It was July 2012 when we decided to start trying for a baby. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as quickly as we had hoped. I believe this was largely due to the state of my body.
It took a few months before I realized that I may have been the problem. I was 30 pounds overweight and that number was climbing. I was frequently ill and had a crappy diet. I decided to take my health into my hands, not only to help us conceive a baby, but because it just needed to be done.
We were adamant about making a grocery list each week rather than walking around the store grabbing whatever looked good at the moment. I began an exercise regime and a meal plan with Lacy Arnold’s LeanMoms program. One of the big things that I really loved about Lacy’s program was that if you didn’t have time for a full work out, she had 15 minute workouts too. Also, the food in her meal plan was actually really good and I enjoyed the recipes.
I steered our family away from processed foods and began making a lot of things from scratch. This took some extra time, but the food always tasted so much better, and I really enjoyed looking for new recipes to try and sharing some of the LeanMoms recipes with my family.
Another big change that was difficult for me was turning my back on soda. I had a Pepsi a day for several years. It was my addiction. I craved that ice cold can of empty calories. I managed to kick that habit and even took it a step further by only drinking water and the occasional glass of milk.
Slowly but surely, the work and changes started to pay off. I was a little disappointed when the weight didn’t just melt away. The LeanMoms support group helped me to understand that I needed to quit looking at my scale and pay attention to how I looked, how my clothes fit, but most importantly, how I felt. Becoming healthier isn’t just about the number on the scale. A pound of fat takes up a lot more room than a pound of muscle.
I was not only losing fat, but I was building muscle. So while the scale didn’t seem to change a whole lot, my body did. Before I knew it, my pants were getting too big, I had lost 20 pounds, and I was feeling great! We ended up conceiving our son early in May 2013. I really believe that changing my lifestyle prepared my body for the experience of carrying a child. I also developed good eating habits that I was able to continue throughout the pregnancy.
Now I’m the proud mother of a beautiful baby boy. I’ve just been cleared to work out again and plan on revisiting the LeanMoms program to continue my journey towards a healthier me.