All thru high school, I never had problems with my weight. I easily maintained a healthy weight of about 130-140 (even though I was never in any sports and wasn't very physically active.) I graduated in 1999 at a nice weight of about 135!
When I started college, though, I gained a good 10-15 pounds from eating out a lot and partying. Then, a year later, I started dating my husband and continued to eat out way too often. I gained at least another 10-15 pounds during the 2 years we dated. In August of 2002, I was at 160 pounds for my wedding. I was in a size 10 wedding dress and didn't feel too bad about myself or my weight.
I got pregnant right away (October 2002.) By January 2003 (when I miscarried), I had gained a little bit of weight from the pregnancy. I took the miscarriage really hard and never lost the weight and probably even gained more.
July 2003 I got pregnant with my first born! I started that pregnancy at about 170 pounds. I was up to about 197 when I went into the hospital to have him. I breastfed him for about 9 months and was able to easily make it back down to close to my pre-pregnancy weight. As soon as I stopped breast feeding, though, the weight started to creep back on. I was quickly back up to 180 pounds and hovered there for a couple years.
It was not until I weighed myself in December 2008 and the scale said 199 that I realized I had a problem with my weight! I talked to some friends of mine about putting together a weight loss plan and they were there to help hold me accountable. I started eating healthier (more veggies and less sugar, more water and less soda) and rode my stationary bike about every other day for about 30 minutes while the kids napped. I did really well with that for 3 months and lost a total of 18 pound!
Well, life happened and I was too busy to exercise. I had to work at home for my husband's business and take care of the kids. Stresses came and I would snack. So I gained the weight. :( I yo-yoed around for the next two years. I would notice a weight gain and not like it, so I would start exercising and eating less snacks and lose some weight. But that would never last more than a month or two. I really wanted to get back to losing the weight, but could never stay motivated.
Unfortunately with holidays and busyness I had found myself back up to 193 pounds by the middle of December 2012. I was not going to let Christmas get the best of me though. I made it back down to 189 pounds in two weeks! That was where I started the new year...189 pounds and ready to lose the weight this year! Once again, though, I struggled through January and February and found myself back at 193 pounds :(
Through the ups and downs of those months I had read and reread "Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst. This is a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in finding their "want to" in weight loss (or giving up any physical temptation!)
As of April 19th my weight is down to 183.6 pounds! That is a nearly 10 pound weight loss since March 1st!