|This is my husband, me, and our two boys, Noah (on my back)|
and Eli (on Jerry's shoulders). Noah is now 11 and Eli is 9.
|Noah, me, and Eli|
My family are definitely what you would call "cat people". We have four cats, all named from "Friends" characters: Chandler, Phoebe, Estelle, and Paolo.
Paolo--I didn't want three cats, let alone FOUR. But in Spring 2011, we found a gorgeous Himalayan living in our shed. He was nothing but fur and bones. His story is a long one, but I documented it on the blog here, here, and here. Paolo LOVES attention--especially when it's time to groom him. He loves nothing more than being brushed for hours on end. We're still trying to find a home for him--I refuse to say that we are actually going to keep him! But it's been over two years, and he's still here... (update: Sadly, we had to put Paolo down in summer 2014. He was very old, and we were so sad to make that decision)
Anyway, I was overweight my entire life. I can remember going on diets when I was in elementary school, but I never actually reached a "goal" weight. I kept getting fatter over the years. I gained a ton of weight during each pregnancy (70 and 90 pounds) and thought I was destined to be fat forever. (You can read more about my story here).
In August 2009, I decided to lose the weight and get healthy once and for all. I was extremely determined and didn't let anything or anyone get in my way. Over 16 months, I lost 125 pounds--from counting calories and, eventually, becoming a runner. I used www.sparkpeople.com to track my calories, and it was a great resource for me. My husband has lost weight along with me--he is down about 90 pounds, and he looks fantastic. We feel like high schoolers again :)
|2009 vs. 2012|
|This was after my first surgery. Looking dead sexy!|
Through the weight loss process, I discovered that if I exercised, I could eat more--who would've thunk it?! And I discovered that the most efficient form of exercise for me was running. You can read my whole story about how I got started running.
Other than all the weight loss stuff, I enjoy reading blogs, crafting, watching TV (still a vice of mine!) and wine. My friend Renee and I started a wine club made up of a group of girls (mainly stay at home moms) that get together once a month to taste wine and chat.
|This is me and Renee at our December 2010 Winers meeting.|
Theme? Champagne for the New Year, of course!
And after two years of maintenance:
|253 vs. 138|