Hi, my name is Marie and I am overweight! Phew I'm glad that is over with.
I have been chubby all of my life well since I was 12. I've never eaten well but not awful either. I never took the time to think about what I was actually eating even though I loved food and even went to cooking school for awhile. I just wanted to eat what I wanted. I thought my weight was at an all time high when I got married to my wonderful husband, Philip who also struggles with weight. But is still adorable. don't you agree?
But I was soon to find out my weight hit an all time high when I was pregnant with my first child, Enzo. I craved McDonald's Big Mac's and gave into that craving whenever possible.
I soon realized that this was unhealthy for the baby and began eating healthier. I found that the foods were actually pretty good and that over time I began wanting the healthy food more than the unhealthy food. I began on a journey of correcting my eating habits which has had its ups and downs in the last three years, mostly downs since I couldn't get over the weight factor. I would go great for like two weeks, feel great and start to enjoy the food when I'd see some ice cream and eat like a quart, feel awful about it, and end up eating whatever I wanted. I then got pregnant with Cooper and actually lost weight, only to put it back on again when I was breastfeeding because everything but turkey sandwiches and chocolate made him have an upset stomach. [Both my boys had really bad GERD (a reflux disease), luckily they grew out of it. ]
So I decided to go at it from a different angle, I began training for a half marathon here in Atlanta. I got the shoes, the treadmill, and the ipod. I ran everyday for months, and even got up to 8 miles but was not losing any weight. However my diet was not fantastic as always. But I was getting in shape contrary to what my head was telling me. This was me in June of 2010 in the middle of my training.
I sprained my ankle, and lost hope of ever getting to that half marathon. I lost all hope in myself. It was a really bad time for me. I gained back some weight, not believing your worth it can do that to you. (Although, I have to admit I haven't known what my real weight is in years. I'm terrified of the scale. ) This is about what I looked like then and now. (And yes I could potentially be the worst picture taker ever. I always look away at the last moment or make a crazy face, so on.)