When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure where it would go, if anyone would read it, or how long I would keep it up. I must say that, while my readership is nowhere near what some other food blogs have, I am truly amazed that anyone reads this thing, let alone reads it on a regular basis! Thank you! 🙂 And welcome, if it’s your first time reading.
I thought it was about time I shared a little more detail about my journey to becoming a Healthy Fit Mama. (There is a very brief overview on my About Emily page.)
All throughout high school, I ate a steady diet of Pepsi, Toaster Strudels, pizza, and French fries, yet I always weighed about 100 lbs (I’m only 5 feet tall). This was due in part to my teenage metabolism, but also partly due to the fact that, in general, I just didn’t eat that much overall.
I entered college at 102 lbs, which I maintained (give or take a couple pounds) throughout my freshman year. A funny thing happened sophomore year though…. I discovered beer! And along with beer, came late night snacking. By the end of sophomore year, I was at 119 – and I just kept gaining from there. Just the summer between sophomore and junior year alone, I gained at least another 10 lbs. By the time I graduated, I weighed an estimated 140 (I was in denial and never stepped on a scale).
When I moved home after graduation, I think I naturally shed about 5-8 lbs of pure beer bloat. I was definitely unhappy with the way I looked, though. I finally joined a gym that fall. One of the first few times I went, I stepped on the scale figuring I’d see about 120, maybe 125. It read 135. I was horrified. I weighed the same, if not more than my boyfriend (who is now my husband).
I tackled exercise first. I began exercising at least 3 days a week. I didn’t change my eating habits though – at lot of processed foods, lots of dinners out, lots of sweets. Not surprisingly, I wasn’t seeing any change in my weight.
I hit a major turning point on my 23rd birthday. After inhaling a HUGE, greasy Mexican meal, I felt disgusted. That night, on the drive home, I announced that I was making a change to my lifestyle. I was going to eat healthier and exercise more vigorously.
Just a few short days later, future hubby and I moved out of his parents house into our first apartment. Finally I was in control of what foods entered my kitchen. For me, it was simple – if I don’t buy junk, I won’t eat junk.
In addition to eating healthier foods, I started putting more effort into my exercise, working out harder (but not too hard) than I ever had before. Within 2 weeks, I had lost 6 lbs. Another 2 and a half months later and I had shed 25 lbs. I reached 110 lbs, a weight I maintained for 3+ years.
Today, I weigh in at about 101, though I was perfectly happy at 110. I didn’t set out to lose additional weight; it just happened. And it’s funny because I’ve actually scaled back my exercise since I don’t have as much time now. Instead of teaching 5+ Spinning classes a week, I now work out at home, alternating between circuit training DVDs and riding my Spinning bike. I squeeze in my exercise in the evening, after I put baby to bed. I end up eating dinner around 5 or 5:30 so I can digest before I workout, but it’s a worthwhile trade-off. Not only does my exercise help me stay fit, but it helps me clear my head and enjoy some “me” time, which in turn helps me be a better mama!
To read more about how I stay fit without going to the gym, click here.
To read more about the nutrition tips that worked for me, click here.
Allow me to shift gears….
I woke up feeling very well rested today. My sleep was only interrupted 1 time by baby. 😀 I came down to make breakfast a little earlier than usual – 6:45. It was one of those days when my eyes were bigger than my stomach. I ate a HUGE bowl of oats (what else is new?!) and eggs. I ate it all, but man, was I stuffed!
I used my Blue Diamond honey almond butter this morning (which tastes like marshallow to me). Several times, I got big clumps of salt in my AB. Blech! Not what I wanted this morning. Too salty.
I went out to do some errands this morning while hubby stayed home with baby. It’s always nice to get out for a bit by myself.
For lunch, I recreated yesterday’s peach protein shake. I also had a warm whole wheat tortilla (not pictured).
I got a little hungry later in the afternoon and had a few chicken slices with mustard.
For dinner, I made some ground turkey taco meat and fajita veggies which I piled on top of some romaine lettuce. I topped it all off with some mashed avocado. I had attempted to feed baby the avocado, but she was not impressed!
We are working on sleep training baby, so I put her down drowsy in the crib at 6:50. She cried a little…then she cried A LOT. I couldn’t stand to listen to my poor baby cry! From the day she was born, she just was not a crier. She literally barely made a sound in the delivery room. I finally went into her room after about 30 minutes (only about 5 of those minutes werehard crying – the rest was mostly fussing). I kissed her on the cheek and then just stood by the crib and rubbed her belly. She settled right down and went to sleep. I think I would much rather stand by her crib for a few minutes every night than leave my baby girl in there crying alone in the dark! It broke my heart!
Baby was finally asleep at 7:30, so I got a late start on my exercise. I rode my Spinning bike for about 40 minutes, all the while thinking through the details of tonight’s post. 🙂
I was a bit shaky after my ride. Snack time! I just had small bowl of Fiber One with soymilk.
Gotta run now. It’s past my bedtime! 😀