About Annie

My Weight-loss Journey
I spent my 20's gaining weight after I got married. I tried to lose it on my own several times and had little successes, but always gained it right back and then added a few more pounds. When I was 26, my DH and I decided to try to have a baby. A year later, I was diagnosed with PCOS, polycystic ovary syndrome. In order to get pregnant, I got serious about losing weight and exercising. I had tried WW Online by myself and I lost 10 pounds, but then got pregnant with my son. I had him and was focused on being mommy so much that I completely let myself go. I lost 50 pounds from the day I had him to just a few short months later as my hormones really liked being pregnant and breastfeeding. He was a 10lb 15oz baby, too. Those hormones changed, though, and I quickly gained those 50 back plus a few more. I tried WW Online again and lost 10-15 pounds, but I wasn't serious about it and kept going back to my old ways of overeating and making poor choices while living a mostly  sedentary life other than chasing my toddler son around. On the morning of April 28th, 2010, something changed within me. I woke up ready to go to my first WW meeting and was going to do this once and for all. The next evening, I stepped into my first meeting and the rest is history! I lost 90 pounds about 15 months after that first meeting and then...stopped. I hadn't yet reached my goal, but something changed within me and I was comfortable where I was and I stopped. I stopped tracking my food intake, stopped exercising, stopped going to WW meetings. I went on and off WW and gained all of the weight back plus a bit more. Now I'm refocused and am headed to success!

My Faith
I write about my faith here because it is a huge part of who I am. I will often mention it in my blogging, too. I believe that Jesus is my savior. I believe in the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Jesus his son, and the Holy Spirit. I walk with Jesus daily, meaning I talk to Him throughout the day through prayer and try my best to live like him. I wake up singing His praises and fall asleep praying to him. I teach my DS about him. I believe that through Jesus' death, I will have eternal life. He paid the price for my sins. By asking Jesus into my heart and living my life with Him, I am saved and I will live with Him in Heaven when He brings me home.

My Family
My husband and I have been married 14 years. My son is nine years old. I'm originally from North Dakota and my husband is originally from Northern Minnesota. We now reside in the Minneapolis area of Minnesota. We're a prior US Air Force family, DH got out after 11 years when DS was 5 weeks old. I'm a daughter, grand-daughter, aunt, niece, and sister. :)

My Work
I have taught private piano and vocal lessons for over 14 years. Before having my son, it was a full-time job for me, now I teach just a few hours a week. I do love it and my students and their families are all just great.

I also sell Scentsy Fragrance after falling in love with the product a few years ago. (www.awygant.scentsy.us)

I love to decorate our house, read magazines, sing, play piano, blog, photograph, travel, and do creative crafty things.