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Losing weight during the pandemic

Losing Weight during the pandemic….

Two kids and several pounds (105 lbs) over weight, I have finally decided to do what I have been putting off for years: Losing weight.

Background

I was never an overweight child but compared to my sisters, I wasn’t exactly a size 0. I was a size 8 petite in dresses as a teen and in my 20s. However, after I had a miscarriage in the early stages of my first pregnancy, I began piling on the weight.

People around me kept telling me I wasn’t fat and that it was “just a little weight gain” which made me think “Oh, if it is just a little weight gain, I have time to lose it.” And thus, began my journey to putting off exercising and weight loss goals.

My second pregnancy ended successfully with a baby boy in 2012. Like most new mothers, my main focus was making sure my son survived infanthood. It didn’t help that I was really isolated during this period of my life. My husband and I had moved to his home country earlier in our marriage so when I had our son, it was abroad and not in the United States. My all my family and childhood friends were in the US and my husband family were located in a different city than us. My mother-in-law came for a bit to help out but had to go back to her home to take care of her husband.

So, eating became the way I handled my stress. Still, people around me kept telling me that 160 lbs, I only gained a little weight and I used that as a way to avoid exercising and getting healthy. The more I avoided my weight gaining problem was the more I became willfully blind to the fact that a little weight became a lot of weight.

To make a long story short (because I am sure I am starting to bore my poor readers), during my second pregnancy I was nearly obese (nearly 200 lbs). I ended up needing an emergency c-section due to my son’s vitals dropping (his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck).

Even though my c-section went well and I healed nicely, I was never offered any instructions on how to lose weight afterwards by my doctor other than do sit ups. About 7 months after my c-section, thinking I was ready for exercising, I tried her recommendation of doing sit ups and I remember the pain and burning sensation on my c-section region.

So I did what I do best: Decided to put off exercising for another day.

My youngest turned 3 earlier this year and I am just now feeling better to finally start exercising and losing weight. My c-section scar rarely hurts and when it does, it is more of a dull, aching pain that I can handle and push through.

My starting stats right now (which will be updated with more information later on):

Height 5 ft 4 in

Current weight 220 lbs

Estimated Weight Goal: Between 115 to 120 lbs

Current age: 35 years old

 

At this point I am going to do Fitness Blender with a mixture of a few others I’ll list later.

 

As always,

 

Thanks for stopping by and joining on my weight loss journey.

 

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