Thursday, February 16, 2012

Where I Left Off...

Or rather, where do I even start?!  I was in the thick of my weight loss and running when I hopped that plane for Denver almost 2 years ago.  I had completed the Couch to 5k program, was down 35+ pounds from November 2009-April 2010.  6 Months.  I was 194.3 pounds then.  I was feeling great about myself and ready to see the mountains and my best friends.

Go here for a quick recap:  ONEDERLAND

During the summer of 2010 I continued to run and drop the weight. We were getting into the groove of eating clean and had joined a community-supported agriculture farm to help us get excited about our new healthy lifestyle.  By the end of August, I was hovering around 185 pounds, in a plateau and frustrated.

Then, it happened. A big surprise.  A positive+ pregnancy test that we were just barely expecting.  It was September 2011.  Charlie was about to turn 2 years old.

Trillium Haven Farm-October 2010 ©Amy Carroll Photography
Charlie's 2 year pictures-barely pregnant with Cecilia (although, I look about 4 months! HA!)

I went into my pregnancy with one goal in mind.  I didn't want to endure gestational diabetes again.  I wanted to stay healthy, to maintain a healthy weight gain and come out of this experience with a healthy baby and a healthy me.

I can still remember the day I found out that I had passed my 3-hour glucose test. YES! I PASSED!  It was a glorious day of celebration and the payoff was tangible now.  All of my hard work prior to getting pregnant really PAID OFF! While weight is not a sole factor in the manifestation of gestational diabetes, it does play a large part.  There is no doubt that my weight loss efforts prior to getting pregnant had a significant role in decreasing my chances of having it again. 

36 Weeks-1 week and 5 days before delivery

While I felt great the day I got pregnant, I knew that I was still obese by all clinical definitions.  Even gaining a healthy amount of weight meant I would put myself back up over 200 pounds. And yes, I gained all 35 pounds back. That hard work before getting pregnant meant I had a healthy pregnancy. No gestational diabetes. And it was ALL worth it. <3

May 7, 2011

God's most precious gift...Cecilia Anne May 7, 2011
The Summer of 2011 was filled with sleepless nights, random meals, frustration, happiness, complication, joy, adjustment, love <3 So much LOVE.  We were in the typical period that you go through after a new baby is born. Survival mode, we call it.  

But by August, both Curtis and I, unhappy with our bodies knew we needed to get back to our goals.

I entered a challenge group on Facebook, started drinking Shakeology (an amazing nutritional shake that has changed my life!), and started working out at home to a Beachbody program called ChaLEAN Extreme. 

90 days later....

19 pounds, 11 inches, 9% body fat, 2 pant sizes

So, where am I today?? Pretty close to where I left off! The big difference is that I didn't get here with a whole bunch of cardio-queen running like before. I got here by lifting heavy weights (yes girls, HEAVY),  kicking my own butt,  Shakeology + Clean Eating and a mix of fun cardio, combined with a huge pile of support from my accountability partners. I could never do this alone!

Now, guess what? I'm not done yet!  I still have a ways to go, but I'm getting there. Slow and steady has always won this race for me and I'm excited to document it here. 


If you got through this entire post, you'll appreciate my short post-script. The last post I wrote before the summer of 2010 'got in the way' was written on May 12, 2010.  

On May 12, 2012, I will run my first 5K race.  The Fifth Third River Bank Run to be more precise.  I'm excited and nervous, but it's time to cue up Couch to 5k again.  This is what the journey is all about. You might yo-yo for many years like I did, but eventually you reach a place of transformation. A place where nothing can touch you and your goals. This is where I am, and I'm happier than ever to be sharing it with the world. <3
Back Where I Left Off...A New Start With a New Foundation


kelly said...

You look awesome! Healthy & strong! Go girl!

Larissa: said...

STUNNING!! You seriously look amazing. Good job on the dedication and hard work. It sure is difficult to find time for yourself when you have 2 little ones.