Hi! My name is Kasandria and I weigh 204 pounds….no lie. I’m a size 18, but I’m happy. Now I KNOW I need to lose weight. I see myself in the mirror daily remember, but it’s hard. It seems like every time I take the effort to start working out or heaven forbid actually diet; real life comes in and throws me for a loop. When I was younger I was SO skinny. I had a fast metabolism and didn’t have to worry about it. I was 98 pounds when I met Brian. Then pregnancy happened and I had gestational diabetes that was unchecked……and hey I was eating for 2 right. Gabriel was a whopping 9 lbs. It took me a long time to work that weight off and I was almost down to a size 12 then got pregnant again. This time I took insulin and was more careful of my weight gain. After pregnancy I had to go back on my bi-polar meds and I ballooned. I’m currently not the biggest I’ve ever been, but I would love to lose 20-30 pounds. I KNOW I could do it. It’s the dieting that always throws me off track. Then I travel and well as you can see excuses flow. I’m turning 32 this year. Actually next month. I’m going in for a full work up and I’m going to MAKE myself lose 20 pounds this year. I’m going to be realistic. I know it won’t happen over night. I know I’ll have good days and bad and that’s ok. My goal now isn’t to look cute. (I’m already cute AND I have a bubbly personality;))My goal now is to be healthier for my kids. I want to be able to run 3-4 miles and go from there. I used to be EXTREMELY self conscious and I still am to a point, but at the same time I’m not going to let my insecurities hamper me from living and loving life. What about you? Have you struggled with weight? What are some ways that helped you get healthy and keep the weight off?