Today, I’d like to introduce you to my friend and my “Say No to Diet Coke” inspiration, Amanda…
My name is Amanda. I am a new blogger from Becoming A Healthier Mama. I was so excited when Christy asked me to do a guest post. In the short time that I’ve been blogging, I have found so much inspiration, motivation, and support from other bloggers. This is such a great community and I am so happy to be a part of it. Here is a little bit about me and my journey to living a healthier life.
I have always struggled with my weight. I watched that scale go up and down (mostly up). I have tried a lot of diets (many times) to help me lose weight. Each time I was unsuccessful, usually gaining all the weight back plus more. Every time. . .a disaster. This went on for years. Oh yeah and every once in a while I would throw in some exercise. I would go on exercise kicks where I would do awesome for a few weeks and then it would back to my old self.
A few years ago, I decided I needed to change (again). I was unhappy with myself especially after looking at wedding pictures from the previous year. A friend of mine encouraged me to do a sprint triathlon with her. We both wanted to lose some weight and get back into shape. Even though I am a HORRIBLE swimmer, an okay biker, and slower runner. . .I thought why not? I was definitely nervous and lets face it, scared out of my mind. So we trained and trained and trained. In the end, it was worth it. I finished my first sprint triathlon! It may not have been pretty but I did it! I had so much support from my coworkers, friends, and family. It was an amazing experience. I felt great!
Shortly after doing the sprint triathlon, I found out I was pregnant. This is where it went downhill (again). I basically used pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I want and not exercise even though I knew better. This was not my intention at first but as I went along through my pregnancy I kept having excuse after excuse after excuse. I gained about 40 pounds. With every extra pound I gained, I knew it would be 10 times harder to get off.
After having my handsome little man Jackson, I kept putting exercise off. I would still eat what I wanted. I hoped the weight would magically come off even though I wasn’t changing anything. All those extra hormones must have been the reason for my crazy thinking. After my little man turned 1 (that’s right a whole year went by) I knew I needed to do something. I couldn’t use the “I just had a baby” excuse anymore. I hated the way I looked and felt.
So this is where I start my journey hopefully for the last time. I feel different this time. I am realizing that it not just about losing weight and being skinny but becoming a healthier person. I am also learning to love and appreciate the body that I have. I am never going to be a size 0 and weight 100 pounds and I am learning to be okay with that. It isn’t easy. It is hard to not compare yourself to others. Instead of focusing on what I don’t like, I am trying to focus on what I do like. I want to set a good example for my son to live a healthy life.
What changes am I making? You might be thinking why will this time be different? I mean look at my track record.
Well for starters, diets are out the door. It is all about eating healthier. I can still have the foods I enjoy but in moderation. I have been using My Fitness Pal to help me track my calories. It has held me accountable. I know if I eat a pan of brownies (I am a recovering stress eater), I will have to add that to my food list. I think twice before eating something like that. It has also shown me how many calories are in the foods I eat. This has really helped me make healthier choices like eating more veggies (I am not a fan).
I am also making an effort to exercise daily. Setting goals helps me and I have been setting exercise goals each week. One big goal I have is to run my first half marathon in the spring. To help me achieve this goal, I have added running to my weekly workouts. Last week I set a goal to run 5 times that week.
Whether it is running, walking, workout class, training, or going to the gym I want to do something active each day. My husband has been a big support. He offers to run (even though I am a lot slower than him) and exercise with me. He also helps me keep on track with eating healthy. I really do appreciate all his help and support through this.
Blogging has also been a huge help. When I started this blog I really didn’t think it would be but it has. Like I said earlier, it amazes me how much support I have received in the short time I have been blogging. There are so many people out there who have been through what I am going through now. I love reading through other blogs and getting ideas. Doing challenges like The Weekly Chase and Summer Slim Down have helped me be accountable and connect with others. Not only do others encourage me but I also hope to encourage others along their journeys.
I know this is not going to be a quick, easy journey. I still have a lot to learn and changes to make. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.