When I found out that my baby was going to be a boy (I really wanted a girl, I wanted my daughter to have a sister but instead she has 4 brothers), I went into depression and during pregnancy I just kept gaining weight. I couldn’t control my eating or my stress. Towards the end of pregnancy, I didn’t even want to look at the scale. Every appointment when I got weighed, I just looked away. I didn’t want to know what my weight was. I almost made it to the end, until one doctor told me the number while we were talking. It hit me hard, 163! I had gained 40 pounds. From that point on I realized that I couldn’t go eating whatever I wanted and just expect to not gain weight.
So I had my baby. I felt huge and was expecting him to be a bigger baby because I felt so big. But nope, he was tiny! Only 5 lbs 11 oz. So I had a lot of weight to lose. Here are a couple pictures of me three weeks after he was born. It was really hard for me to have pictures taken. I knew that I had to be in them because they were special occasions, my oldest son’s baptism and my baby’s blessing.
In May of last year I decided that I needed to control my sweets. So I gave up candy. And then in June when I ate a whole 1/2 gallon of ice cream in 24 hours, I decided it was time to give that up too. The reason why I chose candy and ice cream is because I absolutely love them. I can eat a whole bag of candy easily. Those two sweets are just bad for me. When it comes to cookies and cupcakes, I can usually have one or two and then I’m good. So I got rid of candy and ice cream. And haven’t eaten them since. It’s been hard but I can definitely feel a difference. I am going to do a full year without candy and ice cream, that’s my goal.
Then when my baby was 5 weeks I started to run. The first run was pathetic and so slow, but I got out there. I ran the whole summer, training for a half marathon. In three months I ran over 100 miles.
And that put me to October. I was feeling better but I could tell that the running wasn’t cutting it for me. I was down to 134 and feeling pretty good, but not like myself.
The sugar fast did the trick! I finally weighed myself and I pleased to see that I was actually under my pre pregnancy weight by 3 pounds! I was able to lose a total of 43 pounds!
I was able to lose the weight without ever going to a gym and taking care of my five kids. If I can find the time, you can too. My husband and I would put the kids to bed and then work out. Sometimes we would be working out with all five kids awake. They weren’t the best workouts but they were better than nothing.
Here are a few tips that I have to help with losing the weight:
-Find an exercise partner. It helps a ton to have someone to help you and push you. Chances are if you have someone counting on you to exercise with them, you are more likely to do it.
– Don’t make excuses. We are all busy. Find a time to just do it and exercise.
-Don’t buy the junk food that you absolutely love, because there is a good chance you will eat the other bag by yourself.
– Change up your exercise routine and diet.
– If you love sugar, then try out a sugar fast, even for just a week.
-Eating good is just as important as exercising.
-Control your snacking. Eat meals instead of just snacking all day.
– We all have days, weeks and months that life is just crazy. Too crazy to exercise. So don’t give up. Just get through those crazy times and when life settles down start up again.
-Drink lots of fluids (water!). Not only does it help hydrate, it also helps with cravings.
Now that I am down to the weight I want to be at, I’m not going to stop eating healthy and exercising. I am loving how I feel! I was exercising 5-6 days a week. Now I am going to do 3-4 days a week. And I am continuing to control my sweets intakes.
One of my favorite things about exercising is that it’s something that my kids can’t take away. You know when you clean the house and then five minutes later it’s a disaster again. At least when I exercise I feel like I accomplish something that day :).