|Pictured at my friend Faye's Wedding in 1988|
I wasn't always heavy. I didn't start out this way. Most of the people in my family aren't heavy either. But this is my story. I know I'm not the only woman out there that has fought this battle. This column is meant to be encouragement for the people that struggle with some of the issues in regards to weight loss.
The picture at the right, most people would consider me to be in my best shape. I ran marathons, did martial arts, participated in triathlons, and practiced ballet. I've danced with both the Atlanta Ballet, and the San Diego Ballet. But I was also malnourished and very sick in this picture. I had anorexia. I weighed in at a whopping 112 pounds, and it was waif like on my 6'0" tall frame. Yet, I looked in the mirror and I saw a fatso. I couldn't exercise enough, and I couldn't eat too little.
|A Year after having my second baby in 1997|
My Fitness History
Let's back up a bit, and talk about babies. While I was pregnant with my first two babies, I gained 60-80 pounds per baby. I never did lose all the weight in between. The doctors couldn't figure out my weight gain with my first baby because I vomited violently all day, every day, every time I ate. I was hospitalized many times for dehydration with my first child. My second baby never attached to the uterine wall, so I was on bedrest the entire time. I'm sure that sitting around didn't help with my weight gain. After my second baby, I was diagnosed with hypo-thyroidism which the doctors attributed my weight gain to, and endometriosis which also stalled out my workouts once a month. After my second baby, my goal was to weigh less than 200 pounds. That's still the plan.
|Moving back East, Holidays 2005|
|Graduation Day, May 3, 2014|
|Christmas Eve, 2014|
Laurie Epps is a recent graduate of Anderson University majoring in Creative Writing. Already Laurie is most published as a feature article writer, essayist, and poet. A seeker of beauty, her is dream is to travel the world one day and tell the many stories of those she meets. Columns include: Monday Morning Book Club, and Thoughtful Thursdays, a column dedicated to the fine art of poetry.