Jill – lbs lost = 100
Before weight: 237
After weight: 137
Maintained for 3+ yrs
Web site: “Get Up and Get Moving”
Facebook Page: “Get Up and Get Moving”
How I gained it: During my first pregnancy, I gained 50 pounds, and after childbirth, my weight gradually began increasing. As with most women, I became busy with life and forgot the importance of taking care of myself. I was young, and my body didn’t feel the extra 100 pounds I had gradually put on over the years. I was an emotional eater and when things in life got to be stressful I would overeat for comfort.
Breaking point: I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy. I was having headaches after the pregnancy, and I thought it was from having a sick newborn and being up with him every night. Finally, at six months, I went to see the doctor to be checked for the headaches, and I found out I had put on 15 extra pounds. It was so depressing. I also found out I have Type 2 diabetes. That was a scary diagnosis for me and I was so depressed. I only let the depression last for 24 hours then I started putting together a plan. I was determined to get the weight off, and I did! My husband and kids mean the world to me. Being able to live a long life was an important factor and motivation to lose the weight. I even broke my ankle after slipping on black ice, and I was still able to lose the weight — my mind was made up that no matter what, it was coming off.
How I lost it: I logged my food, ate six small meals a day and had no refined sugar. Finding out I had Type 2 diabetes helped me have a paradigm shift in the way I think, and I did a lifestyle change versus a diet. I had to give up emotional eating and journal my feelings and no longer eat them. I worked out five days a week, cardio mixed with weight training was my exercise routine.
After I got the weight off I ended up competing in the Mrs. Idaho Pageant and was awarded 2nd runner up, Best Interview award, Most married years award and Mrs Congeniality award.
I am now a motivational speaker and a diabetes advocate. I have been so blessed to have so many amazing opportunity to share my journey with others. Come visit me over at my site and I hope I can motivate you in making some healthy changes.