Before I got married I think I weighed somewhere around 135 pounds. I lost weight before the wedding like a lot of brides do. All I remember for certain is that I ordered my wedding dress in a size 10/12 and had it altered down to a size 4. I felt wonderful.
I remember feeling fabulous in a pair of 6/8 jeans when we went to the mountains in those early years. But the years of early marriage naturally added on some pounds. By the time I got pregnant with Julianna four and a half years later I weighed 147 and had been had been trying to get back to the 120s.
I gained 37 pounds with Julianna and lost it all but ten. Those last ten pounds just would not come off and somehow I learned to be satisfied with my weight in the mid 150s. The medically recommended weight for a female of my height is 137 pounds but at 155 pounds I was just barely in the "normal" weight range and I was satisfied with not being "overweight."
|August 2009 - this was 2 whole months before Josh was born|
Last Fall before our Mexico trip (November 2012) I made it back to 147 (my pre-Jules weight) for the first time in more than seven years. I felt great. I wore a bikini in Mexico on our anniversary trip (not for pictures and I still probably shouldn't have but that should indicate how comfortable I was with my weight 8 months ago). My clothes were about to fall off.
Since I took the weight off slowly (about six months) I felt like I had made life changes that would stick with me for a long time. I was running half marathons and making good food choices easily without feeling deprived or counting calories or anything like that. For some reason, I was wrong and it didn't stay off long after the holidays.
It's now June. The two pictures above were taken on Saturday. I weigh 157 pounds. I'm fighting to take those ten pounds back off. Then I'd like to lose 12 more, hopefully cutting off some of that nasty thigh bulge and putting me at 135.
Hold me accountable, friends!
What's your best weight loss tip?