Before I got pregnant, my weight fluctuated from 95 to 110 pounds. This was not healthy. In fact, my doctor urged me to get to at least 110 pounds because I was under weight. I was not Anorexic or Bulimic. I was pretty active but I was also a two pack a day smoker at that time. Smoking raises your metabolism. I was a little twig of a woman and I gained a lot of weight. I gained a little when I stopped smoking before I got pregnant and I obviously gained during my pregnancy. I always had big thighs though and it seems like all my weight went there. It is the hardest area to lose weight.
|Taken 2006. I was still smoking then. I don't find this attractive at all.|
|kinda blurry but taken 2006.|
One of the big mistakes I made while working on my thighs was doing too many wall sits, squats, and leg exercises. You see, I turned my fat into muscle and my thighs got bigger not smaller! I now do more cardio and it helps. In fact, this article was a source of inspiration! I also stopped beating myself up over my weight and whether or not I exercised that day.I ditched the scale and started eating healthier instead. That meant no more takeout, no more Chinese food (I love Asian food) and more fresh vegetables with my home cooked meals! I still eat treats but limit myself. It is amazing how much money you can save by buying your own groceries too. I even started looking at the weekly fliers and stocking up on items that go on sale.
This new found nonchalant attitude and new found better eating habits are enabling me to feel better physically. In fact, every year, I get really sick this time of the year. I usually catch strep, or bronchitis or a sinus infection. Sometimes all 3 (not simultaneously). I hope I am not jinxing this as I am writing it but I have not been sick since December! The last time I did get sick, it was a bad cold that did not turn into an infection!Yes, I still get migraines but despite the current weather changes that triggers them, they have been less frequent.
Due to not tracking my weight fluctuations, and just eating better, I was pleasantly surprised to discover several cool things over the past couple of month:
(1) The belt I bought a couple of years ago that was too small. It fits! On the first notch but it still counts!
(2) My jeans fell down while I had the button and zipper done up! They are too big! These are the jeans!
|When I first got them, they needed to be hemmed!|
|Last summer. The jeans faded! I hate it when that happens!|
(3) That belt I mentioned in #1...well... a couple of months later, I realized that I can get it done up on the second notch!
I am a firm believer in an active, healthy lifestyle that works for the individual. What works for me, might not work for you and that is ok. Sometimes, it takes us a while to find our balance.After all, a number on a scale is just a number and it should not be used to determine your sense of self worth. Sometimes a slight change of eating habits and being a little more active makes a huge difference, I know they did for me!
While I honestly doubt I would go back to being 110 pounds, I want to be healthy for me. I was never happy or comfortable in an unhealthy lifestyle even back when I was incredibly thin but I am much happier now. I am grateful for that weight gain as the end result was totally worth it;I got my son and now it is helping me take better care of myself.
|I know I posted this one here before but I have not had my photo taken recently and I like this one!|