For as long as I can remember, I’ve always struggled with my weight and getting fit. I’ve been on every diet plan imaginable it seems but nothing ever stuck. I honestly can’t remember a time where I didn’t shop in the plus size section of a clothing store. Each time my husband and I decided to try and have a baby, I tried losing weight. But when I became pregnant with my twins, I was at my highest weight ever and I couldn’t believe that I would have to gain even more weight with the pregnancy. I gained only 30 pounds but of course I was now at a weight I never imagined myself being at.
A combination of breastfeeding, working out and watching what I ate allowed me to lose 25 pounds within a few months after having my twins. I knew that I had to lose more weight but it wasn’t until one moment that kicked my butt into gear. I was standing in the mirror picking apart my body and telling my husband how unhappy I was with how I looked and felt when my six year old son asked why I was so unhappy. He started asking me questions about why I didn’t like my body and what could I do to make myself like it. If my son could be that aware of my poor body image, how would my twin girls absorb it in a few years when they were his age?
It was shortly after that moment that I realized I had to get serious about losing weight and getting fit for the most important people in my life – my family. I wanted to lead by example and be a good role model for my kids. I wanted them to look back at their childhood and remember a Mom who was active with them and who made good food choices – while of course having some treats too!
The first thing I did was concentrate on cutting the processed food from my diet. I cut out the carbs and sugar from my diet and couldn’t believe how much better I felt. I had more energy and was more clear-headed throughout the day. I was losing weight from just cutting carbe along but when I hit a stall, I knew that I had to start working out to help me in my journey of getting fit for my family and myself.
The first time I started working out, I could only do the elliptical for 10 minutes and the treadmill for 30 minutes. I was pretty embarrassed and didn’t want to go back to the gym, but I pushed myself to keep trying. Pretty soon, I had worked myself up to 45 minutes on the elliptical and over an hour on the treadmill. I added on doing some weights and working out has given me even more energy and helped me to lose more weight and inches.
I considered my health journey a success when a few weeks ago I told my son that I was headed to the gym to exercise and he asked if he could do something with me. He had been exercising at school by watching a video on the computer and he wanted me to do it with him. I was excited that I was finally leading by example. My next goal is for the whole family to participate in a 5K together or do some other activity that keeps us moving.
I’ve got a long way to go – still about 75 pounds to lose until I’ll be at a comfortable weight and I’m sure there is no way I could run a 5K right now. But I’m happy that I decided to make the change to be a better role model and git healthy for my family and myself.
What are some things you do to stay healthy and active with your family?