I know I’m not alone when I say, I’ve had epic diet and exercise failures in the past.
Childhood and Teenage Years.
As a child into my teenage years, I was involved in dance both competitively and recreationally. This was a fun way to be active as a kid. I was a picky eater. At that age it didn’t really catch up with me with all the moving around I was doing.
The College Years.
The freshman gain happened! Oh did it ever. I wasn’t active at all. My college program required a lot of sitting down, so I wasn’t really mindful of staying active. I was eating on a shoestring budget and junk food is much cheaper than healthy options.
In the fall of 2008 I bought my wedding dress for the following summer. In January of 2009, I tried it on to show my bridesmaids. There was NO WAY it would do up. I hadn’t even noticed that my eating had gotten so out of hand. I saw how large I was in photos and it was a wake-up call. I did a Weight Watchers program by myself. A good friend of mine had the resources, so I just followed them at home.
Weight Watchers was a huge success. I became mindful of what foods were good and what were bad. After 3 months of strict point counting, I stopped and just had a good sense of what I should be eating. I kept up with that well past our wedding date and I was rid of 30 pounds.
I was able to keep those 30 pounds off over the next few years with different gym memberships, boot camps and dance classes.
When we decided to have kids, I gave up. My mind went to a bad place. I kept saying to myself, “You’re gonna gain weight anyways, so why care?”. Big, big mistake. By the time I was 7 months pregnant with my first daughter, I was so large that I had trouble getting up. My body also decided to swell like crazy. It was not a comfortable experience.
After having my daughter, I tried the Weight Watchers point system again. I found that it no longer worked with breastfeeding. Man – do you ever get hungry. I decided to not be so hard on myself until I finished with the breastfeeding.
In February of 2014, I was finishing up with breastfeeding and I decided it was time to focus on me. I was about to head back to work and I needed to make some changes. This is when I discovered the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge. It changed my life! I started exercising 20 minutes a day. Once my body got used to that, I started to add onto my exercises so they were increasingly challenging.
I started to eat 5 smaller meals in a day. It made a huge difference. 3 large meals is just so hard on your body. 5 smaller ones kept my energy levels up throughout the day.
Fast forward to January of 2015 and I was at an extremely healthy weight and I felt amazing. I had just found out I was pregnant but I was going to do things differently this time around. I was going to continue with my workouts (modified of course) as long as my pregnancy would allow.
September 23rd, 2015 at 5:30 a.m., I was working out and felt my first contraction. I realized it was really labour by 6:00 a.m. 3 hours later we welcomed a little girl. I’ve included a photo of me 3 days before having my second daughter. Workout gear and all!
At 7 weeks postpartum with my second daughter, I went back to my original Bikini Body Mommy workouts. 7 weeks without them was pure torture (but needed for recovery). That first week I could barely walk up and down the stairs. But I kept with it and was back into my routine in no time.
Here I am 11 months later and going strong. I’ve increased my workout difficulty and length to keep up with my ever-changing needs.
Being healthy makes me a better mom and a better role model for my two amazing little girls.