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Hello Readers,

This is my first blog post and it’s really about being true to myself. I’ve been dating my wonderful man for 10 years now and married to him for 3 years. We just had our first child. I resigned from my job that I had been working at for 5 years to be a stay-at-home mom. That was a big change for me and for our finances. We are now a one income household and that weight has been place on my husband. Not only that, but being a stay-at-home parent isn’t easy. Your child depends on you 24/7. You barely have time to go to the bathroom without hearing about it. Now, please don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

However, I do wish I had taken better care of myself before, during and after this pregnancy. I had only gained 18 pounds during the pregnancy and that was after losing 6 pounds during my first trimester. At my OB/GYN follow-up appointment, I was about 140. I was breastfeeding, but eating horribly. After 3 months, my supply was shot. I wasn’t active in anything. Yeah, I did the laundry once a week but nothing to keep the weight from coming back. Well, my son is now 9 months old and I probably have put on 15 pounds. Not cute and I’m unhappy with how I look and feel. I bought size 10 pants about 4 months ago and they were loose on me then…but not anymore. They are tight and starting to get uncomfortable. That was a wake-up call.

So, I’m going to start blogging about my desire to lose this extra 15 pounds of me. I want to be happy for myself so I can be happy with everything else going on. I want to feel beautiful with myself. I want to look in the mirror and know I look good. I want a better life for myself and for my family. I definitely want to look good for my husband 😉

So, I’m setting a target date for myself. We have a friends wedding coming up down in North Carolina at the end of April. I’d like to be happier with myself by then. I’ll be writing about my process every week (hopefully every Monday).

~Diane