My Weight History
For most of my 40 years I would say I have fallen into the average or slightly overweight category. My weight never really bothered me, but back in the spring of 2004 a friend asked me if I would like to join Weight Watchers with her and I decided "Why not?" We were both surprised with how quickly and easily the pounds dropped off. I suspect we had age on our side (we were both in our mid-twenties), we lived relatively stress-free lives and could put a lot of focus into planning meals, and we had each other. I reached my goal weight within just a few months. It was amazing!
During those first few months of weight loss all I did was change my eating habits. I was busy teaching and didn't really spend anytime on exercise. Of course, all that changed once summer came. I had all day at home and I discovered I really enjoyed going for walks (sometimes even running) and other forms of exercise. There were times my roommate and I would go for 3 or more walks a day! Even though I had really stopped keeping track of my food, I was still making relatively healthy food choices and all the exercise kicked my metabolism into high gear. By the end of that summer I was the thinnest I had ever been and at the bottom of the recommended weight range for my height. Realistically, I knew that there was no way I could maintain that weight especially once school started again, but I was again surprised when I continued to hover right around 120 pounds.
I met my husband the summer of 2005. After having a long distance relationship for a year, I made a huge change and in the summer of 2006 I moved back to the Twin Cities. Once I settled into my new job, I discovered I had extra down time and began going to classes and working out at a local gym. I continued to maintain my weight quite easily and decided it was time to pay it forward and I began working for Weight Watchers the program that had made such a huge difference in my life. I LOVED working for Weight Watchers and helping other people with their weight loss journey! I worked for Weight Watchers for almost six years even through both of my pregnancies.
Speaking of my pregnancies.....I continued to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight through both of my pregnancies. I gained about 30 pounds with my first son. Within a few months after his birth I was able to lose all but five of those pounds and really 125 pounds was still right in the middle of the recommended weight range for my height. My second son was born in 2011. I gained a little bit more (around 35 pounds, I think) with him, but again was able to lose all but five of those pounds. I was very satisfied with a weight of 130 pounds and didn't make any effort to lose any more. I took a leave of absence from teaching and was a stay at home mom from 2009-2012, but continued working for Weight Watchers part-time. As many of you SAHMs know, any chance to get out of the house and talk to adults is wonderful!
When it was time to return to teaching in the fall of 2012 I decided to stop working for Weight Watchers because I wanted to be able to spend that extra time with my family. That first year back teaching I was still doing pretty well maintaining my weight, but sometime round 2014 I stopped caring. I really can't quite pin point what changed, but I slowly started gaining weight. Part of it may be due to the fact that I am quickly approaching the big 4-0 and my metabolism simply isn't what it used to be. Some of it may be because I would rather spend time playing with my boys and taking care of them rather than taking care of myself. Being a busy teacher and mom the past couple years has left little time for working out and properly planning healthy meals. Thanks to Pinterest I have also discovered I LOVE cooking, but I haven't always picked the healthiest new recipes to try. So, now it's 2016 and I find myself weighing more than I did when I was 9 months pregnant.
Truth be told, I still don't really care what I weigh. I am so happy in this little life I get to call mine. I love my job! I love my family and I love myself! But I know that I can set a better example for my boys and I know I can lose the weight and get back the healthy lifestyle I maintained for so many years.