I am 28 years old and have always been the fat girl. Well that is how I have felt anyways. When I look back at pictures of me in high school I cry...not because of what I looked like, but because I remember how I felt about myself and it was completely untrue. If I could be a size 12 now, I would jump for joy! But then, I wasn't a size 2 like all of my friends, and I felt like Shamu. How terrible that any young girl feels that way about themself! Things progressed slowly through the years and I reached my all time high (and current weight of 298) about a year and a half ago.
I decided it was time to take a hold of my life this past February at my daughters 2 year birthday party. My daughter Gabby never stops moving or talking. She loves running, jumping, doing summer saults, and pretty much anything that does not require being still. My grandmother told me at her birthday party that I should get her into a toddler tumbeling class to burn some energy and teach her how to harness some of her craziness. I thought it was a wonderful idea and I know Gabby would love it, but when I checked into it, all of the places that have toddler classes are toddler/mommy classes. There is no way I would be able to physically or emotionally take those classes with her, and it devastated me. I realized at that point that I need to take control of my life...for me and for my family.