Friday, June 28, 2013

Get Fit Friday Week 1

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.'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!

I started counting calories with an app on my phone, I started eating better foods, and I started exercising. I was even running everyday! I would have never thought in a million years I would RUN. Four months later I was 30 pounds lighter and MUCH happier! I was on the right track for once in my life.

One month later, I got pregnant again! I was extremely happy but at the same time I was very nervous. I didn't want to gain 70 pounds like I did last time. I told myself I did NOT want to go over 200lbs with this baby. I didn't want to gain more than 40 pounds. I didn't want to be at an unhealthy pregnancy weight.

I ate a lot healthier with this pregnancy. Of course I had to have a little bit of junk food a few times a week but for the most part I tried to stay on track. I did much more exercising this time also. The day I went in to have my baby boy, I was 199. I gained 39 pounds. I was so proud of myself. Hours later, my sweet little handsome 8 pound baby boy was here. I was on top of the world.

Here I am, 2 months later and 10 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Getting back on track has been a little tough but I'm working on it. I'm still not at my ultimate goal weight, which is 140, but I'll get there in time with determination.


MotherhoodLooms said...

That's amazing! My problem is that I've yet to find my motivation that will really keep me going with doing the work. I've put back on 40 pounds since last summer when I was at my lowest weight since pregnancy.

Nikki said...

Sounds like you're doing awesome! I have a hard time staying motivated. I think I want it to happen too fast, and I get easily discouraged when it doesn't.

Trista Laborn said...

Sounds like your doing great! Keep it up!

Natasha said...
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Natasha said...

Hopefully reading your posts will motive me to get moving more. I too am trying to loose ten pounds at least! My son is 3 1/2 months old and before he is one I want to be at 140. It seems like I am stuck at 152! Any ideas to help me out? :)

Michelle and Lakeon said...

Motherhoodlooms and nikki, you two are right. Keeping motivation is tough! You have to really want it and tell yourself I WILL DO THIS. You'll be happier and healthier in the long run.

Thank you Trisha! :)

Natasha, I know all too well what you mean. It's hard to find time to get exercise with little ones. My youngest is 2.5 months old and my oldest is 4. Are you wanting to eat healthier or just figure out ways to fit in some exercise while eating the same?


Kristen said...

I am on a similar journey. I started running a few months ago and it has really helped me lose the 50 lbs I gained with my second baby. I am below my pre-pregnancy weight and am focusing on building up my fitness level. I just created a linky for my Weekly Run Report. If you have a post about your weekly exercise please come link up.