I have been writing this blog, in my head, for nearly eight months. It’s a hard one. Here is my story; so far.
I am currently on my second weight-loss journey.
After my first baby, I could EASILY see (and feel) why a woman would accept that their bodies are “ruined” after pregnancy. It’s in our culture to hear women of all ages to say “well I had a baby”, or “I’ve never been the same”, or even “..you won’t look that good after you have kids honey!” I’ve even referred to myself as “ruined” after my first pregnancy.
The fact of the matter is, you are not! Sure, things will never be the same, your body went through some MAJOR changes. But that doesn’t mean that you are not able to have a body you feel confident, proud, and sexy in.
For me, it was 10 months after my son was born that I slapped myself across the face and refused to live my life WISHING I was happy in my own body.
That decision led me to learn how to fuel my body for my desired goals, and ultimately left me at the leanest and most confident my body had ever been.
If I never made that decision to take control, I would have never found out that it really IS possible to be a mother AND a confident “sexy” (whatever your definition is) woman.
Now, you may say- “Yeah, but your tiny any ways” or “It’s just not that easy for me”… It wasn’t “easy” for me. It still isn’t easy for me. Some women bounce back pretty easily- I’m definitely not one of them. In both pregnancies I gained 50lbs. (I’m 5’1″).
I’m now on my second weight loss journey. This one I started only two months after having my second child. It’s not going as fast as the first, but I still refuse to believe that I can’t or won’t get back to a body composition that I feel good about. I won’t stop until I do.
No I’m not starving myself, nor am I taking any weight-loss supplements- I’m eating food (the right food) all day, and exercising.
With both of my weight-loss journeys, I hired a nutrition coach/mentor. Did I know what I was doing? The first time maybe not- the second time, yes. I still hired one to support me along the way. (Because even coaches and mentors need their own coach and mentor!)
Moral of writing this story is:
Don’t settle. Don’t give up. Don’t think you are “ruined” or never going to feel good again. You can! It’s hard, it’s definitely hard work.. but what’s even harder is the emotional roller coaster of feeling like you want to hide your belly- your arms- your back fat.
This is why I have shifted my 13 years in the fitness industry, to helping women specifically. I’ve been there. I am there. I get it.
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