When you have errands to run, homework to check, meals to cook and kids to kiss, taking care of yourself easily slides down to the bottom of your list of priorities. You recognize that it’s important for you to stay slim and fit, but it can be challenging to find time for workouts and healthy eating. Fortunately, you can lose weight by making a few simple changes to your daily routine-Meet Erica. She is like a lot of moms who have had children and was finding it almost impossible to lose the weight without help. Read her story below.
-Before having kids, I weighed around 115 pounds at 5-foot-3 and ate whatever I wanted. I was ‘skinny’ and never cared what I was doing to my body between yo-yo dieting and binge eating habits. I didn’t think I needed to work out either to stay-in-shape.
As a direct result of my poor habits, over 8 years, 2 kids, and 3 injury sustaining falls, I gained 100 pounds and couldn’t keep it off. When 2-1-5 flashed back at me from my scale, my heart sank. I was officially obese. Forget staying in shape, I couldn’t even walk up my stairs.
Admitting I Had a Problem
It was time to admit I had a problem and I needed help. I remember telling my OB that I couldn’t eat lettuce without gaining weight now. I’ll never forget his response.
‘Ah! That’s your problem.’ He said. ‘You don’t know how to eat right.’ He also noted my sedentary lifestyle, sitting behind a desk.
Dieting, Exercising, and Motivation
My unhealthy eating habits needed to go. The hardest was unlearning poor habits and avoiding the triggers that made me gain the weight back, like binging on Dorito’s while watching The Walking Dead. I knew I had to exercise, but this busy mom, business owner, and homemaker could not make gym time. I started working out at home for 10 minutes a day instead and gradually increased to 30 minutes a day. I use online fitness programs and vary my daily routine.
It took 1 year to lose 81 pounds! In addition to the weight loss, I gained a few things. I could not do this on my own. If it wasn’t for friends and family eating right and working out with me, I might not have tried most days. External motivation helps you succeed. I also learned I don’t need to weigh 115 pounds to feel good. I’m stronger, healthier, and happier than I’ve ever been.
It’s not just willpower, or a lack thereof, that makes us overeat and gain weight. Sometimes, it’s that sneaky bad habit you developed without even realizing it, like dashing out the door some mornings without breakfast, or munching chips in front of your favorite TV show. The next thing you know, one little bad habit can equal out to a lot of weight gain. The worst part is, you might not even realize what you’re doing to your diet. Erica is one of many that conquered those eating habits and made time throughout the day even when it didn’t seem possible. Everyone has the power to make a lifestyle change. It is not something that can be rushed or done overnight despite all the late night infomercials we continue to see about “10 day weight loss”. Erica made a lifestyle change–and that is the key to being stronger mental, physically, and spiritually.