When I was growing up, I was a skinny mini. I never dreamed that I would become overweight. But, honestly, shortly after high school, I started putting on a few pounds. I even had to diet while I was engaged to be married so that I could fit into my wedding dress. Thankfully, back then, I didn’t have much to lose. But, after baby #1, I gained a lot of weight and though I’ve tried a multitude of diets, I’ve never maintained well. And, now after 4 babies and 18 years of being overweight, it doesn’t get easier!
When I was young, I loved going to the pool and swimming for hours! And, I loved bike riding. I even rode the MS 150 one year with my dad. It was so fun! And, both of these are great exercises that burn LOTS of calories. No wonder I was able to remain thin back then! Then, you know, after marriage, work, and having babies, you don’t have as much time to do those fun things like swimming, or bike riding. I guess they just got put on the back burner. And, my priority became kids, homeschooling, and other things.
I have tried dieting on my own, Weight Watchers multiple times, Weigh Down, The Flat Belly Diet, First Place 4 Health, and currently I’m doing Trim Healthy Mama. I’ve learned a lot through all these losses and regains! Here are some things that I have learned:
- accountability is KEY. Lose weight with a friend or two! Surround yourself with people who will support you and encourage you on your journey.
- Any diet can work, IF you follow the plan. Some work better than others and have more freedom than others. Some are also more healthy than others. Find something that can become a lifestyle.
- Find exercises that you enjoy, and doing them with friends can even make it more enjoyable! I honestly don’t like to sweat. I know that’s bad to say, but I really don’t. I love the water, because it cools me, and I love bike riding because if you can get your speed up, there’s a nice breeze (not to mention getting to see God’s beauty through creation as you ride). I’ve also come to enjoy Pilates for the firming and shaping that results (however, I definitely sweat)! I also enjoy yoga for relaxation, and I’ve come to enjoy intervals because of the help with metabolism and energy. I’ve found mixing things up and doing something different each day keeps me motivated, and helps me not to get bored. And, I honestly think it helps trick my body and trim it quicker because it never knows what’s happening to it from day to day. Ha! 🙂
- The more you eat healthy, the less you crave the unhealthy. It’s amazing what I’ve come to love to eat, and be satisfied with. Things I never would have tried before!
- Journaling helps me. I weigh once a week, and journal about how I did. Some weeks are very encouraging, others not so much, but when I keep track, I know what to do to improve.
Currently, I’ve been struggling with a weight loss, a weight gain, a weight loss. Sometimes it feels like this battle will never end! But, I have to remain positive, and see where I’ve come in only about 18 weeks. I’ve lost about 35 lbs. The exciting part is that 35 lbs is the most I’ve ever lost in any weight loss program. So, this time, I KNOW that I will pass that hurdle, and continue going! I have about 100 more pounds to lose. That seems daunting when I see that number, but I truly believe it’s possible this time. I just have to remain focused on the goal and stop the temptations before I allow them to overtake me!
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
So, do you have any weight battle tips? I’d love to hear them! I am determined to win this battle! Someday, I may be brave enough to post my before and after photos. Can’t wait for that day!