Beginning of Change

I’ve been overweight most of my life. I’ve never been a very active person, and as a child and teenager, I would have rather had my nose in a book or my pencil to my art pad, than play basketball, or soccer. I also had bad eating habbits. I’ve struggled with my self-esteem for about 12 years now. When I became pregnant, they classified me as “Obese”, and told me to try not not gain any more than 10 pounds. I didn’t have diabetes or gestational diabetes, and I didn’t actually gain any weight, I lost over 30 lbs, because I was eating healthy foods and drinking nothing but water. After I gave birth to L (who was a whopping 9 lbs 6 oz), my stomach was stretched out, with stretch marks as wide as a half inch. My skin sagged, but I felt great!
Now here, after 8 months, I’ve gained a little bit of the weight back, but not much.
When I first got pregnant, I weighed 282 lbs. At the end of my pregnancy, I weighed 248 lbs. As of right now, I weigh 257 lbs. My goal is to weigh 235 lbs by the time my son turns 1 year old. Now, that only gives me 4 months, but I think I can do it. For the next 4 months, once a month, I will be posting my before and after pictures, my activity, tools I use, and my diet for that month. So, for today, I want to share some pictures I took of myself this morning and my lunch. If you dont want to see the photos, then please end youre reading here. I can’t believe I’m actually putting these out there, and I’m very nervous doing it, but I figure this is the first step. I took these after I got out of bed and dressed, so you’ll forgive the “I need coffee” face, hahaha.

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Spinach wrap with ham, spinach, and cheese and a cup of Greek yogurt

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This is my 25 year old, Mommy body. This may sound crazy to some, but I’m actually pretty proud of these pictures. Mainly because I know what my body can do. And then because I know what I looked like before. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures from then of my body. But I’m hoping that by this time next month, I’ll have made a little bit of progress and lost an inch or 2.

I hope you go along with me on my journey, and we’ll see where it ends!

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