And because I’m always the one behind the camera, here is a post about me. Self-centered, right? Maybe. Rarely can I say I’m proud of myself for a certain accomplishment or achievement…. I’m “proud” of my kids, and my husband, but I don’t believe that it had anything to do with me being incredibly awesome or anything. I’m still not even sure if I agree with being “proud” of accomplishments as everything we do is the work of God in us, but that’s another post for another time.
Today, though, I’m feeling proud of my journey to becoming a fit, active, and health-conscious person. I wasn’t in a very good place -physically- after having Liam and I gained a bit too much during my pregnancy with him. I let myself go – I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, and however much I wanted because I was “eating for two”. Not exactly the best pregnancy motto. Almost 40 pounds later (I had an additional 10 lbs that I never lost after Kenzie), and I was thinking to myself, “I’ll lose most of it just by having Liam”.
Well, little Liam arrived and only 15 pounds came off. Sure, breastfeeding helped a little and I slowly lost a few more in the following months, but I was at a standstill and it had been more than 3 months. You may think that that’s not enough time to lose “the baby weight” but please remember prior to having Liam -and even Kenzie- I was a very active person. I’ve always been an active person. I love sports and played baseball and soccer as well as frequenting the gym 4-5 times a week. I was running and walking before I got pregnant with Kenzie, and after I had her I just kinda gave up.
I knew I had to do something after I had Liam I just didn’t know how to go about it. So with the help of my awesome friend, Michelle, I downloaded the MyFitnessPal app on my iphone and began tracking my calories daily. I started doing Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred DVD 5-6 times a week and I instantly started to feel better. That was the key. I FELT better. I wasn’t getting a whole lot of sleep in the beginning with Liam, but after getting that 30-minute workout out of the way in the morning I could last the whole day without feeling like I needed to crash.
The pounds started to come off, I was eating so much healthier, and I started to look and feel better about myself. I started walking with the kids, pushing almost 70 pounds with them both in the stroller, and I graduated to Jillian’s Ripped In 30.
It’s been almost a 7-month journey (I resolved to start January 1st) and I’ve officially lost 20 pounds. What a feat! It hasn’t been easy, there have been literal ups and downs (on the scale and in my mood!) but I have made it to my ultimate goal and I am P-R-O-U-D today. Looking back I NEVER thought I could do it, and each day it was a choice I made to eat well, and get in 30-60 minutes of exercise each day. There were days I wanted to quit and just forget about it, but I’m so glad I kept going and that I had friends (and a super-supportive hubby) who helped me to achieve my goals.
I am hoping this also prepares me for a potential future pregnancy (DV) and gets me in the right mindset to be healthy and active throughout so as not to get to that dark place again.
Sorry for the book…. I didn’t think it would get to be this long! 🙂