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An Ordinary Style Makeover With #WindowStyle #BlogHer12

After having a baby 3 years ago and gaining almost 80 pounds with that pregnancy. I went to BlogHer 2010 in New York trying to hide every part of my 230 pound body.The cameras and media didn’t seem to care as I did interview after interview even being featured on the main floor at BlogHer. Inside I was dying although with my smile no one could tell.

I set off to refind myself. It took my longer than expected to lose those extra 60 pounds that I gained/leftover from that pregnancy but with hard work I finally did it. I found an outlet in running and ran every spare moment I could. I finally had set a goal and proved to myself that I could achieve it. I ran my very first 5K at BlogHer last year and in tears I passed the finish line.  I looked and felt amazing when I saw many of my friends again.

Goals I Have Accomplished as a Mother

Much to our surprise shortly after BlogHer I found myself pregnant, again. As hard as it is to admit I really struggled with the fact that I had gained so much weight with my second pregnancy and I was determined not to gain it again. I not only ended up not being able to run my entire pregnancy but I was in extreme pain and found out I had gestational diabetes. With my health and my babies health in mind I stayed on a strict but healthy diet and didn’t gain much.

My story is the same story as many other mothers. We struggle with weight loss and for many our children come first. I am one of millions of moms with this same story. My children always come first but I realize now that in order for them to be happy and healthy I also have to be happy and healthy. I want to run next to them instead of wishing I could. I want to eat a bowl of ice cream and not worry about every single calorie.

Like most moms my fashion is far behind my children. They’re always dressed up and everyone tells me how cute they are. My style lacks. I try to shop at places like EXPRESS and The Limited although I find that my style is pretty bland. I like jeans. I wish I could find dresses that looked just as good on me as I feel.  The ability to win a $1,500 style makeover would be transformational for me. It would go well with my beautiful new smile. Again my story is one of millions.

This year as I head off to BlogHer I plan on running my second BlogHer5K. I want to continue to dream big and grow into the woman I want myself to be.  I’m just an ordinary mom, living and ordinary life. I really could use a style makeover that will help transform the ever evolving me. My evolution is not complete, this is just another year on my journey.

In writing this post, I’m entering the Microsoft Windows Style Makeover Sweepstakes for a chance to win a head to toe makeover! Full legal rules can be found here.


  1. Hanan on July 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Good luck!!

  2. Jamaise on July 10, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Best of luck to you!

  3. Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired on July 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Good for you! I’m inspired by your motivation because I’m trying to get back into running. I keep falling out of my exercise routines and it gets so hard to get started again. I didn’t know BlogHer had a 5k that’s really neat!

  4. Jennifer on July 9, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Good luck! I’ve just started the trails in my area! It takes time and dedication but you have it! You’ll get there!

  5. Kerri on July 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Good luck! I just started Jenny Craig after having three children. I know how hard it can be . You look great!