This is the day we found out I was pregnant.
See? I was already chubby!
And I was absolutely lazy! Date nights were going to the movies, eating a tub of popcorn chased with jalapenos, and drinking the biggest Coke I could get my hands on.
We laughed at my growing size and rejoiced in the fact that we were having a beautiful little boy.
At the time, I never considered how my weight gain would affect my health.
As I watched my growing tummy, I seemed to overlook my growing butt!
At my shower, I was so swollen and puffy. I looked horrible!
Foolishly I did not care. I thought since I was breastfeeding all that weight would just come right off.
Who was I kidding?!?!?
That totally didn't happen.
When we took our sweet boy home from the hospital, I walked out still in the maternity clothes I came in.
I weighed exactly the same as the day I walked in.
I still looked pregnant!
Then I got so wrapped up in that sweet child that I stopped caring about taking care of myself.
I was in denial still because I thought my body was just being a little stubborn with the whole "weight falling off" thing.
This was two weeks after I had Caleb. I looked bigger than when I left the hospital.
For some reason I thought my baggy clothes were hiding the extra weight.
I lost a little of my pregnancy weight.
But not nearly what I thought I would.
On my child's second birthday, I just knew I had to do something.
I wasn't as big as the day I walked into the hospital, but I wasn't that far from it.
From the day I walked into the hospital in 2009 to have my son until today, I have lost 69 pounds. It has been a battle. I have fought, struggled and whined along the way, but I am unashamed to admit it. I fought hard and it hasn't been all that pretty, but I am proud of my progress.
For those of you paying really close attention and can do a little math, I just publicly announced my current weight. Never in a million years did I dream I'd be brave enough to do so, but I promised to keep it real here. No, I'm not where I want to be just yet but I can be proud of where I am. A lot of people in real life have told me they cannot believe that I weigh what I do because I carry it well. So if you hung in here for this whole story and a crap-ton of pictures, you get rewarded with my secret!
And I'm only 3.6 pounds away from my original goal!