About Me

Post baby weight loss #1
Post baby weight loss #2
I am a full time working mama of two boys and wife to one living in the great state of Texas. 
I married my best friend on 06.07.08 weighing in at 185 lbs.

December 2008
After getting married, The Hubs and I decided to start a family. Six months later I was pregnant.
I gained 35 lbs. during my pregnancy. I had my first son, Big T, on 09.09.09 weighing in at 220 lbs.
{You can read his birth story [here]}.
At my 6 week checkup I got on the scale and was still 198 lbs. I was ashamed and made a vow right then and there to lose that weight and then some. I wanted to lose 60 lbs. 
And I did. 
I documented my entire weightloss on this blog. Updating with each 10 lb. loss.
 I started running, counting calories and doing workout DVD's to lose the weight.
I lost all my initial weight with no gym membership or special diet.
It took me nearly a year, but I did it.
To see my progression pictures, you can click {HERE}.

Then, in February of 2011 I got pregnant again.
I gained 31 lbs. during my second pregnancy. 
It was completely different than my first pregnancy. I felt amazing, didn't have high blood pressure, continued to workout and eat healthy and I ran throughout my entire second pregnancy. 

I had my second son, Mushy on 11.10.11 (yes, we BARELY missed that 11.11.11).
{You can read his birth story [here]}.
By 4 weeks postpartum, I was ready to start running again. My starting weight was 175 lbs. 
I have fought and kicked and screamed and bitched and moaned my way to 140 lbs. this time.

I'm also a Shredhead. I have done Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred workout DVD twice now (about to start it for the 3rd time) and have seen great results!

January 2011
July 2012
 I began lifting heavy weights in January of 2013 and I've already seen a huge improvement in my body.



This blog is where I document my day to day life, weight loss, fashion, recipes, and a little inspiration thrown in. 

If you have received any inspiration from me, please pay it forward! Let the other moms and women out there know it IS possible to look and feel good about yourself! All it takes is some hard work and dedication!

42 comments:

Sarah Smesny King said...

I hit the 30 lb. weight loss milestone this morning. You continue to inspire me to get off my ass and do something! Thank you.

mrsschoondog said...

Love the new look of your blog! Thanks for taking the time to inspire us to get healthy!

Christal said...

I've searched your blog but can't find anywhere that tells now tall you are. Our stories are so similar. I gained over 50lbs from the time I met my husband until we got married (10 months later), got up to 232lbs when pregnant with my first boy. I got down to 175 a year postpartum when I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd boy. Up to 214lbs with him. I'm 165 now and he's 11months old. My goal is 135. I'm 5'7. I love spinning and hate running. I am working on eatin healthier and trying to love exercise. I also have a skinny husband who can eat a cow and a gallon of ice cream and not gain a pound. You're an inspiration and I WILL hit my goal!! I'm 29 and will be 30 in March. Hoping to lose that last 30lbs by my Bday. Thanks for sharing your story!!! <3 Christal

Stephanie Smith said...

You seem like a really great gal. i have been wanting to do something about my 230 ponds... thats right i said it! 230! since my daughter is now 4 and old enough to point out just how fat i am... its become something thats on my mind every day. my problem is pop. people drink coffee to get though the day i drink pop. without it i get a wicked head ach.... not to mention the vending machiene is visable from my desk! today is the day august 1st im going to just do healthier... and im going to swing by the ymca and get myself a membership! people cant be mad me asking for a sitter to watch my daughter while im going to the gym right? well this is it! Thank you for your insparation! you really are a wonderful woman and i plan to stalk you blog daily! lol :)

Coral05 said...

Amen! Your journey is amazing - thank you so so much for sharing! I am a 38 year old mom of one daughter (now 3) and am at least 60 lbs. overweight. I've felt so discouraged - like I can never make the changes necessary to finally rid myself of all this extra weight. Then I found your blog... I start TODAY! Thank you, thank you!

cristina said...

Wow, you have really inspired me to take control of my body and really work to achieve my dream weight! And I've taken a page from your book and actually started a blog myself, to keep myself motivated and track all my progress. Thank you so much for sharing your story, it has obviously reached a lot of hearts!!

s2johnson said...

