Monday, June 8, 2015

Weighing In On My Weight Loss Journey! AND This Week's Encouragement Link Up Party!!!

Weighing In On My Weight Loss Journey:
From A Mama Of Six

It's not the first time that I've had two babies back to back.
No, this is actually the third time that I've had two children within 2 & 1/2 years!

First set were 16 months apart.
Second set were 2 years & 3 months apart.

This last set are only 18 months apart.

The difference this time is that I've aged.

I turned 35 a couple of weeks ago & I realize that weight loss
is NOT coming easily any more!

Now basically with every pregnancy I've had a tendency to pack on the weight,
and these last two were no exceptions.

This time, however, I found that by the end of both pregnancies (due to joint paint)
I could barely walk & became almost completely sedentary.

Recently I started looking at the scale again
& realize that I have at least a forty pound weight loss journey
ahead of me...

 I could even stand to lose a few more if I want to be in the healthy section for my BMI.

It finally dawned on me how much added girth I had acquired during pregnancy 
number six, when I had a series of comments come my way...

"So when are you going to start working out?"
"In my day after we had babies we wore a girdle (in reference to my 'mama pouch')..."

And my personal favourite: 

"When are you due??"


I forgive you; I forgive you; I forgive you ;)

Last year after baby number five, during my short break of not being pregnant, I had taken
up biking as my latest hobby.

It was actually quite exhilarating.

The wind at my back, and since we live in the country, it's such a lovely view.

It brought me back to fond memories of my childhood, where bike 
riding was the only mode of transportation that got my anywhere 'far'.

My friends & I rode almost everywhere in our little neighbourhood.
I was definitely in good shape back then :)

So, this past weekend, I made a decision.

One day at a time. One step at a time, I am going to get back to 
my goal weight.

I got on my bike for the first time in almost a year!

It felt great. Wonderful.

I also, for good measure, threw in a swim at a nearby pool & got in a few lengths.
Not many, but I counted at least four.

Not bad, not bad.

Yesterday I went for a walk with my eldest daughter.
Got a healthy smoothie at our local smoothie bar to take along with us.

To be honest, when I look in the mirror (& at the scale!) I still feel a bit overwhelmed
at how far I have to go.

But I realize that ANY change worth making can be like that.
One small step at a time.

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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9)

Feel free to share in the comments section, what YOU'VE recently done towards your 
own personal health goals.

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