My story is not nearly as exciting or dramatic as yours, but it has definitely changed my life. I’m not even sure where it really starts.
As a teen, I was obsessed with exercise and diet. Not in a healthy way. I pretty much starved myself through high school. I got married at 21, started having babies at 23. I totally let myself go. No exercise, no diet, nothing. I worked a corporate job and was completely sedentary.
When I was pregnant with baby number 4, I had recently started my photography business. It finally got me out of my chair. Photographing little children is fairly active work. Without trying, I only gained 12 pounds during the pregnancy and lost 25 when I delivered. That was the kick start to a healthy lifestyle. I dieted strictly that year. I started walking regularly. I lost about 40 pounds.
When my baby was about 9 months old I discovered running. I pushed myself literally to the point of vomiting until I could run 3 miles without stopping. I ran until I was 6 months pregnant with my fifth (!) child. Two weeks after she was born I was back at it. Slowly, I increased my mileage until I fell in love with running.
At this point, I was no longer dieting. I had adopted a healthy lifestyle, and between that and the running, I could keep the weight off. At one point I decided that I wanted to lose a bit more weight, so I started using MyFitnessPal to track my food. I lost an additional 10 pounds and was really thin for the first time in my life. But, I couldn’t maintain that happily. It was a struggle and eventually I decided it wasn’t worth it. So I’m back to my 40 pound weight loss. I went from a size 16 to a size 4 to a 6. As much as I’d love to be a 4 its just too difficult to maintain.
I eat healthily about 80% of the time and I run approximately 40 miles a week. Running is a huge part of my life and I can’t imagine ever giving that up. Especially since I can eat nearly as much as I want to as long as I run. Oh, I’m 42 years old.
Attached is a photo at my niece’s wedding last month. I’m not a dress up girl, so when I do dress up I shock people. In a good way.
Here’s one of me at my thinnest. Maybe one day I’ll figure out a way to get there again.
And a pic of my whole gang. My kids are 19, 18, 15, 8, 6.
I’ve attached a before and after. Can’t find any other “before” pics on this computer. Thank God.