The statistics are that for every pound overweight we are it’s an extra FOUR pounds of weight on our knees and ankles. For example, if you are carrying 25 extra pounds then your knees are carrying an extra 100 lbs. It is no wonder then why knee and ankle pain or knee replacement surgeries are so common. My knees and ankles would be lucky if they were “only” carrying an extra 100 lbs.
Every hot mess mom has their vice’s. Some are ok…coffee for instance or my favorite a Spark. Or maybe it’s watching “Sherlock” late at night.
Some are not ok. Drugs obviously. In my case, it’s overeating (this is just one of many…halo off). Hi, my name is Tawnda and I like food. A lot. I like clean plates. I like carbs. I love sweets. And chips. Great…who’s hungry now??
A little while ago (ok…it was 13 years ago) I was at a healthy weight, because wedding dress. Then came the actual marriage and Shawn and I packed on the pounds. I did especially. Then I got pregnant and felt like a daily DQ Blizzard was a just reward for growing a life. However, after Miss E was born I got serious about my weight and managed with the help of LA Weightloss to lose almost 60lbs. GO ME! See the results above. I did an amazing job keeping the weight off until the triplets happened. A recommended weight gain of 60 lbs later and I was at my highest weight not pregnant. You might be thinking…hello, you were carrying triplets…you DESERVE to gain weight. This is SO TRUE but the weight gain wasn’t all them and it was in 35 weeks instead of 40. And it was on me. You can see I tell the truth in my arms and face when compared to early pregnancy and the end. See exhibit B below, the top picture is 3 months and the last picture is at 7 months.
Fast forward 5 years and I decided to once again get serious about my weight and had lost 10 lbs (go me!) and got pregnant with Miss H. Not only did I go back to square one but now I am the heaviest I have EVER been. Since my goal is to be real I am going to reveal that number here…216 lbs. YIKES! That’s an extra 66lbs “ish” (More on the ish later). In case you are wondering at the math…I’m carrying around 264 lbs of extra weight on my knees and ankles. For a person like myself with rheumatoid arthritis, it’s even more detrimental.
216 lbs. What a scale slap in the face!!! The number is real and so is this new figure that I carry around. Ladies, lets get real. Mirrors are not my friend. Clothes hate me. And it’s not just because of what I see…it’s what my it reveals about my heart and spirit. Food is an idol.
It’s coming off!
I’ve done almost everything. Advocare. Beachbody. Weightwatchers (online and meetings). Bible study with friend accountability. I’ve lost weight. Almost 20lbs at one time but nothing I’ve managed to keep off. I could blame it on kids. I have 5 of them. Or my anxiety. Or my own hot mess. I don’t want to make excuses though. Truthfully, I overeat and like to use life as an excuse to make unhealthy. Enough is enough.
Because I’ve done everything but only had success once, I’ve decided what I need is one-on-one coaching. Intentional, weekly consultations. I told my new coach, Abby, that I want to even weigh-in in person. So she can see my progress or lack of. She’s given me a workbook/jounel where I log my food so that she can
harass encourage me to better habits. Since LA Weightloss is no longer available I’ve joined a newer company called Profile. It’s what I was using when I lost 10lbs pre-baby H and 3 weeks in I’ve LOST 8 lbs!
What are you getting at?
I want my blog to encourage and to create community. Want to watch someone lose weight? Want to see what Profile is about? What to be encouraged and be in community in your own journey? Here’s a place for you. Know too that whatever way you choose to lose weight I’m here to encourage you and walk the journey with you! For me, this is a way to be accountable. I don’t want to update in 2 weeks and tell you that I’ve gained weight.