Hi, I’m Christy, and I’m no stranger to this whole weight loss thing. As an adult, I’ve always struggled with my weight. It was never completely out of control, but it seemed like I always had an extra 20 pounds on my frame. When I got pregnant with my son in December of 2002, I was at an all time high of 171 pounds. Talk about a bad time to be at an all time high! I tried to be careful during my pregnancy and I only gained 24 pounds, which wasn’t bad. After I had him, I lost all the weight, and then some, very rapidly thanks to breastfeeding. But when I stopped breastfeeding, I didn’t stop eating and over the next year and a half, I ballooned up to a new all time high of 193 pounds. I was miserable, my clothes were always too tight and I was so tired of having to buy new ones in larger sizes.
In January of 2006 I made the decision to stop gaining and making excuses and to lose weight. It was more than just saying, hey, I want to lose weight. It was a life changing decision.
I’ve always said that in order to lose weight and be successful, you have to be in the right frame of mind. I’d tried and failed so many times before and part of the reason was I didn’t have a good support system. This time I had a fabulous support system. I had several friends, really good friends, including dear, sweet Beth, joining me on the journey. Over the next 9 months, we blogged, we emailed, we held each other accountable, and we all lost weight. We were successful! I lost almost 50 pounds and had never in my life felt better about myself. It was AMAZING. I managed to keep the weight off until I got pregnant with my daughter in March of 2007.
I worked hard to eat healthy during my second pregnancy, but to be honest, it was so nice to eat without the thought of “How many points” in the back of my mind. I didn’t get crazy, though, and only gained 25 pounds. I gave birth in November of 2007, and within 2 months had lost all but 5 pounds. Since then, I’ve gained back 15, rejoined Weight Watchers online, and lost another 10. I’m struggling to keep my eating in check and have become a terrible snacker. I haven’t been doing well with Weight Watchers this time around.
Until now. Now I am in the right frame of mind. I have a wonderful support system in place: Beth, Crooked Eyebrow, Melissa, and the Brians (my husband and Beth’s husband!). I have the tools I need, and I have a place to come and record my thoughts, my struggles, my triumphs. And I hav7e you! All of you who are reading and commenting. You are my support system as well.
So here’s where I am. I currently weigh 157 pounds. My lowest before pregnancy number 2 was 149 pounds. My goal is 130 pounds. So I have 27 pounds to lose and keep off forever!