A New Beginning
Hi! I’m Melonee. I’m 34 years old. I have been married to the love of my life for 16 years next Friday. We have 3 beautiful children, Savannah (9), Tyler (6), and Brianna (4 months). All of my life I have been on the heavier side but it wasn’t until the last few years that I have been considered morbidly obese. I was not planning to have another baby at this size but God had other plans. (As He often does 😀) This ended up being the most difficult pregnancy I’ve ever been through. (Although I would do it again for this precious baby.) I was diagnosed 2 years ago with type 2 diabetes but I haven’t been managing it. I would take my medicine and walk some but I never really exercised or watched what I was eating. So when I became pregnant I had to go on insulin. 4 shots in the abdomen every day. Every Monday I had to send my blood sugar levels in. Every Monday they increased my dosage. I tried walking but I was so heavy I ended up pulling several lower abdominal muscles and had my SI joint go out if place. I started swelling terribly in my 3rd trimester. I had a hard time breathing. I had heart palpitations. At 36 weeks I ended up in the ER because it had gotten so bad. My heart was enlarged. They thought I was in congestive heart failure. I was transferred to Greenville Memorial Maternal Fetal unit. I was put on bags of magnesium and other medications. The next morning it was determined I had preeclampsia and they decided to take the baby. (9lbs 11oz 4 weeks early😮) Even though I did not have CHF it was still scary. It’s taken me a few months to get back to myself and take a good look at things. I’m too tired to clean my house properly or to cook dinner some days. I’m too tired to play with my children. I don’t want to be that Mom. I want to take better care of my family but in order to do that I have to take better care of myself. This week I’ve started making small changes. Instead of drinking sweet tea all day long, I drink water all day and allow myself 1 glass of tea at dinner. (I cut the amount of sugar in half) I’m being more conscientious about the food I put in my body but haven’t made any majors changes yet. (Working our way through the”bad” food in the house and incorporating good food slowly but it’s expensive) I started working out with my husband and awesome friends on Thursday nights and then with my hubby and the RBL group on Saturday. We’re trying to incorporate more activities as a family. I’ve tried so many times to diet but not really make a lifestyle change. I think this time with God in front to lead the way, my husband by my side, and our friends’ encouragement we’re going to make it! I am so excited to begin this new life!
Love and blessings,