My personal weight loss Journey
This is a particularly difficult blog to write, as it involves my very own personal story of losing weight.
To put things into perspective, I was never over weight. I enjoy cooking and eating healthy, well balanced meals and have my mother to thank for teaching me to cook and bake at a very young age, as soon as I was old enough to stand on a chair at the kitchen counter with her.
A hectic schedule in college and at the beginning of my career led to an unhealthy relationship with food. I would often go long periods without eating and would then eat an entire day’s worth of food in one sitting. When life finally settled down, I couldn’t seem to shake the pattern. That, coupled with the fact that I was eating out more frequently, meant that I started to gain weight. Not enough for me to be overweight, but enough that my clothes started to get tighter and I stopped feeling like myself. You see the thing about weight gain is that it is often insidious. We barely notice a pound here and there and it becomes easy to excuse it.
After my wedding in 2017, I fell pregnant very quickly. Going into pregnancy my weight was fine. I was physically quite fit, training regularly in the gym and doing reformer a few times a week. But, through poor food choices, I was the heaviest I ever was. I was very sick for the first 16 weeks or so of pregnancy and after that I just seemed to gain weight rapidly. We had a difficult time after the birth of our baby boy. I was determined to breastfeed and because of multiple factors, including him being in the neonatal unit for almost a week, we had great difficulty. This led to me sitting on the couch all day trying to feed and not making healthy food choices.
I’ll be honest, it was a real low point for me. I had always wanted to be a mother and thought it would all come really naturally to me but I just felt overwhelmed and on top of that I felt very negative about myself and how I looked. Nothing fit, I was lethargic, I couldn’t bear to have photos taken and I had no motivation. I had 2 events looming, my graduation from the Irish College of General Practitioners, a huge day for us as a family but also a day where I would see lots of colleagues and friends whom I hadn’t seen since having my son. Two months later I had a friends wedding. I wanted to feel happy in myself and feel positive about the events themselves and not be worrying about how I looked.
A friend gave me the push I needed to make the necessary changes. I knew the best way to get healthy was to plan meals carefully and cut back on the processed and convenience foods. I started planning carefully, meal prepping and eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. It wasn’t rocket science and it wasn’t easy but the weight slowly started to come off.
I knew I wanted to lose about 30 pounds initially. That would bring me back down to a healthy and comfortable weight. I set myself the task of doing this before it was time to return to work. So I had about 14 weeks to do it. That was roughly 2 pounds per week which I knew was achievable and safe, and the fact that I was still breastfeeding meant that I had to make sure I was taking enough in to sustain myself so that my milk supply wouldn’t be affected.
There’s no secret to how I did it. I just stuck with my plan. Three meals per day, healthy meals of course, 2 snacks of fruit or yoghurt or some eggs if I was hungry. Life still continued, I was still an extremely busy new mum with family events, Christmas, weddings and things to attend. But I stuck to it as closely as was possible and every week lost 1-2lbs.
In terms of exercise, I found the reformer really helped my to strengthen my whole body, especially my core, I got a good workout, and I really enjoyed the challenge it presented to me. This is something you can experience for yourself by clicking here.
One evening I was out walking and the thought struck me that I’d like to start running again. So I broke into a (very slow) jog, and surprised myself when I ran 5 kilometres. It became a challenge for me to see how far I could run each time I went out. Before long I decided I wanted to train for a half marathon. I felt I had achieved so much in terms of losing weight that there was nothing I couldn’t do if I set my mind to it. With that being said, I am running the half marathon here in Cork in a few days and it will be an extremely proud day for me if I finish it.
In total, I have now lost almost 4 stone in weight. The majority of this was through thoughtful nutrition. I meal planned, prepped what I could and was careful when I went out to eat that I made healthy choices. There was no rocket science, no meal replacements, no fasting, no fad diets. Just simple healthy eating.
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