Read this inspiring story from fit mom featured blogger, Elizabeth, and learn how she transformed her life. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram (@mommyweighless) and subscribe for updates from her blog, mommyweighless.blogspot.com.
I grew up in a southern home, where everything was deep-fried and overly sweet. It was a delicious childhood, and a fat one. I was always a chunky child, not too overweight, but overweight enough. I spent a lot of time outdoors, but never really exercised. I learned my horrible eating habits from my family, and because they were all so heavy, felt small enough to think I did not have a weight issue. I could not have been more unhealthy or more wrong. I inherited their bad habits, and weight.
After the birth of my daughter in 2011, I gained weight. I did not think it was anything to be concerned about. When I went to the doctor for a physical she told me I was 231 pounds and obese at my height of five foot seven. I was mortified, sat in her office and cried like a baby. I never thought I was obese, and that day sitting there in that office I decided to change my life. I decided I did not want to be 40, obese with diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart conditions like everyone else in my family. I want to be 40, healthy and fit!
I started small by replacing sweets with fruits, bad carbs like white bread for whole grain, and cut out all soda. Just by cutting out soda I lost 10 pounds. I then stumbled upon a free app called MyFitnessPal, and it really helped to change the way I eat. The app is calorie and fitness tracker. You enter in your information and it gives you a daily calorie amount to eat. You then log your food and exercise. I started counting calories and lost another 10 pounds. A lot of people feel counting calories is a chore, but I have just made it a part of my routine.
I did not start exercising until after I lost my first 20 pounds. I started to incorporate exercise slowly. I would walk the block behind my house which is 2.57 miles. When I started it took me an hour. I can now run it in 30 minutes. I have recently started lifting weights, which has completely reshaped my body, and I plan to start P90X next week. I now workout five to six times a week, and it has made me such a happier and healthier person. I have lost 40 pounds and have another 30 until I reach my goal weight, all done in 10 months.
The reason I want to get my story out there and share it with the world, is I want everyone that thinks they cannot do it to know that they can. All it takes is hard work, dedication, and a lot of patience. If sharing my story inspires even just one person to change their life then I feel that I have accomplished something absolutely incredible.