It seems appropriate to start by sharing my journey and how I came to where I am right now. I have to start by saying I never in a million years thought I would be on the path I am right now. It’s crazy the turns your life can take!
I was always an athlete in high school. I was always skinny and could eat whatever I wanted. My gym teacher used to tell me I was going to be in trouble when I went to college; I didn’t believe him.
Off to college I went and I gained the Freshman 15 or 20 maybe, but it just gave me some nice curves. I was still a size 6 and I felt good about myself. I graduated from college and got married. I lived my life as a happy size 8 weighing 150 pounds and always thinking I needed to lose 10 pounds. Then I got pregnant with TRIPLETS. At that point everything about my body changed and I didn’t even realize it was going to happen. I carried my kids to 33 weeks, 4 days and have the stretch marks to prove it! I weighed over 200 pounds and was wearing a maternity XL when I delivered. I had a very optimistic view and packed my size medium pre-pregnancy clothes for the hospital. I sent my husband home to get my maternity larges very quickly!
My babies came home and we were busy! But I promised myself I would not be one of those moms who didn’t lose the baby weight. I worked with a trainer and a nutritionist to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight but I did not look the same. That frustrated me and I gave up. Slowly but surely I gained weight and things began to jiggle more than they used to. People kept telling me I looked great “for having triplets.” Did this mean I would not look OK the way I was if I only had 1 baby? I worked out and dieted sporadically. I would lose 5 to 10 pounds here and there but always gained it back plus a little extra.
Then I discovered running when a friend asked me to run a 5K with her. I took me a while but I fell in love with it! Quiet time to myself where I could push my body a little bit further than what I thought it was capable of doing felt great. I slowly increased my distance and ran my first half marathon in March of 2013. Unfortunately all of the running I was doing was not helping me lose weight. I was more toned but I was still teetering on 200 pounds. I fooled myself into believing I was healthy because I could run 13.1 miles and that I was just destined to be this size for the rest of my life.
That would be fine if I stayed that size! I kept having to go up another size and before I knew it the scale said 200 and size 12 was getting tight. That scared me in a BIG way! That was what I weighed when I had 3 babies in me and here I was NOT pregnant weighing that much! Something had to change NOW!
I joined a challenge group on Facebook. I starting working out for an hour every day, eating balanced meals and snacks and checking in daily with my FB group for motivation and accountability. I rocked that challenge and lost 20 pounds, 21 inches and 2 pants sizes in 3 months. I lost my weight over the holidays which is the HARDEST time to lose, but I did it. I gained so much confidence from this and kept working, but still kept thinking in the back of my mind it wouldn’t last.
Here I am 9 months later and still losing and toning, teaching PiYo and coaching others. I am proof anything is possible. I work full time, I have kids, I have a husband who works long hours. I have plenty of excuses to not work out or take time to eat right. Instead of using those excuses I make time. I am here to tell you YOU CAN DO IT TOO!