About Me

Updated Dec 2012

My name is Amanda, and I just turned 30 in 2010 (Now I’m 32!). I have a wonderful husband, Brad, who was my high school sweetheart – we have been married for 11 13 years.

I’ve always been chubby, overweight, fat, and now that lovely word – obese. My highest weight that I know of was 275 pounds. As I’m sure you can imagine, I didn’t keep scales around me.

In 2007 Brad and I decided we wanted to start trying to have a baby. I knew I had PCOS and that conceiving would be difficult, but we began trying with the aid of fertility medications. In 2009, after I had lost a significant amount of weight, we did get pregnant, only to miscarry shortly after with a blighted ovum. In early 2010, I had what is known as a chemical pregnancy. So, I drowned myself in food for the most of that year and gained back everything I had lost, until I somehow was able to throw some mental cold water in my face and decide to stop punishing myself and wage war on my fat little body.

After losing 60 pounds in 2011, I became pregnant once more, and now have a beautiful daughter names Reagan. I am living proof that some cases of PCOS (and let me emphasize SOME here), truly are weight related.

Right now, Brad is living 150 miles away while he finishes his degree, and we won’t be back living under one roof again until this December. So, we probably won’t be trying again in earnest for at least 6 months…and even then there could be timing issues. What better time than now to focus on myself and my health? I’m living with my brother, who eats like any man-bachelor…hot dogs and ice cream is the norm in the house, so temptation is still all around me.

Well there went THAT theory! After losing weight and doing AMAZING in 2011, we were totally shocked to find ourselves pregnant 6 months before Brad was due to move back home! We are back together now, and after making some slight adjustments to our plans…and not to mention gaining back every lick of weight I lost…I am beginning…again!

My Goals…revised:

  • Get under 200 pounds
  • Get under 175 pounds
  • Get to 150 pounds
  • Get smaller if I can!
  • Be able to jog a mile
  • Be able to jog a 5k
  • Be able to jog a 10k
  • Complete a Half Marathon someday
  • Complete a Marathon someday
  • Get preggo…again? (maybe! we’re in the thinking about it phase…)

At the time of this writing, I’ve been following Alan‘s plan (again!): low calorie, moving more, high water intake. Simple rules, and free to boot. Why is it the simplest things in life are the hardest?

Wish me luck…AGAIN! 😉

4 responses to “About Me

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  2. Best wishes on your journey. I’ve been obese (highest 391 lbs) for half my life. I’ve missed out on many opportunities because I gave food a higher priority. I am 42, but would still love to start a family. Even if that means I adopt. First, I need to get to a healthier weight. You’re on the right path. Keep it up.

  3. Amanda Best of luck to you. You will do it with Allan and all of us on it also. We will make you accountable for sure. Keep the faith. Gracie

  4. Thanks Amanda for the nice comment on my blog today. Good luck to you too. Sounds like you’re doing great.

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