Welcome to Get Fit Friday where I'll be talking about what I've learned about getting fit after having children. I'll let you in on how to start and what helps me stay on track. I'll also share how to fit work-outs into your busy mom schedule.
I'd like to start with my story and why I decided to change my eating habits. I had always been overweight, even as a child. But as a child, it never bothered me. As I got older, turning into a teenager, I started to be more and more self conscious about how I looked and especially about how much I weighed. That's when I discovered "crash dieting". Basically, I would eat very very few calories everyday. Sometimes only a can of tuna and some crackers, but it worked! I was finally losing weight.. and fast! But, I also was very weak, very sleepy, moody and depressed. The lack of nutrition was taking a toll out on my body.. my mind.. I wasn't myself. Around this time I had met my future husband, Jacob. He made me happy again and I started back eating everyday. I graduated high school May 2008 and a month later on my 18th birthday we moved from Mississippi to New Mexico.
Two months later I found out I was 6 weeks pregnant! We were ecstatic!
As time went on, Jacob was working close to 14 hours a day and I was alone a lot of the time.. in this new place.. in a new state. I didn't know anyone, I didn't have a drivers license, I stayed cooped up in our house all day. Everyday. Alone. I turned to food for comfort. Of course I could just lose all the weight after I have the baby right? Wrong. We moved back to Mississippi and I gained 70 pounds from that pregnancy. Here I was, with the sweetest, most beautiful 8lb 15oz baby girl yet, still miserable.
A few months later I had lost all 70 pounds... through crash dieting. But soon after, I started eating again and the weight packed back on. I decided I wasn't going to weigh myself. The scale was making me miserable.
February 2012 I had gotten sick. Very sick. I had a UTI that I left untreated and it turned into Pyelonephritis, which can be life threatening. I ended up in the emergency room where they weighed me. I wasn't prepared to see that number. I wasn't. But there it was. 190. How did this happen? How did I gain 40 pounds in 3 years? At that moment I felt more sick about that number than I did with a UTI. It was time for a change. I had to figure out a way to lose weight and keep it off because crash dieting just wasn't the answer.
I searched and read. Pinterest.com's Health and Fitness section became my addiction. That's when I found this picture...
Taralynn Mcnitt. My inspiration. My motivation. If she could do it, then so could I!