My weight problems were very apparent when I gained close to 50 pounds when I was pregnant with my son. After I gave birth I hoped that my body would go back to normal however I ended up very disappointed. My self-esteem was at an all-time low and I really did not want to leave the house, I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. I tried every diet out there as well as every magical diet pill and of course nothing worked. I always blamed the fact that I had bad genes in my family and that all the other skinny fit moms were just lucky in the gene pool.
I always had an image in my mind that I was going to be that fit and in-shape mom. When I saw that was not the case, I joined a local gym and was a loyal member for 2.5 years, and lost some weight but never felt that I was getting any closer to my goal of becoming a fit athletic mom. I never saw a positive change in my body & I spent hours and hours on the treadmill. I honestly was close to giving up and just accepting that I was now a mom and that is just how I would look now.
Then I heard about Habitat Fitness through a friend and saw the dramatic change in her body. My challenge was always the fact that I was so motivated in the beginning but as time went on I would ultimately fall off the diet & exercise wagon. But this time was different, all I did was follow the nutrition guide and show up for class and I started seeing results. I am more motivated now and the contest is over 🙂
I have learned so much about myself during this challenge and have pushed myself physically and mentally further than I ever thought I could. The encouragement and the support of Brandon & Erica and of course all my whining friends in the 6am class really has made such a difference in my attitude and ultimately pushed me closer to my pre pregnancy shape. I use the word shape wisely as the changes that I have seen in my body are not just on the scale. I have toned and lost inches and can see my sexy body returning 🙂
Don’t get me wrong it was not easy by any means, the workouts have been tough to the point that I feel like calling my husband Josh after a workout to come and drive me home! But no pain no gain, right? I loved the fact that you never do the same old thing over and over again. All the workouts are different and really work all parts of the body. I just regret that I did not start this sooner.
Not only have I completed this body transformation pounds lighter, but I also have found a positive attitude towards healthy clean eating and ultimately a healthier lifestyle. I have even started running! Now for anyone that knows me well, that is a miracle in itself…
To me this was not just a 6 week transformation; this was a lifestyle transformation, one that I plan to stick to for many, many years to come.
Remember that nothing worth fighting for comes easy. So I will continue my journey and enjoy every painful workout along the way…someone wise once told me that if you do not fear your workout , it is not hard enough 🙂