Hi, I’m Katherine, an (almost) 33 year old mom of two girls trying to become the girl I’ve always wanted to be.
I started this journey right before I became pregnant with my second daughter. Although truthfully, I’ve been on this path since high school. Like most people, my weight has always been a struggle for me. I would gain about ten pounds, hold steady for a year or two, then gain another ten pounds. The tipping point for me was after the birth of my first daughter in September of 2008 when I really struggled with some nasty post partum depression. One of the only ways I found to cope was to put her in the car, drive until she fell asleep, then order food through the drive in at McDonald’s and sit in the parking lot, eating and reading romance novels until she woke up and started screaming again. Rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat, gain twenty pounds.
This is me, right around Miss M’s first birthday, October 2009. The PPD was gone, the weight was not. I’m 5’2″ and weighed 200 lbs.
That picture was a revelation for me and I admitted to myself for the first time that I was fat. Not big boned, not curvy, not voluptuous, but fat.
I started changing my eating habits after that and lost almost ten pounds on my own over the next three months.
When I promptly got pregnant for the second time, in December of 2009 :)
Thankfully, a foundation was already in place by that time and I spent my pregnancy with EJ doing pilates twice a week, not “eating for two” and taking better overall care of myself. Of course, chasing after a toddler helped a lot as well.
Within a few weeks of delivering Eliza in September of 2010, I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, with all the credit going to breastfeeding. And as soon as my doctor cleared me, I started the Couch25K running program.
I did pretty well holding my weight steady (between 185 and 189) through the end of 2010 but really wanted to get serious with my weight loss. Breastfeeding was established at that point, so on January 1, 2011, I joined Weight Watchers.
Since then, I’ve lost 34 pounds, the equivalent of what my toddler weights (plus some!) It’s not an overstatement to say I’ve become a totally new person.
I’ve kept running, setting a new 5K PR, running my first 10K in over five years and I’m now training for my first half marathon in seven years. I want to lose about twenty more pounds by the end of 2012.
I’m also a much nicer person to be around if I get to knit every day. Sanity for me comes in steps and stitches, so expect to see lots of knitting content here as well :)