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Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. 🙂
In 2008, I gave birth to my oldest son. I gained 60 pounds with his pregnancy. Whoops. The first photo was at his baby shower, where I wasn’t even at my highest yet, which ended up being 230 pounds on his birth day. I distinctly remember telling the nurse not to tell me what the scale said and she told me anyway. I threw a hissy fit in my head because it was obviously all her fault. 😉 Through oodles of hard work, I lost all of the weight, and then some, from that pregnancy.
In the next few years, my weight fluctuated [read: flopped around like a fish out of water]. I had our next son in April of 2013. With that pregnancy, I gained 20 pounds by being much more aware of my food choices and remaining active, of course. Apparently I didn’t need the endless supply of orange Tic Tacs I craved in my first pregnancy. Who knew? I had learned that lesson the hard way the first time around, but at least I learned it! 😉
Present day, I’m a momma of two. I am 34 years old. I work full-time and own a business as well. I’ve grown and birthed two beautiful babies; one by c-section and one naturally. I have Hashimoto’s and a nodule on my thyroid. I have a blood disorder called Polycythemia Rubra Vera, which can cause fatigue, blood clotting, migraines and many other not-so-glorious issues. I have a slipped disc in my lower back that causes me pain every.single.day.
You know what? I have no excuses because I am determined. I am strong. I am in the best health of my life.
This life doesn’t define us. We define our lives.