Hey Friends, the days of February are dwindling. This challenge has been fun… but life has been hard. My husband’s aunt, his mom’s twin sister just passed-away. Losing her has been like loosing Iris all over again. It is hard to lose such an integral part of a family. We have laughed and cried a lot. We are still transitioning our little foster-love home. Our oldest son is preparing to leave for Marine boot camp. My husband’s business is going through some extraordinary changes. And I have been super sick. What started as an allergic reaction to some medication has my auto-immune disease on overload. Last night I crawled up the stairs at 6 pm covered in hives with a fever and bleeding headache. I sent a text to my friend and R&F leader Jennifer Abner of Random Musings of a Domestic Goddess Blog and said… “Help!”
As friends carry me across the finish line of the 28-challenge I am delighted… and discouraged. I love health and wellness. Not feeling good and still choosing what is beneficial is hard. But as I grappled with how to still encourage and keep on going I prayed, “Ok God… who?”
And Jennifer flashed in my mind.
Change is never easy.
Perseverance is never a given.
Jennifer is an inspiration.
Please welcome her to the sticky floor and cheer her on – she’s a scrappy little thing. Thank you, Jennifer, for helping me and being all kinds of spunk, sass, and wonderfulness.
I get asked all the time about why I decided to lose weight. The first thought that comes to mind is “Are you blind?” But with much restraint, I don’t say that! I always have to stop and think for a second what to tell them because there isn’t just one reason. There are several reasons I have, the least being about appearance…
All my life I have been a little above average size. Not obese, not skinny minnie, just a little overweight. Being 4’11 is not easy. 10 pounds overweight on someone this height might as well be 40! I was always pretty active; marching band, living in the Sunshine state. However, I was never viewed average, I was overweight to everyone.
Now fast forward to 2005. I weighed 140 pounds, not terrible, but for my height, I was 30 pounds overweight. At the same time, I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter. After she was born via cesarean, I weighed 175 pounds-yikes!! I started to exercise and promised myself that I would never get over 200 pounds….I would die before that happened. Well, guess what happened? I broke my promise.
At the end of November 2007, I was pregnant again with my second daughter. This pregnancy was dreadful and the most difficult thing I ever went through. I was sick my entire pregnancy. Everyday, I felt weak and sick to my stomach, but I still gained weight. My daughter was also diagnosed with health problems during the pregnancy as well. Lots of stress! When she was born I weighed 260 pounds. I cried for days! I was so depressed. I felt ugly and like a failure. People treated me differently, except my husband. He always told me how beautiful I was…everyday! That helps, but when you don’t see it, its hard to believe.
In 2009, I finally got enough motivation to start on this weight loss journey. We got a Wii, which came with some fitness games. It was fun and was helping me to lose weight. I went up and down for the next year, but I got down to 250 pounds. Then, in 2010 it happened again. I found out that I was pregnant with my 3rd daughter. I didn’t care much about weight gain, I was super excited. I was more active during this pregnancy. I did gain a lot of weight, and some was fluid and baby, but the scale doesn’t count it separate! After I had my daughter (you might want to sit down for this), I weighed 305 pounds. No I didn’t type that wrong. I was shocked to say the very least. I was determined more than ever to lose this weight. I needed to be healthy for my family, so began the journey!
I started exercising to Zumba. I have to say, man, it was exhausting, but so much fun. I started with the game for the Wii. I changed my diet, cut down my portions, and cut out sugar. I literally ate egg whites and turkey bacon for months. In 2012, I got down to 227 pounds! I was so proud of myself! I had more confidence, had more energy, and felt great!
You know how the story goes. When things are going good, something always comes and throws you for a loop. In December 2012, my mother came to visit with us for Christmas. She was very sick, and looked horrible. Over the next 6 months, she lived with us and I helped her. She finally got a clean bill of health, and then tragedy struck. She had a massive stroke, and passed away a week later. I was devastated. I didn’t care about losing weight, or anything for that matter. I shot back up to 285 pounds… continue reading here.
1 Corinthians 10:23 Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.
AND here is Jennifer’s latest… You Go Girl!!!!
Don’t forget to comment and share! The last Sunday drawing for the 28-day challenge is this TOMORROW 2/26/2017!
May your floors be sticky and your calling ordained. Love, Jami