How I Got Started
I started working out consistently just over five years ago six weeks after my second child was born. After a very difficult delivery with my daughter, a real emergency c-section ( I wasn’t awake for…read more about that here), and dealing with a child with special needs I found myself at the heaviest I had ever been. Getting pregnant with our second didn’t help in the weight department, but a healing VBAC and the decision to take control of my body changed my life forever.
Testing Out The Water
It just started with working out. I didn’t make huge changes to my food intake other than having a Shakeology for breakfast. My original goal was just to “lose the baby weight”. As I began to lose weight and see real results, I began setting new goals. The results became addictive. I began doing more challenging workouts and pushing through the discomfort of burning muscles for “one more rep”. Pretty soon I began to change my eating habits and saw even better results. I was below my pregnancy weight, and I was pretty fit! For the first time in my life, I considered myself athletic. It seemed so easy. I was in a routine, and I didn’t understand why anyone else couldn’t do it.
Big Life Changes
Fast forward about three years and we learned we would be expecting baby #3. I stayed active the whole pregnancy. Just about every day I did workouts from my library of Beachbody programs from Turbo Fire, PiYo, T25, Insanity, and 21 Day Fix. Post pregnancy, I was super motivated to lose the baby weight and get back to my old body. I lost all the weight, but when baby #3 was six months old, we moved. We moved in the middle of the holiday season. I had to leave my home. Because we had to move, my daughter had to start a new school. That meant IEP meetings and new people working with her. Check out more of that whole experience here.
Figuring It All Out
It was a stressful time to say the least, and I found myself working out less and less (still a couple of times per week but not nearly like I had been) and eating whatever I wanted. My body started to feel the effects of the poor eating. I kept telling myself I wasn’t getting larger, but the scale and tape measure determined that was a lie. Getting back on track and focused was crucial, and I started The Master’s Hammer and Chisel – a body sculpting program.
Nutrition was still inconsistent and when you know what to do and you don’t do it, you feel like a hypocrite. I chose to change. When you’re not working to your full potential, you’re not going to have the type of success you want. You have to commit to something to see results and that includes your workouts and pushing as hard as you can because if you’re not, then it’s almost pointless if you’re goal is to make real and lasting changes. Same thing with nutrition. Yes, we all have bad days, but your good days have to outweigh those. I know how hard it can be.
The mental struggle is real, but you can push past all of that. If you can get it through your brain that you CAN do it, you will. The mind is a powerful thing! There have been small amounts of time, I’ve “let myself go” through the past year, but I’m determined to be the best version of myself each day. I will enjoy the holidays or special occasions, but I know that I can do this.
Here’s to a fit and healthy 2017!
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