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How a Mom of Seven Got into the Best Shape of Her Life

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | How a Mom of Seven Got into the Best Shape of Her LifeName: Julie Cazier

Age: 41

 

Height: 5 feet, 9 inches

Before Weight: 210 pounds

How I Gained It: For me, gaining weight had a lot to do with eating large portion sizes, going for second helpings and making poor food choices, all which led to most of my weight gain.

I was also fairly inactive. While I would take an occasional walk, overall I was basically sedentary. Overeating and inactivity were the major contributors to my weight gain, but there was also the pregnancy factor. I would gain weight with each pregnancy, but not lose any weight between them. By the time I was 38 years old, I had ballooned to 210 pounds.

Breaking Point: I was at a point where I was unhappy with how I looked and felt, but completely overwhelmed by the amount of weight I had to lose. I wanted to have energy to run around with my kids, but I would usually just sit and watch them play.

Then, one day I saw my reflection in a full length mirror and I hardly recognized the overweight, puffy woman I had become. It was at that moment that I pledged to myself I would lose the weight, get healthy and be the active wife and mom that I desired to be.

How I Lost It: Losing weight was hard work, but it was never complicated. I didn’t join a gym or buy fancy exercise equipment, and I didn’t use a special diet. Instead, I decided to get active as a habit of life, and I began exercising every day to workout videos in my living room. And, as it turns out — I loved it! I got an excellent workout at home, all while having my family nearby. I tried all kinds of workouts — I did things like kickboxing, walking, step, dance and stability ball exercises. Everything I tried was fun, and I loved the convenience of exercising at home.

Once I started working out, the weight started to come off and that’s when I began to pay more attention to what I was eating. Junk foods and highly processed foods no longer appealed to me — I started filling my plate with real, whole foods and I started sticking to normal-sized portions. I also kept a food journal, and I used it to keep track of calories. After a while, I was able to estimate the calories in the foods I was eating pretty well, so I didn’t worry about obsessively weighing and measuring my foods. I decided that as long as I took a reasonable portion, I could eat anything I wanted.

Eventually, my new, healthy habits became part of my life, and within about six months I had lost the weight. Once I was at my goal weight, I was happy to become pregnant with our seventh child. After our baby was born, the pregnancy weight I gained came off easily, thanks to my new lifestyle.

Daily exercise and healthy eating are a continual habit for me, and they seem to naturally allow me to maintain the weight I prefer. I am now fit and healthy, and I can truly say that — as a 41-year-old mom of seven — I’m in the best shape of my life. Losing weight, getting fit and taking care of my health have allowed me to achieve the most important goal of my life: To be the best wife and mom that I can be.

After Weight: 145 pounds

Julie has maintained her weight loss for over a year.

 

Source: Thatsfit

Originally posted 2012-03-29 06:56:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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