Okay, so let's get right to it! You probably already saw my pictures on the "My story" page, if you haven't go check them out first... What you haven't seen are the pictures above. I am sharing these with you because I want you to know that I understand what it feels like to wake up in the morning and not like who you see in the mirror. I went from having an awesome 6 pack to being unrecognizable to myself. I became pregnant and for the first time in my life, didn't think about my body and threw everything I knew about eating healthy and exercising out the window. You see, when I became pregnant I thought, finally... "I'm free"... no more obsessing about what the scale says, no more worrying about fitting into size 2 designer jeans. For once I can just relax and not worry about my waistline, after all, "I'm pregnant!" Well, as you can see, that really didn't turn out so well for me. Once I began to gain weight, emotionally I went off the deep end. I literally would eat a pan of Ghirardelli Chocolate Turtle brownies in one day, fast food all the time and no exercise because I didn't want to get my heart rate up too high for fear of it "hurting" the baby. All RIDICULOUS!!!
I was in denial that I was depressed and in a very, very bad emotional place. I was using food as my escape. This was a horrible cycle and my body was responding so badly to all the sugar and processed foods it wasn't used to. By the end of my pregnancy I weighed almost 200 pounds! (I am around 120 at my healthiest weight). Now, I'm pretty sure my precious little newborn, Ryder, didn't weigh that much.... so guess what? I had to lose ALL of the weight afterward on my own. I took a good hard look in the mirror and decided that I had to do something. Once I held my little pumpkin I had a wake up call, enough was enough. So I did what each of you are going to do. Took it one day at a time, one push-up at a time and never looked back! Within one year I was back to my healthy weight and I will never, ever, take my body for granted! I went to hell and back and believe me, I know it is hard to make it to the gym or get out your home exercise equipment when your entire body aches and all of your muscles are sore... but it is WORTH IT! I'm not talking about just your physical appearance, but the reward of spending more years with your children and grandchildren because you took control of your life and made a change, from the inside out! If you are not happy with your current situation, don't dwell on where you are now, focus on where you are going to be. If I can do it, so can you!
I am not ashamed of these photos because this is my journey and I wanted to share it with you. I have had to work hard my entire life to try and be healthy and look good, it does not "come naturally" like you may have thought I understand the emotional and physical turmoil weight issues can cause and I am hear to help you with your own. I am a woman just like you and I "get" it.
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