After I got pregnant with my first son. During my pregnancy I gained about 50-60 lbs. I was a stay at home mom, so even though I was busy at home I found myself eating all the wrong things and never getting out of the house for any reason especially not to exercise. I wanted to try to lose weight, and I lost a little, but then became pregnant with my second son and gained it all back and more! Again being a stay at home mom I thought I never had time to do anything other than raise my boys. I neglected my health while staying home with them which resulted in me just maintaining a weight of anywhere between 250-265.
NAME : Ashley
BEFORE WEIGHT : 265
AFTER WEIGHT : 161
POUNDS LOST : 104
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE? I stayed home all the time. I wanted to get out and do things. It I never could find clothes that fit, and we never had the extra money to buy any that did fit so I never got out. EVER!
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY? I, like many others, always make a New Years resolution to lose weight and get healthy. On this new year (2016) I meant it! I already had an instagram that I followed many weight loss pages and I would see their NATURAL results and would think to my self “why can’t I do that?..I CAN!”
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I followed many weight loss pages on instagram and tried to eat better as best as I knew how. I started by not eating anything processed or anything that came in a box! If it wasn’t fresh or at least something that was healthy frozen I didn’t eat it. And walking.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS? I started the mini crossfit class in march 2016 and my weight was 235. In June, when I started the meal plan, my weight was 222. As of the 3 week in December 2016 I am 161!!
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART? Just knowing that it’s a lifestyle change and NOT a DIET!! I knew I had to make time for it and not make excuses!
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING? Once I started seeing the results that was enough motivation for me to keep going!
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM? No
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT? Maybe 6 months
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES? My stomach shrinking.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? Actually, being a stay at home mom, I would have a coffee when I woke up which would fill me up to where I wasn’t hungry. Then I would be so busy through the day I didn’t eat until dinner. I didn’t even snack through the day. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t losing weight if I wasn’t eatin anything. I understand now that that was the reason! My metabolism was so slow through the day from not eating.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER? In march 2016 I started a speed, strength and agility class ( kinda like a mini crossfit). It was a free class in my hometown and you could bring your kids and there were things they could do too! ( as a stay at home mom that was heaven to my ears because it was always an issue finding a babysitter to get to the gym). When the class ended I started going to the gym. I try to go to the gym everyday. Sometimes I miss a day or two and I know that’s ok because I won’t let it get in my way of my success. Before I never done anything!! I didn’t even want to go outside and play with my kids.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Meal prep for the week
- Eat 5 small healthy meals a day
- Exercise daily! Whether at the gym or at home!
- Find support from family and friends
- Find something that gives you motivation and remember why you started