This year I decided to go from a couch potato to a healthy and fit mom who could be an example for her kids. So far I have lost 15 pounds this year and gained muscle mass. I am well on my way to getting into the best shape of my life.
In 2012, I was pregnant with my second child, which turned into a high risk pregnancy and at 19 weeks I was put on complete bed rest. By the time my daughter was born in late August, I was so out of shape from lack of doing absolutely anything that I had the hardest time to even motivate myself to exercise.
I hadn’t gained a ton of weight, but I had gained more than I was comfortable with. But the fact that I hadn’t been able to even get out of bed had caused me to lose what muscles I had and I just felt incredibly fat and uncomfortable in my own body. I had no strength left and let’s not even talk about stamina or endurance to walk more than five minutes.
For a year I made several approaches to lose weight and get back in shape but I just had no motivation at all. Although I did lose the baby weight, my body just wasn’t the same any more. I didn’t see the results as fast as I wanted to which made me give up every single time within just a few weeks.
At the beginning of 2014 I decided to do a Daniel Fast. Not necessarily because I wanted to lose weight, but for spiritual reasons, although if there was any weight to be lost I was more than fine with that.
In those 21 days I lost eight pounds and I was finally not craving all the greasy and unhealthy foods I had been eating for a long time. The time of fasting was exactly what my body needed to detox and to get me set up to start a new and healthier lifestyle.
Halfway through the fast I started to workout again and by now I lost a total of 15 pounds. I no longer care about the scale but focus on the person in the mirror, the way my clothes fit and how I feel and I feel healthy and good again.
I didn’t just want a diet, I wanted a lifestyle change and that’s what I got and I’m sticking with it to be the best, healthiest me and mom I can be.