Monday, August 27, 2012

The Worst Kind of Before and After

I've been mulling over the best way to start off this blog entry, and have literally racked my brain to come up a creative way to do so. Unfortunately, I'm a bit lacking in that department right now, so I've decided that a simple "allow me to introduce myself" will suffice. So hi! Allow me to introduce myself (that's repetitive and redundant, loser). I'm Brenna, a 28-year-old mom of two: a daughter who is three, and a son who is a little over six months. They are my world, and the reason I get up in the morning. And also the reason that I first wanted to lose weight, get fit, and start setting a good example.
This is me: (excuse the lack of makeup)
Oh, eff. Screw it. Let's be honest. That WAS me. The first time I lost weight, got super active - BEFORE I got married, had kids, and let myself go. Eff that as well. Could it be worse? Of course. But nonetheless, that has GOT to be the WORST kind of before and after! At 5'9 and with a wider skeletal structure, I must say that I feel pretty foxy when I get into the low 150s (the first picture was taken at 153 or so). But, after I had my son, I was sitting pretty (chubby) at 198. I was NOT digging being so close to the 200 pound mark, so I knew that I had to get things under control.
I went from that, to this:
(I apologize if you get distracted looking at the world's cutest baby)
I started following Weight Watches again (the old Points program, not the new one that everybody hates) one month after I had my son. I lost 15 pounds over the course of a few months, and then my weight loss stalled...because I stopped trying. Despite having successfully lost weight in the past, I just had this annoying voice in my head that was telling me I just couldn't do it. It would be too hard, what with two kids and a house to keep up and a husband, blah blah blah. Then I discovered Mama Laughlin's blog. *cue music* After spending an embarrassingly UNREASONABLE amount of time combing through her every word, it hit me – if she could do this, so could I! And I've been doing it ever since. (Okay, so it's been, like, five weeks. But it feel likes forever.) I'm currently sitting around 174. I joined a gym, started running again, and kicked my Weight Watches into high gear. And I have been thrilled at the results. I have set a goal of 157 pounds, and then I will re-evaluate once I get there. I may decide to lose more. I may decide to eat an entire pizza. I'm just not sure how I'll feel. But I DO know this: I can't wait to get into the 160s, at which point the Body Mass Index will stop calling me overweight. (And yes, I know that the BMI is a jerk and that I should ignore him, but I'm so close that I feel like he's mocking me...) And when I make it into the 150s, well, I just might faint. There is a lot I have to work on, both physically and mentally, but I finally feel that I am once again up to the challenge.
Here is a recent(ish) picture of me, compared to one of me at my "start weight":
Here's the other thing: I really truly like to help people. So, if you are struggling with your weight loss or fitness goals, feel free to ask me anything I'm not a fitness expert, or foodie, or some kind of magician. What I AM is someone with experience in being at least a little bit successful in the weight loss department, often because of the encouragement of others, and I can't wait to pay it forward. So, that is me. What's your story?


  1. Brenna, Thanks for taking the time to guest post for us! I enjoyed reading your story and wish you the best on your journey to 157. You and I pretty much have the same goal - so I'll be keeping tabs on you!! Xo. ~ Jen J.

  2. First of all... you're adorable. Let's just get that out of the way :) You're getting so close to your goal, that's amazing... you will be there before you know it!

    My story? 33, mom of 2, was never heavy in my life until AFTER I had kids. Wish I could blame it on the pregnancy weight but no such luck! For some reason, Mama L. and this group just totally clicked with me and for the first time, I just feel like I've totally revamped my eating habits without any effort... I feel like this is just me now, and I don't feel like I'm missing out on any of the junk. I have a ways to go in the weight loss dept. but I'm on my way!

  3. Brenna, you are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your story with all of us. We're cheering you on as you get into those 150's! I know you can do it. Almost a year ago, I was over 200 lbs. and wearing a size 18. Now I'm in the 140's and a size 8. If I can do it, anyone can! Best of luck to you girl! :)

  4. LOVED this story!! Thank you so much for sharing. I am wrapping up my 3rd week with Weight Watchers and I am truly trying to make it happen for me this time. I have a long way to go, but I know I can do it!! I WILL DO IT. and Mama L on blogger and facebook has truly helped pave the way.

  5. Loved your NOT boring post! I also love that you're tall! I'm 5'10 and it's so freaking hard to find others losing weight that are around the same height and have the same goals. I don't know why it sucks to hear everyone's goal be 120-140 but it kind of does. I like your goal--mine's 160 lets be best friends. joking sort of.

  6. Brenna, thank you do much for sharing your story!
    Brittany, I too also want to be BFFs with everyone who is tall (I'm 5'10") so your comment made me LOL :)

  7. I'll gladly be your BFFs :) Tall girls unite!

    And yes, it does suck to hear some of those low numbers - or to hear someone say that they feel fat at what is my goal weight, lol. But it's very important to keep height in mind! I usually figure that for every inch taller you are, you can carry and extra 5 lbs and look the same. Just a tip!


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