As with many people who make New Years resolutions, one of mine is to get healthy and fit again. I feel like this has been a resolution for many, many years. I’ve shared many times before, here on the blog, that having three kids in four years did quite the number on my body. And with the aftermath of dealing with postpartum depression after my third child, I’ve really just let myself go, physically speaking.
So now that we are DONE having children and my PPD is no longer an issue, it’s time that I deal with this weight once and for all.
I don’t have aspirations to be a size two, because I don’t think that’s realistic for my body and quite frankly, my lifestyle. I am a foodie. I love to eat. I could visit a city and just spend my time eating my way through it (which we did two years ago in Montreal). I love my curves and I want to keep them…just maybe a little less of them!
You see these incredible before and after pictures but you never see the journey. You didn’t see the blood, sweat and tears that went into it. That’s what I want to share with you. My journey.
For me, this HAS to be a lifestyle change. I’ve tried just about every diet and program out there. Many of them have their merits and honestly, some of them HAVE worked for me in the past. I remember that I wanted to drop 10 lbs, three weeks before my wedding. I followed a diet plan and the weight came off. After my second son, I needed a little extra help to knock the weight off. I did Weight Watchers and the weight came off. I’ve done various cleanses and soup diets…again, the weight DOES come off.
But the problem with those “get skinny quick” diets and plans is that there is no longevity to them, unless you want to be a member for life. I’m sorry, but counting my “points” for the rest of my life is NOT realistic to me. Every single time I lost weight on those plans/diets/cleanses, I gained it all back AND MORE.
THIS HAS TO STOP. And the only way I see it stopping for me at this point, is for me to take back control. In the same way that an alcoholic has to admit that they are dependent on alcohol to “medicate” themselves, I will admit, that I’ve definitely become addicted to food. I have used it to medicate and that’s not good.
So for me, I need an entire lifestyle change. As a busy mom of three, I need to figure out a way to make changes in the way that I eat, where I can still go out for dinner or enjoy a treat with my family. I have to figure out something that will LAST…for the long haul.
As much as I’d like to drop 20 lbs by next week, I know that it’s not healthy and ultimately won’t lead me to my lifestyle goals.
So this is a journey I’m on and I hope that by this time NEXT year, I will be able to look back and be proud of where I’ve come, hopefully having not only lost weight and gotten in shape, but have learned a whole new way of enjoying food and activity with those I love the most.
To keep myself accountable, but also to help inspire any of you that want to lose weight and claim back your health, I am going to be doing video journals of my progress. Every week, I will post an update on how much weight I’ve lost, habits that I’ve worked on breaking, new recipes, workouts and all kinds of tips and tricks. And I can promise you that it will be as honest as I can be! I don’t know about you, but I’m TIRED of seeing the perfect bodies as the spokesperson for many weight loss programs. Or you see these incredible before and after pictures but you never see the journey. You didn’t see the blood, sweat and tears that went into it. That’s what I want to share with you. My journey.
I hope that you’ll join me and we can do this TOGETHER!
To get things started, I’ve posted a few videos already: my first “confession” journal to kick start all of this, then a recipe for a clean and healthy snack and finally my first week report! Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel because I upload videos more often than I post a blog about it…so you can get first hand views on the content, once subscribed!
Enjoy and let’s do this…together!