Lauren - posted on 01/05/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )
Good Morning and Happy New Year!
Thanks for joining, ladies. I know we can do this, or at least get the wheels turning to do this. Tell a little about yourself and your family, what your situation is now that you feel you need to jump on the train! And if you don't want to share that yet, that's fine too. Everyone's reasons are personal, do not feel forced to share anything you don't want to.
I'll tell you a little about myself, before I head over to the "Weight Loss Goals" thread.
My name is Lauren. I'm a 25 year old working mama from the Midwest. I have one son, who is 15 months old named Zaiden. I just returned to school for the first time in two years this past fall. I intend to earn my degree in Nursing, so wish me luck! Lol
I drew a line with my weight this fall. I'm 5'7" and a normal weight for me throughout my life is 150-165 lbs. When I became pregnant I was 172 lbs, which is still a bit heavy for me. I only gained 20 lbs. while pregnant, and I lost 10 of them a months after my son was born.
Unfortunately, stress throughout the year led me to comfort-eating. Then I went onto Depo-Provera when my son was 5 months old. Although I'd never experienced the weight gain side effect from past Depo usage, I didn't even think of it this round when all I knew was that I had mommy brain, would forget my mini-pill and didn't want to be pregnant again soon. Give me "the shot" and I'm good for three months" I thought! Not quite. I was already overeating and Depo probably fueled it even more. As of October, I topped off at 204 lbs!
Since I gain weight around the abdomen, I still have a huge flap of belly from my pregnancy, as well as buffalo-humps and a muffin top. (Funny that there are names for all of this!) Seeing myself in pictures became humiliating, especially since I'm going out more, and my photo ends up on Facebook to my embarrassment. I decided to take a true stand this past December. Over the last month I've lost 10 lbs, and hope to lose 5-10 lbs every month until I'm down to at least 150 lbs.
Take a deep breath ladies. It's gonna happen.