I am Jenn - a 29 year old stay at home mom to two children. My husband Tom and I got married June 3, 2006. My daughter is 5 and just started kindergarten and my son turned 3 in August.
I have been overweight my whole life. As I completed my junior year of college I was at a whopping 285 pounds. I realized that in order to fully embrace my semester living in Philadelphia I needed to lose some weight. I lost 40 or so pounds that summer (I am not sure of specifics, that was YEARS ago). By December of my senior year of college I had lost a total of 75 pounds and was down to a more healthy weigh of 210 pounds. Unfortunately, I didn't approach this weight loss correctly. I didn't make working out a part of my life outside of the necessary walking in Philly. So, upon returning to college I gained weight back. In April of 2005, I graduated with a bachelors degree with double majors in economics and business administration. I moved to Lansing to be closer to my fiance and got my first real job. I became depressed and then fell further to depression after losing my job. I gained more weight back and by June of 2006 when I got married I probably weighed 240 or 250 pounds (I wasn't brave enough to step on a scale!) The worst part of it all was that I had to exchange my wedding dress because I no longer fit the dress!
Fast forward over 4 years and two children, and I had really let myself go even more. I am not sure what clicked in my head, but one day I woke up and decided I was tired of being overweight and out of shape. I wanted to be better for myself and my kids. October 6, 2010 I weighed in at an unhealthy 307 pounds with a BMI of 41.3 - it was a shock to realize just how bad I had let myself get. Fast forward to July 6, 2011 - I weighed in at 191 pounds with a BMI of 26.94. Today I am down to 185 pounds. I know that's still overweight per BMI charts, but I am trying to come to grips with the fact that I may be at the weight I am meant to be, my body fat is low (19.1% when measured last) and I am healthy which is the main goal. But, still, there is this illusive number on the scale that I am dying to achieve!
Sorry for the novel "about me" but I felt it was important to summarize my past so that you can better understand where I am going. I will share in this blog what I have done to get healthy. In addition, I plan to use this blog as a way to stay motivated with my running and to share my story in the hopes of inspiring others who may be in the same situation I was not long ago!