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My Weight Loss Journey

March 2nd, 2015


(Our Engagement Photo from 2000. I never had weight problems before and I was always active.)

I have been doing a lot of reflecting lately about my weight loss journey. I help people on a daily basis who are starting to take their first steps in their personal journey and I felt the need to share some old photo’s (many of which have never been shown to anyone before) of my own journey!

This is not meant in anyway to “fat shame” or offend anyone who struggles with weight problems. I just want to share where I came from and what I learned along the way. This is where I was at. These are my personal feelings about how I felt about me and my situation.

When I was young I never struggled with weight I was always thin and active in sports/running. As kids started coming along I started to see that change as my energy level and activity decreased. Weight started to slowly creap up on me over the many years of pregnancies.


(After 4 kids the weight started packing on and I struggled losing weight. I was suffering from depression and low self-esteem.)

After baby number 4 I took note of where I was at. 5’3″ and 165 lbs. I wanted to have another baby but didn’t want to be 200+ while pregnant, struggling with lower back issues and knee problems which caused me great concern for my small frame.


(This is the first time sharing this picture. I took this picture before starting my weight loss journey. It was a year after I had baby number 4 and people would ask how far along I was on a daily basis. It was a painful reality that I looked like I was still pregnant.)

I decided to lose weight first before getting pregnant. Most people thought I was nuts to do all that work to just get pregnant, but I had a goal and I didn’t let anything get in my way. I did the HCG diet and lost over 40 lbs. in 6 weeks. It was the biggest game changer for me. I never thought I could be thin again. It helped me realize that anything was possible.


(This is the first time sharing this picture. I took this picture before starting my weight loss journey. It was a year after I had baby number 4 and people would ask how far along I was on a daily basis. It was a painful reality that I looked like I was still pregnant.)

After I had baby number 5 I started training in the gym hard and changed my lifestyle forever and how I thought about myself and food. It wasn’t easy and I learned a lot about myself and what drove me to food as a crutch in dealing with my emotions. I was able to face my demons and change my habits.

(In March 2013 I competed in my first Physique Competition. It was a great accomplishment and something that I never thought would happen a few years earlier. Anything is possible.)

I love what I’m doing now. I feel happy with my life and the direction that me and my family are headed. I don’t think of myself as a role model but I love helping people. If this in some way helps or inspires someone to better themselves then I am happy to share my story.

(After 5 kids and a long journey of ups and downs I can say that I have learned a lot about myself and faced my demons. Food no longer control’s me and I finally feel that I am in the driver seat. I control where my life takes me and how I feel while I am getting there.)

Here’s to tomorrow. Good luck with your own personal journey’s, wherever they may lead you!

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