I hit my goal of 165 exactly a year ago today. There's a long post about it somewhere in the depths of the Goal forum. I felt truly wonderful last year -- I had become a runner (having run a half marathon and becoming a cross country coach) and was in size 8 and 10 clothes. I even had size small running shorts, for God's sake! I planned to lose a bit more and get really fit, and I planned to run a full marathon within the next year. Then I realized how silly it is to make plans! I got pregnant (found out for sure on December 18) and things really changed!
I'd been trying to get pregnant for many years with no success. I firmly believe that my problems were a direct result of my obesity, and that it's no coincidence that as soon as I got to a healthy BMI I got pregnant at 36 without actually "trying."
I considered trying to eat really healthy food only and keeping my weight gain to a minimum, but I got REALLY hungry all the time, and REALLY tired, and I quite simply just gave in to it. I ate far too much while pregnant. I also stopped running (because of some scary bleeding early in the pregnancy after short runs) and I didn't walk that much. I tried to keep up with the walking but I had a great deal of pelvic pain (during labor I found out why -- apparently one of my pelvic bones sort of displaced itself -- the poor baby got stuck behind it in labor -- ouch!) So with a combo of poor eating and very little exercise, I gained about 75-80 pounds while pregnant!!
I'm still at about 225, far from my goal of 165. Today, since it was my one-year goal anniversary, I tried to do a little run for the first time since December. I walked 5 minutes, then did a light jog for 10, then a cool down walk for 5. It was soooo hard to run for 10 minutes, but I did it. That simple fact tells me that I can get back to my goal, and can even surpass the goals I'd set for myself before. I refuse to go back to the way things were before I changed my life last year. I owe it to myself and to my new son to be the healthiest, happiest person I can be.
I'll attach a picture of the baby -- he's so worth all this!!
He was born on August 7 and I'm so in love with him I can't stand it.
Anyway, just wanted to post something on my anniversary to sort of make an official declaration that I'm on my way BACK to goal weight.