds in 3 months.
When I got pregnant, I quit everything cold turkey. The next 8 months and beyond I, again, dangerously, packed on close to 85 pounds total, weighing in the heaviest I had ever been in my life. This continued until 2011.
Last year is when I made the change. I started losing weight here and there, gaining some and losing some more in the process. I plateaued at a 15 pound loss for about 6 months and was feeling extremely let down. We bought our house in July and I changed my outlook. I ate SO much better, better portions, and exercise here and there. I since then I have lost an additional 25 pounds, making my total weight loss at 40 pounds all together.
These next pics were taken within the last week.
I still have about 30 pounds to go to be at my and my doctor's goal weight, and I have no doubt that I can do it. I now have the drive to want to be healthy, happy, and to be alive for my family.
Thanks for looking!