For many years, I have struggled with my weight. I had a baby every two years for 12 years straight and pretty much gained some weight with each one. I have been on all kinds of diets and extreme exercising to try to get the weight off. At one point, I joined a Biggest Loser competition at my local gym and was determined to win. I bought into the idea that if I cut my calories and worked out a lot, I would do well. It started off great. I was losing at a good pace and then my weight loss just stopped. I didn’t know what else to do but exercise more and eat even less. By the end of the competition, I was running 50 miles a week as well as 2 hours of cycling class and eating between 900 to 1200 calories a day. I did win the competition, but it was at a great cost to my body.
As soon as I started eating and exercising at a more reasonable standard, the weight came back and very quickly. As most of you probably know, my body was sent into starvation mode and my metabolism was shot. As soon as I consumed a normal amount of calories, my body kept as many of those calories as it could and stored them as fat in case I put it through another extreme and vigorous stint of dieting and exercise.
I wish I could tell you at that point, that I learned my lesson. I just didn’t know what the answers were for staying at a healthy weight without extreme exercise or feeling like I would never be able to eat until satisfied. I tried so many things; Atkins, HCG, cleanses, and even fasting, to name a few, to get back down to a healthy weight. One time I went 40 days without eating and again, I lost a lot of weight but when it was over, the pounds hit me like a freight train. I have yo-yo’d back and forth with my weight, more times than I can count. I have never really been an over-eater and I have never binge ate, so this was all so frustrating. I was discussing my weight journey with my 20 year old daughter just the other day and she told me that she doesn’t remember a time that I wasn’t dieting.
By this point, I was at my wits end. I had a lot of people I knew on social media that had started a new way of eating called Trim, Healthy Mama. If you have never heard of Trim, Healthy Mama, you can read about it by clicking here. I immediately bought the book and was kinda’ overwhelmed by the size of it. This was back when Trim, Healthy Mama only had one book and it was pretty intimidating. But I read it a bit and it all really made sense to me but seemed difficult to implement to my life. I dabbled in and out with it all and pretty much stayed away from sugar, but I was very much afraid of carbs. It seemed like I would gain weight just by looking at a carb! So I pretty much just stayed at the fairly overweight me for quite a few years.
In 2016 I began to feel like I wanted to be at a different place, physically. I gave Trim Healthy Mama a bit more effort. I finally started losing a bit of weight, only to not follow the plan very well on the weekends and gain it all back. This new pattern happened for a very long time. In October 2016, my husband joined a 45 day fitness challenge at his gym and I decided to eat well too. I was 100 percent on plan for the entire time of my husband’s challenge. He lost 15 pounds, which was all he needed to lose while I lost 4.
I started to feel discouraged and wanted to give up but I remembered the damage that I had done to my body for years and recognized that it probably was going to take a bit to heal and for my metabolism to function properly. For four months, my weight pretty much stayed the same and I was sticking to the plan. Again, I got discouraged. Trim, Healthy Mama has something called a Fuel Cycle that lasts 2 weeks that is for people that are just stuck in their weight-loss and not progressing. Over the next few months, I did three of those Fuel Cycles and my weight finally started dropping, but VERY slowly. I felt like that might be my lot for the rest of my life; that I would have to be very strict, doing a fuel cycle ever month or so, and finally reach my goal after several years of being on plan.
Surprisingly, my body had a different idea. All of a sudden, without even doing fuel cycles, my body is finally shedding some weight at a more reasonable pace. I wish I could pinpoint what has changed. I did learn a lot doing the fuel cycles. I have found some meals that I really like that are both low fat and low carb, (like this recipe here) really, the big thing is that I didn’t give up. What really happened, was that I didn’t change. I woke up every Monday and planned what I was going to eat for the rest of the week. Then I went shopping and stuck to my plan. I have done that, without fail, for a year now and it is finally starting to pay off.
I am finally happy with my future regarding my weight loss and feel like I have a plan that I love and can stick to for the rest of my life. I still have a ways to go but I know I’m gonna’ get there! I will be updating this blog as I progress with my goals so be sure to check back here every once in a while, or better yet, you can subscribe to my blog and then you will be notified as soon as I add something new.