4 years ago I was a healthy size. I fit into cute clothes, & even looked decent in a bathing suit. Fast forward 4 years, 3 pregnancies, & 2 children & it wasn’t pretty. AT ALL. Last year after Elliot was born I didn’t feel like myself. I felt overweight, gross, old, & lazy. I made a commitment to myself in January that this year I would get back to my pre-Jax size. Which was totally attainable since I wasn’t exactly tiny before I got pregnant. However, I did feel good at that weight & I wanted to feel that way again.
I began my new eating lifestyle in January. I have had many slip ups & have hit month-long weight plateau’s since. But I have lost a total of 45 lbs.
I am now down 2 pants sizes, & 2 shirt sizes. I feel like my closet is a department store now. Up until this year, I only wore 2 pairs of maternity pants, a few shirts, t-shirts, & a pair of yoga pants. Leggings even made me look awful. Now I fit into most of what I own & it feels SO good.
What have I changed?
No more processed food– I only eat clean now. I have a bite of sinful things here & there, but mainly I stick to oatmeal or granola for breakfast, salads with fruit for lunch, & fish or chicken with vegetables for dinner. I eat string cheese & nuts throughout the day. I crave fruit. I can’t get enough.
I move more– I go for walks with my kids or my sister, when I can. I work 9 hours a day so by the time I get home, it’s hard to fit 30-40 min of excercise in. Because of this, I do pilates on Netflix or the 100 Workout. Not sure what the 100 Workout is?
After doing this, I am sweating & my heart is racing. And it feels great! It’s a great way to get your heart rate up without having to leave your home.
I count calories– I keep it under 1200 cals a day. I never go to bed hungry. If I am starving, I eat a handfull of almonds or some fruit. It’s hard to keep my calories low during this time of the year because I have buckets of Halloween candy sitting around my house. I just have to keep my willpower up & remember how good it feels when I look in the mirror & acutally LIKE what I see.
I am not at the weight I want to be at yet. I still have a ways to go. However, since starting this life change, because that’s really what this is, I feel more like the old me. I want to leave the house & see people, whereas before I didn’t. I run around the house with my kids & can go all day because my energy level is so much higher than before.
I look forward to the second half of this journey because with every pound I have lost, the closer I feel to being the old Misty. I don’t feel like I am dieting…I feel like I am a new person with new eating habits & more aware of what I cook & snack on. It feels great to eat better & have so much energy. So to those moms who are struggling with post-baby weight, stick with it. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Start slow & you will see progress!