As I sit down to write this first blog post, I am filled with a flurry of emotions. I am nervous, excited, worried and pretty much every other emotion. I am scared and nervous to expose myself like this and to publicly call myself out on my failures and successes. I am worried I will fail and let myself down and now, others that may be following. But I am excited to hopefully inspire others who are just like me. So here is some background information on me.
Many years ago I weighed 220 lbs, at my heaviest. I was depressed and unhappy with where I was at. Finally I decided to do something about it, I followed a diet plan: low calories (1200 or less a day), low fat, low carb and just really tried to shrink my portions (the american diet is SO out of proportion for the right amount of food you should eat at each meal). Eventually once I got the hang of that, I added in an exercise program. After 18 months I weighed the lowest I have ever weighed, 138 lbs that was about the time I was getting married.
I felt so great about myself, I still had goals of toning and lowering my body fat but a few months later we found out we were expecting our first child. We were so overjoyed, as I was informed that due to my PCOS I would have to undergo infertility treatments in order to conceive, so it was very unexpected and a very pleasant surprise! Instantly I was extremely sick, i threw up constantly the the only thing I could keep down was carbs, carbs and more carbs. Everything made me sick and I was living off ritz crackers. I wasn’t sleeping either and working full-time so I was too exhausted to keep working out. My weight gain was in the normal range and I felt like I was only gaining in my tummy, so I thought, this might not be too bad.
I ended up gaining a total of 45lbs, which my doctor said was fine, but I got very scared. I hoped that I’d be one of those girls who just walked out of the hospital and you couldn’t even tell she just had a baby (don’t we all), and then I thought, “well, people say breast feeding helps you loose the weight, so maybe THAT will be me”… nope not the case. I struggled and struggled with milk production, also I had an almost 4th degree tear, so my “recovery took a VERY LONG TIME”. My baby was NEEDY, cried all the time and never let me put him down. I was depressed and felt like a failure as a mom and woman. Things have gotten slightly easier, but my little boy is pretty attached to me and I try to go to the gym daily but sometimes I can only get in a 15 minute workout before he looses it in the Gym Daycare and I have to take him and leave. So sometimes I have to workout at my home, but sometimes I end up getting too tired or busy to make time for it. I have decided I need to start making it more of a priority. So my husband and I made a friendly little wager with his sister and her husband. We are having a weight/ body fat percentage loss competition and whichever couple looses the highest percentage gets a weekend with out kids and the losers have to watch them :). I NEED to have a weekend without my little boy, but more importantly i NEED to feel better about myself. Also, my husband and I want to try to have another child soon (because we aren’t getting any younger) and I want to loose the weight before so that I don’t have an even larger mountain to climb.
So that’s me and where I am at. I am determined to loose the 35 lbs and writing this blog will help me have some accountability. As I hit certain goals and milestones we will be having flash sales, giveaways and special discounts, so make sure you follow and cheer me on! We might even get lucky and have some experts chime in and give me advice and helpful hints! I will be including our Mommi 3in1 in my daily meals to make sure I am getting all the vitamins & DHA I need everyday and extra protein, plus my little boy LOVES them and it’s the only protein shake I feel comfortable giving him.
Weight: 140lbs BMI: 22
Body Fat %: 22 Size: Small/ 4/6
(I am not really this tall… I stood on a step stool to better get a photo of me in the mirror)
Weight: 174.7 BMI: 28.2 Body Fat%: 41.7
Waist: 33.5 in Hips: 43.5 in Thigh: 24.5 in
Bust: 39 in Arm: 13.5 in Clothing size: Med/ Size 10
This week I started with a large food prep for my husband and I. I plan on consuming no more than 1200 calories each day, drinking only water (about 90-100 oz at least). My calories are trying to be as clean and lean as possible. Absolutely no processed sugars and the only grains are oats and Quinoa. This week I used my Traeger to do most of my cooking, I smoked a bunch of boneless chicken breasts, asparagus and Brussel Sprouts. I also cooked up my favorite Quinoa salad with veggies and black beans, with a lemon oregano dressing. For breakfasts I made some Overnight Oats with added Mommi 3in1 protein. I also cooked a bunch of hard boiled eggs for snacks and apples. I have a large supply of nuts to help curve my hunger too. I also baked up some Sweet Potatoes and purchased Kale, Spinach and Salmon that I will eat for dinners a couple nights a week. I don’t want to get too sick of eating the same meals, so thats why i have those items. I have found that I need to have lots of options prepped or planned otherwise I get bored and i give up. The great thing about having my Traeger is that I can cook a bunch of tasty things without heating up my house and it infuses A LOT of great flavor! I like to track my calories on MyFitnessPal
Right now my goals are to workout 6 days a week. I have a FITBIT CHARGE HR to help me track my activity. If my little boy doesn’t do well at the gym, then i need to find time at home to get in my work out. My goals are 20k steps a day with a 120 active minutes. I want to focus on High Intensity Interval Training and doing some good cardio. I plan to to an hour of HIIT training and an hour of cardio, I have great hills in my neighborhood so I plan on pushing my stroller with a baby and puppy everywhere! Next week I will have a list of all the workouts I did and how successful I was at it. Here are some workout’s I screen shot from Pinterest that I plan on doing this week. Also here is a link to my favorite Kettle Bell workout, it’s a nice quick 12 minute workout for your whole body, I do a lot heavier weights though than this girl suggests. I will also be pinning more of my favorite workouts on our Pinterest page, so look for that!
I’m hoping that on top of reaching my goals that I will help inspire others to do so and that I can be a “real” person who makes mistakes but picks myself up and keeps going. I know I won’t be perfect, I know it won’t be easy; but I KNOW it will be worth it! Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter to catch my weekly check-ins!
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