16 Months Update (Anonymous)

16 Months Update

Age: 27
Number of pregnancies: 1
Number of children: 1, 16 months old

See my first post, from 4 weeks pp, here. And my second post, from 8 months pp, here.

And now here we are, 16 months pp. Whoa. Where did that time go? I had a tiny newborn and now I’ve got a toddler! He’s a force to be reckoned with, too, but in the past 16 months I have seen myself swept up in his magic and find myself happier and healthier than I have been… well, ever.

I became pregnant in August of 07 and weighed around 175-180lbs. I gained at least 30lbs while pregnant – I stopped counting when I hit 200lbs. Today I fluctuate between 132 and 134lbs and my final goal is to maintain at 128lbs (but believe me, it’s challenging. I still haven’t broken 130.) I haven’t weighed this since I was about 19 – almost 9 years ago. It’s pretty cool.

Now I am living a life that I never thought I could achieve. I’m a stay at home mom hanging out with a very cool dude every day. I find I am gaining more confidence in myself and realizing that, seriously, stretch marks are so not a big deal. I’ve got tons of them all over my thighs, but seriously, life has SO much more going on that I forget they’re even there. I still don’t like my oogly belly, but oh well. I suddenly like salads and this year I learned to garden. All the things that seemed intimidating and scary and “too hard” for me are just… not. I can do it. I can do anything I want.

Seeing your child grow up puts a lot of things into perspective. I want to be around and healthy and set a good example for my son. A positive attitude, healthy habits, and appreciation of small things are the lessons my son has taught me – now I just hope I can return the favor to him.

Having a child was the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m so much happier, healthier and complete than I was before him. I hope someday I can tell him how much he has changed me for the better!

PS: When my son turned one I had a medically recommended bilateral breast reduction mammaplasty surgery. I’m not going to tell you or anyone else they should or should not have breast reduction surgery. I was referred for the surgery before I became pregnant and it took me 2 years to get in to actually see the surgeon for a consult. You can see the scars in these photos. It was the right move for me, and I’m very happy with the results.

13 thoughts on “16 Months Update (Anonymous)

  • Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Wow! You look absolutely amazing! May I ask how tall you are and what you have done to lose so much weight and look so great!

  • Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Wow you look great! Im so glad you are happy with your surgery results, I think you look fantastic, and I didnt notice the scars at all! Enjoy your time with your little man, you have a great attitude about life… very inspiring!

  • Friday, August 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    wow! your breasts look great!! you look years younger, and lots slimmer..good move to have the surgery

  • Friday, August 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Looking good! It might also feel pretty good to have slightly smaller boobs too? A bit more free and bouncy? lol.

    I have no choice but to have small boobs (a/b cup) … but they’ve never bothered me.

    I think you have a lovely body! I think you have an equally lovely outlook on life. Inspiring for us all!

  • Friday, August 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    You look amazing!!! What a transformation (of course I think you looked wonderful all along.) I wish I could say my body changed that much in 16 months! Anyway, congrats for being at a place where you’re feeling good about life and your body. Awesome!

  • Friday, August 7, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Wow! You look amazing and your attitude is SUCH an inspiration! Thank you so much for your good words!

  • Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 9:43 am

    It’s so neat to read all your posts. Your attitude tword yourself has evolved and trancended so much self loathing. You now radiate joy and confidence in yourself and your life, which is true beauty. You are so inspiring!

    Physically you look beautiful and athletic … your hard work has definitely paid off!

  • Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Shannon Says:
    August 7th, 2009 at 10:52 am
    Wow! You look absolutely amazing! May I ask how tall you are and what you have done to lose so much weight and look so great!

    I am 5’5″. I lost the weight by breastfeeding, avoiding refined starches, sugars, and carbs, and making sure every meal included lots of leafy greens and lean protein. I didn’t work out religiously, just tried to fit it in where I could – ex. parking far from the door at the store, going for walks, etc.

    Believe me, if I can do it, ANYBODY can!

  • Monday, August 10, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Wow! You should be very proud because you look amazing! I think I would’ve gotten a breast reduction, too. Having large breasts can cause back issues. I have small breasts, though, so I won’t have to go down that road, but I think it was a good move for you. You look very proportional and very sexy. :)

  • Monday, August 10, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    holy crap look at you go, whats your secret, do share, you look amazing, i cant believe the difference!

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:38 am

    You look fantastic, I hope I will have a smaller stomach again at some point too! I have medium size breasts though, so I won’t be having trouble with them.

    Thanks for sharing your photo’s with us.

  • Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Oh mah gosh!

    You look beautiful lady!

    THAT is the body I am working towards

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    WOW! You look- WOW! I could just bury my head in the sand. I look more pregnant now then I did at full term with my baby (not such a baby any more) she’s a beautiful 14 month old. Anyway I’m very impressed. I have to figure out just what I’m doing wrong. Thank you for sharing.

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