There’s something I haven’t shared a whole lot about and it’s not because I’m ashamed or anything, I just haven’t wanted to jinx it or have some weird Internet juju come my way. You see, back in March I went in for my annual check-up and I knew that when I stepped on the scale, I wouldn’t be happy. I knew from how my clothes fit (well, didn’t fit), from how I was always tired, grumpy, angry, not sleeping well, that something was ‘off’. I don’t think I can hide behind the excuse of having 3 children considering the youngest is now 5 years old. When I stepped on that scale, the numbers flashed a few times, trying to figure out if they should lie or tell the truth. They landed on 237 – the truth. So when I was asked to partner with Z Living to promote their newest show, The Big Fat Truth, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to share with you my own big, fat truth.
When I saw that number, I was angry. Disgusted. Sad. I sat in the room waiting for the nurse to come in and decided that I HAD to make a change. Right away, immediately, yesterday if possible. I pulled out my phone and started researching. I had heard of a couple friends having really amazing results following a keto lifestyle, so I started there. What could I eat? How did I start eating this way? Was it hard to follow?
Losing weight alone is tough, so I was really thankful when Ian joined the journey. That meant only making our meals and the kids theirs. Not three, four, five different meals. It also meant having someone helping me be accountable. We started logging all of our food, immediately cutting our carbs back to no more than 20g (net) a day. I continued to research, joined Facebook groups, anything I could to get as much information as possible.
I’m proud to say that since then, I have lost 34 lbs and counting. Ian has lost about 40 lbs. We aren’t stopping until our bodies are healthy and we are happy. For me, I want to be able to run around with the kids and not feel like I’m dying. I have so many things I want to do that I know, as I get healthier and get to that healthy weight, I will just feel more and more amazing.
(Purple is April 26th, pink is June 13)
One thing that has really helped has been reading about the journeys of others. What worked for them, what they did as far as fitness, what troubles they had; I certainly don’t want to compare my journey to theirs, but knowing that other people struggle with the same things, it helps. Seeing moms at the same place I’m at go and lose more weight by changing something, it’s motivating.
Watching YouTube videos and shows like The Big Fat Truth on Z Living are another way to find motivation and inspiration from people you don’t even know.
I don’t want sugarcoated, I want real life and that’s what The Big Fat Truth does – real people, facing real issues and real struggles when it comes to weight loss. The people on the show are going to be REAL – teachers, diabetics, “The Biggest Loser” contestants. It’s exciting to think that you could start changing your life right now – you can join the FREE Big Fat 30 Day Challenge and start receiving free health and wellness tips in your inbox.
If you’d like to watch The Big Fat Truth, episodes will air weekly on Sundays at 8e/p on Z Living. Every week features a different set of contestants/participants who are looking to break their bad habits that are detrimental and damaging to their health.
I plan to share more about our weight loss now that I’ve opened up about it and I hope that it might inspire someone (or more than one person) to stop hiding behind excuses and just make the changes you KNOW you need to make. I know it’s scary, but I did it and I know that you can too. Find what motivates you, what inspires you, and surround yourself with that and with supportive people.