As the holidays are upon us, I know that a lot of people become preoccupied with food and therefore weight.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are filled with yummy (very fattening) treats, I love sweets; my Pinterest is filled with cake, pies, candy, and cupcake recipes! I am, however, about to finish my first year of getting healthy, so it will also be the first holiday season that I will be limiting myself in my indulgences.

About a year and a half ago, I was at the heaviest I had ever been.  I weighed as much and more as when I was 2 weeks overdue with my first baby!  I topped out at 195 lbs, I am 5’3″ so it was pretty obvious.  That much extra weight on my frame was substantial.  I was miserable and tired all the time, I got winded walking from the car to the front door carrying groceries.  It was effecting my life in a big way, my relationship was suffering, I didn’t have any energy to play with my kids, my husband was unhappy.  I decided that I was going to do something about it finally, my man deserved someone who took care of herself, my kids deserved to have a mom who was able to play with soccer or go on hikes with them, and above all I deserved to be healthy and happy, I deserved to feel sexy!

I’m pretty embarrassed of the before pictures, I didn’t realise how big I was until I actually looked at pictures of me in a bathing suit.

As you can see, the misery showed on my face! I was 195 lbs, my measurements were 44/37/46 and I was about to go up to a size 16.

I started with p90x, I bought the dvd set, I started at least once a month but it would never last more than a week or two.  I was always finding an excuse to not work out; I have finals or its Thanksgiving, blah blah blah! I did lose about 10 lbs in the first 4 months.  It wasn’t until February of 2012 that I really got fed up with it and made the commitment.  I signed up for the gym at my school and I scheduled gym time into my day.  I discovered Crossfit, which is an amazing workout.  I highly reccommend it, it combines weightlifting with intense cardio.  I did Crossfit two days a week and Pilates two days a week, I also started running.  I changed my diet habits, changed my portion sizes (I didn’t need to be eating as much as my husband), stopped buying energy drinks.

Now 9 months later, I am down 50 lbs! I weigh 145 lbs, and my measurements are 40/27/38; that is a 10 inch reduction on my waist and 6 inches on my bust and hips! I also lost about 5 inches on my thighs and now they are like rocks!  The best part is not the weight loss itself, though that is pretty awesome, but how much better I feel about myself.  I am strong and I love to do something in a workout that I had previously not been able to do.  I have so much more energy now, I don’t need caffeine, I can even wake up in the morning without an alarm clock.  I love that I can be a good role model to my girls, to show them how important being healthy and active is.  I need to take some real “after” pictures, to better compare.

I feel like there is a lot of pressure put on women to be “skinny”, when the goal should always to be healthy.  I will never be a size 0, nor would I want to be.  I will always be curvy, I have a large bust, a small waist and big hips.  I love my Pinup shape!

So this year, when all the yummy food is being passed around, I will indulge a little (that’s why its called an indulgence) but I will limit myself to one piece of pie.  I feel that it is one of those “all things in moderation” instances, I wouldn’t want to undo all of my hard work 🙂

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  What are your Thanksgiving/holiday plans? Do you feel like there is pressure to eat when celebrating the Holidays? How do these massive eating holidays contradict with our societal expectations of how a woman should look and behave? I know, the questions are deep 😉