Just about this time last year I had an epiphany (thanks to a photo of me from a friend's wedding -- ugh) that I needed to lose weight and get healthy. It was too long after having Sarah that I had not taken off all of my pregnancy weight. I was also motivated by a segment I saw on the Dr. Oz show about the idea of going on a sugar detox and it got me to thinking about a change.
Therefore, I started, the day before Halloween last year and asked my husband to join me on a journey to better health, better eating and better body.
It was incredibly tough.
Deciding to cut out sweets and soda was a start. And, it was a huge factor in my weight gain over the years that it was going to be really, really hard to manage. The great news was that with better eating habits, cutting out the sweets and soda and adding in exercise I managed to lose as much as 15 pounds within four months. My husband lost 17 pounds. We felt great. We felt amazing. We were able to get back into favorite clothes. I finally hit my goal of pre-pregnancy weight.
Then, we fell off track.
For me, every time I have had successful, reasonable, weight losses with amazing results I then add back in the sweets and such in small doses and then the weight creeps back up to the point where I am back to where I started. It's not as if I didn't have a healthy weight loss over time, each time. The temptation of sweets was just so exponential. It may sound extreme to cut out all sweets but for me I am not good at eating them in moderation.
I have been fortunate to have two wake up calls recently prompting me to make a public declaration right here, right now, at Mommy's Point of View to make a change. Ironically, another friend's wedding is coming up in late November that I fear how I will look in photos. And, since starting my new job nearly a month ago, I have been involved with a great new education effort for one of my clients (Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc.) that has given me new motivation.
I have been helping to raise awareness about a disease near to my family: psoriasis. This autoimmune skin condition, which can be uncomfortable and painful, affects a dear family member of mine. The more I thought about the campaign and spoke with media about it the more I realized there was something in it for me as well.
While I do not have psoriasis, the message about this program rung true for me. All in all, it is important that we incorporate exercise into our daily lives. In another year I will be forty and the realness of that has also made me realize that like what this program is trying to help people living with psoriasis do, is true generally of life. The importance of regular exercise, healthy diet and stress management can help to improve lifestyle.
And, as a parent, I want to live a long life to enjoy the many milestones I will experience with my daughter. I also want to become the best me that's possible: physically and emotionally. You pretty much can't have one without the other.
So, while I love food, and especially sweets, something has to change.
How is now going to be different?
I want to say that publicly declaring this need for change and to be emotionally and physically fit I have to just try, and try hard.
My husband and I are getting started. We have done it together before and we will do it again. And, instead of waiting for until after much of the overeating may take place between Thanksgiving and New Years we decided that the time is now.
Therefore, I am making my pledge now to become FIT -- emotionally and physically.
Want to join me?
It's going to be a tough road for me but I look forward to what the future holds for a more energized, rested and balanced mind and body.
Wish me luck. I am going to need it.