I have gone back and forth in my mind over whether or not I want to write about my own personal health on my blog. My initial goal was to get a post up yesterday in regards to how I lost my pregnancy weight and goals for future weight loss, but I ended up deleting it! I feel like health, particularly weight loss, can be a touchy subject for many people.. and I want to make sure I share my journey in a way that motivates (hopefully) others and even myself.
First and foremost, I don’t believe that beauty or happiness is determined by a number on a scale. I know many beautiful women, and they come in all shapes and sizes. 🙂
With that being said, I feel great at my current weight in terms of confidence and body image. Sure, I am not as toned or thin as I once was, but I still feel like “me”. And when I really think about it, this may be the first time in a long time that I am totally content with how I look. In the past, no matter how thin I was, I would want to weigh less or become more toned. Now, I look at old pictures from a few years ago and wonder how I could have ever thought those things! Is anyone else guilty of this?
So why the need for change? I want to be healthier. I have lost nearly all 35 pounds of the baby weight, and I want to lose my “overweight” BMI status (I am 5’2 and will not be in the “normal” BMI weight category until I reach 136 lbs). I want to maintain energy throughout the day without the need for 3 cups of coffee. I want to become stronger. I want to be able to keep up with Audrey, because that girl is going to be on the move soon!
My weight loss goal? I feel like most women who just had a baby like to use their pre-pregnancy weight as their goal. The problem with that for me is that I gained 15 pounds from the time my husband and I had our vow renewal (May 24, 2015) to the time I got pregnant (October 2015). So even though I am only a few pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, I still have weight to lose. So for now, my goal is to fall within the “normal” BMI weight category which means losing approx. 11 pounds.
If you are thinking that blogging about an 11 pound weight loss is petty, that’s okay! I’m going to do it anyway. 🙂 haha I KNOW 11 pounds is not a lot in the world of weight loss.. but its just the beginning for me. Remember, weight loss is not the over-all goal here. My main goal is to live a healthier lifestyle. Blogging about it will be a way that I can hold myself accountable and share with others what I found to work! If my posts motivate anyone (other than myself!), that will be icing on the cake. (omg. cake.)
Speaking of motivation – One of my favorite blogs that I have been reading for a while now is by Britney Munday. She is a mother of two who openly shares her health journey. She is super down-to-earth and extremely motivating. I highly suggest checking her out on Instagram as well, because she shares the best tips + recipes + updates on her insta-story!
What to expect going forward.
- progress updates every-other Wednesday
- healthy recipes
- workouts that Im loving (typically at-home workouts)
Wednesdays will now be dedicated to the Health portion of this blog, so stay tuned for what’s to come!
I also want to add that I am doing this 100% solo. I am not sponsored or collaborating with anyone. I have been asked by multiple women from various health + fitness companies to collaborate, and I have turned them all down. This is because I want and need to figure it out for myself. I have joined health + fitness groups in the past, and I just can’t get into them!