It’s so much more than that


Photo Dates: April 10 and July 17, 2017

What if God allows some people’s decisions to create my revelation? – Steven Furtick

When I began my postpartum weight loss journey on April 10, 2017 I had a lot of extra weight on my body and soul.

As I checked in every day to my #BeachLifeReady Bootcamp with Hayley Bolton’s (@haylbopper on IG) group on Facebook, I got encouragement from other moms on the same road as myself and we all shared our daily struggles of the Beachbody 21 Day Fix diet. I mean, we all wanted pizza and pasta and it was work prepping all those healthy meals while avoiding the secret stash of cookies in our cupboards. The struggle was real but we got through it together.

There were a lot of moms just looking to change their eating habits, some wanted to lose a couple pounds, others desired a major body transformation. Personally, I wanted to get back to looking like my old self again. And not just my pre-baby-body self, I needed to get back to who I was before the accident, which was just before I found out I was pregnant. There was an extra 10# on my middle and thighs I called my “wheelchair weight” which I had gained while in a wheelchair and walker during the four months of rehabilitation after I was a passenger in a car accident. (If you’re a first-time-reader, you can soak in that three-part-story here: It’s Only a Speed Bump in My Journey – Part I)

99 days later, I reached my goal of losing not only all the baby weight, but those last few pounds of wheelchair weight just melted off my body this last month.

Day 1 – 6 months postpartum: April 10, 2017
Weight: 128#
Chest: 33″
R Arm: 11.5″
L Arm: 11.25″
Waist: 33″
Hips: 39.5″
R Thigh: 22.5″
L Thigh: 23″
Total weight: 128#
Total inches: 173.75″

Day 99 – 6 months postpartum: July 17, 2017
Weight: 114#
Chest: 32″
R Arm: 10″
L Arm: 9.5″
Waist: 28″
Hips: 36.5″
R Thigh: 21″
L Thigh: 21″
Total weight: 114#
Total inches: 158″


But I realize there is so much more weight I need to work on losing. I’m continually working on shedding the weight of all the feelings and emotions of abandonment, abuse, and betrayal my failed relationship carries on my heart, mind, and soul. I keep going back to the blog post on forgiveness I wrote while pregnant, single, and about to invite someone back into my life. My own words bring be comfort now as a single mom because I know I contain the capacity to forgive under the worst circumstances, and I can do it again. So I speak aloud the following words over and over and over:

I forgive you.

I forgive you for hurting me.

I forgive you.

I forgive you. I forgive you. I forgive you.

I forgive you seventy times seven.

I forgive you beyond a countable number.

Portrait Photographer, Writer, and Consultant LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, host, and instructor with over 20 years of experience photographing, directing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. She focuses on providing artists, actors, models, and companies with lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Her approach is very contemporary, her work has a timeless elegance, and she represents the grace, distinction, and style that is possible in photography. Her curriculum vitae includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, the production of 13 private and community events, and two year’s experience as director of one of Seattle’s largest art walks. Her images have been published in The Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report. LaRae’s position as a lead host for online educational giants such as CreativeLive and Polaroid University gave her the unique opportunity as one of an elite group of professionals to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle. She brought her network to BLACKRAPID as their Culture Liaison, facilitating close working relationships between influencers and organizations for promotional sales and marketing. Grateful to be a stay-at-home mom while balancing a rewarding career in the photography industry, this proud single mom enjoys a nomadic traveling lifestyle between Seattle and the Florida Keys with her daughter, Emerson.

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