How to Lose Weight with Kids Around is sponsored by Z Living’s newest show, The Big Fat Truth. But the experiences and opinions are all mine.
How to Lose Weight with Kids Keeping You Busy
Being a mom is busy. Sometimes it feels extremely challenging and sometimes it feels amazing. But for the most part, it’s always busy. Since having kids, I haven’t always put enough focus on taking care of myself. Losing weight after kids can be challenging for so many reasons.
I’ve been on a weight loss journey my entire life. I gained a lot of weight after puberty and when my parents got divorced. I’m clearly an emotional eater.
About 15 years ago, Grambo nearly had a heart attack and we knew that something had to change. It was time for us to make a lifestyle change if we wanted to live long lives.
Now, this was all before I had kids. Before I knew anything about losing weight with kids running around all day long.
That day began my first successful weight loss journey of my life. Through lifestyle changes that including making better food choices and exercising daily, I lost 85 pounds and maintained it for eight years until I got pregnant with Weston in early 2010.
My midwife convinced me that healthy weight gain during pregnancy is important. So we focused on my diet and I continued to work out with my personal trainer until the week before Weston was born. I was in amazing shape and it was reflected in my pregnancy and childbirth experience.
After Weston was born, I got back to my routine and just modified it a bit. Six months later, I was doing really well. Then one of the most devastating things in my life happened, my little sister passed away unexpectedly at 23 years old.
I’ll be honest. I ate my way through the initial grief. I ate my way through the entire year following it, I think.
It was one of the hardest times of my life. Six years later, it’s still one of the hardest things in my life.
It took me a long time to be able to make some changes. But finally, Weston was the one who made me realize that I needed to take care of myself.
I got back to working out and making better eating choices. I was on the next stage my weight loss journey! It’s definitely a journey. There have been so many ups and downs.
Sometimes it feels like I’m all alone. Award-winning producer, JD Roth, is the host of a new reality series The Big Fat Truth on Z Living. You can catch it Sundays at 8pm ET. The show is all about the real reasons people struggle with their weight.
I’m excited about the show because JD Roth is celebrating the ability people have to make real changes in their lives and improve their lives. It also reminds me that I’m not alone on this journey. I’m not even along in working on how to lose weight with kids keeping me so busy!
I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant with Carrigan. I craved all things sweet. I was still grieving. I wasn’t exercising regularly unless you count chasing after a two-year-old. I gained a lot of weight and even though she was a pretty big baby at 9.5 pounds, I had a lot to handle after she was born.
The past three years have been tough. I haven’t made myself a priority and I’ve been dealing with some body image and depression issues. But I’m trying to grant myself some grace and remember that this is a journey.
Losing weight after kids is definitely a journey. It really can’t be about perfection, it just has to be about progress.
I know that I will make it!
How to Lose Weight with Kids
So how am I working on losing weight with kids around me all day long? By taking simple steps because if I’m consistent, I know they’ll all add up to change!
- Food – I’m making better food choices but not expecting perfection. The moment I start expecting myself to be perfect, I spiral down hill if it doesn’t happen. So on a daily basis, I’m making the food choices I know I should make. But once a week, I’m letting myself have something I might be craving.
- Exercise – I’m making this a priority in my day. Not just for losing weight after kids, but because it makes me feel better when I do it. I feel better physically and mentally. I know that makes me a better mom. So I’m walking each day or if I can’t get out to walk alone, I’m popping in an exercise video and doing it while the kids play next to me!
- Water – One of the easiest things I’ve done is focus on my water intake. I have to be intentional about it, or it might not happen. I’ve replaced diet soda with sparkling water to help me out. And I’ve surprised myself in the love I’ve developed for it.
By focusing on these small, daily changes and goals, I’m making progress! I’m back on my weight loss journey and I’m pretty proud of myself.
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