Growing up I was a slim kid, not ever really chubby, and I mostly stayed indoors because I grew up in Portland Oregon (rain central). I am the oldest of 8 kids and I remember my mom drinking shakes, and watching her calories after she had a baby, but we were not really active all the time. Please DO NOT mistake this for me saying “my parents never were active, so I am fat!” This is not their fault, I am the way I am because of choices I have made in my adult life. Moral of the story we were not super active or health conscious in my house when I was growing up.
All through high school I danced for 4 + hours each day, so I could eat a lot of things and not really have it ‘go to my hips’. This was awesome, but it did not help me develop healthy habits, I ate what I wanted because I would burn all those calories (and more) by dancing every day.
Fast forward to high school graduation, all of the sudden I was not dancing every day, yet I was still eating everything without boundaries. Don’t get me wrong I was not downing a large pizza by myself, but truth be told I could have… I got married when I was 19 and 1 year later I was at the doctor, the medical assistant came in and asked me “are you sure you are not pregnant?” I was not positive so she ran a test. I was not pregnant but I had gained 20 pounds in one year, yikes! From that point on I steadily gained weight and did not drop it. My hubby and I were in the newlywed bubble for the first 1.5 years of our marriage and we loved to come home, eat dinner and watch a movie or sitcoms. I did not work out, I did not run or walk for exercise, I spent all day at work sitting at a desk.
Fast forward to now, three kids later, and around 60 pounds heavier (blah) this is where we are today. I have had three ladies, suffered from mild PPD and had some turbulent times emotionally, mentally and financially. Finally things are looking up and I need to be held accountable in order to lose this weight.
The point is not to paint a sob story but to be real about it. I find people really struggle from being real when it comes to their journey and this is never helpful, so I am writing this blog to be real and really make a change in my life.
Question of the day: When do you find time to work out? Especially if you have little ones...