over 100 lbs lost

To all my followers

This is a message to all the followers who started following me or want to follow me simply because my body looks good. I have news for you.

Today, 4 months ago, I gave birth to a baby boy. This is us on his first trip to the beach.

This boy is my world. Being a single mom isn’t easy but he is the light of my life and I can honestly say I’m proud to be his mother. 

Going back to my thirsty followers. As you may or may not realize, pregnancy changes a woman’s body. In my case, I gained over 100 lbs and after recovering fully, lost about 70 lbs. All that in the span of a year. You know what that does to the human body? If you don’t know, you’re in luck. I’m going to show you. 

I’m not apologizing for the crappy webcam quality of the photos either. 

I have stretch marks. God do I have stretch marks.
My boobs are uneven and a little saggy from breastfeeding.
My hips are significantly wider.  
I have a bit of flappy skin on my stomach.
I have rolls when I bend at my waist. 

Ladies and gentlemen, 

I  am  beautiful

I stand before the internet in my bikini bottoms and a sports bra and expose what I was ashamed of for too long: my real body. 

If you can’t stand to see skin that has stretched to accommodate a rapidly growing human being for 40 weeks, unfollow me.
If you can’t handle my love for my uneven breasts that readily supply vital nutrients to my baby, unfollow me.
If you can’t accept my body the way I have learned to accept it, unfollow me.  

You only have one body in this world. You’re the one who lives with it all. the. time. Your body works so hard to keep you alive. It may not live up to your expectation of perfect but damnit, it’s trying. It’s trying every day and every night to keep you here and to keep you healthy to the best of it’s abilities. 

I am tired, so tired of seeing people being torn apart for loving their body. I hope that these photos help others see the importance of loving yourself. 

Progress pic — 120+ lbs lost edition! I started losing weight and getting stronger in October 2011, and it’s definitely been a struggle but it’s worth it. I feel better in my own (albeit loose) skin now.

Reminding yourself of how far you’ve come despite setbacks keeps the motivation going! (2013 has been really tough so far!)

Day 11: My fitspiration is this guy - Arthur Boorman. If you don’t know his story, he is a disabled veteran who, not only regained his ability to walk, but lost over 100 lbs and was able to RUN after using yoga to transform his body and his life. I have always been fascinated by this story. It reminds me that ANYTHING is possible if you are willing to put forth the effort.

fitmom-mia submitted: 

Took this pic earlier today I was feeling amused trying on a waist trainer after getting a Cortizone shot for my bum knee. Underneath is a belief summary on my journey.

Over 100 lbs lost in about 18 months time…and still going!!! 👟👟👟. Very passionate about my journey have have fallen in love with the process so much that I’m about to get my personal training certificate!!! Please follow me as I’m going to start posting daily motivation along with experiences that may help others!!! fitmom-mia or on IG @fitmom_mia

—- View more & send Before and After weight loss progress photos HERE.

Why WLS?

Hey - this is not rude at all. I totally get the question :) 

I think getting WLS is a very personal decision. It is literally life changing and should not be gone into lightly. It has taken me over 5 years to make this decision. 

During that time, I have lost over 100 lbs 3 or 4 times. I did it mostly through what would be considered healthy ways that include a healthy diet and lots of exercise. I worked with trainers, nutritionists and other skilled professionals. 

I tried Nutrisystem,Weight Watchers and scores of pills and potions. I was more active than most and ran hundreds and cycled thousands of miles. (I also tried tons of other things - all documented here on my blog.) In summary - I did everything I could to commit to losing weight. 

All of that work and effort got me as low as 350 lbs. While that is 175 off my highest weight and I was proud of that effort I always found that there was a point of diminishing returns. 

To keep myself at 350 lbs, I needed to exercise 1-2 hours a day. I needed to maintain a significant caloric deficiency and any little slip in either resulted in immediate weight gains. 

So, about a year ago I decided to give it one more try - to do my very best and see if I could do it on my own. I found this time was harder than ever. It took more effort to lose the same weight. 

I am not sure about the science behind it, but I can tell you that as I have aged, my metabolism has dropped and my ability to exercise, at this weight - has diminished. I now am tired most day by 4:00 pm. My mental will is strong - but my body just can’t take it. 

The reality is - obesity is killing me. It is slow, painful and inevitable. If turning this around was as easy as having the will to do it - I would be there already. I want to live to see my girls grow up and to do that,  I need help. I need a durable solution.

Some see WLS as an easy solution, Hopefully my journey so far and in the future shows it is far from easy. I will continue to work my diet and exercise as hard as anyone. 

Some see it as “cheating.” The only thing I am cheating is death. 

So while WLS is drastic and I DO NOT recommend it for most. It is right for many of us that have struggled for years and done everything we can and are committed to using it as a tool to save our own lives. 

Thanks for the honest question :)