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How did you gain so much weight?

Friday, August 09, 2013

My sister asked me that question. She's always been thin. I was average until about 6 years ago. Then the weight gain started. She's always put a lot of effort and thought into her physical appearance. She freaks if she weighs more than 110 pounds. Me, I never really cared. I always figured I look ok, my body functions as it should so I'm good (plus I've always thought of her as the pretty one and me as the smart one). But, I know that the extra weight I'm carrying will destroy my joints and could cause health problems in the future. I'll probably never weigh less than 110 pounds and I'm totally fine with that.

So, how did I gain the weight? Well, I gained weight with my first pregnancy. Gave birth to a premature baby. Started eating unhealthy foods because of stress. Then, I got an IUD and reacted badly to it. I gained 50 pounds even though I was eating well and exercising. I had the IUD removed. Then I got pregnant, had a miscarriage and started emotional eating again. Then I got pregnant again and had a complicated pregnancy. I had to take progesterone with caused weight gain. I was on bed rest. I had to eat extra calories in case I delivered early again. So major weight gain. After I gave birth to my second daughter I didn't try to eat healthy foods. I just ate what I wanted when I had the time.

And now I find myself overweight and ready to improve things.
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  • YMWONG22
    Sorry to hear how you gained weight. I wish you all the best in your plan to regain your health. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2667 days ago
    My mom and older brother have a ridiculous metabolism. The most my mom has ever weighed was 136 and that's when she was pregnant with me. She is one inch shorter than I am, and I weigh 20 pounds more than her highest ever weight! Last year, she sent me an email saying that her thighs touched for the first time ever, and I cannot remember a time in my life when my thighs didn't touch! The worst thing is that she and my brother can maintain their really thin weight no matter what they eat. So, I feel your pain! I have never been pregnant, so I don't have that as an excuse, but I have learned through my own experiences that our bodies do not necessarily reflect what our family is like. My younger brother and I definitely have metabolism genes from my dad's overweight family. I am constantly struggling to stay in the healthy weight range.

    What's important is that you don't let your family, or any other thin friends, get you down. You have to remind yourself that there are things about you that make you beautiful and that you would never change about yourself. One of those things, based on what you have described in this blog, is your ability to persevere despite some major emotional setbacks! Your sister freaks out about being over 110 pounds, but you have sacrificed your body in order to bring new life into the world. That's admirable, and that's a much bigger thing to worry about than being over 110. If you can get over your other life hurdles, you can accomplish anything, including a healthy lifestyle! Good luck!
    2668 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I would love to trade places with a thin person for exactly ONE year!! The understanding rate would soar!! Especially with men.
    2668 days ago
    My sister in law sounds like your sister. If weight loss were as easy as she wants to believe there really would be no overweight people in the world. Same for weight gain, it is much more complex than most people want to believe. You can do this. First step, you have to make yourself your priority. Sorry for the pain in your past, now to build a health filled future.
    2668 days ago
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