Hello. I emailed Tristi asking to be able to start posting on this blog. My name is Anna. I guess I'll give a little introduction about my weight issues.
I was never heavy growing up. I got married and still had a healthy weight for a couple years. Then I was trying to get pregnant, it didn't happen, got pregnant, miscarried, couldn't get pregnant again for a couple years. That's when the weight gain happened. I went from 140 to 205. I finally got pregnant and finally became a mom. The baby weight came off easily. In fact, I now weighed 200. Then I had another baby. Baby weight came off easily again. And then I weighed 195. My husband and I joke that if we just have 12 more kids, and lose 5 pounds after each one, I will be at my goal weight.
When my kids were 3 and 1, I started getting anxiety pretty bad. Kind of went through a phase where I was feeling really crappy. I lost weight and was down to 165. After finally having an "ah ha!" moment, I started writing down what I was eating every day and realized that I was eating about 600-800 calories a day. I felt bad knowing that was not good for my body. It wasn't done on purpose. I was just worried about so many things that I just didn't think about it.
Well, finally got the anxiety under control. And I gained 40 pounds back. :(
Had another baby (who is now 13 months old). I am at 195 now.
So, that's my weight history. I eat when I'm stressed, I eat when I'm bored.
I haven't lost weight all year, but I haven't gained either. I did stop drinking caffeinated drinks (felt like I needed one to have energy and deal with kids). I switched to non-caffeinated until I didn't feel the cravings for it. Now I only have carbonated drinks maybe 1 time a week.
I cut my hair. Maybe seems strange weight loss tactic. But for me, I like to make a statement to myself that says "I'm ready to change." I cut 10-12 inches off and love it.
Okay, so that's me. I'm hoping the honesty and accountibility will help me get even more motivated to lose the weight.