Looking back now, I think I maybe should have started my blog with this! Too late though- so you shall hear it now… this is my journey through life on the weight loss roller coaster!
As a child I was always a little bit bigger, not fat by any means, but I was definitely big boned! It runs in my family, everybody would always just say, “That’s the Schreier in ya!” As I got a little older I progressively got a little bigger. Once I hit high school the pressure of “fitting in” kicked in and I decided I was done with the weight gain. At that point I didn’t know a healthy way to lose weight though, so I just quit eating- that had to work! And it did, I lost weight fast, I never had a serious disorder or anything I would just skip meals, sometimes two meals a day… but I never felt good. I was always tired, and got sick a lot. That didn’t matter though because I was progressively losing weight, however, I still looked at myself as “fat”. Looking back now I realize that I never even knew what fat was! J I would kill to have that stomach again!
Anyways…I got pregnant when I was 19 years old- as hard as this was to accept, I sadly looked at it as, “Good, now I have a reason to be fat!” My eating habits quickly changed because I wanted a healthy pregnancy. Which it was, but towards the end of my pregnancy I got preeclampsia and gained A LOT of weight!! Most of this was water weight and I lost it quickly after having my sweet little boy, but I still had a long way to go. After that I would fluctuate up and down with my weight, never really being too healthy, but never exceeding an unhealthy weight. I also smoked, more details to follow on that nasty habit… but I finally had enough. Enough of the fluctuating, enough of the unhealthy habits, enough of the feeling sorry for myself! Yep, I went there…I’m sure we’ve all been there, but most of us also know that it won’t get us anywhere. You need hard work and dedication if you truly want a lifestyle change, and healthy living is just that a LIFESTYLE CHANGE- and let me tell you, it’s totally worth it! I am currently only 5 pounds away from my ideal weight but the best part is that I look and feel healthy, I don’t look sick and tired- I have muscles in places I didn’t even know muscles existed, and my son couldn’t be more excited when I get outside and actually RUN around with him. I’m still not getting my hopes up for that stomach I had in high school… but right now is the healthiest I have been in my entire life- and that sure says enough for me, way more than washboard abs would (okay maybe the washboard abs would still be nice…)!