I was looking at old photos over Christmas. I don’t think I have shared pictures of me when I was my biggest. In fact I don’t have any of when I was my BIGGEST, but this is a close idea…
Most people when they see that, or if I say I have lost over 30kgs (66 pounds) they can’t believe it. Many people also don’t believe I have 2 kids. Unless you are friends with my sister or I and have seen these on Facebook, it is unlikely you would have seen these awful photos.
You see, in the picture above I had actually lost about 10 kilos (22 pounds) since having my daughter, Mele’ana. After I had her, I didn’t even want to know how much I weighed, but the last I weighed in was almost 100kgs (220pounds) and I know I put more on after that.
When I got married I was around 68kgs (approx 150pounds) and only went up 5kgs(11 pounds) by the time I fell pregnant almost 2 years later. During my first pregnancy I went up to 82kgs (180 pounds) which I was uncomfortable with, but was within healthy weight gain for a pregnancy, although too heavy for my frame. After I had Halia, I lost a bit of the weight, but fell pregnant within 9 months of her. It took almost 18 months to fall pregnant with Halia and I was told at 17 I may never have children so we certainly did not expect to fall pregnant so quickly.
I was very depressed and we were very broke so I ate a lot and ate crap. A lot of junk food that was cheap, full of sugar/salt/carbs and nowhere near enough fresh produce.
I fluffed around trying to lose weight and got down to 86kgs at FinCon11 then down to 80 – 82kgs (176 – 180 pounds) at FinCon12. You can see the difference in the pictures below.
With Travis at FinCon11
When I went to Fincon12 I was happy in my dresses, but jeans and a top like in the pic above I hated. I hated my stomach. I was determined when I got back from FinCon12 that I was going to tone up and drop the weight. I wanted to be better than I was before I had my kids. My youngest is almost 4! There is no excuse for me not to exercise.
I am happy with my actual size now so fitness is more the aim. It has been all along, but now I plan on running in fun runs and eventually a marathon.
Last year I took a photo on Christmas Eve and was ecstatic with how I looked. I did the same thing this year and to me, I look slimmer in the face and just healthier. In the 2011 picture I had on a lot of make up, in the 2012 picture I have tinted moisturiser and mascara, that’s it!
My current fitness game plan is:
- Using a free 30 day gym membership trial I got last month for January
- Exercise whenever I want to shop. I have wanted to shop a lot since the robbery, but want to have a carefully selected wardrobe again, not just buy whatever is on sale. Exercising when I want to browse online will help my wallet and waistline.
- Dancing. I managed to enroll in another term of pole because some of my friends are doing it now. We had just enough people to run a class and one of my friends and I now alternate driving there, so I am saving on petrol. I’m doing practice sessions during the week more now too. So often I am at the gym 3 – 5 times a week plus 2 – 4 pole dancing sessions.
- Do the couch to 5km run. I am up to running 3ks at the moment and hope to get to 5kms soon. Once I can do it, I will be entering some actual runs such as the Colour run.
What do you do to stay healthy? Is there anything you have found really works for you?