Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Transformation Tuesday: My Story, Part 1

Oye. 

Where do I begin?

Well, let's just say that a few years ago, I decided I was tired of being "chubby". No wait. Let's be real. I was fat. Looking back. I was F-A-T. 

You might be thinking - "why is she body shaming?" 


Well, in two words - THE TRUTH. There's no hiding it. I was a plus-size wearing, never wanting to hit the gym, and lazy as all heck girl. 

Need proof that this active mama was once not too proud of her body?
I promise you my friends. That was me. That was me back in 2009 on a trip to Sea World with my boyfriend at the time (he is now my husband). Yikes. Just looking at this picture makes me cringe. It makes me want to jump up and go to the gym. 

So how did I do it?

Weight loss pills?
Surgery?
Detox and cleanses?
Simply not eating?

None of those! 

Trust me. The weight didn't come on quickly and it didn't come off quickly either. It was a process. A slow and steady process that I took one day at a time. One pound lost at a time. 

The process started by going to the gym and meeting with a personal trainer. This personal trainer did all sorts of measurements on me. Weight, body mass index, heart rate, etc. My numbers were well above where they should be. We designed a workout schedule and a few personal training sessions to get me going so I would feel comfortable with exercising. Trust me. You can't just jump on the treadmill and run 10 miles when you're overweight. 

I started looking online for healthy recipes and went to the grocery store and bought lots of fresh vegetables and fruits and lean meat. 

Slowly but surely with eating right and exercising the weight started to come off. Sure, there were days when I stepped on the scale and the numbers didn't go down. But it's not always about the numbers. It was about feeling better, being healthier, and knowing that I was taking care of my body. 

So where am I today? Well... I went from one extreme to the other - meaning I started off very overweight (211 pounds) and at one point, got down to a measly 97 pounds (yikes I know... I went too far with exercising). But right now, even almost a year after having a baby, I'm healthy. Sure I eat cookies - (those lemon sugar cookies) and I have wine throughout the week (#wineme is my motto during stressful weeks). But my weight is at 138 right now and I think I look healthy. Yes, I'm still going to the gym when I can make the time to do so - mainly on the weekends!


 Last weekend as I was 
heading to the gym!

So stick with my Transformation Tuesday series to learn about my progress through stories, recipes, and photographs so you can see that YES! You can lose weight and transform yourself in a healthy way.

Please note: I am not a dietician, nor a personal trainer. This is just my story on how I became healthier and more satisfied with my body image by eating more nutritious foods and working out at the gym regularly. Please consult your doctor before you start any new fitness routine or significant change in your diet to make sure you are meeting your body's nutritional requirements.
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19 comments

  1. I loved reading about your experiences with losing weight- I completely agree with your philosophy of weight loss and believe this is the ONLY healthy way to effectively do so. Congratulations on your success- I'm trying to lose my last 15 pounds of baby weight and had struggled with my weight in the past. This post affirmed what I need to do! Thank you.

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    1. I'm glad you found it helpful! :) I'll be posting tips and other ideas on Tuesdays! Good luck mama, you can do it!

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  2. Great job! I have recently got back to a healthy place after having 3 babies and am trying to encourage my husband to do the same. It is a journey, but an important one. You look fantastic!

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    1. Thank you! At first, I was all like "why bother" since we do want a second baby some day... but then I realized how fantastic my first pregnancy was because I was so in shape! :)

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  3. This is incredible!!! 138 is an awesome weight! 138 after being 211 is mind blowing!!! I'm down 6 lbs and have just over 15 to go to reach my goal weight. It is definitely a slow and steady process. Great post!!!

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    1. Slow and steady is *key* to KEEPING the weight off. Anything drastic means it'll just come right back on! Keep going! :)

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  4. so proud of you! slow and steady wins the race.
    Cynthia @craftoflaughter.com

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  5. Holy smokes!! 97 lbs?! Honey, how tall are you? Goodness, I'm so happy you found your happy weight. My story is similar to yours. I was a little over 210 once and got down to 126 with diet and exercise. I'm currently 150 and working to return to at least 135. Your story is awesome and so inspiring. Good for you!!!

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    1. I'm 5 feet! I got a wee-bit too skinny, but I fixed it! :)

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  6. I love this! Thanks for sharing your story. What an inspiration. I love how you're keeping things in perspective and just being realistic. Hitting the gym everyday is hard. Doing what you can everyday to make better choices is much more doable.

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  7. Wow, that is amazing! Way to go lady and kudos for doing it the hard work, healthy way!

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  8. I think you look awesome! I'm excited to follow your posts. I am going through a healthy, weight loss journey right now. It is hard work, but worth it. Thank you for sharing your story and pictures too.

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    1. I think it's so important to show pictures. I cringe when I see pictures of myself at my heaviest but it's motivation. Kinda like I forced my husband to take the rest of the homemade cookies to his office this morning. I can't have them in the house!

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  9. you are such an inspiration and I enjoyed reading about your journey. Keep it up girl, you look great and healthy!

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