Goal: Manage Weight
Result: Lost 13.4 pounds
With the start of a new year, a new baby at home and a lot of excess weight, I decided it was time to take control of my horrible eating habits and get fit for life. When I returned to work, after three months of staying home with my newborn, I decided that I wanted control over my body and health. I also wanted to be an example to other mothers, to let them know that they can have kids and the body they've always wanted. I decided to take the Body-for-LIFE Challenge.
At first it was difficult because I LOVE SWEETS. Being addicted to sweets is no laughing matter. I could, and would, eat sweets everyday in very unhealthy portions! Anything from cake to cookies, candy, flavored coffee, and more... I was out of control. Getting this under control was my first task.
Although I thought it would be very difficult, it wasn't. I owe this first success, all to my husband and kids. Every time I thought about eating sweets, I would pray for my family instead. I prayed for their health and salvation. When I looked at the big picture and realized I could choose between momentary satisfaction or my family's well being, there was really no question.
The next big hurdle was eliminating excess carbs. I started to eat oatmeal and eggs in the morning, EAS protein shakes for snacks, and protein and veggies for lunch and dinner. My weight immediately began to drop.
I needed to succeed. So I made a choice that I wasn't going to use my children or newborn as excuses to hold me back from accomplishing my weight-loss goals. I didn't want to be the mother and wife who said, "I just had a baby and I just can't seem to lose all the weight I gained during my pregnancy." Instead, I wanted to be the mother and wife who says, "Look at what I have accomplished in only three months. You can do it too!"
I wanted to set an example for my children and other mothers around me that it is possible to accomplish weight-loss after pregnancy. I believe it is a choice to be fit and healthy. It takes discipline to choose this path, especially when those around you, or those who influence you heavily, are not making the same healthy choices.
* BODY FOR LIFE fitness goals vary by person, but through proper diet, resistance training and aerobic training, the BODY FOR LIFE program may help you achieve yours.
Individual results may vary.