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When I was younger I was never “thin” but I was always fit. I don’t think you could get much more active than I was as a kid – I couldn’t sit down to save my soul. I played every sport I possibly could and had quite the competitive streak.
Once I went to college though, life was quite different. I did play sports but I was also working full time and going to school full time. Sleep was definitely a luxury and never a priority. Other than sports I was always sitting in a class or sitting at work. And even sports I only played one season each of my first two years then not after that. Work became too much of a priority – I was determined to leave college with as few loans as possible. As a result though the college food that was in abundance definitely did some damage. My weight soared and by the end of college I was 200 pounds.
At that point my grandmother and I joined Nutrisystem together and I lost all that weight and maintained that weight loss for quite a long time. Then, as life often does, I was thrown some curveballs with multiple miscarriages and the pregnancies were a result of three years of in-vitro fertilization. Not only did that totally wreck our finances but it caused so many medical issues that caused my weight to skyrocket again.
To lose weight this next time I started working out like a crazy person. I took up Irish Step Dancing and danced nonstop. The weight fell off and I was incredibly fit – until I kept fracturing my legs (very high impact) and it was so bad I had to have major surgery on both. My legs have never quite been the same again – I can do so exercise but not nearly the level I used to. Naturally, my weight crept back up slowly but surely.
Then out of desperation I got a lapband – my weight had crept up to 250 pounds and I had to do something. Over the course of two years I lost most the weight again but I hated having my lapband. It did work but I wasn’t able to eat in a healthy manner. Many healthy foods were no longer in my diet because they didn’t work with the lapband. I could eat the unhealthy items just fine but not the healthy. It was just crazy. I didn’t have the guts to have it removed though UNTIL it eroded right through my stomach and the experience was horrible. It took me a very long time to recover from that surgery and most of the weight came back.
Which leads me to today. I know Nutrisystem can help me be successful. I know Nutrisystem is an excellent option and I know it is time for me to make that change. 2015 held so many changes for my family – more so than almost any other year since I have been married (25 years in 2015). Had someone forecast the changes in January 2015 I would have argued until I was blue in the face. 99% of the changes were positive – not all, but most. I am totally looking forward to what 2016 has to hold for us. I guarantee this will be a year of more huge changes. At some point in 2015 our lives spun onto a different path – not bad, just very different. We will be working towards new goals in 2016 and Nutrisystem is getting me off to a great start.
Here is my before photo at 236. I can’t believe I just put that out there but, after all, it is just a number and doesn’t define who I am. And as much as I hate photos – I can’t wait to see just how different I will look and feel in three months.
So if you wish to follow me on my journey – I will be posting updates once a week as well as tip posts along the way. Feel free to follow by email or Facebook.
I will be starting with the Turbo Takeoff which is an accelerated program with 7 days of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, Turbo Shakes and NutriCrush Shakes with a meal planner. Also, we finished our gym in the basement and I will be incorporating as much of that activity into my days as I can.
And this is a photo that depicts some of my greatest motivation for losing weight – my kids and we are now a horseback riding family.
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