I am happily married. It has been an interesting and adventurous journey so far. 10 Pretty incredible years of major highs, major lows, and everything in between.
I am a mother of three gorgeous children. My teenage son is the oldest, followed by his tweener sister six years his junior and, finally, the littlest of the three in preschool – 10 years her brothers’ junior.
I have been a stay home mom since my son was a year old. It was the best decision I could ever make. At the time I didn’t give much thought to the things I wanted. His needs (and health at the time) were my biggest considerations.
I never went back to work. It worked for us. It doesn’t work for everyone and not everyone is in the position to do it. It’s a huge sacrifice. But you already know that…
My second child – my first daughter – was born six years after her brother and the third four and half years later. It was not how I had “planned” it or imagined it would go.
But they are here and they are healthy. The big age gaps come with their own set of challenges and being every person to everyone can sometimes be asking too much.
I never really had weight issues growing up – although as a teenage girl you’re always fatter or skinnier than in reality. Hindsight is an amazing thing… if I knew then what I know now…
My second pregnancy was, well, challenging. I gained an enormous amount of weight and struggled to lose it. I was edging on Post Natal Stress Disorder.
It took me a while (around 12 months) to recover and get motivated to do something about my state of self. That is where my running started. Well, actually, it was walking – but it was a start.
Three years later I was pregnant again, and this time the pregnancy was much better. Till I hit 28 weeks where I went into labour. My doctor managed to stop my labour then – and every two weeks after that, until 37 weeks when I was at the end of my tether and my daughter was born. Healthy.
Then the Post Natal Stress Disorder came back. Still not as bad as it could have been or even nearly as bad as I’ve heard. But it was pretty dam awful and I was put on meds for a year. I did not like that I had to take medication to be ‘ok’. But it was necessary and I knew it was temporary. So I did what needed doing.
A New Me…
So now, finally, I am at the point where I’m taking my life back. Redefining who I am as a Woman, a Mother, a Wife, a Sister, a Daughter and an Aunt. Because as much as I am someone’s mom, I am my own person too. We tend to forget that.
Now you can walk along with me as I realize new dreams and goals in life and rediscover myself again. I will share with you what I have learned along my way, including my weight loss journey, and everything that didn’t work.