My then 9 month old son, Zachary, was up all night long with a tummy ache, and as I heard him cry through the monitor I knew he needed me. As I went to get out of bed I felt like a metric ton weight was pushing me back and when my feet hit the floor I couldn’t even stand up without horrible pain. My first thought was “I must be really tired”, my second thought was ” enough is enough, I can’t live this way anymore”. I couldn’t even make it down the hall to my son with out being in pain. I’m 5’2″ and I was weighing in around 280+ pounds, wearing a size 24/26 in clothes. I knew that I never wanted to feel like I couldn’t get to my son. I knew that I never wanted to be the “fat” mom dropping off cupcakes to his Kindergarten class, and have all of the kids wonder how many I consumed on the way to the school. I knew I needed to do something and I needed to do it then. I’ll be honest, I had tried millions of times to lose weight and become healthy all just to lose a few pounds here and there only to gain back more each time. I did indeed do something, I lost 100 pounds from December 2008- December 2009! But the story doesn’t end there….I ended up gaining 40 pounds back from November 2012 – May 2013, and truly began to understand the meaning of LIFESTYLE CHANGE.
So What Now:
I’m working out EVERYDAY in some way, shape, or form. I have developed a fondness for running (2 time Half Marathon Finisher in 2014!) and I LOVE lifting weights. I have completely changed the way I shop for my family, as well as the way I prepare meals. We haven’t given ourselves any sort of “foodie or lifestyle” label, I do eat meat, I enjoy a well prepared steak, but I also love steamed veggies-chicken-fish etc. I have learned to love new foods; protein filled foods that fill me up and give me energy. I don’t count calories or weigh my food, I don’t starve myself or deny myself sweets or my beloved craft beer….. I simply LIVE but I do it in a Healthy, Mindful Way. I’m down 140+ pounds, wearing a size 4/6, and living life healthy and happy! While I’m not done, I’m not where I used to be…..Follow my journey as I continue to make healthy changes and do it all with a little Fun Fitness and Attitude!!