Just found your blog via Pinterest. I look forward to following you while on my own weight loss journey. I love your humor. Incidentally, I married my best friend on 6-7-80 (great date, right?) and am also in TX.

nicolesspirit878 said...

Found your blog via a group of close friends on Facebook and I love your story. I also am currently on my own weight loss journey call it thirty days before dirty thirty. I am hoping to get fit and lose some baby weight in the process. Check it out and give me some tips.
http://30daysb4.blogspot.com/

Lydia - Running Wild(er) said...

Just found your blog and am LOVING it! I may not get anything done today and just read your blog all day! So inspired by your story and your determination and success!!! I too have embarked on a weight loss journey and am doing it the old fashion way...clean eating and exercise! I am 15 lbs. down in 19 weeks and have 10 lbs to go to hit my goal! Thanks for inspiring me today to keep at it!

Lauri said...

New reader to your blog & I am really inspired by it. Do you have any advice on exercising besides running? I have a bad knee & can't do the running. I can't do swats or lunges either. Walking doesn't seem to push me hard enough.

Thank you.

Cindy said...

Wow! You should be SO proud of yourself. Reading your blog, my heart was sinking. I'm so ready to lose the baby fat (that I've been carrying around for 10 years). And even though I've lost weight before, at 47 I'm wondering how to go about it successfully. I hit an alltime high this month - 254 :(
Interested in coming to Alabama to kick my butt into shape? LOL
Thanks for your blog - it's truly inspiring.

Kenzie said...

So happy to have found your blog... You look awesome, congrats on meeting your goals. I love the weightloss pics 10 lbs at a time... I think I will do the same :).

katie said...

I am a single mom of a three year old. And while he is the center of my universe and i wouldnt change it for the world, The pregnancy and stress of being a "single parent" took me from 142 lbs and toned toned toned to 180 and not toned anymore. I felt so inadequate to even be seen in anything but baggy pants and a tshirt. I have been working my ASS off. LITERALLY and refuse to take supplements to lose. SO here I am at 165 lbs as of this morning and i spend 2-3 hrs in the gym 5 days a week(the other two are dedicated to mommy and me time) my goal weight is 130 and i know it will take me awhile to get there. I started with running and have started to mix abs and full body strengthening exercises into it. Your blog is very inspirational and actually brought me to tears. I had my "breakthrough" about a week ago when i ran 4.5 miles(my longest run ever) and my endorphines finally were gone. I cried for about three days feeling shitty that i let myself get jiggly and i have put my heart and soul into getting FIT since then. Thank you

Amy said...

Your Baby MJ and my baby Eli were both born on 11-10-11! We were trying to hold out for 11-11-11 too but it just wasn't happening...this kid wanted out. You look amazing and I admire you being ready to run four weeks postpartum. Honestly I think I was just beginning to be able to sit down at that point haha.

Lizzy T said...

Love your blog, but I have a question. What about the during? I'm fat now, but I'm trying to pull it together and I'm making strides, but I get stuck in the day to day. Nothing looks good on me. Any tips?

Diet Coke and a Lemon said...

Hey girl!! Love your blog, but I was wondering what your thoughts are as walking for exercise? I just got engaged and am wanting to get this bod of mine in gear, but the thought of running again is maying me psychotic. See, I used to run, but all the pressure on my flat feet and the wrong shoes caused me to get a stress fracture. It has healed in time, but now I'm really not wanting to go back to running because being stuck in that boot for three months was torture. So did you ever walk for exercise? I'm nervous I won't really lose...I'll just maintain.

Michelle said...

I am so happy that I stumbled upon your blog. My daughter is now two years old and I am finally committing (fully) to losing the weight and hopefully regaining my "shine" in the process. Following your blog will be an extra spark that I need because some days are TOUGH! Thank you and amazing work.

Lins said...

I am your newest follower! I am on a weightloss journey at the moment too! I have lost 30lbs, my first goal is to loose 50lbs so I've got 20 more to go!

http://countryrootscityliving.blogspot.com

Brandy Black said...

