Weight Loss

My Weight Loss Struggle & Success

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions and personal experiences are 100% my own.

Growing up I was always thin. I could eat whatever I wanted and never gain weight. When I became pregnant with Olivia at age 20, I figured I could eat whatever I wanted. I really had no clue back then. I thought the weight would magically fall off after giving birth to her. I pictured myself going home in the hospital in my pre-maternity clothes and being slim and trim like I was used to. That definitely did NOT happen.

Instead of me walking out of the hospital in my favourite jeans, I wore maternity clothes. I had put on an extra 50 lbs and was naive for thinking that the weight would fall off like magic. Like I said I was young and didn’t have a clue how it worked.

Here’s a picture of Olivia and I back in 1998.

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When Olivia was a year old, I decided to get serious about weight loss. I started watching what I ate and exercising. Over the course of a year I lost 70 lbs and never felt better. I was healthy, toned and had lots of energy. Those strange aches and pains I was having disappeared and I felt good in my own skin.

Here I am at age 23 year….its a scanned picture since we didn’t have digital cameras back then so the quality isn’t the greatest!

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For my second pregnancy six years later, I knew what to expect. I didn’t pig out like I did with the first one and ate healthy and went for lots of walks. After Bridget was born I weighted 145 lbs (I’m 5’6) which was about 20 to 25 lbs heavier than before I was pregnant. By the time Bridget was a year old, I had lost all the weight again mainly through diet. 

This is a picture of me with Bridget & Olivia back in 2005.

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I swear my weight loss journey is like a roller-coaster because I had life throw me another curveball. In 2005, I developed a chronic pain condition and had to go on a medication that had this lovely side effect: weight gain. Over the years the weight just kept creeping on until about February 2012, I thought to myself that I wasn’t happy. I didn’t like how I looked or felt. I didn’t like that my favourite clothes didn’t fit. I was ready then to make a change.

This is a photo of me when I started back in February 2012.

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Here’s a recent picture of me that John took a few weeks ago…

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I think that’s the key thing in any weight loss journey. You need to be ready both mentally and physically. I really wanted it and I told myself that I would be successful and that I could do it. 

Whichever weight loss system you choose, you need to commit to it. I committed to my plan 100%. It was hard at first and there were days I wanted to throw in the towel. I kept with it though. If I fell off the plan, I didn’t let it stop me. I just kept moving forward. Over the course of a year and half I’ve lost about 60 lbs. It came off soooo slowly! I’m not sure if that’s because of my age (I’m 35) or the fact that the medication I’m taking makes it hard to lose weight. It did come off though! I still would like to lose 10 lbs, but I’m now at a healthy weight for my height or at least that’s what my doctor says!

I’ll probably always have to watch what I eat and I’m ok with that. I can treat myself now and then. Losing the weight feels amazing. I’m proud of myself for sticking with it. 

Have you ever struggled with your weight? 

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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