Wednesday, July 1, 2009
My name is Sylvia . I am a married, have 2 children ages 6 and 7 and I just turned 30 this July. He is a bit more of my story . . . .
3 years ago was when I decided to start competing. I was at my worst all time shape and I needed a real kick a$$ goal to get me outta my funk.
I had been into weights and healthy eating even as a teenager, but didn't really have the knowledge I needed. I ended up developing unhealthy habits. I even tried severe food restriction, and then that let to binging and purging, and then laxative abuse . . These unhealthy habits continued even into the beginning of my marriage.
Then at the age of 21 after being married for a year. I got a job at the local pool/recreation center. I had FREE access to the weight room!! I love free stuff, and loved exercise, so I wanted to take full advantage of it.
It was around that time that I found my first Muscle and Fitness Hers! I didn't even know that those kind of physiques were POSSIBLE for women, and the competition aspect was FASCINATING!! This was a huge eye opener, a world of possibilities were open to me now! I loved the workouts, the diet info etc! It was the knowledge I needed.
I was really making good changes in my body and my diet was improving. Although I still had some unhealthy tendencies to battle .... I was still growing
At 22 I was pregnant with my first child. (well, actually 2 months before that I had had a miscarriage at 10 weeks, I always forget to count that as my "first" pregnancy - terrible reminder...anyway.. that is another post) I continued to lift weights until about 6-7 months when I was getting some serious ab separation. I knew I wouldn’t respect my bodies limits in the gym, and wouldn't take the proper precautions. SO, I left the weights for awhile and switched to aqua fit.
I still gained 40lbs during that pregnancy. I lost all of it and MORE after my son was born, (nursing was like a metabolism jet fuel!) I have video footage of me riding my recumbent bike at home bouncing my son on my knee. LOL! In 4 months I weighed less than I did before I got pregnant...and then I discovered I was pregnant AGAIN!
At 9 weeks pregnant I weighed less than my pre pregnancy weight before! I only gained 28lbs with my second pregnancy, lost that AND more in 3 months. I was weighing 117lbs. ( I think the last time I weighed 117lbs I was 13!) A FAT jiggly 117lbs. I had lost ALOT of muscle. I knew I was "skinny" but I didn't like the way my body looked.
...and now having 3 pregnancy in the span of about 2 years and all the hormonal ups and downs I was now having post partum.
I was back at the gym. It made me feel good, I was noticing some muscle definition etc. I was still super dooper skinny though. Never experienced that kind of skinny. (loved breast feeding)
But then at 13 months I weaned my daughter. Shortly after that we moved to Prince George. We lived in a hotel for 2 months (company paid ALL our expenses) so for 2 months I lived off of room service, and had no gym! We moved into our house and my bad eating habits and the increased depression from the move and isolation from my family and having 2 toddlers at home I was ballooning.
I had lost so much muscle from nursing, and I had added on so much fat. My body needed serious repair.
That takes me to Aug 11. I joined a local gym, I signed up to compete, and joined the M&F Fitness Hers forum and started journaling.
My Journal On M&F Hers
10 months I stepped on the stage and realised a dream.
I will write more about my competition history later.
In the meantime feel free to pop into my journal (TUffchick) at M&F Hers.