I am so glad I found your blog! I am just starting back on my health & fitness battle. I just started a blog and would love for you to look at it and offer me any advice that you have. I want it to keep me motivated. I will definitely be reading your entire story. Thanks so much for posting.
www.bestrongerthanyesterday.blogspot.com

seckert08 said...

I am so glad that I found your blog. 2013 is going to be a healthier year for me! I read in your blog that you married you best friend on 06-07-08.....funny, I married my best friend on 06-07-08 also. Twenty-three years ago I met my BF at my 16th bday party and I let him get away! After dating for 2 years, we broke up (I was stupid) and a bad marriage later for each of us, we were reunited. I resolve that in 2013 I WILL be healthier and happier with myself. I plan to join Over-eater's Anonymous and to get my butt moving! Looking forward to getting your email updates!

Blessings to you,
Sarah Eckert
Greensburg, IN

Serendipity Design House said...

I sat here crying as I read your blog! My daughter was born 5 years ago, I gained 40 lbs with her, oh, and I was 40 years old when I had her, so that may be a part of all of this. Anyway, after I had her, weeks went by and I felt terrible. Achy, tired, a whole list of things I chalked up to just having a baby. However, months went by and it only got worse, long, very long story short, 2 years later I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and put on a cocktail of drugs and have been on them for 3 years now. I'm only 45! Well, I've gained so much weight, weigh as much now as I did when I delivered my daughter, at 9 months prego! I feel terrible! I used to be an active vibrant person and now I cry reading a blog about weight loss! I can't seem to get the weight off, let alone, stop the spiral up! I know though, that I have to do it! I have to start eating right and moving! i have found a information that getting healthy may just reverse this Fibro crap! My goal is to loose 50lbs, but moreso, to throw away all the pills I take and not hurt anymore! Thank you for making me cry! :)

Angel Page said...

Just wanted to let you know that you have inspired me to start my own blog about my weight loss journey, thanks for putting yourself out there. My blog is http://soontobefatfree.blogspot.com/ if you want to check it out.

Tricia Kellas said...

I bet hearing how inspiring you are tends to get old after awhile. :)

Thanks so much for the ongoing inspiration. Its so nice to read lovely responses from your followers on how motivating your actions are. You're awesome!

If you get a free moment swing on over to my new blog inspired on the same grounds as yours. Thanks!

www.newmomnewjeans.blogspot.com

TiffanyChristine said...

Girl I just have to say thanks for kicking ass and taking names! Im the girl that has lots of girlfriends that are not only beautifulbut skinny even after babies! Annoying damn them all to hell even though I love them! But a few weeks ago the heavens opened and I found your blog.... I thought hell yes this woman is my height and has had two babies! However Im a good 20 pounds heavier then you and seeing your halo of hotness is helping me step it up not just with my weight loss but with my hair makeup and looking super sexified for me and the soon to be hubby! Thanks again for all you do keep goin lady!

Lindsey S said...

Your blog is very inspirational! I am 5'2" 174lbs, I have been through the wait watches and lost 15 lbs and then hit a plateau for a year and I got frustrated and quit and of course gained it all back. I just recently had surgery on my knee they pretty much fixed all tendons and ligaments. I've decided I need to get back on the "wagon" and get that weight off after viewing your blog on Pinterest it really peaked my motivation! Now I've just got to stay motivated!

Emma said...

I am new to your blog, but I love it! I've been trying to lose weight since the birth of my fourth child 2 years ago. It's been a slow journey! I started out at 225 about a month after my baby boy was born, and now I'm at 190. It's coming off faster now that I've added exercise, and have been dedicated to my diet. Every time I want to dip my hand into the cookie jar I come and read your blog, and it keeps me motivated! Thank you for sharing your story! I have 30 lbs to go until I hit my goal weight, and I'm sure I'll get there :)

Sarah at Midwest PIllowtalk said...

you rock my world! i cant wait to read all of your updates when i get this first baby out! so lovely you are!

Lindsay Johnson said...

A friend told me to follow you and skinnymeg on ig for inspiration... boy was she right! I'm hooked on you boyh now! :) any insight on losing weight with hypothyroidism?

Honeybee GB said...

This is my favorite part of your blog. Before and after pictures are so inspiring and gives hope. Thanks.

