Monday, June 24, 2013

True Life: I'm a Former Fat Kid

I was never a FAT kid, but I was definitely an overweight kid. (I remember always being the girl in dance class that voted against the two piece costume. I didn't want my belly to jiggle as I tap danced.) I took dance class four times a week, played soccer, and was on the cheerleading squad. I guess the weight didn't really bother me, as long as I was in 8's, it was ok. I was active and healthy, so no big deal. 

my senior prom - doesn't the hubs look cute?

But then I went to college and things got bad. I had to buy 12's by the end of my my first semester. At 5'3", I was 163 lbs. - not my finest moment. Upon buying those jeans, I decided to put a stop to this & I asked my mom to sign me up for Weight Watchers Online. 

new year's eve 2005 - at my fattest

I followed the program religiously from January to May, tracking my points and hitting the fitness center at my college. I was dedicated to the cause, and Eric was insanely supportive. I was big into the frozen meals, cut out soda completely, and paid attention to portion sizes. I realized that losing weight wasn't rocket science, it just took discipline and a little prior planning. I was able to go to the beach that year weighing 133 pounds and attended Eric's senior prom looking way better than I did at my own. 

 with my mother-in-law at Eric's senior prom

I didn't stop at 133. My lowest weight is 125, where I stayed for about 2 years. My "happy place" is somewhere between 125 and 130. It keeps me in size 4 jeans, but lets me drink margaritas - which is perfect for me! 

at the beach with my mom & sister in the summer of 2011 

I was a nervous wreck that I wouldn't lose the weight after I had Ella. I know how much work it takes to shed it when it's your only focus. I had no idea how I'd do it with a baby to take care of. Despite my best half-hearted efforts, I gained 60 pounds while I was pregnant. A lot of it was water weight & the actual baby, as I was down 30 lbs by the time I left the hospital, but alot of it was McDonald's Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Bagel Sandwiches too....

two weeks before I had Ella...
Even though I was prepared to sign back up for Weight Watchers, I ended up losing the baby weight on my own. I had goals set for myself & accomplished them little by little. I was back at 130 by Thanksgiving & back down at 125 by Valentine's Day. Those last 5 pounds were killer!

two weeks after having Ella vs. two weeks before my half marathon
I'm far healthier than I was before I had Ella. I stay away from frozen meals & cook fresh foods. I am a runner, with many 5K's and a half-marathon under my belt. I drink a lot less alcohol, because the hangover just isn't worth it. I'm seeting a good example for my peanut and I hope that my story motivates you as well. You don't have to be perfect, you just have to put in the effort!
it's amazing what a difference a year can make...


  1. My "butt-kicking" moment was when I was a college junior weighing in at 165 (at 5'4"). I remember sobbing to my parents (I ran cross country, track and swam in high school and rowed my freshman year of college - I was skinny and then I wasn't anymore) and they offered to buy me NutriSystem and that's when I got my act together - kind of. I lost 20 pounds by my graduation (I was a 5th year senior) and when I started teaching, I became a serious runner and lost 20 more pounds. I think my happy weight is the same as yours +/-1 lb. Thanks for making pregnancy look awesome (for reals).

    So, basically, your story resonated with me A LOT!


  2. So much truth! You are right, not rocket science! It makes me cringe when I hear about young girls participating in fad diets, cleanses (not all are bad but some are horrific), diet drops and such... These are the posts about weight loss that need to be written and read! Even better is that you are motivated by being healthy- you are beautiful in all those photos miss Bri!

    XOXO/Lena @ RootandBlossom

  3. That's amazing! I love seeing real people progress! It makes me think I can do that too!! Thanks for the inspration!

  4. You are seriously an inspiration, Bri! I love hearing you talk honestly and open about your weight loss journey. I always turn to your posts when I need a reminder to stick with it. It's so hard when you feel like you're working hard but not seeing any results. Knowing that results take time is the hardest lesson to learn!

  5. LOOOK at you and your baby weight challenge.

    I am honestly so proud and impressed! We might just have to highlight you and your hard work one week! Great job, and I love this because it shows that hard work truly does pay off. the scariest part about getting pregnant for me is loosing the weight because my body likes to cling to extra body fat like it's going out of style, but like I said you are just the poster child for that:)

    great job my dear, and thanks for linking up with us!

  6. I love your story! I've had a couple ups & downs with my weight over the past 3 years and I am ready to get it gone! Such an inspiration!

  7. This is such awesome motivation!

    x Natalie