I think I'm finally ready to truly being a journey to wellness. I've always struggled with my weight, losing chunks of weight and then slowly gaining them back. I've been over 200 lbs for over 10 years (since I was 23; I'm now 35) and seem to lose/gain the same 40-50 lbs. over and over.
I have had a challenging year, losing our baby girl at 23 weeks in April 2009, then becoming pregnant and giving birth to our son 10 weeks early this January. I was overweight (250) going into my first pregnancy with my daughter and overweight going into my pregnancy with my son (255). Though I lost weight between pregnancies, I became pregnant quickly. With the stress of having a baby in the NICU (for 50 days) and then becoming a first-time mom (and also still mourning the loss of our daughter), I turned to food (as I usually do).
Though I began working out soon after giving birth, coupled with the emotional eating, I've essentially maintained my "pregnancy" weight (around 265-270). I have continued to exercise consistently, doing fairly intense workouts (elliptical sprint intervals, Jillian Michaels DVDs, Turbo Jam), but have not changed my eating habits. In the last week, I've started to notice soreness in places I haven't had before. At first I thought this was due to the exercise, but now I believe it's due to the weight. It's like it has finally caught up with me. My shins hurt, my feet/ankles hurt when I first get up in the morning...my knees are starting to hurt. I can't believe it! I cannot be this person! I am not this person!
Though I have struggled with my weight and have been a plus-size person for a decade, I have always worked out and have maintained a solid level of fitness. I prove the rule that you cannot lose weight by exercise alone. In addition, I've noticed changes in my body that make me believe that my body will have a tough time bouncing back like it has in the past. I'm sure this has something to do with back-to-back pregnancies, but areas that I previously thought looked o.k., I now want to cover up (e.g., thighs, arms, etc.),.
Change has to happen. I know that. I just need to take the first step. Thanks for letting me share.