Saturday, September 17, 2011

My Journey Towards a Better Me

If you've been following 4BabyAndMom for any amount of time, you've probably read about my struggles with weight, and know that I'm a plus sized mom. Despite of my size, I still see myself as a "Healthy Mom". Yes, I may not look as cute in spandex and sweat bands as my super-thin-model-esque sister, but I take pride in knowing that I eat well rounded meals, drink a ton of water and exercise- in some way, shape, or form- every day. No matter what I seem to do, losing weight is always a struggle for me.

I love myself, but I do struggle with knowing that I once wore a very small size, with no big ol' belly or cellulite. I think it's important for women everywhere to know that you can still live a healthy life style, and make healthy choices, without being a size 8. With all of the media hype on super-skinny Hollywood celebrities, I try to impart to my kids that you should be comfortable in your skin, no matter what your size or shape is. They know as long as they feed their bodies "the good stuff", it will continue to grow and develop the way it should. I'm proud to say my kids eat almost everything- from salmon, to nuts, to berries, to veggies.

I'm in another wedding this October, and my biggest fear came true. The dress my best friend chose didn't come in my size. The largest size that they carried was four inches too small on my natural waist line. I bought it, with the hope that I could drop the weight, and if not, (as the sales lady assured me), we could buy extra fabric and add it to the dress. (Did I mention the average size of the Bridal Party is a size 8?) I was devastated.

I took that bit of news- either rebuild a dress or lose at least 4 inches- and used it for motivation. I went to a local store and stocked up on some vitamin supplements. I knew I was eating healthy, but I was concerned I wasn't getting 100% of my full amount of daily vitamins. After being introduced to SAM-e supplements last year, I started taking them during my stressful times of the month, so I researched and started taking a daily multi-vitamin to help meet any of my daily requirements that I might be coming up short on. I also bought some CoQ10 to help with my energy, and some Vitamin D. I had from February until October to fit in this dress, and by God, I would!

I eat healthy choices, grilled seafood or fish, dinners that are mostly home-made; I'm a busy mom on the go, but I still take pride in eating a more balanced diet than most of the families I know. We eat veggies, we eat whole grains, and the kids drink mostly milk, and I drink a ton of water. I gave up junk food and fast food almost completely, stuck with the idea of "a little bit in moderation", and started following a daily food craving devotional. I know, that sounds odd, but I figured I could use any help I could get- even from the Big Guy himself. It was free on my Kindle, so I figured the only thing I had to lose were inches, right? I started walking every day, after the kids went to school. I even bought a pair of those toning sneakers.

Since I started this new regiment, I didn't really notice any changes in my physical appearance. I know that I've felt like I've had more energy, and been more active with the kids and around the house, but only one friend mentioned that I started looking a little different. I got the phone call in August that my dress had arrived. I went for my fitting in September, and low and behold- it fit!! I had done it. Little by little, I had accomplished the impossible- I lost at least four inches from my mid section!!

I don't know exactly how many pounds I've lost in total, but I know that it's been at least a few. I made a pact that I wouldn't step on the scale again until my jeans started sliding down on their own. I'm almost to the point now where I need to wear a belt, or they definitely start slipping. I'm proud of myself, for being a role model to local moms that are stuggling with their weight, who are starting to ask if I've been losing weight. It's still hard for me to look in the mirror and see the changes that my body is slowly making, but I know that with the extra vitamins I've been taking, my energy is up, my mood is up, and my body is making progress. Something it hasn't done through the plethora of diet fads I had tried to date. My focus has been on me... me & God, me and my health, and me and my future. For the first time in a long time, I've decided to make time for me again, and start taking care of myself. I have a feeling that I'm starting to balance myself out, little by little, with the supplements I'm taking, and I know that my journey has truly just begun.

Do you struggle with weight issues? Do you use any vitamin supplements? Do you consider yourself a healthy person?

Feel free to send some good thoughts and encouragement, as well.

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Cyndy September 17, 2011 go girl!!

Tara Maurano September 17, 2011  

Congrats Lauren, I know you will look beautiful for that wedding in October.

caryn,  September 17, 2011  

I am always proud of you but more so now because you have taken control of your destiny. Keep up the good work

Carrie,  September 17, 2011  

Awesome!let me know when you want to walk together and I'm there! :)

Carol,  September 17, 2011  

Keep up the good work!!!!!bcrt

Susan September 17, 2011  

Congrats, Lauren! I know it only gets harder the older you get too... unfortunately!! Cheers to you... Feel Good and Be Healthy!!

kaboogie September 17, 2011  

Good for you! Keep at it! You may try reducing the carbs eliminating as much sugar (especially anything containing high fructose corn syrup) as you can. And ENJOY that wedding! You deserve it!

Anonymous,  September 18, 2011  

I'm so happy for you That's awesome Keep it up

Roderick. September 18, 2011  

Great post! U rock Lauren.

Esther,  September 18, 2011  

So proud of you Lauren! And that pic of you is gorgeous.

Anonymous,  September 18, 2011  

Keep up the great work!!!

Brian The Electrician September 18, 2011  

Good Job Lauren, I think many care about looks over nutrition and weight over health. Not looking at the scale at first was probably the wisest thing as people sometimes gain weight during the first process of getting healthy!

Christina,  September 18, 2011  

That's awesome! Totally inspirational and gave me some good advice! :)

Marissa,  September 18, 2011  

I am so happy for you losing those inches, I know it was stressful! You did it the right way too, fad diets are just never a good idea.

Remember though--it's not about how you look, it's always about how you feel. If you feel good, you look good and you are beautiful! Keep on trucking, Lauren--you know I love you!

Anonymous,  September 18, 2011  

You are doing wonderful Lauren!! It is so hard, i know. You are doing it the "right", healthy way. Keep up the good work, you look great!

Anonymous,  September 19, 2011  

Keep it up and keep us updated!!!! :0)

Laura September 19, 2011  

Lauren, you are doing great and you look amazing!! Your efforts are really paying off! You know that I struggle(d) with weight issues. I was extremely overweight for a very long time. I do currently take vitamin supplements; calcium pyruvate is the big one. I also take a multivitamin, as well as Biotin and Silica which are both used for hair, skin & nail health. I started actively losing weight 6 weeks postpartum, so naturally I started seeing a lot of hair falling out (all that beautiful shiny pregnancy hair!) I wasn't sure whether it was due to postpartum changes or because I wasn't consuming nearly as much calories as I used to (still a healthy amount, but not the *well over 2000* that I was beforehand), so I wasn't going to take chances with my hair. I consider myself to be much healthier than I used to be, but I still feel I have a way to go! You're definitely on a great path and I know you can do anything you set your mind to!! :) :)

Anonymous,  September 19, 2011  

i think supplementing is great--our bodies need vitamins that all these processed and sodium filled foods don't give us. Fresh foods are great, but realistically they are also VERY expensive. We try to eat fresh and healthy, but we do still eat frozen foods a bit as well because they are cost effective on a family budget. You're an inspiration, and should feel proud of yourself for doing things the RIGHT way! Way to go, girl!


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