Something I haven’t written about much is my weight loss journey. For the longest time, I was embarrassed about my “before” pictures. Even though I no longer look like that, I was ashamed of the way I looked and had let myself get too! Throughout my teenage years and early adulthood I had relished in taking care of myself and being fit, but being pregnant and having children I had let myself slide. Even now I’ve got to my goal and overall I lost 63lbs, I find myself needing to find ways to stay on track and maintain my weight.
There are so many things I changed about my lifestyle once I finally decided to get fit and shed the baby weight. The biggest thing I did before starting this journey was to find my motivation. For me, i wanted to be able to keep up with my children, it’s a busy life on the farm and keeping track of three boys, so I decided I had to do something about it NOW, instead of after I’d finished having children.
One thing about being overweight that never occurred to me was what I thought was healthy eating wasnt really. I needed a lot of nutritional education and my PT really helped me with this. I just had no clue how to tell a good food choice from a bad one or which foods were better for you than others. Slowly I began to understand how sugar reacts in your body, how your body uses fats and protein, the benefits of certain exercises over others, the importance of stretching, and more.
Honestly, the hardest part about losing weight is just sticking to it. There are many times when I felt so hungry I could have eaten cardboard. But I stuck with it, tweaked my diet along the way so I didn’t feel deprived, and came out the other side feeling great and looking better than I ever thought I could after having three kids. I noticed along the way that I had a tough time sticking to my diet if I wasn’t properly hydrated. To help me keep track of everything I used MyFitnessPal.
I found creating mini goals in between my ultimate goal, helped with my mental state and feeling like I was achieving. First I wanted to get into a healthy BMI, then I wanted to get back to pre Seth and Hamish baby weight, then pre all babies weight and then wedding weight (where I am now). Surprisingly though, my body shape has had the most change, I weigh the same as I did on my wedding day, yet my wedding dress is too big for me right now!
Working out. I started doing two bounce (trampoline/rebound) classes a week. Eventually adding in one PT session too, each week. I also did 10 minutes every day of hula hooping at home and completed weight exercises at home each day too. The more active you are, the more calories you burn and as long as you don’t eat more, you will create a calorie deficit.
I’ve proven to myself that I can do it, which means I can do it again. Who knows I might even be able to have a fit pregnancy in the future too! If you have any questions for me, please let me know in the comments!