My life since kids has been a bit of a roller coaster ride in the weight department. I’ve tried every fad diet and eventually fallen off the wagon every time! I’ve sunk to the depths of despair that I’ll ever fit into size 10s again, much less 8s! I’ve been left sluggish, uninspired and stuck with the thought that I’ll just have to “accept that I’m fat”.
After Sawyer was born, I went on Weight Watchers and started running, losing 20 lbs in 6 weeks and another 24 lbs over the next 6 months. Then I got pregnant with Ellie and although I had high hopes of running throughout the pregnancy, I had a particularly bad case of “morning” sickness and then sciatica on a whole new level so I only ran the first couple of months. I ended up gaining a ginormous amount of weight and right back to square one.
Frustrated, I signed up with a personal trainer together with 3 other moms. We worked out weekly with the trainer in her gym, plus I attended 2 spin classes per week. I did lose weight… but much more than that, I lost a ton of inches! Although I know the inches are more important, again I was frustrated with the lack of pounds lost.
Finally in October 2013, I decided to buy a book called Trim Healthy Mama (affiliate link), and I found the light at the end of the weight loss tunnel. Throwing away all calorie counting and depriving myself of comfort food for weeks on end, using common sense and yummy ingredients, I started losing weight. To the tune of 3-5 lbs/week for the first month and then it tapered off to about 1 lb/week. It was a light bulb moment for me and I was excited!
I contacted the authors of this great book and they were delighted to work together with me on a giveaway! So I’m going to let you guys take over now… leave a comment on what has or hasn’t worked for you in the past, and what has frustrated you most in your fitness/weight loss journey. I will draw a name at random and one amazing reader will win a FREE copy of Trim Healthy Mama. Giveaway ends Friday, February 7 at 11:59 pm. Good luck!
Photo on left taken in fall, at 190 lbs. On right, 170 lbs as of January 2014.