Moment of Realization
Honestly, looking back, I’m surprised my parents mouths didn’t drop open at the shock of what I looked like when I got back. I was the heaviest I’d ever been. On my small 5’ 1” frame, adding 30 lbs wasn’t good. My parents never said anything.
Needless to say when I got back home, I REALLY needed to lose my belly fat. At this point, I was at my heaviest EVER. I remember looking back at a picture taken the day of my “homecoming” and was mortified at how fat my face was! After I saw those pictures of me I KNEW something had to change.
That following fall I became a fitness instructor. This was more to appease the former cheerleader in me and keep me accountable to get to the gym. To get back on track with my food, I started following Weight Watchers and began regular exercise. Thankfully, I was able to get rid of about 15 lbs at this point and I was content in how I looked. I was no supermodel, but felt like “this is as good as it’s going to get so learn to be happy.”
My mindset when I was in high school and college was that I wanted to lose weight, lose belly fat because I wanted to LOOK GOOD. Never once did it cross my mind to just be healthy.
After graduating college, I got married and then it became time for us to start a family. Honestly, I was so scared. I wondered what it would be like to take off the weight after having a baby.