My health and weight loss journey has been far from glamorous. It’s been long, with ups and downs, failures, and a lot of picking myself back up and trying again. I’m not here to tell you there is any one magic program, it’s all about finding a healthy lifestyle that works for you and learning to love yourself along the way.
In the first picture above (which physically pains me to share with the world) my youngest son was a year a half. I had actually gained weight since he was born, rather than losing it. It’s a horrible picture of me, but I don’t have many pictures of myself from that time because, like most people who are uncomfortable with their weight, I avoided the camera at all costs. This picture was taken at a bridal shower when I had no idea it was being taken, cue the horrified face emoji!
Later that year we moved across the country from Washington to New York. I used that change of pace to build new, healthier habits. I started my weight loss journey by counting calories and doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. (You can read my thoughts on counting calories here, and about why I love Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred here.) I used the My Fitness Pal app to track my calories and I was able to lose my first 30 pounds over the course of several months.
After losing my first 30 pounds I was tired of counting calories and started trying different methods of managing my weight, trying to find one that I could live with long term. Some of them have worked better for me than others. Some have been harder to stick to. Overall I’ve learned a lot from trying many different methods. (You can read my thoughts on all the different diet approaches I have tried here.)
Dealing with Set Backs
The last 20 pounds came off much more slowly (notice the 4 year difference from the first photo to the last). As a busy mom there are times where I can’t devote as much of my physical and mental energy to tracking my food. etc. (I’m hoping there are a lot of you out there that can relate to that!)
There was a year and a half of my journey where I actually gained some weight, rather than losing it. And you know what, that’s ok! You have to find a balance in life and you have to love yourself and be kind to yourself along the way. There are going to be times when there are just more important things going on in your life, and I’m here to tell you that’s ok! When things shift again you will be able to pick yourself back up and try again.
For me, I was dealing with my son being diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech and global apraxia. At the time I didn’t know what this meant for his future. I was stressed out, depressed, and spending most of my time driving him around to therapies. I was devoting every ounce of my energy (mental and otherwise) on doing everything I could for my kids. I didn’t have anything left to give, and honestly I just didn’t care about my weight.
Looking back, I’m proud of myself for having my priorities straight. Once things got better I was able to pick up where I left off. To date I have lost 50 pounds. In 2016 I became a certified personal trainer and I can honestly say that while I still love junk food, I also love working out and becoming stronger.
Where I’m At Now
Currently I’ve been using (and loving) Trainer Lindsey’s 6 Week Fit Body Challenge to attempt losing those last 10 pounds.
To anyone just starting out on their weight loss journey you can read my unbiased thoughts (complete with pros and cons) on every diet plan/lifestyle that I have tried, here. It’s a great starting point for figuring out which method might suite you best. Then set yourself some goals (read my post on setting SMART goals) and crush them!
Most importantly, remember to practice daily self care to take care of your mind and soul, and love yourself along the way! You will have setbacks. Just remember to be kind and patient with yourself.