Lexy – My Story

Hi… my name is Lexy and this is a little history about me and my life in regards to weight.

Here I am as a child in Kindergarten. I remember being fairly confident with lots of happiness and support at home. I was always referred to as a “tomboy” because I loved playing sports… and that didn’t bother me one bit!  I was usually out playing football, baseball, or basketball with the boys in my neighborhood. This picture cracks me up because I was the farthest thing from a cheerleader! – 1979

 

My senior year on the Varsity Basketball Team – 1992

 

During my senior year, I injured my knee and required total ACL reconstruction. Over the period of about 6 weeks, I lost approximately 20-25 pounds. My guess is that I lost a lot of muscle weight due to inactivity. This is probably the first time in my life that the idea of my “weight” even entered my mind. I had never even considered being on or going on a diet…. EVER! I remember several people commenting on how good I looked and how “skinny” I had gotten. I was roughly 125 lbs. – 1992

This is a picture of my brother (our water boy) and I at my Senior Basketball Banquet.

 

I’m guessing I was around 135 lbs at college…
I wouldn’t know because I never dieted or cared about it…
Fast forward several years… I  had gotten married and had 2 children…. both boys…

ages approximately 7yrs and 5yrs.

I. was. miserable.

I never wanted to go anywhere… didn’t want anyone to see me… I dyed my hair dark brown…

One of the worst days of my life is when my Grandma saw me from across the yard and commented to me, “Wow, you have really gotten fat.”
Now … as a Grandma,  I know that she didn’t mean to hurt my feelings… but those words cut straight to the heart.

I cried and cried after she left.

I remember thinking that I could NEVER

change and it would be so hard!!!  I was devastated when I read the number on my scale…. 188 lbs!

(During both of my pregnancies I had gotten up to the 200 lb mark, but I didn’t care because I was “pregnant”)
But now… my baby was 5 years old… what was my excuse?

These are several pictures that were taken during my heaviest years. I was mortified every time someone would point a camera in my direction.

– 2005
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My husband is a Chiropractor. Can you imagine having a husband in the health and wellness field and looking the way I looked? I was so embarrassed to meet his patients, I never wanted to be seen at his office. I would go in early or after hours to do paperwork to avoid being seen. I felt so bad for him because I was so depressed that a lot of times I took out my anger at myself on him. I was blaming others for my own unhappiness.

 

One of my lifelong dreams was to run a full marathon. I ran the Country Music Marathon in April 2007.  A full 26.2 mile marathon!!! It was a huge confidence builder for me. I love running and I felt very good about this…. I could feel myself gaining confidence. 165 lbs

First Marathon Time – 5 hrs 15 mins

Over the next year, I got down to 143 lbs just in time for a vacation to the West Indies to visit one of my best friends!!! I was also training for my second marathon and was able to run 11 miles while on vacation that stretched from the Caribbean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.

It is by far one of my favorite runs in my life!

PS – I shaved off an entire hour of my second marathon! Finished in 4 hrs 15 minutes!

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I have been eating the foods I love and learning even more about portion sizes, power foods, and exercise.  I have experimented with new vegetable and meal ideas and taken new work out classes, including Body Pump and Bikram Yoga.  I LOVE challenging myself to try new things! What I’ve come to realize is that there really isn’t a FINISH LINE! I now approach my health and fitness goals 90 days at a time!

 

Click HERE to see my story in the November 2012 Issue of HEALTH MAGAZINE!

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About Lexy

40 years old, "stay at home mom" to 2 boys (ages 16 and 14), wife to a chiropractic kinesiologist! I love blogging and learning new ideas. I follow the Weight Watchers Points Plus program and enjoy working out. I have run 2 full 26.2 mile marathons and 3 half marathons... and many 10k and 5k's. I love taking BodyPump classes and lifting weights. Working out has always been fun for me, but I struggle with eating healthy. Blogging has introduced me to a world of healthy eaters... When I first started WW... I just wanted someone to tell me what to eat! I didn't like cooking and I am not the kind of person that can just throw things together. There are tons of ideas out there and I love finding new and fun ones that I feel like I am capable of making myself!

13 thoughts on “Lexy – My Story

  1. Anonymous

    okay, you did it! you managed to make me get back on track! I too feel like you did back in your early years. I need help, so please help me! Thank you for being an inspiration to me now! Love you and you look fab!Aunt Melanie

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  2. Jennifer

    Lexi! You look amazing! Congratulations long lost cousin! I had a baby boy a year and a half ago and I am in need of some inspiration to hit the gym. I think you just gave it to me! xo Jiff

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  3. Allison Maricelli Loukanis

    I have a similar story to yours only heavier…I was up to 245 and am now down to 197…and plan to get to 137 maybe. Around there.
    Comments from “helpful” family members can hurt. I got my share likely from the same sourceyou did but I just developed a thick skin and blew it off. I know they mean well. Great blog and I will keep in touch..thanks. I sent one answer but had not signed on so it may have faded into the happy place where unofficial emails go. lol…Your cousin Allison ( will post this on my facebook page)

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  4. Susan

    WOW…what a great story!! When I think I just can’t do it, I read fire lites fire and all the great things you guys have done. Than I tell myself “you CAN DO THIS”.
    Thank you for sharing a very personal story.

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    1. Lexy

      You can totally do it Susan! I’m so excited to see you make the changes that will bring you success! Keep up the good work- you’re gonna do great!!!

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    1. Lexy

      Thanks so much Rachael!! Congrats again on your marathon!! I was seriously crying while reading your race recap! You killed it! :) We will have to meet up sometime at a Houston race… we are doing the Rodeo Run 10K at the end of Feb…. I haven’t done a full marathon since 2009!! I’m still tired just thinking about it! 😉

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