06-18-2012, 10:15 PM
I was a really skinny kid, then starting gaining weight around 4th grade. I was 157 at the start of 8th grade and a size 12. By adding exercise to my life, I got down to 115 lbs and a size 6 by the start of Freshman year. I was 125 lbs by graduation in 2000, then experienced depression and anxiety and starting gaining weight with my meds. I married at 19 in 2002 and was around 150 lbs and back to a size 12. A year and a half later, I started having erratic cycles and gaining weight again. I was diagnosed with PCOS. My highest non-pregnant weight was 208. I lost 20 lbs through watching what I ate, but it took 6 months. It took me 5 years from the day we started trying to conceive until the day I gave birth to my first child. I started that pregnancy at 190.5 lbs. I went up to 232 till the day I gave birth in 2008. I had been working out 3 times a week since 2004 and it never helped me to lose a thing. I breastfed my daughter for a year and my weight stayed at 195-200. I tried dieting on my own for about 3 months and didn't lose a thing, so on December 31, 2009, I joined weightwatchers on the original points plan. I didn't think it would be easy to get pregnant again after all we had gone through to have the first, so we didn't do anything to prevent. In just over 6 months I lost nearly 60 lbs. My cycles got shorter and shorter. The first cycle that was less than 40 days, I got pregnant. I started that pregancy at 144. I was up to 190 the day I gave birth to my son in March 2011. For 6 months I was around 170 lbs. Then I rejoined WW on the new points plus plan and it took me another 6 months to lose 25 lbs I was up from the pregnancy and another 10 to be at my goal weight. I have now been at my goal for a month and holding strong. Since I had only done WW online, I could not become a lifetime member. I cancelled my membership and I have been just watching what I eat in lieu of counting points. So far so good. Although I was not part of this group during my weight loss, I joined because I'm torn about what to do next. I'm unhappy with certain areas of my body, but not sure if I want to take the next step to plastic surgery. I have an apron, no belly button, upper arm flaps, and skin on my inner thighs that I wish I didn't have, but need to come to terms with keeping it or getting rid of it.