Thursday, April 24, 2014

Inspiring Story- Tiree Part 1

I'm excited to share this story because it's only part way through and it's one of my closest friends throughout all of Bee. We have known each other since we were 6 years old. That's 20 years. Woah. 

I should really bust out pictures from when we were little girls. Anyways, as you can see, Tiree has always been beautiful and kept a nice body, despite her disdain for exercising and eating healthy....ha! But as teenagers she did battle anorexia. And exercise was just a joke to her. One time I tried to get her to run with me...she started down the street and quit within a couple minutes (I don't blame her for not wanting to run though...those were the days I ran despite my disliking it. ha). She is one of the people that taught me the reality of not being able to change someone's habits for them. She has been good for me. Our differences butt heads, yet mold us and remind us of God's grace. Despite my efforts (that never worked) to  help her, God grabbed her heart in many ways. And thank God from delivering her from anorexia and completely changing her life as a teenager! 

Through it all, beach days, sleepovers, fights, laughing attacks, church camps, weddings, etc we have been there and it wasn't until the babies started happening that I saw a real and lasting change in Tiree, with exercise and nutrition. 

This was baby's #1. Pregnant at the same time...not planned! She gained more than she wanted to/should have. After a few months post-partum, Tiree started exercising, sometimes too much. But she learned to balance and lose baby weight. 

Then we got pregnant with babies #2....and our other very close friend, Steph was pregnant with her first baby. Baby boom going on! 

She didn't gain as much with Paul but was still more than she wanted to be. After working hard and losing some weight for several months, Tiree got pregnant with baby #3 around the time baby Paul was 9 months old (Steph is pregnant as well and I am not joining them again...haha). 

But during this pregnancy she has kept up with exercising consistently and eating very well. With all her efforts she has achieved her goal so far of staying within 3 pounds of her starting weight this pregnancy!! Fantastic. Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean nothing can be reversed and in fact, it is a great time to eat even healthier and stay active because that GREATLY impacts the health of your growing baby. Tiree is doing an excellent job and I cannot wait to share more of her story after baby Job is born and she gets down to her goal size. 

I love you, Tiree and keep up the pace. You look fantastic, inside and out!

"As iron sharpens iron, one man (woman) sharpens another."
Proverbs 27:17

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same"

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