I was always thin and active so the thought of weight never really crossed my mind.
I was about 130lbs when I got married.
A couple years later we tried getting pregnant again and failed twice–one ectopic pregnancy and then a miscarriage all in the same year (2001) and within 6 months of each other. That was an extremely hard & depressing time for me and I found my weight creeping up to 155lbs.We were left with taking Clomid to see if that would help us get pregnant.
In February 2002, my husband left for his first deployment to Afghanistan. Before he left, we had found out we got a new assignment to McChord AFB, WA and were to report in July. So while he was away, I focused on packing up our entire house and entertaining our toddler all while really trying not to stress about my husband being in a war zone. He came home safely in May and we found out in July we were expecting TWINS to go with our cross country move!! I was about 150lbs then and at that point that number seemed to be my hoovering plateau that I couldn’t break through without serious effort.
I gained about 50+lbs during that pregnancy and thanks to 14 1/2 pounds of babies got to shed a little more than usual after delivery! They were healthy and a little over 7lbs EACH!!
My plateaued weight after the babies was about 175lbs. To top off getting used to having twin babies and a toddler, my husband left for a deployment to Iraq just 3 days after they were born. I didn’t know where he was going and at one point didn’t hear from him for about 3 weeks so I struggled with some postpartum depression and anxiety. I am so thankful for my Mama because she was able to come up and stay with me during that stressful and hard time in my life. Living so far away from family I couldn’t have made it through without her and the help of awesome friends around us.
Roughly 6 months later in Sept/Oct 2003 he got tasked for another deployment this time back to Afghanistan on what was supposed to be a 3 month deployment turned into a 6 months and he missed the twin babies first everything–from Halloween to Easter.
My honey & I after his 6 month deployment
We went on a much needed Anniversary cruise in July 2004
with some amazing friends!!
The best part about the clinic is that we got to RUN with Jeff several different times. He made running look sooo easy and made it fun and enjoyable! He also evaluated each one personally on their running form and tips to improve. The biggest tip he had for me was that my stride was too long and I needed to take shorter/quicker steps. It helped tremendously with my hip pain!! I also showed him my calendar with my ‘marathon training plan’ on it and went thru it marking what long miles I should be doing on each Saturday.
coming up to the finish line!!
still standing!! 😉
We DID IT!!
In January 2008, we welcomed our baby boy to our now complete family!!
It was such a thrill to finally have our BOY!
The scaled tipped at 200lbs a week before I had him and I vowed to myself that I never wanted to weigh that much not pregnant. I started out at my heaviest getting pregnant this time around and so I have that much more to loose to get to my goal weight.
still lots of baby weight to looseIn May 2008, before we moved from FL I signed up for WW (thanks to the motivation of my SIL Lexy who had done sooo awesome!!) I lost about 20lbs over about 4 months. Then I quit going to the meetings cause I didn’t know anyone and didn’t feel like I fit in.
(in hindsight this is exactly why the Buddy system works for me!!)
For the last 2+ years I have let myself get ‘comfortable’ fluctuating between 160-168lbs. This is not my ‘Happy Carman’ weight. I try to make myself believe that I can be happy and not care about what I eat, or have to work out but it really is not true.
Joined WW online Feb 2011
I am better to myself, as a wife, mom, friend, etc when I am on that path.
The hardest part for me has been really learning to take each day by day and enjoy the journey instead of wanting my results right now! It just doesn’t happen. There is NO secret!!!
It is truly DURING the journey where we learn about ourselves, overcome our weaknesses, and gain power from our strengths.