Weight Loss Journey

(okay, I admit it, I am vain. I never took a photo of myself when I was overweight and when I did I conveniently had someone in front of me)

I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant with Mateo. He was a big boy. I am 5’2 so I felt every pound of the weight gain. The weight put too much pressure on my joints so it made it tough to be active and with two boys I knew I needed the energy to keep up with them. So after the recovery from my C-section I knew I had to get serious. I needed to be committed and discipline to lose this weight and I knew it would not be easy. I have been in several different weight loss programs over the years, i.e. South Beach, Weight Watchers, Fitness Pal, cleansings, etc… Two that really worked for me was South Beach Diet and Weight Watchers. South Beach is great to lose weight fast but it isn’t a long term lifestyle. So I combined that with Weight Watchers. What I like about Weight Watchers is you can eat whatever you want but in moderation. Moderation has always been an issue with me, I really enjoy food and love to go out to eat, who doesn’t right?

To jump start my metabolism and give my weight loss a quick boost, I started out doing South Beach for the first couple of weeks. It is phase one of the South Beach Diet. No bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and fruit. I ate a variation of egg dishes and turkey sausage, snacks were veggies, string cheese or nuts, salad or hamburger patty for lunch, salmon or chicken and veggies for dinner. South Beach allows you three meals, two snacks and a dessert each day.

After the two weeks, I joined Weight Watchers for the remainder of my journey. My husband and I would still go out to eat but we started sharing meals. That saves calories and money. I installed the WW app and used it to keep track of points, scan food and look up recipes for fresh ideas. I would splurge on the weekends by not counting points and eating more than normal but was faithful during the week and was still able to lose.

I also added exercise to my schedule five days a week. You don’t have to work out five days, you can do three to four days as well but for me it was about getting into the habit and it was easier to get in the habit if I did it more often. Since I have little ones and work during the day, the only available time I could work out is first thing in the morning at 6:30am. Only time I could count on both kids being asleep at the same time. Getting up that early took about a month to get used to but now my body automatically wakes up at that time, even on the weekends. Grrr!

I like a good variety in my workout routine so I do a different routine every day of the week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday is cardio and Tuesday and Thursdays are strengthening. I take weekends off from a structured workout but get enough exercise from walking, playing, and chasing my boys.

It wasn’t easy and there some days I was really hungry but I knew I needed to lose the weight to feel good again and keep up with my boys. So far I have lost 60 pounds and have way more energy and less aches and pain than I have had in a long time. So I just want to encourage you not to give up, that it is possible to attain your weight loss goal. If I can do it, any one can!