Wednesday, March 6, 2013

"oops... I forgot to take care of me!"

Parents all around the world  have learned how to put themselves on the back burner. You learned how to eat standing up at the counter with one foot rocking the infant seat . You  learned how to function on sleep that comes in two hour intervals followed by hour long nightmare calming sessions, feeding and burping , and sick breaks. You have learned the joy of having an audience in the bathroom no matter what it is you're doing in there (animals included). I think we sacrifice things without even realizing we're doing it. It's just part of being a parent I guess. It becomes second nature.

David requires so much of my energy and time that I didn't even realize I wasn't taking care of myself! I have spent the last 4 1/2 years of my life watching, analyzing, and trying to interpret every sound he has made. Before, when he was non-verbal, I would spend my day just trying to come up with ways to communicate with him and how he could communicate with me. We would have, on average, 5 different doctor appointments/therapy sessions a week for the past three years. So when I saw a picture of myself from last May, right after the Autism Speaks walk, I was shocked at how  big I looked. I knew that I hadn't been putting my health first, but I had justified it by the results we were getting in return with David! The diagnosis was was my only worry, treatment was my only focus, and results was what I worked on.

Here I am with my "simons" girls back in May 2012

The picture that opened my eyes to my weight
So here I am. 5'4" and 176 lbs.Size 16/14 pants and XL shirts. I decided right then and there that in order for me to be at my best for David, I needed to be at my best for me! I had an amazing example (mom) in front of me and slowly yet surely I started running, well walking fast at first! Learning how to control my eating habits and adding exercising into my daily routine, has helped me reach and surpass my goals!

went from a size  16/14 to a size 2 
Went from 176 to 118 lbs! 58 lbs total!
Excuse the face:) went from 36 inch waist to 26!

working hard on toning up and adding definition
I finally have the energy to keep up with him and the drive to work even harder with David on meeting his next set of goals. I feel good, look good, and now can BE good for the one who needs me most:) My main focus will always be my boys, I can't (and don't want to) get rid of that. I do realize now, how important it is for me to be as healthy as possible, so I can be around longer with them. I am excited to be a good example for them to follow!

1 comment:

  1. wow you look Amazing Amanda!!!!!! So excited for you and I see God's blessings on you and your family. Miss you!!!!!!!!!