If you’re like me, when it comes to the new year, your resolution is to lose weight or get healthy. Every year since I was 18, this was my resolution. When I graduated high school, I was 180lbs, engaged and starting college. Even at this weight, I thought I was fat. As I got comfortable in my relationship, started eating and not working out, the weight slowly crept up. When it got closer to my wedding in May 2006, I remember the seamstress telling me to stop losing weight because every fitting she had to bring the dress in. At that point, I was exercising 5 days a week and watching my eating. I was probably around the 200lb mark. When I look at my wedding pictures, I look healthy, not fat.
Fast forward a year and a half, I was pregnant with my first child. I was 220lbs which slowing crept up to 280, thinking I could eat whatever I wanted. My weight slowly dropped back to 254 when I started working out 5 days a week at the gym and 2 days a week with a trainer. I was ready to lose the weight. I kept track of my calories, ate whatever I wanted and slowly lost 35lbs. At 219, I felt strong, fit, and happy to see my reflection.
Lo and behold, I got pregnant with my 2nd child. I stopped working out and ate what I wanted. The weight crept up to 265 when I gave birth. Since I was breastfeeding, I figured that gave me a reason to eat what I wanted since I was burning more calories. She nursed for 2 years and my weight went down to 240. As soon as she stopped shortly after her 2nd birthday, I found out I was pregnant with my 3rd.
With my 3rd pregnancy, I was determined not to gain a lot of weight. I watched what I ate and started to moderately exercise. I only gained 35lbs with him. He was a 10lb baby so I lost at least 15lbs after I got home. That weight found its way back to 275lb when I decided to start taking action. I wasn’t going to wait 4 years to get healthy again like I did with my first.
On September 18th, I decided enough was enough. I wasn’t making any more excuses why I couldn’t work out. My excuse was mostly, I didn’t have time, which a lot of people can relate to. I decided to make time, usually when my husband came home. At first, I thought I can do this than after a few days it started slipping away. I wasn’t pushing myself like I was before, making excuses, I don’t have the time or I’m too tired.
I’ve always used MyFitnessPal to log my calories and every few months I would adjust my goal. Some days I would go under and others I was over. I started researching programs to do that would keep my attention and help push me. I had used DailyBurn in the past but my excuse was always I’m too tired to do this or didn’t push myself to the extent I needed. We have a Wii so I was doing Just Dance, making use of the Cardio or Cheerleader Extreme Sweat Sessions. After a few weeks, I grew tiresome of it and my motivation started lacking.
After checking Instagram and seeing other peoples progress, I started looking at Beachbody on Demand. The last few years I’ve always checked the program out, afraid to make the commitment. Almost 2 weeks ago I decided to make the jump and purchased the program. It has been the best decision I’ve made in a long time. I started Clean Week to get me warmed up, flexible and used to squats, lunges, and weights. After Clean Week, I was going to jump into 21 Day Fix. There will be a separate blog on the program after completion sharing before/after pictures along with measurements. I am a week in and feeling good, excited for the next week. I’ve already made plans to what I want to do next as they are always coming out with new programs to follow and meal plans.
Here’s to jump-starting my New Years’ resolution so come January, I have a fresh start to kicking more weight, becoming stronger and loving myself.