Friday, August 24, 2012

My Name is KIRA


My name is Kiraand I saved my life. 




























I once heard a saying that if you complain more than three times about something without taking action, you are just whining and not really looking for a solution. I guess I whined my whole life about my weight.

I topped out at 345 lbs.















When I was pregnant with my third baby I had gestational diabetes for the second time. I really didn’t watch it as well as I had with the first one and she was born at almost 10 pounds, 4 weeks early. I also had extreme blood pressure problems with the pregnancy, topping out at 195/110 when I delivered. The Doctor told me that I cheated death with that delivery and to really consider not having any more kids.

A couple weeks after my baby was born, I had a dream. I dreamed that I had some illegal drugs and I was taking them to help myself feel better. I’ve never taken drugs in my life, so even in my dream this seemed strange. In the dream my husband took them from me and threw them in the trash. I waited for him to go to work and I pulled them out of the trash and took them anyway. I was crying as I took them, wondering why I was doing that to my body. I woke up sweating. I had the clear impression that the drugs represented my relationship with sugar and flour. I had never been one to eat a package of cookies in the closet, but I did eat sugar, flour, and proportions, which I knew my body didn’t process.

My wake-up call came when—6 weeks after I had my baby—the Doctor said I was still really close to full blown diabetes. My blood pressure was not down to normal either. If I continued down the path I was on, I was going to have serious problems that would not allow me to raise my children. I wanted to be able to play with my children, hike with my family, run, but most importantly LIVE!

For years I had thought that I ate healthier than my friends. They could eat “anything they wanted” and still not gain weight. I finally realized that it didn’t matter what my friends could get away with eating... they were NOT me! I was responsible for me. I quit flour and sugar cold turkey on July 6, 2011 using a God based program that I found and I even decided to watch dressings and sauces that had sugar in them. I was going to take back my life!

Here it is a little over one year later. I still have a ways to go on this journey but for now my blood sugar is that of a teenager, my blood pressure is very low, my cholesterol is fabulous and I am happy to say that...     I am down 110  lbs!

I turned it around. I am finally healthy. I am happy. I don’t have guilt.

I am Kira….  and I am the kind of Mom I want to be!






























**Remember the purpose of this series is to open our hearts, to interact, to uplift, to support and to grow. Kira will be reading your comments so, you may comment directly to her. 



23 comments:

  1. All sorts of awesome. Thanks for sharing your story, Kira.

    I really loved this: " I finally realized that it didn’t matter what my friends could get away with eating... [and we could all fill that in with whatever we compare as not being fair] they were NOT me! I was responsible for me." SO powerful.

    ~Michelle

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  2. Wow Kira! How empowering! You are a great writer and an inspiration for all of us to accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves. Thanks for sharing and you look beautiful!!!

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  3. Yay for conquering weight battles!!! you look great and these kind of succes is the one that inspires us in our darkest moments.

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Kara.

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  4. Kira, your story is so inspiring and motivational. I commend you for your willpower to take control and fight for what you really want! You look fabulous and you should feel like a million bucks!

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  5. Kira, you are a wonderful person inside and out. I am so proud of you and what you have acomplished. You are an inspiration. You are beautiful and always have been. From the time you were little, I knew you were special and I am glad that you now realize it.
    Love and hugs to you my, wonderful niece,
    Auntie Lynn

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  6. It has been wonderful to watch your transformation. You are truly an inspiration to all.

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  7. Wow, what an accomplishment! You look great and I know you must be a wonderful example to your children!

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  8. I always knew you would grab this problem and shake it off. I am so proud of you.

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  9. Kira! I'm so proud of you! You have accomplished such a hard thing that so many of us deal with too. I'm inspired! You look fantastic! Such an example of strength and beauty! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Love ya Kira! You look amazing and have done so well!

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  11. Kira, you are amazing in every way! You are such a strength and example to all of us. You look FANTASTIC, and are fantastic on the inside too. :)

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  12. Dang girl! You are INCREDIBLE! And you look great too. That takes a lot of strength and tenacity. :)

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  13. Way to go sister. You're awesome and looking great!

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  14. That's awesome girl. What an inspiration you are. I will have to tell my clients about you, so that you can be an inspiration for them. Thank you for sharing

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  15. I too loved the line where you said you realized what was true for others didn't matter. That was a turning point for me too. Maybe it's true for everyone. Thank yougor sharing an inspiring story.

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  16. Way to go, Kira!!! I got chills! I am so happy for you. It is a miracle when we listen to our own bodies. God speaks to us in that way more often than we realize. Congratulations! Keep it up :)

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  17. It's been incredible to watch you come alive. And you were always so vibrant anyway that now you REALLY glow. We sure love you.

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  18. Oh Kira I know you in real life and you are beautiful and amazing - you always have been. But I'm thrilled to see that you are feeling so strong and healthy and in control, those things suit you so well. :)

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  19. Kira!! I love this! You are an amazing woman! What an incredible and inspiring example you are! Miss you!

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  20. Truly truly amazing, Kira! An example to us all!

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  21. Your Beautiful!! Congratulations!! My mentor Jill Knapp lost 100 pounds and even made the big stage and was featured on the Dr OZ show. She has inspired me so much and so do you!! So glad I found this post!!

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    1. Welcome here Marie! SO GLAD YOU FOUND THIS POST, TOO :)

      Stick around... I'd love to get to know you better!

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