I have never really been a person that struggled with my weight. I was always a curvy girl, but never chubby or fat. In college I was in a sorority and my sisters and I went to the gym all the time to work it…it was just a social thing that we did. I ate whatever I felt like, drank whatever I felt like, and looked awesome.
And then I got pregnant.
The day I got pregnant is the day that my metabolism went out the window. When I got pregnant with Noah I weighed 125-130 lbs. I’m also 5’0, so before you think “that’s so tiny” it really isn’t TINY on such a small frame. But, it was healthy and I looked great. When I gave birth to Noah I weighed 185. Noah was born by c-section, so it was a longer recovery and I couldn’t work out for about 3 months after he was born.
When Noah was 6 months old I was down to 135 and a size 8/10. I was happy with that.
When Noah was 9 months old I got pregnant with Peyton. By the time Peyton was born, I weighed 200 lbs. And it was KILLING my body. I ached, I had heart problems from putting so much weight and stress on such a tiny body…it was awful. Peyton was also a c-section. 6 weeks after Peyton was born I realized that bouncing back from a c-section is 100x different than a natural birth. First of all, the scar tissue in your stomach is out of control. If you’ve never seen a c-section, let me enlighten you. Two people stand on each side of you and pull your abdominal muscles apart. Seriously. If you expect things to go back to normal after that then you’re crazy. Sure, some women look like a million bucks after a c-section but that is not the norm. In addition to your abs being ripped apart, all of the nerve endings in your stomach are severed. I couldn’t feel a crunch until Peyton turned 6 months old. There was nothing of my nerve endings left in my stomach. So, ab work was useless.
Needless to say, my body is a trainwreck. I also breastfed both of my kids, so my hormones have been going crazy…… I got pregnant, breastfed Noah, weaned Noah, immediately got pregnant again, breastfed Peyton, and am weaning Peyton. Up, down, up, down, up down…..no wonder weight loss is so hard for me! I’m very much ready for my body’s hormones to regulate so I can get it together. As a lot of you know, when you breastfeed you have to make sure you eat enough calories in a day to produce breastmilk…you really can’t cut calories and ensure your baby is getting enough to eat. So, there was that too. But now I’m done breastfeeding and ready to get serious about losing weight!
When I started working out in August I went GUNG HO. I was doing fitness classes every single day at the gym, sometimes 2. Bodypump, Zumba, Spin Class, swimming laps, Aqua Zumba…insane. And I was losing pretty decently…but I was also exhausted. It was way too much for me.
At the beginning of November I changed my schedule. I started running 3 miles a day 4 days a week, and then doing weight work 2-3 times a week (not on my own..it’s a class called BodyPump. It’s intense, look it up). My husband runs with me, which has been awesome, and we take our littles to the YMCA childwatch while we run. I’ve been losing pretty decently! I still have about 15 lbs to go to get to where I’m happy. And a few pants sizes. My main focus is not BEING SKINNY. My focus is being HEALTHY for my kids and SATISFIED with the way that I look for myself. You can be skinny and be unhealthy. My goal is to be FIT and HEALTHY! I’m well on my way. While a year and a half ago I weighed less than I do now, I couldn’t run a mile without keeling over. Right now I can regularly run a 5k in 32 minutes. It CAN be done! You can do it too!
Diet has been another area I’ve struggled with. I eat what my husband eats. While it’s normally healthy food, the portion sizes are WAY too much. Way. Too. Much. So lately I’ve been working on eating half of what he eats. We eat a lot of unprocessed food, but there can be too much of a good thing! We’re rice people. We eat rice with everything. So, working on portion control with our starches is something we’re in the process of. I also HAVE HAVE HAVE to have a soda in the morning. I only drink 1 a day, but I need that caffeine to survive!
So, that’s my story. I was hot once. And I will be hot again!!
**On the Facebook page for this blog we’ll be doing a weight loss challenge. From now until March 1, we’ll log our weights weekly, our pants sizes monthly (because if you’re doing weight training your weight might not necessarily go down, but you’ll drop pants sizes!), and nightly we’ll chat about what we’re eating for dinner and what type of workouts we did that day. There may even be a prize for the person that loses the most/drops the most sizes by March 1! Come join us…it’ll be fun!**