As of 1 October 2017 I have started a new journey for a Healthy New Me! I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I was diagnosed with PCOS several years ago after trying to conceive for almost two years. I started a low carb diet, lost weight and then became pregnant with Bambino #1. For some odd reason when I am pregnant, something happens with my hormones and I lose weight. I was five pounds lighter when I had bambino #1. I lost tons of weight while breastfeeding. But as soon as i stopped, I gained all my weight back. 3 years later, I was pregnant again, and losing weight. I lost down again while breastfeeding but had to stop BF at 7 months because of Postpartum Anxiety (more on that in a future post). Now, Bambino #2 is one week shy of 1 year and I have already gained back 15 pounds. My heart rate is high, and my blood pressure is slowly creeping up. I want to be healthy and be around to watch my children grow. If you have PCOS, you know the struggle. Getting the weight off and keeping it off has to be a lifelong commitment. And I am now ready for the lifelong commitment. I have two little heartbeats and an amazing husband that deserve a healthy mom and wife.
So I signed up for Weight Watchers and attended my first meeting last night. I have never been one for organized meetings, so this was a big leap for me! Apparently, they have a “theme” each week to discuss; this week was “What is your Why” WoW. What a great week for me to start this journey. I walked into that meeting determined to lose weight, 30 pounds minimum. But I walked out of that meeting with a new outlook.
What is my WHY? What is your WHY?
My Why is my FAMILY and my HEALTH. I choose to workout, not because I hate my body; but because I love myself and I love my family. I chose to eat healthier, because that will make me healthier. I choose to eat healthier to instill healthy eating habits in my young children.
The truth is, I will never be motivated to do this 100% of the time. I have to accept that I will have bad days, that doesn’t mean I have failed. It just means i need to check myself and refocus. I just have to learn to be disciplined and dedicated. Its all in my mind. I have to make that choice daily to keep pushing through.
I have to be realistic, this isn’t going to happen overnight; I just have to get up and go. i have to make better choices, create good habits. It’s not about what I am giving up, it is about what I am gaining. It’s about finding healthier foods that are just as good as all the junk foods that I crave.
Here are my top ten tips that I am using to help me get the weight off:
- the given, drink LOTS of water- there is a reason it’s on Every. Single. List
- at LEAST 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. But obviously more is BETTER!
- Move Move Move- Physical Activity is anything that gets your body moving. Moving helps you burn calories. All your time doesn’t have to be spent in a gym.
- Be positive no matter what. One bad day doesn’t mean you have ruined your healthy lifestyle. Getting back on track is what’s important.
- Make a motivation board or poster. (the picture above is one of mine). Keep some type of motivation journal- a notebook or Pinterest board. Follow health pages of Facebook and Instagram
- Try to get in at least 10,000 steps a day.
- Do a mixture of cardio and strength training.
- Focus on Self Care and Development. Meditation is a good place to start! It helps to decrease your heart rate and bloodbloodpressurepressure.
- Figure out what lifestyle works best for you! What works for me may not work for you, we are all different.
- Lastly, always remember, SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING!