Setting a Good Example for My Daughter

It all started when I was just a little girl…..

OK OK…really though…I have struggled with my weight my entire life.  I have had two ‘aha’ moments.  The first one was when I was 21 years old (I am now 31). I was 506 lbs with high blood pressure and sleep apnea.  I tried so many diets but as we know diets are not what works, it is about lifestyle changes.  I started to think nothing would ever work for me so I looked into gastric bypass surgery.  I qualified and decided to go for it.  Guess what…it worked, I lost 250 lbs.  Unfortunately I got “lazy” and stopped watching what I was eating and stopped working out.  I stopped using the gastric bypass as a tool, which is really what it is.

Fast forward 10 years and here I am starting weight back up to 471 lbs.  May of 2012, something just clicked and I said it’s time.  I am tired of being out of breath, tired and having to sleep with a mask on my face for the sleep apnea that came back, tired of feeling like I was having a heart attack when my arm hurt, when my heart skipped beats, and when my chest hurt.  The biggest thing was that I was afraid to take my daughter to the park to play without having my husband with us because if she ran off I could not catch her.  This truly is what really pushed me to change.  I want to watch my daughter grow up.  I want to set a good example for her, and I want to make my baby proud.

I started counting calories and tracking it in myfitnesspal.  I allowed myself to have sweets or pizza as long as I tracked it and stayed within my allotted calories for the day; this really helped me not to feel deprived.  Eventually I stopped wanting the junk because I was feeling better, getting healthier, and losing weight. I found sites with healthy and tasty recipies and found a few dishes that are now our favorites!  Now that I had the eating down, I decided it was time to add in exercise.  I started adding in cardio, starting with 5 min on the elliptical. The next day I added 2 more min, and did that up until I hit 30 min. I started up a Facebook page to keep myself motivated and to motivate others.  It really really took off!  I got under 400 lbs in October and have not lost much more since then but maintained.  The holidays hit me…haha.  I saw a couple of people announce themselves as being Sweat Pink Ambassadors and that sparked my interest, so I checked it out and well here I am!!! So excited and honored.

I have upped my game, added weights (dumbbells) to my weekly work out routines and I have resumed eating healthy foods and tracking them.  I want to lose another 70 lbs this year and will lose another 70 pounds after that.  So that is my ‘aha’ moment in a nutshell.

 

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