It’s time to lose the baby weight!

Okay, it really is time to get serious about this.  I have basked in the glow of motherhood and neglected myself for long enough.  Summer will be here before I know it and I want to be able to get out and be as active as I normally would.  Not to mention I need to be the best me I can be for my family.  I need to be healthy in order to take care of them.

So this week I joined Weight Watchers Online and I’m learning the ropes.  I’m making a commitment to a healthier me.  I have officially started today and I’m ready for the change.

I’m going to try to post some of my favorite Weight Watchers friendly recipes with the points per serving as I learn more on this program.

I have a lot of goals this year and being heavy isn’t part of the plan.  I do cut myself some slack though on the weight.  Let me give you the whole story.  I used to be very active, outside all the time, showing horses every weekend, at the lake any chance I could be, just going non stop.  It was great!  I had so much energy…the more I went the more I could go!

Me and The Husband dressed for dinner!  :)

Me and The Husband dressed for dinner! :)

 

Me before I tore my MCL & cartilage

Me before I tore my MCL & cartilage

 

Then I was injured in 2009 right in the midst of horse show season.  I twisted my knee (not on a horse or even around a horse) tearing my MCL & cartilage.  I am a bit VERY clumsy on two legs.  I kept pushing and riding/training hard (like an idiot) and was in pain for close to 2 years before I met my chiropractor and got straightened out for the most part.

Needless to say, pain will make someone depressed and not being able to be as physically active as I had been allowed me to gain weight.  It was really a rough time.  I couldn’t do what I once did and it really hurt my confidence.  As the weight came on it of course made everything feel even worse. It became a vicious cycle: pain, stress, food, no activity, depression, etc.  This was probably one of the worst but in the long run beneficial times in my life.  I reevaluated a lot and reorganized priorities and goals.  I did a lot of soul searching during all of that (emotional & physical) pain.  I had to find other outlets to channel my stress, pain and emotions.  I slowly began to get better physically and emotionally.  I found my “happy” again.

I think God gives us trials like that when we need to work on ourselves from the inside out.  It’s His way of giving us a “thunk” on the head and saying “Slow down and realize what is important”.  This is, at least, how it felt to me.

During all of this my husband and I decided to start thinking about a family.  The timing seemed right.  We were approaching 30 and it just seemed like a good age and good time in our life.  Then before long I was pregnant and you don’t really lose weight while pregnant so here I am heavier but so much happier.  My life is right where I want it and where it should be.

Me at Christmas last month

Me at Christmas last month

Now I just need to get back in shape and doing the things that I love.  I need the outside to look and feel as happy as the inside.

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