So I thought I'd share my weight gain story before I share my weigh loss story.
|Two months before I started losing weight:|
I realized that even I did not have enough kids to
hide my weight problem in photos.
I knew I HAD to lose weight!
When I was in my twenties, I exercised and followed a vegetarian diet. Then I married a man who expected meat at meals, and I gained a little weight. Then I had a child, and I gained a little weight. Then I had a job with a lot of stress, and I gained a little weight. Then arthritis started making exercise painful, and I gained a little weight.
Then 3 years ago, we had a child with a life threatening heart condition. A few months later, we added 4 children to our family after the earthquake in Haiti, which brought us to a total of 10 awesome children. My round the clock schedule, my lack of personal time, and my need for energy made food the “go to” for a pick me up. I snacked in the car to stay awake. I snacked at midnight when I was tube feeding our son. I needed my next “food fix” to keep going...or so I thought, and I gained a lot of weight.
I wanted to lose weight, but I did nothing until January when I faced my 40th birthday. I was depressed and disappointed with myself. I decided it was time to make serious changes to improve my health. On my birthday, I went to my first TOPS meeting.