My Story

I am a woman who loves to eat! I’ve always had a very close relationship with food – cooking, preparing, serving and eating it. I’ve always enjoyed preparing large spreads and inviting my friends and family over. I love good food!

This is me when I was just about 17 years old. I was small, but I had some body image issues even then.

On the other hand, I’ve never been one of those skinny girls who could eat whatever they wanted and not gain weight. No, that was my mom and my sister, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your view) not me. I’ve always had to find ways to balance out my love of food and my small, easily-expandable frame. It’s been a lifelong battle for me.

But one great thing about always having to work at it is I’ve learned a lot over my lifetime. I’ve tried several different diets, many different exercise videos, gym memberships, and a whole host of other things in order to keep my weight under control.

Here is a list of some of the things I did:

  • Grapefruit diet
  • Cabbage soup diet
  • Atkin’s diet
  • South Beach diet
  • YMCA – membership
  • 24 hour fitness – personal trainer
  • Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle
  • Weight Watchers
  • Turbo Jam
  • The Fat Burning Furnace
  • The 5 Factor Diet
  • Hungry Girl books (love these!)
  • New You Boot Camp
  • The Diet Solution Program
  • The Fat Resistance Diet – which changed my life!
  • Paleo Diet
  • Plus numerous supplements like garcenia cambogia, hydroxycut, raspberry ketones, oxyelite pro, etc.

This is just a list of what I can think of off the top of my head! I’ve tried just about everything I could get my hands on. And some of these programs are EXPENSIVE!!!

I will say that some of them have been quite helpful, inspirational, motivational and insightful. I’ve enjoyed certain things about a lot of them. Some were just too hard to follow or not specific enough. So now I’m on a modification of a lot of different things I’ve learned about nutrition, healthy food choice and my body’s response to certain foods.

My flight attendant days

I managed to stay at a healthy weight well into my late 30’s. I was a flight attendant for four years with American Eagle Airlines and kept myself at a perky size 6 for all of that time. I have to admit, I was feeling pretty good during my 30’s and enjoying every bit of it. I was single, living with friends, and having a blast. My best friend and I drank a lot of wine together and we also worked out a lot together. During this time I was biking trails that were 15 miles long a couple times a week. I also fit in some additional strength training, cardio and pilates while on trips. It was a good time.

Here I am showing off my new ring! I was still only about 127 lbs here.

Then I met my husband. Everything was great until the day I moved in with him. While carrying some piece of furniture, I stepped awkwardly and felt a sharp pain race down my leg from my hip to my ankle. Something was wrong.

That pain developed into a more serious pain within weeks. I saw a doctor about it who gave me muscle relaxers and mild steroids. It didn’t help and the pain was becoming increasingly hard to live with.

During all of this, I was eyeballs-deep planning a wedding (six months earlier than originally scheduled) for me and my fiance.

 

Luckily, everything came together and my wedding day was absolutely perfect. I had waited so long to find that perfect guy and when he finally showed up, it was totally worth the wait!

The perfect day with the perfect man

The perfect day with the perfect man

I have to say, I have been truly blessed. My husband has given me everything I ever wanted in a family. It’s been wonderful!

We celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary in March 2014.

But, shortly after our wedding, my brand new husband left for a year to perform his duty in Korea. I was left home with a 3 year old son. I had already gone on medical leave from the airline due to my hip. My injury got worse and then my lower back became affected, too. I was miserable and in pain most of the time. I saw multiple doctors who filled me full of different drugs, including hydrocodone, or Vicodin, and plenty of steroids. Nothing was working.

This is me in May 2009 – 9 months after my hip injury. I went from 128 lbs. to 163 lbs. during that time. Unbelieveable!

My weight shot up at record-breaking speeds. My body felt like a balloon being filled with water. My clothes were not fitting any more and my outlook was certainly taking a huge hit. I fell into a dark depression. I developed, in a short amount of time, Metabolic Syndrome. My blood pressure was so high I was almost put on meds for that, too. Needless to say, this was probably the worst time of my life though it should have been my best year ever.

After nearly a year of going to doctors, going through physical therapy and countless drugs, I had had enough. I quit going to doctors, threw out all the drugs and decided to make a new start.

This is me at my worst – 165 lbs. This was taken just before we left for Germany in June 2009.

After my husband came back from Korea, we  headed to Germany. Once we arrived in our new home country, I told my husband that I wanted to change our diet and get back to being a healthy, happy, vibrant person again. Thankfully, he was totally on-board.

I’m sure it was a huge shock for my husband to come back home and find a person in his house that resembled the person he had married just a year before, who was a fat, depressed and moody shell of that woman. I needed a total detox and reboot. And I wanted to be the person he married again, too. Because that’s who I am…not this person I had become.

This is me enjoying life again after dropping approx. 20 lbs.

That was three years ago. I’ve made tremendous strides getting back to a healthier, happier me. I’ve managed to drop 25 lbs to date and now I’m cracking down, getting my focus on and working harder than ever to get my body back to a comfortable, healthier, sexier size. I will continue to work on improving my and my family’s overall health through better food and nutrition and plenty of exercise. We’ve made it a family goal to maintain our health through better nutrition. It’s the coolest thing in the world to hear a five year old ask, “Mommy, is this healthy?”

Today, I’ve come to realize that my hip injury is a torn trocantor tendon. But thanks to physical therapy and continuous exercise, the pain is practically non-existent today. I’ve also learned that I have some food sensitivities – I’m gluten and casein intolerant. So, I’ve eliminated wheat and dairy from my diet. This blog is, among other things, my journal of my progress. I’m constantly learning new things about my new lifestyle and want to share all the things I experience and learn with you.

Wish me luck!

To a healthier, happier and longer life.

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