For those of you ladies just starting out, I will tell you now...This is one of the most difficult things I have done second to childbirth. Even then once they are out, they are out. However both raising a child and a healthy lifestyle are full time and life time jobs.
Priority numero uno in my life is raising my daughter to be an independent, smart, successful, healthy, happy, driven (the list could go on forever) woman. Then my priorities shift to the health of myself and my family. When I started this I was so unhealthy I could not run for 30 seconds...so how was I supposed to keep up with a child for the next 18 years?!
There was no way I could have. Plain and simple.
When I had my epiphany and decided to get fit, for myself and my family, I did not realize just how poorly we exercised, how unfit I was, and what I had been doing to myself for the last 15 years. When I started cutting out sugars... I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE! I was so tired, and cranky, and miserable...
For the first couple of days.
After a couple of days I felt great. I still have a sweet from time to time, but I make them healthier sweets. And I make them myself so that I know how much sugar is in it, and I know it is not processed.
Then I began introducing more fruits and veggies. Just a TMI but holey crap...literally. I have never ever been so regular in my life. A now that I only drink one protein shake a day and water (nothing else) I pee every 15 minutes. The toilet and I are well acquainted.
And along comes protein. Your best friend when it comes to staying full and losing weight. Protein, Protein, Protein. I cannot stress how important it is. And it should come from good quality sources like lean meats, beans, and dairy. Do not cut any food group out because you think it will speed up the process. This is a slow and steady process, not a race.
Do not be afraid to eat! EAT! There is no reason to be hungry, or eat low calorie. Eat enough to fuel your body, and eat even more to fuel your workouts! Here is a great website that explains why you need to eat more! Another great site to check out is MyFitnessPal, it a website that helps you track your food and exercise. And the final one I am going to pitch to you is Scoobys Calculator that will help you figure out what caloric intake you need based on your activity level.
Now that I am done pitching my all time favorite sites, I will get back to it.
I won't lie...I am not always on the ball. Life does get in the way. I have a toddler, we are trying to conceive, and things are always busy. That is life in general. I have days where I don't eat healthy...I sometimes go for days at a time where I can't get in a workout...or I am just too tired to do so. Do I absolutely hate that?..yes! But that is the way it goes. You have to dig through the bad to get to the good and beneficial.
I love being a mom more than anything. I love that I am now a healthy mom, and my daughter will not have to worry about taking care of me...I will always be there to take care of her. I love that my family will take a piece of fruit over a candy bar any day. I love our life, even when it gets hectic.