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In The Home Stretch 235 lbs to 160 lbs (Anonymous)

March 8, 2010

Age: 25
Number of Pregnancies and births: 1
Age of child/PP: 29 months

Pre-Pregnancy I was 235 lbs (I’m 5’7) I was considered Obese my BMI was over 35!!! When I got pregnant I had really bad morning sickness for the first 20 weeks. I was on Phenergan and Zofran. I lost 10 lbs my first 20 weeks of my pregnancy because I could hardly keep anything down. By the end of my pregnancy I had gained those 10 lbs back. I went in to give birth to my son weighing 235 lbs and I left the hospital weighing in at 212 lbs!!!!! My son weighed in at a whopping 8lbs 14oz and 21.5 inches long. I was 8 days past my due date. When my son was 3 months old I joined Weight Watchers. My first year doing Weight Watchers I lost 52 lbs. I went from a size 18 to a size 10. I’ve lost a total of 75 lbs. I have recently started following Jillian Michaels “Mastering Your Metabolism”. I’m finding I’m left with a lot of extra skin. Which is rather disgusting. I’m still coming to terms with my body. Don’t get me wrong I’m enjoying being a healthy size again finally. BUT I’m a single mother and I’m dating again and honestly, who is going to find my body sexy? I do Yoga, Pilates, Budokon, Zumba, and a dance cardio class called ‘Happy Hour’ all in efforts to tighten this loose skin up. I’m shrinking majorly in inches but this skin just keeps hanging in there (literally haha). I think down the road I will look into getting the extra skin removed. I guess I decided to post my struggle in hopes to reach someone who is in the position I was a year and a half ago. To all you women out there it is possible to lose the weight and reclaim your body! It doesn’t come fast, but it will come. Just hang in there. Measure and take pictures of your progress to keep yourself going! I’ve tracked all my weight loss so I can keep looking back at it and see how far I’ve come! My son was a precious gift who made me want to get to a healthier weight. I am not a fan of going to the gym to work out, but exercise is an important part of weight loss. I get bored using cardio equipment so I found a gym that has really good classes and I have a friend that goes with me. We actually have a lot of fun doing all the classes I listed. Budokon is something I highly recommend looking into! I lost 1 inch off my arms in 3 weeks doing Budokon. Yoga is also awesome to tone up those arms and your core. Zumba is amazing as well I typically burn 400 calories in 40-45 minutes . P.S. You can’t see it in my pictures, but I have a TON of faded stretch marks and I do have that line of hangy skin that my pants or underwear is covering. Good-bye low rise jeans….hello mid-rise jeans! Haha

Pic #1 – Me at 34 wks Pregnant
Pic #2- Me at 39 wks Pregnant
Pic #3- Is a collage of me 6 wks PP, 12 months PP, and 18 months PP
Pic#4- Is a collage of 20 months PP, and 22 months PP
Pic#5- Is a Front view of me 18 months PP
Pic#6- is a Front view of me 22 months PP
Pic#7- Me Pre-Pregnancy and Me 20 mon PP

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11 Responses to “In The Home Stretch 235 lbs to 160 lbs (Anonymous)”

  1. Sarah Says:
    March 8th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    You look AMAZING!!!!!!! This is one of the most inspiring posts I’ve seen here! You have done such an amazing job! I’m the same way. I get bored with cardio and stuff like that and I revel in classes. Unfortunately, I can’t afford it right now. But some day I hope to join a gym! One year until college graduation! :) Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story!

  2. mrs. petunia Says:
    March 8th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    You look amazing! Maybe it’s just the pics but I don’t see any loose skin! Thank you so much for showing that it CAN be done!

  3. Mary Says:
    March 8th, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    GOOD FOR YOU MAMA! You look great, and Im a huge fan of Jillian Micheals as well. I dont see any “hanging skin”, just a beautiful mommy! Congratulations on your weight loss and new found (healthy) lifestyle! Very inspiring!

  4. Nina Says:
    March 8th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    lookin’ fine, girl! good for you! :)

  5. shannon Says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    You look amazing!!!! Any tips? I do not see any loose skin…and even if there is some hidden, you still look amazing! You have accomplished so much, and now you are healthy for your little boy!

  6. herman Says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Hi to you and all the others,

    sorry, if I, as a male, interrupt this female circle. I think You did a tremendous job.
    Yes, You are right, You do not look like Paris Hilton. But who gives a shit? Who honestly wants to look like such sick dried chicken, whith much more plastic surgery than Michal Jackson?

    Don’t ever measure Yourself with those Photoshoped Pictures in all those Magazines.
    You are a Mom. Nothing You have to be sorry for. If a guy doesn’t like You the way You are, he is simply the wrong guy. And don’t get me wrong:
    You look lovely. No discussion about that!!!
    There are lots of other woman without a child wishing to have Your body!!!

    Just be selfconfident. Show Yourself right away, on every beach You can. You will see, the more confident You are, the less the others will care whether You aren’t perfect, wich of couse You aren’t just like all of us!!!

    Mr. Right will come, someday.
    And propably, when You think least of him :-)

  7. Jennie Says:
    March 9th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    This is definitely an inspiration! I am also 5’7″ and was about 240 when I got pregnant with my 2nd child (who was born 11/18/09). I also lost a little bit of weight during the first part of my pregnancy (about 15 pounds). But then I was put on modified bedrest at 21 weeks and ended up gaining it all back PLUS an extra 50 pounds!

    I’m back down to about 260, but am struggling horribly. The modified bedrest was due to issues with my back, so I find it extremely difficult to exercise without a lot of pain. I’m hoping my back will get better soon so I can exercise. I would LOVE to get down to 160, that is what I weighed before I got pregnant with my first child.

    Your story is truly an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. AJ Says:
    March 15th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    You are amazing. I too am down from b4 preg. I was 167 when I got preg @ 5’2. Got up to 207 the day I had my son. Had a second son 2 years later and now I weigh 129. My 2nd son just turned 8 mos old.My goal is 125. You are a true inspiration. You look great!!! You truly show that you can be better after children.

  9. Shelby Says:
    April 5th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Wow! You look so amazing. This really inspires me to think that I can do that same. I currently look almost exactly like your pre-pregnancy picture, plus I’m 10 weeks pregnant so it can only get worse. You look so great now, it gives me hope that I’ll be able to lose the weight once my baby is born. Thank you. :]

  10. mommyofabeauty Says:
    May 14th, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    wow you look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your an inspiration

  11. Kaci Jo Says:
    July 27th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    You look great. Im currently on my down streak now that my daughter is a year old in two days. Ive had alot of struggles since she was born with my body. But i wanted to know if you abdomen skin hung and felt flabby and soft. Im am soooooo scared that im going to lose this weight and have really bad extra skin. You do not look bad at all. And any man that doesnt find you sexy isnt a man.

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