This is my most accomplishing year ever. I crated new life (little man), I made great friends, we crossed the county to see family and introduce little man, oh, and I lost 90 pounds. Here’s the story…
Since I graduated high school, I steadily gained weight each year until 2009. That is when I hit a peak weight. I worked hard to lose some and by the summer of 2011 I was down 15 pounds. Then I got pregnant. I gained 40 pounds while I was pregnant. Maybe a little more. After an unplanned c-section, super imposed pre-eclampsia, and uncontrollable high blood pressure, I entered the ICU (after my son was already out) at a new high weight. They weighed me in at 220 pounds. I was so swollen that I couldn’t even wear socks or slippers without it digging into my skin.
My first day in ICU I lost 9 pounds. A good start but it was all getting the swelling down and loosing those fluids. And I was still over 200 pounds. Even when I got pregnant I was considered obese for my height. we had quite a slow recovery once I got home. I couldn’t go up and down the stairs so my son slept in the pack and play in our room. I rarely got out of bed and my husband quickly learned how to cook. He was scared of loosing me after all the problems at the end of the pregnancy so he researched a lot. I really hated what he cooked me but we took much of it to heart. I ate more vegetables, had no salts, no sugars, and started drinking the right stuff. While I’ve never had coffee, we cut out all the soda and fruit juices with added sugar. More on my diet at another time though.
About two weeks after my son was born, my mom came to help out and my husband had to go back to work. My mom was able to help out with so much and I was able to use the elevator at the house to get downstairs so we could all eat together. The poor design of our house put our room upstairs and everything else downstairs. We started going for short walks. Really just down the next street and back. My mom stayed almost two weeks and a few days before she left, we took a day trip out to Williamsburg to see a 100 year celebration. We spent half the day there and it was very taxing. I’d have to say that that was the start of the exercise half of my weight loss.
In the last eight months, I have gone from 220 pounds to 130. I went from a size 14 (almost 16) to a size 4! I almost can’t believe it. I went from obese, to overweight, to right in the middle of the “normal” weight range for my height. I never considered being so happy about being “normal”. It’s been quite a struggle and a lot of adjustment has been made. Now we eat extremely healthy and walk all the time. We go on our family walks and sometimes they are just to the post office (1.5 miles round trip). Other times we venture out to the shops (2 miles round trip) and on the weekend we’ll head over to the library (3 miles round trip).