My Weight Loss Story

Weight has always been something I struggled with. As far back as I can remember I was always a bit chubby. I had extended family members who would ask when I would lose the “baby fat” – when I was 15. I would say from high school up until now I’ve had a moderately active lifestyle, and even when I did make healthy food choices I still wouldn’t see any progress in weight loss.  In November of 2008 my husband and I decided to start trying to have a baby, we struggled with that for 7 months and finally went to the doctor to see if there was a problem. As it turns out I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. It accounted for the infertility as well as moodiness, fatigue and inability to lose weight. So I started taking medicine and was excited to start losing weight. 2 weeks after starting the medicine we conceived our beautiful daughter, so weight loss was off the table for the next 9 months. When I got pregnant I was a little over 200lbs and wore size 18 jeans. I was well over 250lbs by the time I gave birth. On February 16th, 2010 we welcomed Payton Elizabeth Norman into the world. She is the most beautiful girl.

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Chris, Payton and I just minutes after her birth.

While I had tried to lose weight so many times before, something about knowing that I had to set a good example for my baby girl made this time so much different. I officially began my quest to lose my baby weight (and pre-baby weight) in April of 2010. I weighed in at 233lbs.

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Even as I began this journey nearly 5 years ago, I really had no clue what I was getting myself into. I just knew I couldn’t continue to live the way I was living. My daughter deserved so much more. I had so many misconstrued ideas about what it meant to really be healthy. Ultimately my goal when I started this journey to health was to fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes… which I did sometime in July of 2010. I think I was around 210lbs here.

It was around this time I started running more regularly. I began toying with the idea of running some races for extra motivation to keep running. I continued tracking calories, going on walk/run’s, and the (very)occasional group class. I went up and down 10 lbs or so, with my lowest being 199.5 (for a day… February 2011). I was very scale focused for the whole first year. I tried the HCG diet for a week and hated it, so I stuck to running and trying to “eat well” but I wasn’t very consistent.

My journey took its next big step in June 2011 when I decided to register for the 2012 Disney Marathon. I focused more on training than weight loss, so my weight pretty much stayed in the 200-210 range throughout those six months I trained. I did, however, notice a change in the way my body was shaped.

Marathon day came and went. Then it was over. I learned a lot about myself during those six months. My goals and desires changed. I no longer wanted to just fit into my old clothes or be skinny. That is when I really started wanting to be strong, healthy and fit. Shortly after the marathon I began training for a half-marathon with Team Living Water. After nearly a year of long run training, I admit I was burned out. There were a few weeks I really struggled with the idea of this journey. It had then been 2 years since I started my journey and I really had to fight negative self-talk about how far I had (or hadn’t) come. I mean, 2 years later and I was still hovering around the weight I was before I got pregnant. Regardless of the scale, I had made some major progress:

I started playing with the idea of more intense strength training sessions for my cross training. I began with the Body Sculpting Bible for Women, moved on to New Rules of Lifting for women and was really liking it. Something about lifting weights just felt right. After dipping my foot into the world of lifting I felt confident enough to try CrossFit as a part of a 60 day fat loss challenge. And I fell in love.

My journey since starting to CrossFit has been completely different than it was when I first set out to lose weight. It becomes less and less about the number on the scale. After over a year of doing CrossFit my husband and I went to a CrossFit Level 1 Certification course and became CrossFit L1 Trainers. CrossFit changed our lives so much we decided to make the jump and opened our own CrossFit Affiliate, CrossFit 70 in Wentzville, MO.

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In the time that we have owned our gym I have continued to make great strides in my own health and fitness journey. I continued to lose fat, gain muscle, and most importantly I learned to be happy and confident in my own skin. I tried many different styles of eating – From Strict Paleo to a Bodybuilder type nutrition plan. I’ve found that balance and moderation are the keys to maintaining health and happiness. Because going from being overweight to being obsessed about food is like trading one prison for another.

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 After losing somewhere between 60-70lbs I had some major excess skin. After research and discussion I decided to have a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty to remove the excess skin from the weight loss.

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I won’t say that I have “made it” when it comes to weight loss. The truth is my weight on the scale currently isn’t much different from what it was before I got pregnant. My body fat percentage, however, is night and day different. I was nearly 50% body fat back in 2012. The last time I was measured I was around 20% body fat. I may still weigh close to 200lbs, but I have 160lbs of lean muscle mass. It isn’t just the scale that matters!

 So, is my journey over? No way! I’d say it’s just beginning. I’m so proud of where I’ve come from. If you would have told me nearly 5 years ago this is where I’d be, I wouldn’t believe you. I share (or overshare) my story so that others out there will know that it is possible. The decision I made nearly 5 years ago to pursue health is one that changed my life forever. It wasn’t… and still isn’t… easy. It is hard work. But it is worth it. YOU are worth it. It doesn’t happen over night. Dreams become reality one choice at a time.

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31 thoughts on “My Weight Loss Story

  1. hey girl!! i didn’t even know you had this site! loove it!
    So excited for you 🙂
    ur so awesome & i know you will be an encouragement to anyone who sees this. 🙂 Pray God uses this to inspire many people and shows them it’s not just about losing weight its what everyone should be striving for, to be healthy as they can be.
    I’m working on that as well.
    Can’t wait to see you in November!! 🙂 LOVE U ALWAYS BABE!!
    Ur awesome!

    <3

  2. Hey, I just looked at your website and , first of all, I am thinking that Michael and I should do some kind of website like this! It’s a good idea and very cool.
    Secondly, I wanted to tell you about hcg. Have you heard about it? I got up to 234 this year and I decided I needed to do something about it. I was told about hcg, but I didn’t have the means and didn’t know how accescible it was. So, to make a long story short, I prayed about it and God made a way. So far I have lost a total of almost 40 lbs and I am on my third round. I should be at 175 by the time this round ends. I usually lose about 25-30 lbs per round, but then gain back about 5-10 when I am done and one maintenance for 6 weeks and then the 40 day cycle starts again, so usually I keep off 20 lbs every round. It should take me 5 rounds all together to get to my goal weight of 130lbs. I have 3 rounds left. I just started this one 2 days ago. I will have to send you some pics of the before and after to get you excited about it. I love this diet and it really works for me. If you need to know more about it you can call me anytime at 816-719-7383 Hope all is going well with you and your beautiful family! Robin

  3. Thanks so much for posting about this. It really encourages me because I am in the same situation….minus the pregnancy and minus the thyroid disorder. I weigh over 200lbs and have grown very discouraged because most of my family is obese and I just can’t seem to lose weight, even when I try really hard. I get blisters when I walk/run that incapacitate me for days…. I eat veggies and lean protein and still don’t lose weight. It’s verging on depressing. This post encouraged me a lot. Thanks….

  4. Thank you for sharing your personal journey. I have had a similar struggle with my weight all my life. In 2009 I lost almost 100 lbs and joined the Army. Slowly the weight started to creep back up and I hated it. My job was depressing and family separation drove me to eat my emotions. I am back in the civilian sector and this past summer I started running for me. I have lost some weight and have always wanted to get my tummy skin “fixed” after kids and a 100 lb weight fluxuation changed it. So I not only started running, I got a second and third job to pay for the surgery. My husband has been super supportive (even though he says he loves my body the way it is). This june I will have my abdomnioplasty – 3 weeks before my 35th birthday. Looking at your pictures made me cry. We have a similar shape and your after pictures give me hope that one day I am going to LOVE the way I look. Thank you so much.

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