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In this episode of Half Size Me, Heather talks to Robin about
- why she decided happiness was more important than her scale weight
- how she slowly let go of weighing herself multiple times a day
- how she learned to focus on the weight on the bar rather than the weight on the scale
- and much more!
About Robin: “My name is Robin Aiu (pronounced “I-you”) and I am 25 years old. I was born and raised in Kailua on the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii. I grew up with a very athletic family and have always enjoyed playing soccer. Im also a fish at heart and love being in the ocean.
I started dating my now fiance, Jeff, in high school and we will soon be getting married on our 9 year anniversary. About 4 years into our relationship we found out we were pregnant with our now 5 year old son, Aiden. He is absolutely the light on our life.
I have known from a very young age that if there was nothing in this world I was meant to do, I was always meant to be a mother. We have so enjoyed raising and watching out little champion grow into a wonderful little boy.
About a year after we had our son Aiden we decided we needed to get off that little rock in the middle of the sea and make something of ourselves. So our young little family picked up and moved to Bend, Oregon.
After a lot of struggling through the big move and sending Jeff to college to pursue firefighting, we are now owners of a very small house cleaning business and are doing everything we can to better all three of our lives.
For me, I needed to feel good in my own skin. I needed to learn to love myself for once. I have struggled with my weight for a very long time, mostly in my head. As I look back, I realize that my weight and my health really didn’t become an issue until I graduated from high school.
In my head, my weight issues started at age 6 and became really bad at age 12. For those that have been through the weight loss journey know that it’s so much more mental than it is physical. So even though from the age of 6-18 one wouldn’t consider me overweight, no one could have convinced me any different from how I felt about myself.
From the age of 15-24 I cycled through many diets trying to find the magical cure that would “fix” me. I thought this whole “life change” idea was absolutely ridiculous. Any time I would get on a new diet, I would go full force 100% until I eventually couldn’t take it anymore and gave up. For these years I felt like such a failure.
About a year ago, I joined weight watchers with my mom and in search for extra help throughout the week, I found the half size me show. Eventually, the words of the show really started to resinate with me and I did exactly what I always thought was ridiculous, I made a lifestyle change.
I started making small changes and those changes eventually became habits, and I became a new person. Throughout this last year, I have lost 60lbs. When I started out with weight watchers I weighed in at 255lbs. Since my heaviest (non-pregnancy) weight, I am down 80lbs from 275.
In pregnancy I hit 300lbs. I currently weigh 195lbs and I have switched my focus to muscle building and fat loss opposed to weight loss. Overall, Im just excited about life and I love the life I live.”
About Half Size Me
The Half Size Me Show is a weekly podcast meant to inspire you and motivate you no matter where you are in your weight loss journey. If you’re just getting started losing weight, or if you’ve started and stopped so many times you’ve lost count, this is the show for you!
Hosted by Heather Robertson, who lost over 170 pounds by learning new eating habits, getting regular exercise, and, most importantly, changing her mindset. She shares her own lessons and struggles as well as how to handle to real challenge of any weight loss journey… weight maintenance.
So, join Heather every week as she shares information, inspiration, and interviews with women who’ve learned weight loss isn’t just about losing pounds, it’s about finding yourself.
Theme music, “Walk Alone” by Jim Armstrong courtesy of MusicAlley.com.
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