It has been a struggle for YEARS.
I gained 75 pounds in my first pregnancy in 2003. And from there, with two additional pregnancies and poor eating habits, I have added another 25 pounds on top of that. That means in the last 10 years I have gained 100 pounds. And it kills me to have to type those words.
I could sit here and share with you all the excuses I have made for myself over the years. The countless times I told myself “I will start tomorrow” or “this one bite won’t hurt anything.” And of course, one bite turned into so much more.
I have always said I wanted to lose weight, but never seemed to have the motivation to do anything about it. It was just recently that I realized my motivation has been in front of me this whole time – First and foremost, I want to lose this weight for myself. For my health. For my confidence. For ME. But also, I want to lose this weight for my kids. They are so much of who I am. and I want to live a long and healthy life for them. I want to be the best example I can be.
I finally had decided enough was enough, and that is when I met Tiffany. We met, oddly enough, at the Houston Moms Blog Launch Party. And meeting her has totally changed my world and my approach to weight loss.
Tiffany is a fellow Houston mama who, like me, found herself with a lot of excess weight after her pregnancies. Today, Tiffany has lost over 80 pounds, and she looks AMAZING! You can read all about her amazing journey on her blog Bump 2 Buff.
She has now become a coach and certified Insanity trainer. She has been a wealth of knowledge for me as well as my biggest supporter and encourager. I feel SO blessed that she has been brought into my life, and you better believe I am taking full advantage.
Tiffany was kind enough to share with me some tips on how to start this big lifestyle change I am embarking on, and she has graciously offered to let me share those same tips with you.
5 Tips For Kick Starting A Lifestyle Change
- Find your WHY. Find what motivates YOU and stick to it! Find friends and family to join you. Accountability leads to success!
- Be realistic! Set goals you can honestly achieve and maintain. Have patience…it’s not about perfection, it’s about making good choices the majority of the time. Setbacks may happen, but it’s what you learn from them and do next that really counts!
- Schedule your workouts for the week ahead, and stick to it like you would any other appointment.
- Keep a food diary. Try to be as accurate and honest as possible. This means recording everything! If you don’t put pen to paper, check out the myfitnesspal app on your phone!
- Plan your meals for the week ahead. Write a grocery list of what you need and stick to it. Plan when you’ll go shopping, and don’t shop hungry!
and just because…
- You have to start in order to succeed! Before you know it, this will become a habit, and you will do it without even thinking about it.
So Houston, today is the day. No more excuses. No more tomorrows. I am ready to do this. Today begins my journey to a new and healthier me. I know the days ahead will be hard work. And that many of those days I am going to feel like quitting. And that is why I am so glad I have Tiffany. She has been there and has promised to help get me through the tough times.
And now for the part I have been dreading for days….MY before picture and starting weight.
I post this not only to document my journey, but as terrifying as it is to put this out there on the internet, there is also something very therapeutic about it. And with it, hopefully there will be some accountability as well. I invite you to follow along on my journey to be a healthier and happier me on both my personal blog and Instagram, and keep a look out for occasional updates right here on Houston Moms Blog too. To help get me off to a positive and promising start, I would love for you to share your success stories or an encouraging word below in the comments with me.
[hr] Please Note :: I was not compensated for this post. Tiffany is just an amazing lady with an amazing story that I wanted to share in the hopes that it could inspire someone else the way it has inspired me. It was with her permission that I shared these photos and tips.