Irene - posted on 01/02/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
Well, I guess since I am the leader of this group, I should put some info about me out there for ya'll to see.
I’m a 33 year-old NYC native with a 36 year-old hubby and 21-month-old baby girl named Olivia. I stay at home with my daughter for now, but I am also a full-time college senior (I graduate in August...Yay).
I weighed 150 pounds my entire life, that is until I met my husband. In 2003 I began gaining weight because that is when my boyfriend and I started seriously going out. In one year I gained 60 pounds.
When we married in April 2005, I weighed 216. In July 2006, at my first prenatal visit, I weighed 232 pounds. Oddly enough, I lost 18 pounds during my pregnancy and birth. But after Olivia was born, I gained it all back.
In January 2008 I made a realization that in order to be a good mom, I need to be healthy. I need to have the energy to play with my daughter and to be there for her in the long run. So I made a promise to myself to not just lose weight, but to get healthy.
By December 2008 I had lost 40 pound and 29.25 inches off my body. Woohoo!!! How I did it was by education and motivation. I tracked my food and I tried to work out 4-5 days per week and was doing so until October. That's when I kind of let things slide. For me, the best thing is to have realistic goals. I want to be athletic. One goal was to participate in a 5K run. I did two and by the second one I had cut over 7 minutes off my time from the first one. This goal helped me stay motivated most of the time. Another goal is to participate in a triathlon this year. Last summer I spent my time at the gym in aerobics classes, running, strength training and swimming. Now that it is winter, I am no longer swimming but promise to get back to that in the spring.
This year, I am going back to what worked for me until October. I will be working out 5 days per week, tracking my food, eating better quality products, and simply staying active. It will be a struggle during the cold months, but I know I can do it.