Hi! My name is Amy. I am a wife and mother of five. I spent exactly 193 weeks of my life being pregnant, in a span of 7 years. During that same time frame I spent 27 months breastfeeding, which I liked to call “eat whatever you want dieting”. And then I resigned myself to being overweight simply because I’d had 5 kids. Just like so many of you here on Mamavation I am unhappy with my weight. For too long I have allowed my own excuses and bad choices to control my weight loss. No more excuses! I want more than anything to take back my body, to take back control and be the best me I can be. I want to set an example of how to live in a healthy way, and I feel my body should reflect that. The Mamavation community has given me such a fabulous start on my weight loss journey and I really hope to reach my goal by the end of this campaign. I would be so honored to have you support me during these next 7 weeks!
When I started my journey with Mamavation back in January I was 172 lbs.This picture was taken at Christmas. My first reaction was, “Wow, what an unflattering picture!” Then a couple weeks later, I bought a scale and was shocked by the number staring back at me. I really thought I was about 150 lbs, and somehow I was off by 22 lbs. No wonder I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes!
That was such a hard number to wrap my head around. When I was gave birth to both my 4th and 5th children I weighed 180 lbs. Both boys were OVER 9 lbs at birth! I couldn’t believe I had let so much weight creep up on me. I was determined to do something about it. I struggle most with my diet. I think that is probably pretty normal, but in my case I was definitely eating far too many carbs and not enough proteins. And not enough calories in general as well. When I applied to for this campaign my weight was 158.6 lbs. On Sunday, I was pleased to weigh in and see the number below (Please ignore the cat, and the lack of nail polish on my toes!). Yay for losing 3.6 lbs thus far!!
I am wicked excited about having been chosen as one of the Mamavation Moms. I plan to do everything in my power to take full advantage of this amazing opportunity and shed these excess pounds! And now I will share with you a picture of my adorable little loves because they are far cuter than my feet and you need to un-see that right now!
Are they not the most gorgeous little creatures ever?
My Before Pictures
Please ignore the lovely face I was making, I hate having my picture taken! Apparently so much so, that I scowl! Lovely!!
And of course here are my beginning measurements:
Waist: 31 inches
Hips: 39 inches
L thigh: 19.5 inches
R thigh: 20.5 inches
L Arm: 12 inches
R Arm: 11.75 inches
Chest: 36 inches
To Leah, Mark, Shelley, Shannon, and Alysa: Thank you again for this amazing opportunity! I hope to amaze you all with my results! And to the wonderful mentors, thank you for your support and guidance!