Here is a little history of me and my dieting and exercising ups and downs.
These pictures are from my first year of college. I gained the freshman 15 (20) by eating way too much cafeteria food, Papa John’s cheesy bread and enjoying one too many lattes!
This is the following year – I began ballroom and Latin dance classes and started losing weight. I also took 6 P.E. classes during the summer which made me slim and tone. I wish I would have realized at the time how great I looked because as is seems to be the normal though process… I still saw myself as fat! Oh the sizes we wish we could go back to.
I not only lost some weight taking dance classes but I also scored this good looking guy.
Manly is one of those “active running” people and he definitely has a good influence on me. I started doing some running to be “more like him.” I had to keep up if he was going to let me run with him! Actually he is very patient and would never leave me behind if I wanted to go.
I got to be a bride whose wedding dress was too big on her wedding day… I think every girl wants to hear that… short of it falling off during the ceremony of course.
Then I did my first triathlon with my new hubby! Look at those nice muscly legs… that I don’t seem to have anymore!
I summited Mt. Hood in Oregon. Manly was required to take outdoorsy classes for his college degree and of course I took the classes too so I could go with! It was totally out of my comfort zone but I did it. I was the only girl to summit…woohoo!
And of course I had to go and ride my bike across the United States – Seattle, WA to Annapolis, Maryland to be exact. Don’t I look great!? And I didn’t even know it… I wish I had that body again for sure!
Then I started putting on some weight again… gradually losing all the muscle I worked so hard for! Fatty thighs…
Flabby arms and belly…
Then I became a cute pregnant lady…
I became gluten free around this time and it really benefited me by keeping me from gaining a crazy amount of weight! I was 154 lbs. when I got pregnant and went up to 179 lbs. I was so proud I never had to see 180!
Not too bad for 2 months after having a baby but still not feeling my finest…
10 months after Mumu arrived…
Here I am a year after having a baby – at 150 lbs.
Then I decided to have another baby. My starting weight was 154 and I reached 190 before I gave birth. Yikes! This was 5 days before giving birth with a nice monstrous belly shelf!
And was stuck at 168 lbs. and started eating intuitively and got down to 150.4 pounds! I wanted to see those 140s so bad but then slipped back up to 154 and once again I’m stuck.
I just can’t seem to get back into the intuitive eating groove as well as I did before. Gasp! I am trying to get back on track as well as slowly cut out “some” carbs. Not all carbs… I still like desserts and lattes every so often (every day).
I tried cutting out most carbs for a couple weeks but realized that is not a long term goal I want to achieve or feel like I could accomplish. So now I am starting on a new journey of intuitive eating, less carbs and more simple eating (so less processed foods).