Thanks for asking!
The short answer: I am a Christian, SAHM/wife who is working to make progress in all areas of life: spiritual, physical, mental, financial, and relational.
The long answer: I had a baby in late 2012, and kept the “baby fat” on through the summer of 2013. After seeing a picture of myself over Memorial Day, I realized I hated the way I looked and couldn’t blame it on the baby any longer. I walked when I could (maybe one mile once every two weeks). Then, over the July 4th weekend, I was doing one of Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home DVD’s and thought, what if I did what she said and tried walking 3 times a week, every single week? So my new goal was to walk 3 miles 3 times per week. I discovered her website where you could track your walk and started racking up the miles (www.walkathome.com).
They also have a weight tracker on her website, where you can input your starting weight and your goal weight. After I walked each time, I weighed myself. It felt SO GOOD to see the progress on the chart they mapped! It was so encouraging and made me want to keep going. I couldn’t wait to get on the scale and see what it said each morning.
So after walking 3 miles 3 times a week, not only did I start feeling better, I started getting stronger. My leg muscles became more toned and sculpted. It got easier to do her most challenging moves. I remember huffing and puffing after just one mile of her basic workout when I was still pretty sedentary. Now when I do that mile, it is so easy and so UN-challenging! I can’t believe I ever thought that was difficult.
Coupled with Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live plan, I began shedding the extra pounds I didn’t even realize I was carrying. Before getting pregnant, I was sitting right around 150 lbs (I am 5’9″, if that helps). That is 20 lbs heavier than I was all through high school and college. I guess what they say is true – when you get married, you get fat and happy. Plus, I used to come home from work (I was a high school band director) and just sit on the couch or in the recliner until dinner, which was usually a pizza or a hamburger, and then fall asleep in front of the TV. I was inactive and eating unhealthy foods, but I didn’t think I was “fat.” I had never been fat in my entire life. I had always exercised through team sports in school. In college, I walked everywhere, so I didn’t have the opportunity to store much fat. After eating Oreos and entire pans of brownies while being pregnant, I was surprised when I checked in to the hospital to deliver my baby – I weighed 190 lbs. I lost 20 lbs in the hospital, so on the weight tracker, my starting weight was 170. My upper arms were fatter and rounder than they’d ever been, my thighs rubbed against each other when I walked (something that had never happened before), and my belly still made me look pregnant several months after delivery. Here’s the “BEFORE” picture –
Now, I am proud to share that I consistently weigh 144 lbs. Of course it fluctuates – 142 some days, 146 others – but on average, I’m consistently at 144 lbs. According to Dr. Fuhrman, my ideal weight should be about 10 lbs less than that, so I still have some work to do. But man, do I feel so good, especially after resetting my goal weight on the Walk at Home weight tracker! My original goal weight was 150, but when I made it there and kept losing pounds, I reset the bar to 145.
(When I get a good “AFTER” picture, I’ll put it here. Stay tuned!)
I remember buying a skirt in the month of September, before I realized how my body was changing, and I bought my usual size 12. Just a few weeks after that, after cutting out meats and breads, and walking my way slim, that skirt was two sizes too big. Two sizes in just a few weeks! I couldn’t believe it.
Today, I LOVE the way my body looks, I love how I feel so confident and so young again. I LOVE how my jeans look and how I feel when I wear them. I don’t feel like I have to wear the drape-front shirts and the tunic tops to hide my muffin top or my ever-expanding backside. I am SO HAPPY I could fit into my size Medium t-shirts again. I loved when the nurse who checked my blood pressure asked if my normal diastolic BP number (the bottom number) was around 70. I love how I am much better able to deal with stress. I love the sight of a big green salad and love the challenge of teaching my daughter to eat a variety of foods. I am the best version of myself now than I ever have been.
Without sounding like a commercial, I do want to say that if it worked for me, it can work for you. There’s no magic pill. There’s no magic solution. Eat right and exercise. That’s the way our Creator designed us.
I hope this has helped you get to know me and my journey toward my healthy goals. Now, let’s make some progress!