-Honeybee
http://herweightlossdiary.blogspot.com

Zoe Halbers said...

Absolutely love your story and your pics. You are truely inspirational! Thank you for taking me on your journey!

heather r said...

I always see you on KiKi LaRue's Instagram. Out of boredom I started looking at yours and that led me here. You are SO inspirational. I've officially lost over 20lbs, but have so much more to go. You've gained a new follower in me :)

YourKurriosity said...

Keep Up the Great Work!!

Jamie said...

Wow! What a journey for you and super inspirational. I lost over 230lbs (was on Oprah).. got pregnant, gained 80lbs.. my son passed away (full term) at birth, and then a few years later ended up getting very sick and having 80% of my stomach removed. Even with that, I still struggle. I'd had a tummy tuck but before I was anywhere NEAR healed, I flipped my car six times and was ejected over 50ft into a tree and shredded every muscle in my stomach-- now I'm told that in order to have a flat (non-jiggly) stomach, I will require another surgery.. UGH. I'm terrified of surgery after spending a month in the hospital and having a feeding tube for 42 days, not being allowed to have anything by mouth, not even ice chips. I'm struggling now with motivation-- I want to get out and exercise.. and to lose my last 40lbs but my excuse is that I live in FL where it's hot and humid, my lungs are still damaged from surgery, and there's no one to do it with me or encourage me. Isn't that sad? Maybe now that I've heard enough of your blog and started reading it-- I will get the motivation I need. I'm DYING to have another child and sometimes feel like because I am not healthy that I will never get pregnant again.. I've tried to think of that as my motivation but it makes me depressed all in the same. Anywho-- congrats on you and all your success!

ugottahavehart.blogspot.com (ps- I have before and after pics and my stories on my blog)

Rachel @ front row seat said...

I've always known you as the KLR model but am so glad I found my way to your blog. Your journey is extremely inspirational!

Annndddd...we have the same wedding date! :)

I look forward to getting to know more and being motivated through your progress!

Lauren W said...

I am so impressed! Great job! I'm interested to see how my body does with pregnancy. It's great to see no matter what happens, you can get your body back!

webberwonderland.blogspot.com

Emily Rooney said...

I'm so... jealous! Impressed and jealous. We did a lot around the same times. I got married June '08, got pregnant right away and welcome our daughter in March '09, had another 11.16.11 (I was really hoping for 11.11.11), and just had another this past April. Except, unlike you, I've just kept gaining weight! I just started watching my caloric intake so hopefully I'll be following in your foot steps soon. Off to check out the rest of your posts. Thanks for showing me shedding this weight can really be done!

-Emily @ myloveforwords.com

mak said...

Hi...I am 28 yrs old....5ft 8in....n weigh 205lbs. Sigh! For past couple of years, I have been thinking about getting up n doing something about my ever-increasing weight. But I just don't know how to go about with it. Where do I start from? How do I reach my target to lead a healthy & fit life? I am amazed you were able to do it...wish I could do it too....soon.

Michelle said...

AMAZING! You are very much an inspiration!

Here's my question to you, how am I supposed to get started???

I just turned 40 in July, my children are 17 & 13 and I really want to lose 45 - 50 pounds. It doesn't matter how hard I try, how many times I start counting calories and working out, I get discouraged and quit. My son graduates from high school in June and I would love to be able to wear a cute sundress and be not only proud of him but proud of myself as well.
Thank you for your time, I appreciate it!

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Jane Springfield said...

I stumbled across your blog after adding more pins to my "Fitness Board" on Pinterest. I am pretty wary of fitness blog because some of them are just...self-righteous? Preachy? I can't find the word.

I read your story and LOVED how you documented your journey because I hope to do the same with my blog (I'm entering my second month of being a gym rat). I also love how humble and down-to-earth you are through your posts. That and I LOVE Jillian Michaels so more kudo points for that :P

New follower! <3

Tammie Cappuccio said...

I loved reading your blog! It gives me hope of losing the baby weight I still have. You have inspired me! Thanks!

Tammie
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Kat Smith said...

Just found this website, would love to see more low cal, but delish recipes, and perhaps some menu ideas for a week.

Kat