HEY SPARKERS!!! It’s me!!! I was once lost…but now I’m found…sorta, lol. I’m going to try again to make a conscious SparkPeople effort.
Ever since I was promoted last July, getting on Spark has been very difficult and infrequent. I am SO BUSY at work now and travel a lot. Don’t think I’ve forgotten any of you amazing folks. Life has just sent me on a much more occupied path! (Which I LOVE by the way)
So, you all know my story; I went from weighing about 210 and lost 75 pounds! I’ve gained since that amazing time in 2008/2009 but I’m still on track. Well regardless, most of my weight gain was from my pregnancy. I haven’t really told my story to many here, and many have asked, so I’m finally going to spill it publicly.
You all know I found out I was pregnant when I was 16. Well, when I became pregnant, I was probably at the lowest point of my young life. It was HARD TIMES. I was addicted to crystal meth, and was pretty much a stray cat. I had not lived with my parents since I was 14, and was very much on my own, staying at friends and wherever I could. I had low paying commission only jobs, such as selling newspapers and garage doors door-to-door. I even spray painting curb designs for awhile. Whatever I could to get by.
I grew up in a HORRIBLE city in Lancaster, CA where the people are bad influences and the drugs are plenty. 90% of my friends in my graduating high school class either dropped out, became pregnant or became heavily addicted to drugs (crystal meth, mainly).
When I found out I was pregnant, I had an epiphany. I’m a very smart and talented girl, and I knew that I was wasting my potential. I was going to be a mother! I had to turn my life completely around!
Point being, when I found out I was pregnant I weighed 113 lbs. I was not only a meth addict, but also a vegan. Hell, I hardly ate at all! Well that had to change immediately. I began eating meat. At first, I was SOOO SICK! But pushed through it for health purposes. I also got my first steady job when I was two months along….At a PASTA CAFÉ!!! I immediately cold-turkey’ed all of the drugs, which I’m VERY good at. So, believe me….This is a deadly combination when it comes to weight loss. I began eating constantly because I had an appetite again. Well, all I ate was PASTA because I was working about 60 hours a week at the café. I was constantly exhausted from working so much and literally changing my life around on a dime…I never worked out. Mind you – since I was 12, I have been an avid dancer (jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical) and also a softball player…always an athletic kid. This was quite a change.
Needless to say, I gained over 90 POUNDS within 6 months of my pregnancy. I didn’t gain an ounce until I was 4 months along…Then went from 113 to 205! I delivered my son at 209 lbs. Not to mention, at 5’1, I’m very petite. This large amount of weight gain stretched me beyond repair.
After I had my son, me and his dad split up and I lost about 35-40 lbs due to depression. I started another serious relationship for almost 3 years and gained all of it back and more! In July of 2007, I was back up to my full term pregnancy weight….208 lbs.
You all know my weight loss story, so I won’t get into that. But after losing all of the weight, I had a large amount of skin left on my torso that would not repair, no matter how many kickboxing classes I taught, no matter how much strength training I did, no matter how much core yoga classes I took…Nothing. I needed a surgery.
Being in my very early twenties, this just shattered me completely. Yes, I had lost weight but I was extremely insecure. I did not want to date, go out dancing with friends, and everytime I dressed for any occasion, I always had to wear a corset binder to keep all of my loose skin in place. SUPER embarrassing and VERY uncomfortable. It really limited my workouts and I was always stressed out that my shirt would lift up on accident and be horrified. Especially when I taught turbokick. I would jump up and down, lean over, and always that jiggle….I was a very insecure instructor, next to all of my other ‘perfect tight bodied’ instructor friends.
I’ve been saving up for a tummy tuck for years now. I finally saved enough money and on May 6th, I changed my life!! I underwent the surgery. Here are some before pictures:
These pictures were taken the night before my surgery. I weighed in at 152. My doctor always told me that the surgery would have awesome results because I had very little fat, and that all of that mush was just skin. I had a hard time believing him, because I felt pretty darn chunky. Well, after the skin removal, here is my one-month results:
I’m going to write a separate blog about the process, just so you all who are interested can have some insight to the fine lines and details. I am so incredibly happy at this point in my life. I finally feel like I’m right where I belong. And I can’t wait to rock a bikini this summer! FINALLY, all of my work is now visible!! Thanks Sparkers and sorry for such a longggg blog. Let me know if you have any questions!