I made 5 lifestyle changes that helped me loose 60 pounds in 18 months postpartum. On October 13, 2015, I was 195 pounds and wore size 12-14. By July 20, 2016 I was 143 pounds and size 4-6. For motivation and inspiration, I created a 5 Step Challenge Fitness Club. Today I am 135 pounds, size 2, weight training and enrolled in NASM Personal Training Course.
What led me down this path?
I was tired of avoiding the mirror and started taking pictures of what I saw instead. Prior to my pregnancy, I was 160 pounds and wore size 9-10. During my 6-week postpartum check-up, I learned that I was an unbelievable 205 pounds and wore size 14-16. Even my doctor was baffled. I juggled a busy and strenuous life feeling disappointed, depressed, and discouraged. I lost my confidence and my self-esteem slowly diminished. I turned down girls’ nights and dates. If I did go out, I sat and watched other woman happily enjoy life. I was almost convinced that this would be my steady weight for the rest of my 20’s. The moments when I mustered up strength and motive to make healthier changes, I used workout DVDs like p90x and temporarily cut out my favorite foods like oxtails, french fries, cheese cake and eating out. However, I constantly slacked off and reverted back to my old habits. I only lost 10 pounds by the time my prince turned 7 months.
After conducting research on nutrition and fitness, I decided to make 5 core lifestyle changes that fueled my passion, determination, and motivation. The first step was getting past my 5 step challenge’s “rehab stage”. That’s the stage where I fought temptations and moments where I wanted to give up. I didn’t believe I would see results and I continued to crave my favorite foods. I enrolled in the gym at Planet Fitness although I rarely went. I replaced juice with water and cut back on how often I ate. I literally had to transform the way I thought in order to put changes into action. Mental strength gave me physical strength to persevere! After becoming mentally stronger, I adjusted to maintaining the following five-lifestyle changes:
Right away, I lost 5 pounds weekly. My energy level and confidence increased as my clothes size decreased. It wasn’t easy so I found creative ways to stay motivated. Some things I did were buy smaller sized clothing and set a date for when I would fit into them, wrote down my inconsistencies and unhealthy habits, created social media pages dedicated to health and fitness and followed fitness experts.