That was me, over 10 years ago.
I was healthy, fit, thin, happy, and eating a good healthy diet. That was me before Lyme disease and over 75 pound weight gain. Back when I had energy to burn, and felt like I could take on the world and beat anything that came my way. That was also me a mere 6 months after my second son was born. I was in the best shape of my life.
This is me now. Taken June 2017.
After being sick 9 years with Lyme disease, which is a huge reason for the weight gain, for many reasons, which I’ll get into later, I have decided I simply cannot go at this alone. I needed tools to help me along the way. I needed a custom plan for my body and weight loss goals. I had tried many times before to lose the weight and would lose about ten and hit a wall and then get discouraged and stop.
So, Monday – June 26th – I joined Weight Watchers Online. I committed myself to one month. I have decided that, in order to be successful, I must have a plan in place. An exact plan of how much I can eat and of what foods I can eat. And Weight Watchers seemed like the best fit for those needs, at this time.
My first goal is 50 pounds. That’s what I put in the app. But I really would like to lose 75 pounds in the end. I’m fully expecting this will take a good year or so to lose it all. If it happens before then, great. If not, that’s okay, too. This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. I also realize that with my serious health problems, due to Lyme disease, it might be even harder to lose the weight and maintain a very strict diet. But I have to try. I can’t continue living with the thought that, maybe I could be thin and healthier again.
See, my main symptoms with Lyme disease are fatigue, weak muscles, and pain – which all factor into my difficulty losing weight, due to not being able to be as active as I once was. I also put on weight due to steroids and anti-depressants. But, there’s always a reason why we gain weight. And while it’s not an excuse, it is a reason. The Lyme disease is still in my body. I’m still sick. I still fight fatigue, weak muscles, and pain. It will still cause problems with weight loss. I just have to keep a “one day at a time” mentality and I’ll get there.
Thanks for following me on this journey! I hope to update this page in a year with an after picture and story that’ll blow your mind! 🙂