I’ve asked another friend of mine to share her story after seeing her before and after photos on… you guessed it, Facebook :) I thought a lot of mamas with little ones would love to read a success story that didn’t involve a gym membership or expensive, in-home workout equipment. -Allison
Melissa In A Nutshell
I’m the mother you see in the grocery store with a toddler in the front of the cart making his way out of the childproof seat belt and two preschoolers by my side touching everything they want in the store. I get those comments, “Oh! They are ALL yours?!?” as if to say I had the Brady Bunch in tow. Most days my house looks like Hurricane Sandy hit it, minus the water. I am a mother of three kids, ages 20 months, 3 years, and 5 years. I get how hard it is to take care of yourself when you have little ones in so much need of attention- diaper changes, noses to be wiped, shoes to be tied. But after landing the job as a full-time stay-at-home mother, I now realize more than ever how important it is to do.
What Makes Her Tick?
It can be a very stressful task to try to lose the “baby weight,” especially when the baby weight is more like the weight of a third-grader. Buying a pair of size 17 pants for the first time in your life can be stressful as well – even tear-jerking. At 5’2″, that wasn’t where I wanted to be. I knew that heart disease and diabetes ran on both sides of my family. I knew that having a thick waist wasn’t good for my heart.
But, as a sinful human being, who on her own, gives into laziness and gluttony far too easily, there has to be more motivation than just an ideal weight or waist size. So for me, that motivation is simply summed up in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” By taking care of the body that God so graciously gave me, I am glorifying Him! What an awesome concept, not to mention, an awesome motivator!
How She Lost It
I started a fitness blog in the beginning of 2008, just a few months after I gave birth to my firstborn son. This blog, which I affectionately call Witness My Fitness, has helped tremendously in setting goals and holding me accountable to those goals. I had several goals in mind regarding fitness.
Of course, the main goal was to lose weight. My postpartum weight was in between 185 and 190 lbs, but by January when I decided to start the blog, I got down to about 175. I stayed there for a while until I started Weight Watchers in May of 2008. I went on to lose 20 lbs on Weight Watchers that summer and an additional 10 lbs the following fall. By December of 2008, I was pregnant, and I had reached the weight of 155 lbs. That was half the weight lost before my second pregnancy! I went on to gain only 19 lbs in my second pregnancy which was a HUGE contrast to the 60 lbs I gained with my first! That 19 lbs came off when I delivered my second.
I lost 10 more pounds before I got pregnant with my third and weighed in at about 145 lbs. I gained 20 lbs when my third pregnancy and for some reason that didn’t all come off with the baby! My scale seemed to be stuck at 151 lbs. I cut out a lot of sugar and, once more, got serious about eating healthy, clean, and organic (when necessary). I know how to eat healthy. I’ve read books, taken classes – the knowledge is there. I just needed the discipline to apply it!
By the summer of 2011, a few months after having my third child, I was able to drop 7 lbs VERY SLOWLY! I knew I needed a literal kick in the butt. My workout DVDs were no longer challenging me and I had a hunch that this was the problem. I saw a write-up for a $20 program called Supreme 90 Day in Fitness Magazine, so I decided to go for it. This was a muscle confusion program similar to the more expensive P90X program. I committed to the Supreme 90 Day workout and the rest of my extra weight, 16 pounds, a whole lot of inches and pant sizes, was history.
How She’s Keeping it Off.
It was just 7 months after my third child was born and I was three pounds from the goal weight I had set for myself. I did two rounds of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, which was super because it was challenging and each workout was less than 30 minutes. Shortly after my third child’s first birthday, I weighed in at 118 lbs. Not only that, I was in sizes 0-2. I have NEVER in my adult life been in that size! Muscles were appearing on my body that I never knew existed! I lost a good 70 lbs since the birth of my first child! I can run with ease now. I lift weights with no problem. I love a challenging workout that gets me sweating and huffing and puffing. Muscles were appearing on my body that I never knew existed! I lost a good 70 lbs since the birth of my first child! I can run with ease now. I lift weights with no problem. I love a challenging workout that gets me sweating and huffing and puffing.
One goal that I continue to have is to KEEP MOVING. You see, being at a healthy weight doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis is how you stay healthy. Sure, I have a protein style In N Out burger or a piece of salted caramel, dark chocolate every once in a while, but I have a fruit and veggie smoothie every morning. Sure, I sleep in every now and then because my kids played tag-team and woke me up all night long. But I make sure to get exercise in during the kids’ nap time, or exercise when they are awake. I might have to stop every 5 minutes to aid them in filling a sippy cup, breaking up an argument, or making sure my 20 month old isn’t pulling his sister’s long, pretty blonde curls but I just keep going until I’m through with the workout. I will even let my kids workout with me at times. There isn’t anything much cuter than my 3-year-old daughter trying her best a jumping jacks!
I’m not saying it is easy by any means. I sometimes want to slap Jillian Michaels in the face for the attitude she’s giving me. It will take me an hour and 15 minutes to complete a 45 minute workout at times, with all the interruptions. But, I don’t give up, even if I’ve had a bad day, week, or weekend. I keep going. It is worth every bit of struggle!
Allison’s Take On It
Melissa has a lot of great things going on for her. I can’t imagine how proud she must be of herself and rightly so! (And, by the way, does anyone else see Brooke Shields in her after photo?)
1. She has decided to look the Lord for her source of strength and motivation which will surely help her remain steadfast in her lifestyle changes. Her motivation can remain constant in spite of fluctuations in her mood, sleep, time constraints, etc.
2. She is working with what she has. She’s made her home her playground! And little ones are not seen as a hinderance to working out. She is setting such a great example for her kids.
3. She figured out when her body had hit a plateau and instead of being satisfied with getting close to her goal weight she challenged herself further and charged ahead.
Our congratulations to Melissa who just entered a Facebook contest with her before and after photos and won. What a great recognition of all your hard work! Be sure to check out her blog and follow her as she pursues new fitness goals.