I am a first-time mother who has worked my way into BETTER shape than I was before my pregnancy. It has been a long process, but I am very proud to say that I have successfully shed the extra 25 pounds I had been carrying since the birth of my son in October 2009. What started in August 2010 as a frantic effort to lose weight and look halfway decent in a dress for an October wedding became an eight-month personal challenge.
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I was a smoker in a previous life. I gained 10 pounds when I quit smoking in May 2008, and then gained just over 40 pounds when I was pregnant with my son. After I delivered my child, I lost 30 pounds, but was still 20-plus pounds overweight. I was uncomfortable in my own skin, I was miserable as a new mom, and I was always jealous of how great and fit other new moms around my age looked and felt.
It’s been a long road, but I’ll continue with this healthy lifestyle. I love how I look, I feel great about myself, and I love the energy I have for my very busy toddler.
LIVESTRONG.COM was definitely a pivotal piece to my fitness puzzle ... and I found the Calorie Tracker, which was a huge lifesaver. I was able to track what I ate every day and how much I worked out. I began seeing progress in my weight, inches and BMI, and this kept me moving forward.
My Turning Point
I was unhappy with who I was and how I looked. At the end of the summer, I received a wedding invitation from a dear friend. It was at this point in time that I realized that not only did I have nothing to wear but I was embarrassed to see my old friends in my current form. I decided something must be done. I could no longer continue on this vicious, self-deprecating and self-destructive cycle of being overweight and being so depressed that I could do nothing about it. It was time for a change.
My Support System
My husband was, and continues to be, my biggest supporter. He’s my rock. My other family members cheer me on when they see me and are impressed with the physical and mental changes I’ve undergone.
How LIVESTRONG.COM Helped in My Journey
LIVESTRONG.COM was definitely a pivotal piece to my fitness puzzle. I don’t remember exactly how I even stumbled upon the site, but it must have been when I was searching for calories in a certain food, and I found the LIVESTRONG Calorie Tracker, which was a huge lifesaver. I was able to track what I ate every day and how much I worked out. I began seeing progress in my weight, inches and BMI, and this kept me moving forward.
My Biggest Challenge on the Road to Success
Staying motivated! My exercise of choice has been running and I have a love-hate relationship with this form of exercise. It continues to be very challenging to wake up and get my butt in gear every day, but I love the way I feel at the end of a run. I love that my body can carry me much farther than I ever imagined possible. And I love that I am in shape and can keep up with my toddler. I like the way I look now.
My Secret to Success That I Hope to Share With Others
I have two secrets. The first is always challenge yourself. If you aren’t constantly challenging yourself to eat better, run harder or be healthier, you won’t succeed. You are your own champion and your best inspiration. The other secret is that you need to give in to your food cravings. You aren’t perfect. No one is. And it’s foolish to believe you are. Make room in your daily allotment of calories to enjoy your favorite snack so you don’t feel as though you are punishing yourself.
LIVESTRONG.COM was one of the best tools used on my journey to success. I logged in daily for months. I downloaded the app for my BlackBerry. It was easy to monitor my weight loss. Seeing my personal graph on MyPlate declining over days and weeks really motivated me to keep going. I could see that I was making progress, which in turn motivated me even more. Now that I know what this life is like, I’m never going back to the life I used to live.