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The Weight of the World

I’m going to share a little bit of my personal life today.  I’m sure it’s a struggle that most people face at some point in their life and it’s been a struggle for a lot of mine.  Weight.  Ugh.  But it is a big focus in my life right now.  About 6 years ago I hit rock bottom weighing the most I ever had up to that point.  I said enough is enough and really put all of my energy into my health and reaching a good weight for me.  And I was very successful!  I lost almost 40 pounds and looked and felt great!  How did I do it?  I’d say focus.  Focusing on my end goal was a great tool.  I had a great plan, eating very balanced portions, fruits and veggies, no more high calorie drinks and walking and/or jogging 7 days a week.  I never let myself feel bad for having a piece of pizza or a taco or a beer, because I would have just one piece of pizza, one taco, or one (ok, maybe 4) beer(s).

But as most people do, I let it all creep back on.  I went through a separation, moved to another state, got a new job, and let all of my routine fall to the wayside.  I found a life with someone who loved me more than I ever thought was possible, someone who I knew would love me no matter how much I weighed, and I got very comfortable in that.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing thing to find that kind of love and I’m so grateful for Shannon every day of my life!  But there comes a time when your butt is bigger than your love, you have to do something! 🙂

So, putting all of the weight back on plus 5 pounds is an uncomfortable place to be all of this time later.  But lucky me I found an excuse in fertility treatments and pregnancies.  I hid behind those hormone injections and the loss of our first son and more hormone injections and then bed rest and it goes on and on.  And for the past 15 months when my favorite jeans still don’t fit I tell myself that I just had twins.  Well, when your twins are walking and talking that excuse doesn’t quite work anymore.  So I have written it down, I have put it out into the universe that I am again going to focus on being active and healthy and a normal weight.  I don’t want to be the mom that can’t run around with her kids at the park.  I want to do activities with our children that they will love so that they will be able to learn healthy habits for their own lives.

On Sunday the 17th of February I dedicated myself to lose 2 pounds per week for 17 weeks.  17 weeks because I am going to be in one of my best friends wedding and that will put me very close to my goal weight.  As of Sunday the 24th of February I had lost 3 pounds.  So proud of myself and happy with the good start, if I must pat myself on the back!  🙂  So I am open to ideas, tips, recipes, workout partners, etc.  Bring it on!

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