|Two months after having my daughter | December 2010 | about 180 pounds|
I gained more than what the average person should probably gain - 63 pounds. I hear about these women that gain 20 pounds, that was not me. I REALLY enjoyed cake, ice cream, cake, carbs, more cake. I weighed 205 pounds before I went into labor. You know that point when you are like tomorrow will be the day I start eating healthy. That happened almost every Monday during my pregnancy, and then I just gave up. The cravings were unreal, and I just wanted to enjoy it.
Enjoy your pregnancy they said. The weight will come off easy they said. HA. I struggled with dropping all that weight after having my daughter, and when I got pregnant I wasn't where I wanted to be. So, not only did I want to drop those 63 pounds, I also wanted to get back to where I was before pregnancy.
I probably tried every diet known to drop those pounds after giving birth. I did Jenny Craig, and Weight Watchers AT THE SAME TIME. I got a personal trainer, I wore ankle weights probably everywhere I went. I tried The Fat Flush Diet, the South Beach Diet, My Fitness Pal. EVERYTHING.
Once I got to my pre-pregnancy weight, I got comfortable. Then I started gaining again, and that's when the gluten free "trend" started. After reading all about it gluten, I felt like I really had a gluten intolerance. So, I started to eat more of a gluten free lifestyle. I lost ten pounds, and I didn't count one single calorie. My energy was back, I wasn't breaking out, and I felt really good.
The beginning of 2013 I started hearing about Paleo. I read about it, and thought it was NUTS. The only thing I really thought was nuts about it, was no cream or sugar in my COFFEE. HOW DOES ONE SURVIVE?! So, I gradually started eating more of a Paleo lifestyle. Carbs really are something I cannot do. Bread. Cake. I look at it, and gain 10 pounds. So, Paleo sounded really appealing. I got really big into running, and doing yoga too. I was never big on running, but fell in love with it. It clears my head, and gives me tons of energy. Yoga helps me find that balance. On the mat, and in my life. I am now doing poses I probably never thought I could ever do.
I did my first Whole30 in May of 2013, and lost 12 pounds. I got down to 115 pounds, and felt AMAZING. I never thought I would ever see that weight again in my life. Also, I was struggling to get pregnant again, and after completing my first Whole30, I got pregnant right after.
While I was pregnant with Jackson, I ate a mostly Paleo diet. I only gained 40 pounds, and it came off a lot easier after I had him. I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight in about four months.
Paleo is a lifestyle that really works for me. I am not saying that Weight Watchers or any other diet is bad. I am not a doctor, but Paleo is really the best option for me. I don't have to count calories, I feel really good, my hair and nails look amazing. I never breakout, and my overall moods are a lot better. I also don't want to put shitty food into my body, or let my family eat bad food. I am not perfect, I have cheated on Paleo, but I really can tell the difference when I do. I get bloated, and irritable. I would love for my whole family to eat Paleo, but sometimes that can be hard. Charlotte, Jackson, and my husband eat clean, and organic.
|January 2015 | 118 pounds|
Don't let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. Some days are harder than others, but if you really set your mind to something, it really can be done. Everyone has a bad day, or two, or maybe a month, but don't let it stop you from reaching your goals. I wanted to give up so many times. I cried a lot, but finally seeing my body change for the better was really the best payoff.
|December 2010 | January 2015|