Here is her story…
“I am 31 years old and a mother of 4 beautiful kiddos (ages, 10, 10, 5, and 3). For as long as I remember I have considered myself “big boned” and seriously believed that I was just built bigger than other women. I had come to terms with that and found a way to be happy with my body at the time. Exercise and healthy eating was a foreign language to me too. I never really understood how it worked and I never gave 100 percent to finding out either. I have pretty much struggled with my weight since middle school.
My oldest 2 girls started to participate in a program called Girls on The Run last year (2011). They were learning about positive thinking, healthy food, and finding inner strength to overcome obstacles. Watching them finish their very first 5K last November was very emotional for me. I was proud of them but, mad at myself for not being able to (or wanting to) complete that first 5k with them. I stepped on the scale at the beginning of this year (2012) and was 221 pounds. I was mad that I let this happen. How did this happen? I didn’t even notice that I had put on that much weight. I still feel embarrassed at times even now after losing the weight! This year (2012) was going to be my year and I was going to take back my body and not let the chaos of my life to be my excuse. My mom was also diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time which was pretty hard for me to deal with emotionally. I wanted to make sure that I was doing everything I possibly could to be healthy and to be able to fight off anything that I could possibly have to deal with one day.
I started to do a little research on eating better and basically the first 2 months of weight loss for me was trying to figure it out. I started to add some cardio but, after a month I was not seeing any results on the scale or in the way my clothing felt. I got an e-mail from Groupon with an offer on Dustin’s bootcamps and decided to read a little more about Fit Moms For Life. I ordered the FMFL book and the Got Core video and started to put what I was reading in to action. I had to schedule myself to be at the gym 3 days per week after work just to make sure I went. My husband works nights so this was not always easy to do with all of my kids and then with my oldest 3 being active in sports and extracurricular activities after school. I decided that I was not going to give up my gym time though. I had spent the last few years worried about getting everyone else where they needed to be and never worried about how I was feeling or if I was taking care of myself. My 3 gym visits (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) each week consist of weight lifting and burst training. I spent the other days doing the Got Core video, playing Zumba on our Xbox Kinect with my children, and running. Sundays are usually my rest/cleaning days.
I used the My Fitness Pal application on my phone. Everything I ate, every time I worked out, every pound I lost I entered in to my daily journal there. I also spent a lot of time journaling in a notebook about how I was feeling or if there was anything particularly hard for me that day. I wrote personal goals for myself outside of just the obvious weight loss goal. Sometimes it would be something as small as: read a book with the kids every night this week or to get one room cleaned each night during the week. Other times there would be goals like: be able to do 50 pushups continuously in the next 90 days. These types of goals helped me to motivate myself and they also taught me that I can achieve almost anything if I put my mind to it.
I also started to run with my daughters this year (2012) when they started the Girls on The Run program again. This was to be their 3rd time running a 5K in this program and there was no way that I was going to let them do it again and just stand by as a spectator. I wanted to share that moment after crossing the finish line with them. I also wanted to be able to encourage and motivate them as we all ran together. I completed my second 5K to support Girls on the Run on November 10th with both of my daughters.
To date I have lost 67 pounds however, I am still hoping to lost another 10 to 15 pounds and am still working hard to tone my stomach. Now that I have lost most of the weight I do have a harder time staying motivated at times. I have found that by talking to others about my goals and challenges I face that I have been able to do a pretty good job still making it to the gym and eating healthy. There are people that tell me “you better not lose any more weight” or “you are too skinny”. I just have to remember that this is my journey to be a healthier me and what other people think does not matter. I can’t tell you how much losing this weight has changed my outlook on life. I have energy after work now! I don’t just sit on the couch and watch television any longer. I am able to control my emotions at home and work a lot better too. All of the extra energy I have now allows me to keep up with my energetic kids!”
Breakfast: yogurt, granola, berries (strawberries/blackberries/raspberries)
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich on whole wheat (onion, spinach, avocado or laughing cow cheese), Apple
Snack: Popcorn (plain)
Dinner: Grilled Chicken, Broccoli, half of a Sweet Potato
Breakfast: Oatmeal, Banana
Lunch: Salad (Spinach, Onion, Turkey, Walnuts, String Cheese, Vinagerette)
Snack: Apples and Peanut Butter
Dinner: Grilled or Baked Fish (Halibut, Cod), Asparagus, half of a baked Potato