Exercise is my Therapy
NAME : Jaime
BEFORE WEIGHT : 220
AFTER WEIGHT : 160
POUNDS LOST : 60
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started turning to food when I was 12 years old. I grew up in a very dysfunctional household and food was my comfort. My father had a drug addiction and my mother barely noticed me. Food became my friend.
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
I have battled binge eating, anorexia and over exercising. I’ve been skinny and I’ve been heavy but it wasn’t until I gave birth to my daughter that I knew I had to change. It was no longer about me. I had to be strong and healthy for her. I didn’t want her to grow up hating her body or seeing mommy always on a diet. She is my why!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
After gaining over 50 pounds with my pregnancy and only losing 12 pounds by 4 months postpartum, I knew my habits had to change. I stopped buying sugary cereals that I would much on all throughout the day. I started buying food higher in protein and less processed carbs. I stopped the soda and only drank water. I went on youtube and searched hiit cardio routines. I started exercising when my daughter would nap and I made it a habit. On days I couldn’t get a full workout in, i would dance around the room with my daughter or hold her while squatting. You get creative when you’re a mom! Small changes led to big results overtime.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
After about 3 weeks or so, I started losing inches and my stomach bloat was going down. It motivated me to keep going and to do more. I avoided the scale because I know how much our weight can fluctuate. I stuck with pictures and the measuring tape.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
Having an infant at home and being a SAHM is challenging. Sometimes she wouldn’t nap and i had to get creative.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
No. I already knew I needed to do this for my daughter. She needed a happy, healthy and confident mom. I didn’t want to be that mom hiding in the house because she was embarrassed to be seen. My daughter didn’t deserve that.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Not really. Once I got into a consistent routine, i was making changes every week. Non scale victories are just as inspiring as scale losses.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It took me about 7 months to lose most of the weight.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
Oh yes! I had a ton. I was able to wear jeans again after not being able to get them past my hips for so long. I was able to complete a full 40 minute workout without stopping. I was able to fit into all my pre pregnancy clothes. I ended up being 15 pounds lighter than I was pre-pregnancy.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I was a huge carb junky. Cereal was my weakness! I could eat an entire box in one day like it was nothing. I knew I had to stop buying it if I wanted to change. Some things I just can’t have in the house. Now I don’t even miss it.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I have always enjoyed working out but after getting pregnant, i completely stopped all physical activity. I struggled with infertility for almost 10 years so I was petrified to exercise. Even though the dr said it was OK, my mind told me I needed to take it easy and i did. I also overindulge all the bad foods. Now, i love exercising again! It’s my therapy and stress reliver. It helps my anxiety. It gives me confidence and strength. I love doing hiit cardio and weight lifting. Weights make me feel strong and amazing.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- I put my workouts clothes on first thing in the morning. I knew if i was already dressed , it made it easier to get my sweat on.
- I put a picture up on my refrigerator that said “self care isn’t selfish, mom. Now go workout” it helped me get motivated and pumped for my workout.
- I put a pair of my goal jeans on my bed. They stared at me everytime i passed by. They helped remind me of what my goals were and to never quit!
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