Welcome to the LAST of the small series of this week! You can check out the other posts here:
and now Weight loss!
I will not shy away I was about 45 pounds from 400 pounds when I went in to give birth to my son.
I am now only a few pounds shy of losing 100 pounds since then. I’ve been STUCK on these last few for about five months.
The weight melted off my first month as a mom, I lost 9 pounds the first week, 15 more before my two weeks check up and by five weeks at my last check up- I lost all my pregnancy weight and MORE.
I thank breastfeeding for a metabolism, and weight loss. I did struggle with overeating, but it was balanced foods.
Here is the thing. I have never felt healthier than I have post pregnancy.
Five rounds of whole30, running 10 miles a week give or take, and chasing my kiddo everywhere; I have not felt this good in a decade.
My mother in law and I were visiting when I was home in March, and she told me I just looked healthy. It was just something I did not realize! I honestly do look healthy if you look at skin, hair, and I have changed my body a lot. The weight thing just started to weigh on me more and more; I began to research heavily into weight loss surgery.
Weight and health
I mean I was HUGE before giving birth, but I lost more than my pregnancy weight within the first month. I am just on the winning side of my weight loss journey for the first time since college. We have completed five rounds of Whole30, changed everything on how we view food, and I enjoy working out a few days a week.
I have been off blood pressure medications since giving birth, and I have been on those for years!
I don’t take ANY medications to manage my PCOS, but you can see here what I am doing naturally to help with my symptoms.
If I weren’t on a thyroid medication, I would be med free and healthier than ever on record too. Healthy blood pressure, and only occasional cycle related blemish here or there. No cystic chronic scarring acne that I have had since Jr. High School.
I feel great, and I am finally satisfied on not chronically chasing that after picture. Speaking of, if you did not catch this post from Authentically Emmie, please go check it out. It is important for everyone to read, and inspired me further. I will be 100% here- I was always against the “It’s ok to be plus size” movement. Not that I wanted others to hate their body or try to achieve a photoshopped body’s- No.
For me, I just knew I was not healthy at my weight, and if accepted it I would be jeopardizing my health and life- why would we promote not trying to lose weight. I have not felt that way since getting to get off most of my medications and having more regular cycles. The two things that meant health to me then. I know people may not agree with me, its just how I felt then.
Goals and future
So I think I have moved on for now from weight loss surgery idea, and just going to go on feeling healthy and keep making changes I enjoy.
It makes so much difference not to be Whole30 – because I always felt GUILT every time I had a condiment or something with a non-compliant chemical. EVERYTHING that is not budget friendly is full of chemicals. So it got to be frustrating because I am just not going to eat fresh fruit, meat, and veggies only. I need variety and balance.
We do not buy gluten products, and still, do not do dairy outside the occasional yogurt or frozen custard from the little place in town.
I know it sounds like we are on the bandwagon, but after five whole 30 rounds, we found those two groups ( you get rid of legumes sugar, and more ) are the ones that really mess us both up. Are we 100%? Nope. Keeping an 80/20 where we strive for 100% and settle for 80. To find this kind of balance is so foreign to me. To still be eating so healthy, and enjoy it! I honestly wouldn’t change a thing.
There is enjoying it, no other option accepted any longer. Working harder and restricting more would get me results, but I would get in my head, and I know I would find myself sabotaging and binging.
So do I have a weight loss goal? Nope.
Do I have health goals? Yes!
Currently starting up week 2 tomorrow with my training plan for running 13.1 miles on the Vegas Strip in November! Last week my miles were dismal as far as speed, but they got done, so that is all that matters to me.
I am going to try to get to the gym once a week to lift and work to do body weight exercises at home or the playground when my son is playing.
So That is my story! I know a lot of bloggers I follow are on weight loss success or restarts, or even just being content like Emmie above. I think it is normal, and I appreciate their open, honest posts. It is not easy for everyone, and I know personally some days I wonder why it is so difficult for some, and not others.