Posted by thefithealthymom to Fitness/Exercise, Feb 6, 2010 12:40pm
Hi There Doctors!
I LOVE your show and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you AWESOME doctors who so candidly speak about topics that are of real importance-especially to us women. I am a 37 year old mother of 17-month old twins and I have a powerful story to share with you...
Hi There Doctors!
I LOVE your show and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you AWESOME doctors who so candidly speak about topics that are of real importance-especially to us women. I am a 37 year old mother of 17-month old twins and I have a powerful story to share with you. It is one that I am passionate about sharing with other moms who I know can relate to struggles with weight loss-particularly after having children. It is a story that needs to be told so that us moms of America can have the hope and encouragement to become as beautiful on the outside as we feel on the inside.
When I was pregnant with my twins I was told by so many people (other moms) how hard it would be to lose my weight and that my body would never go back to the way it was before getting pregnant. After my twins were born I put on even more weight. After seeing myself on a family video I realized how unhealthy I was. Already struggling with my weight for most of my life, and having a family history of morbid obesity, I was alarmed. I knew I was well underway to becoming one of those moms who have precious & beautiful children but is too big and unhealthy to really enjoy all the blessings they would bring. I was also determined that I was NOT going to become another statistic of obesity. I decided that not only was I going to lose my weight, I was going to get in better shape than I was before having my twins. I decided that I wanted to be a fit healthy mama for the sake of myself and my children. I want them to grow up fit and healthy also and live their lives to the fullest, and I am the example they are going to follow.
I began my journey by making simple changes to my diet that had a huge impact. I ate fresh fruits and veggies, cut out sugar except for the occasionaly "treat" and replaced my diet soda habit with lots of water. I "grazed" throughout the day and I never skipped breakfast. I started walking with my twins in their jogging stroller, eventually running and adding lunges and squats to my routine. Finally, with my doctor's guidance I began taking all natural nutritional supplements. Most importantly, I told everyone I knew and even people I just met about my desire to be a fit healthy mom (I occasionally used the term "hot mama" :)
I am very excited and proud to tell you that since giving birth to my twins September 11, 2008, I have lost an incredible 94 pounds! I went from 235 pounds to 145 pounds and from a size 12 to a size 4! At 37 years old I look and feel better than I ever have. Reaching my goal was just the beginning though-I now had to keep up my health and fitness for the rest of my life. I have been so inspired my my success that I started a business in the health and wellness industry.
What amazes me still is that I took no drastic measures, I had no surgeries, and I did not join a gym or hire a personal trainer. I mention this because people say all the time how the only way to get in post-baby shape is to do one or all of the aformentioned. As our money was tight after having 2 babies and being on only one income, I could not afford thse luxuries. The point is that if I can do it I believe that anyone can as long as they have the desire.
I would love to come on your show and tell my story. I know that it will captivate your audience, but my goal is to inspire and encourage other moms to do what I've done and take their health into their own hands. I am not a celebrity, and I am not a doctor. I am simply a mother and wife who wants to live a healthy lifestyle and look and feel good as long as I live.
In our great country it is the "norm" to see overweight people, and if they are a mom with kids you tend to say to yourself "oh well, she has kids that's why she's overweight," as if that is a justifyable excuse. I don't believe that any of us moms in America want to be overweight. I believe that there is an inappropriate and unjustifed stereotype that says that all moms must be fat. Well moms of America, take it from me because I've experienced for myself the reality of what taking charge of yourself and your health can bring.