Friday, January 4, 2013

A Little Bit About Me

Heylo, I’m Jenn!

I’m a 25 year old new mom to a son of 7.5 months old, and am loving every minute of it! Even though life sure does change, I was so ready to embrace this new life. I am married to a wonderful man, we have been together pushing 9yrs and have been married for 3yrs and a bit. I also have two dogs, Ace who is my 80lb King/Australian Shepherd, and Dexter is my 12lb Yorkie-Chi. I am a big animal lover and the dogs are a huge part of our family. My family and friends are very important to me and I always strive to do what I can to keep everybody happy. Sometimes this causes me to worry more than I should. How many times have I been told to stop overthinking, or to not be so sensitive? Too many to count!

I never struggled with my weight until I turned 18, which is when the weight started to accumulate. By the time I was 20 I had gained approx 50lbs in two years. Feeling desperate to lose the weight for my wedding which was happening in a year, I decided to try the Bernstein Diet. It was a success, I dropped weight FAST but was feeling really famished and deprived. Once I completed the Bernstein Diet I had lost approximately 55lbs. Looking back at my pictures from being this low weight I looked SICK, that was way too low of a weight for my body type. I let myself start to fall back into old habits and gained 25lbs for my actual wedding day. I felt and looked AMAZING. After the wedding I just gained a lb here and there, and suddenly I was back where I started. I felt like I failed completely in taking care of myself. Trying to have my baby was hands down the hardest time of my life (not going into details, it’s quite the novel) after going through MANY struggles! I went through a deep depression stage in my life. I managed to try and keep my head held high but food ended up being my comfort, lack of exercise was inevitable, and I simply had no drive. Then finally a fertility treatment worked,  I was extremely happy and was very conscious of EVERYTHING that I put in my mouth. I ended up losing weight during my pregnancy, but the doctor reassured me that I was dropping weight healthily and the baby was progressing very well! So when I was 9 months pregnant I weighed what I did when I initially got pregnant... I felt and looked great. I had shrunk everywhere but my chest and belly. Now however, I have stopped focusing on the foods that I eat, and I most definitely do not have a routine. I am now weighing close to what I did when I was 9 months pregnant, and my body shape has changed so much. I was in Martial Arts for 9yrs and was very fit growing up but now I am in the worst shape of my life. It’s time to make a change, which is why I have decided on blogging to help others that are going through similar struggles (and to help keep me on track). Being a new Mom, making time for myself can be extremely difficult.

Watching my bestie Steph join weight watchers and lose weight and gain a great deal of confidence, I thought.... why not try this myself? I lost 10lbs and then lost focus and gained it back. I really want to make a lifestyle change and this blog will share my journey.

My goal is to wear what I want when I walk into a store, and not worry that it won’t fit my legs/bum, and to be the healthy Mom my family deserves.

3 comments :

  1. Hey Jenn! Being a man in his forties with no kids I suppose you could say we're almost polar opposites, still I can empathize with your journey.

    Your pregnancy was a major struggle, and yet through it all you were still able to emerge at your starting weight. What a victory, how many women can say that? So you've put it back on, and now you have the added responsibility of raising a son. It'll be a challenge but you've proven to yourself that you have the discipline to stick to a program (you don't get through nine years of martial arts without discipline). Plus you have the support of two amazing friends.

    I look forward to watching your progress and I wish you the best of luck.

    By the way, you mention trying to keep everyone happy, worrying more than you should and being overly sensitive. There are ways to cope with that.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement! It means so much knowing I have support, it gives me the extra strength and motivation I need to help me.

      Please share some of your techniques with coping with being over sensitive, worry wary and my over thinking. Any advice would be appreciated. I struggle with this a lot.

      Thanks again for the feedback!
      - Jenn

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  2. Sent you a private message through FB. :)

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