Monday, October 26, 2009

Hi Ladies.... Count Me In!

Hi Ladies, I'm Kristy and I live in Alberta, Canada. My family and I are missionaries to the cold north. We love the Lord; and absolutely love it here where the Lord has called us!

Well, to get down to the nitty gritty. I have battled my weight all of my life. As a child, I remember being made fun of at school. I am convinced that this was related to the way our family ate at home. As I approached my teen years, I basically stopped eating to lose weight and "fit in". Off to college I went, and found a friend that liked cookie dough as well as I , and we gained the freshman 15 together! My sophomore year, we smartened up eating salads and walking at 5:30 each morning before classes. Well, I got married and about 18 months later our first child was born. After that, it was 4 pregnancies in 4 years, deputation, moving to a new country, stress, and yep... pregnant again:) I love my babies, and obviously the weight likes me, as it tends to hang on for a while.

My weight has always been a roller coaster.... up and down. After my second baby, I let myself reach the heaviest. That was 30lbs heavier than I am now!

Last January, seven months after the birth of our fourth child and another move to finally reach the place of God's choosing, I decided it was time to do something. At that time, I needed to get off 14lbs from the pregnancy- to be where I was before the pregnancy. This is a picture of me a few days after Christmas 2008. I was barely able to bend over to tie my ice skates! The coat doesn't help much for looks, but it was sure keepin' me warm:)
December 2008

I started exercising and trying harder to watch what I was eating. I dropped lots of inches and 12lbs. It made a huge difference. I was able to wear skirts that had not fit in a while, and even some I had gotten at the thrift shop for such a good deal:) Do you have any like that?

Since these photos below are in the same shirt, I thought it might give you an idea of how far I've come...v e r y s l o w l y.
September 2008

October 2009

Where I am now:
I have lost the weight from all babies except the first... 30 lbs are hangin' on for dear life! I'm feeling much better than last year, however I would love to be healthier. When I am healthier, I can be better for the Lord and for my family. I sure cannot do this in my own strength! I even feeling a little reluctant now, as I think about all those Christmas goodies. My mom, dad, sister, and grandmothers have all had weight loss surgery... so that tells you that my family has gravy blood... right? I'll sure need lots of prayer and encouragement, and I will try my best to give you ladies the same. I'm looking forward to getting to know each of you and having someone to be accountable to:)
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