This was actually a fairly hard decision for me to put these up or not, since I make my page public for everyone to see, but I decided wtf, you only live once, right? So here goes. My loooooooooooong weightloss journey.
The "before" pics were taken in April 2006 when I started weight watchers (www.weightwatchers.com). I was almost 195 pounds. In the next 4 weeks I lost almost 10 pounds, but then found out I was pregnant with Amanda, so I had to quit the program. I lost another 10 pounds in my first trimester due to nausea and morning sickness and then gained it back during the remainder of the pregnancy. I was about 198 pounds when I gave birth. During the next 6 months I went down to about 175 from breastfeeding alone, and then gained about 7 pounds of that back in the next 8 months.
At the end of February 2008 there was a heart fair (sponsored by the American Heart Association) taking place in the park across the street from my work. I wasn't going to go, but my best friend (who works down the street from me) asked me to go with her, so I obliged. They measure your BMI , waistline and do a pinprick of your blood to get your cholesterol levels.
Normal BMI level for an adult 25-40 is 20-25. 25-29.9 is considered "overweight" and 30+ is considered "obese". I was 29.8. My waistline was well above what it should be, and my cholesterol while within healthy range, was at the top of that range. All of which would be massively helped if I just lost some weight.
My friend and I made a pact to motivate eachother and thus began my second try at losing weight. I used all the weight watchers info I had, and began the program on my own this time (instead of going to weekly meetings). And so far, it's worked! As of yesterday, I was 157 pounds! So here you go, here are the before & after:
AFTER (these were taken today with my self timer, so they're not as good as above. Sorry!):
All that said, I'm not done yet. My current goal is 145 and if I can, I'll go down to 140. Healthy range for me is 130-148, so I'm almost there. Just 10 more pounds to go!