As everyone knows, yesterday was Mother’s Day. And if you know my story, you know that I have seven children.
What some of you may not know is that I lost my weight after the birth of my third child. Here’s a picture of me soon after his birth. I know this isn’t the best picture, but it’s where I was. And you will notice that I have arranged all three children in front of me to try and appear smaller.
After his birth, I got serious about my weight loss after being overweight for a decade. In 14 months I lost 158 pounds.
A couple years after I reached my goal weight, I got pregnant and had my second son. Over the next several years, I had my third, fourth, and fifth son.
Here I am yesterday with all seven of the kids.
You know something? I look at pictures like this one and wonder what my life would be like if I had not lost 150 pounds.
Would I have had the fourth child, the fifth, the sixth or the seventh? Probably not. I remember my OB/GYN telling me when I was pregnant with my first son (at 300+ pounds) that I was lucky my weight hadn’t affected my fertility or caused me major pregnancy complications. I believed him because I had known overweight friends whose weight did seem to negatively affect their fertility. I worried throughout the whole pregnancy that my weight would harm the baby or that my weight would cause problems during the delivery. Fortunately, nothing bad happened.
When I look at current pictures, I am forever grateful that I was able to finally lose the weight and even more grateful that I have kept it off for 16 years. There are so many things I would not have done if I hadn’t lost all the weight.
I might not have had a larger family, I probably never would have attempted to run a 5K, definitely would not have started this blog or written my book, and I’m certain my self-esteem would have been lower than low after 26 years of obesity.
While you can’t ever predict the future and don’t have ultimate control over what happens to you, there are some things within your control. Your weight is one of those things that you can change for the better or for the worse.
And like it or not, being overweight or morbidly obese as I was, impacts different aspects of your life. It affects your activity level, your health, your emotions, your self-esteem, your social relationships, and even your choice of clothes.
If you ever wonder whether losing weight is worth the effort, try imagining what your live will look like if 1) you do lose weight and 2) if you do not lose weight.
It’s an exercise that I still perform sometimes. I wonder if I would celebrate Mother’s Day in the same way I did today if I hadn’t lose the weight. When I am standing in line to run a 5K, I have a sudden vision of how different life would be if I were still 300+ pounds. There are even times when I’m cooking a healthy meal for the family and flashback on times when I used to think a good dinner was McDonald’s hamburgers.
Losing weight is not easy. Losing 150 pounds changed the direction of my life in a positive way.
Do you ever think about how your life may be different if you get to your weight loss goal? And if you are there now – how has your life changed? Diane