September 25, 2014

Back After Babies – It is possible!

I’m an everyday mom and I was finally able to find my health, strength, and confidence again and this is my fitness story. There was a time when my weight fluctuated a lot, during and in between my pregnancies. Just like most women my pregnancies took a toll on my body. Okay we all have those friends that still fit in their size 2 jeans right after they have their babies, that was not me. Well I wished it was me, but it was not. Don’t get me wrong, it was such an amazing thing to be able to bring my two beautiful boys into the world. But it was very hard to see myself transform on the outside into a person that I did not recognize in the mirror.

After the birth of my second son, my body just fell apart. Things were not in the spots that they were supposed to be, and I completely gave up. I got really comfy in the rut that was my daily life. Working out and eating healthy fell to the way side as I focused all my time and energy on my kids. I forgot how being healthy and eating clean felt. I forgot about me. One day I saw a picture of myself, I was horrified to see myself the way others saw me.  All I could think was “holy back fat!!” UGH…who was this person…it was not who I wanted to be. My weight and my health had gotten out of control. It was time that I put my health and fitness first in my life. Here is the picture that changed it all for me.

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After seeing this picture, I was in shock, upset, and just in disbelief that this is where I had gotten myself. This was absolutley my lowest point. But sometimes the rain has to come before the rainbow. And I knew this is not who I was. I knew I had more and needed to push myself to be a stronger, healthier and more confident person. I had a “come to Jesus” moment and I decided to be better for myself and for my family.  I felt upset with myself for letting it get that bad, and I realized that it was time to take my life back.

Going back to the gym was probably the hardest thing for me because I was so out of shape, and honestly embarrassed. But I kept thinking that doing something is better than doing nothing. So I put one foot in front of the other and went back to the gym and I took it in baby steps. I started at 2 days a week on the treadmill and easier classes. I took it at my own pace, and I did what I could. Yes I was that lady huffing and puffing in the back of the easiest class. But you know what it eventually got easier and easier, and we all have to start somewhere. When that started to feel comfortable I went 3 days, then 4, then 5.

As I got further with my weight loss I got better at watching my diet, and making sure I was consciously eating. Tracking my foods and calories for me was the most important thing for my weight loss. If I could recommend only one thing for someone losing weight it would be to ‘track your food!’ I joined weight watchers at the same time I started back at my gym and that really helped keep me accountable. Moderation and portion control were things that I really had to re-learn. I wanted to really think and process about what I was eating but do it in a way that I never felt deprived of something. If I wanted a piece of cake I had it, but just not the whole cake, and not all the time. Now eating healthy has become a routine, and something that is a part of my everyday life.

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June 2013 was the month that I made a commitment to my health, my fitness and myself. It was the month that I returned to the gym and where my journey began. I took me about 9 months to lose 50 lbs! It was hard but it was so rewarding to meet my goal. My journey became about more than weight loss. I was able to see my strength and confidence improve and feel comfortable in my own skin for the first time in a very long time. I am 35 years old and I am in the best shape of my life. I feel like I have enough energy to keep up with my boys, and to set a good and healthy example for my family.

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