Well, it all started about 2 years after having my oldest son Avery. I was 126 lbs, which is about 16 lbs over my normal weight, and for somebody at my height, 4’10”, I wasn’t healthy. I know this may not seem like a lot to some, but it wasn’t just about my weight. My mind was in an unhealthy state. I was doing things that just weren’t “myself” on top of working 12 hr night shifts at a hospital. And for anyone that works night shifts knows to stay up, what do you do? SNACK. I was ordering medium pizzas, and would literally finish the whole pizza by the end of my shift! It just wasn’t healthy! I think I finally came to the realization that this is not how I want to live my life when I stepped on a scale one day and probably within a week I went from 122 lbs to 126 lbs. Literally, 4lbs in a week… I had to stop! Never in my life have I ever been that unhealthy. I went from playing basketball and doing cheerleading in high school to being a full-time college student and working mom, and honestly being active was the last thing on my mind. But then I realized that if I didn’t take care of myself, how was I going to be able to take care of Avery, and that’s how I found my “bounce back” motivation.
The first month was crucial; it was basically just changing my eating habits, and its how I lost my first 9-10 lbs. When it comes to healthy eating, I think it’s important to know how your body reacts to certain foods, and for me it was cutting the carbs and sugar. So every me I ate instead of having carbs I would replace my carb with more veggies or protein. But, like I said… do what works for you! After that first month is when I officially felt the energy to begin exercising to get the rest of my weight down to my goal weight. The only two things I did were running and yoga. I worked my way up to running 2 miles about 3 times a week or whenever I felt like it really, but what really toned me up was vinyasa yoga. This is where I fell in love with exercise, and I was good at it too! Don’t get me wrong, it took me a while to get where I was with my yoga, but it was a full body exercise, and I loved it because it was relaxing. It wasn’t a strain and I didn’t have to think about what I was doing like weight lifting or regular exercises. It was a flow with controlled breathing, and I could literally just “let go”, and let my body do the work for me. I started with simple beginners videos on youtube, learned the positions, and when I got good created my own flow. After about 4 months… I was finally HAPPY and HEALTHY!
Now, let’s fast forward to today. Boy have things changed since then! I just had my third kiddo in January, and unfortunately another c-section, and boom after so many years of being healthy I had felt like I was back where I started in 2012. I was back to thinking when am I going to have the time to get back into shape while working full-time, taking care of my family, and now in graduate school! Don’t get me wrong, I started off ok as far as exercising, but I wasn’t consistent with my eating habits. Pizza or Chinese because I’m too tired to cook. Ice-cream because I had a hard day, and I’ve earned it. Chick-fil-A because I’m out running errands with the kids. It was just all wrong! My heart was in the right place, but my mindset wasn’t right. Instead of focusing on what I could and should be doing, I was focused on what I couldn’t do. The past two weeks I have finally realized that I needed to switch my mindset on how I approach my health. The truth is everybody has lives, and it’s unrealistic for me to get in 1+ hours of working out, so I take what I can get, but EAT CLEAN and have a cheat meal (not day) every so often.
I plan on keeping updates of my journey as I go through the process of getting back into shape. Keeping a journal gives me motivation to keep going until my goal is reached, and hopefully I can continue to go further. Below is a picture of my progress so far. The picture to the left is the month I was able to begin exercising after my third c-sections in March 2019, and the right was taken the last week of July 2019. 🙂