I said it before and I'll say it again - I NEVER EVER planned to show anyone but my health coach my "before" pictures. I was so ashamed of how big I was and embarrassed how my clothes fit. When I started my journey to health I was 4 months post-baby and everyone told me I should just relax and not to worry - that the weight would come off eventually. But I wasn't willing to wait for "eventually!" I was so miserable when I looked in the mirror - this wasn't the way I wanted to look. I was self-conscious in ways I had never been before. I felt like everyone was looking at my stomach - so I bought XL tops and tried to hide under flowy clothing, but in photos I just looked like I was hiding a lumpy body under a tent of fabric. And did I mention my face? Unless I was taking a "selfie" where I could make sure the camera was above my head at just the right angle, I did NOT want to be in a photo - I had a double chin that I had gained in pregnancy that didn't go away after I had my son. Worst of all I was so damn tired! Constantly hungry and tired. Downing coffee all day long searching for energy in all the wrong foods. I would feel better in the moment and then come crashing down and need more caffeine and sugar all over again. Anytime I put my son down for a nap I would pass out along side of him. Between the lack of energy and not liking the way I looked I never wanted to leave the house or do anything.
Couldn't I just stay in my pajamas forever and never leave the house (Unless I was driving through Starbucks of course!)?But here I am - 4 months later and I'm down nearly 40lbs! Just as exciting is the fact that I've lost over 20 inches - and girls you KNOW that's the best part! I am 5.5 inches smaller in my chest, 5 inches smaller in my waist and 6 inches smaller in my hips - I KNOW! I didn't even realize I had that much to lose! I can't remember the last time I weighed what I do now and my clothes that I was dreaming of fitting into again are now TOO BIG!!
I post these photos (even though I still find it kind of embarrassing) for the slight chance they might touch you in some way. That they might inspire you to make a change. Maybe you feel as badly as I did when you look in the mirror and they might motivate you to finally do something about it. Perhaps you are reminded of someone else when you read my story and you could pass this blog entry along to them.
And if it does ANY of those things then it's a million times worth the embarrassment I feel when I look at my "before" picture. Because I know I will NEVER look or feel that way again. I have worked too hard and know too much to undo all the healthy habits I have created in my life now. This was a search for lifelong health - not a quick fix. My husband and I wanted to change things now so that our son will only know that his Mama and Papa as healthy parents who have energy to keep up with him. It's a really huge gift that we can give him now ya know?
If you are interested in knowing more I can help! I am so passionate about the program that we did/are doing that I became a health coach myself. I want everyone to know how easy and good it feels to take control of you life and have the body/health you have always dreamed of!
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Here's to Health!