At my high school graduation, I weighed about 115 pounds, which was a healthy weight considering my height of 5’1″. I had never struggled with my weight (aside from the fact that every high school girl thinks she’s fat). I wore a juniors size 3-5 at the time.
115 in June 2002
I still have this dress, and I’d like to fit into it again someday! Then I went to college and gained the proverbial Freshman 15. I remember after my second summer of performing at the theme park, when I was back for my third year of college, weighing in at 128 and that being on the lower end for me at the time. That is the last time I remember weighing in the 120s.
128 in August 2004
At my height, I’m supposed to weigh 132 or less. I know the BMI scale is not perfect, but that’s what it says. And that’s about where I was through college and for a few years afterward. I was 132 when I got married.
132 in Oct 2005
Being a little older and no longer a teenager, the low 130s started to feel a little more comfortable on me than the 115 of my youth. But by our first anniversary, I had gained 12 pounds and weighed in at 144.
144 in July 2006
I was not pleased. In fact, I was horrified, that being the highest I had ever weighed (as “present me” laughs at “past me”). I decided to do something about it, and over the next 6 months, I lost 10 pounds and got down to 134, which is where I was at when we visited Korea in the summer of 2007.
134 in July 2007
Well, I think we all know what happens next! CHILDREN! By December of 2007, I had gained back about 4 pounds of the 10 I had lost, weighing in at 138, and that’s when I found out I was pregnant with Carter. I gained about 50 pounds with that pregnancy, and I cried every time my doctor brought it up at an appointment. She was not very nice about it. I started scheduling only morning appointments and not eating until afterward. Sometimes I would even go out and walk 2-3 miles before going to my appointments, because I didn’t want to have gained too much since my last visit. At 9 months pregnant with my first, I weighed about 189.
189 (9 months pregnant) in August 2008
After having Carter, most of the weight fell off relatively quickly. Actually that is when I started this blog, so if you go back and look at my first few months of posts, that is all I was talking about. When Carter was just 3 months old, I had dropped 40 pounds and was only 10 away from my prepregnancy weight. But that was as low as I got.
149 in January 2009
Starting at the beginning of 2009, my weight started to spring back, and I gained back a good 30 pounds. I hung around in the high 170s-low 180s for a long time, until I got pregnant with Vanessa.
178 in June 2010
I was about 175-178 at the beginning, and I gained about 20, ending up around 198 when I was nine months pregnant with her.
195 (8 months pregnant) in December 2010
After having Vanessa, I lost the 20 pounds I had gained, and then gained back a few, and then settled in at around 183 for about a year (from spring 2011 through spring 2012).
183 in April 2012
I was aghast at the idea that I was close to my weight when I was 9 months pregnant with Carter, and I was depressed by the fact that this was a new normal for me…who, pre-children, had comfortably and easily weighed a full 50 pounds lighter.
165 in July 2012
After running the half marathon and starting to eat sugar again, the weight crept back on. I knew I wanted to get pregnant again soon, and I just got careless. When I did get pregnant with Harrison, in October of 2012, I was around 179.
179 in October 2012
Knowing that I was only going to gain weight while pregnant, I went balls to the wall and ate whatever the heck I felt like. I will most likely do that with my final pregnancy (whenever that happens) as well. I just don’t care. If I’m going to gain weight anyway, I might as well enjoy myself as I do! I gained about 40 pounds with Harrison, weighing in at my absolute heaviest weight ever, around 219, 9 months pregnant.
210 (8 months pregnant) in May 2013
After having Harrison, I was super motivated to lose the baby weight (ALL of the baby weight). A few weeks postpartum I cut out sugar again, and soon after I started running and working out again. Two weeks after giving birth, I was down about 17 pounds. Two more weeks and I was down another 12 pounds, to 190. Two months after that (three months postpartum), I was down to 175, where my body reeeeeaaallly likes to hang out.
175 in November 2013
And it did. For the months of October, November, December, and January, I hung out at around 172-175. Then I finally kicked it into high gear at the end of January/beginning of February. Which bring us to now.
168 in February 2014
This morning I weighed my lowest since having Harrison- 168.6. I am down a full 50 pounds since giving birth (all 40 pounds of baby weight plus 10 more). And I am only 5 pounds away from the lowest weight I’ve been in five years. So where do I want to be? Well, my short term goal is 140-138. That’s what I weighed when I got pregnant for the first time, so it is truly my pre-pregnancy weight. Then I’d like to shoot for 134-130, and my ultimate, near-impossible goal is 125. I know I could do it, but will I? I guess you’ll just have to check in and see! Well if you managed to read all of that, I congratulate you (or otherwise encourage you to find a hobby), and I thank you for your support! It’s time to kick it up a notch and start (continue) losing!