In the last 6 month, I have completely changed my life forever. I want to share my journey with you in a 7-part series. I hope you will feel encouraged and inspired.
It all started in December of last year. We were in Alaska and I had some free time. I began watching several documentaries on Netflix. One by one, I began to notice a theme: Eat Clean. Along with eating clean, many of them discussed our addiction to sugar. A lot of what was hearing was nothing new.
I have spent most of my adult life dieting. I have never been naturally thin, not even in high school. I remember the summer between my freshman and sophomore year, getting on the scale and seeing 142. I’m 5’3″ and 142 was a devastating number to me. I told myself I had to get the weight off and I would never weigh that much again. I got down to 128 pounds, my lightest ever. I was wearing a size 6. I was thin, but not fit.
Fast forward to 2007, college helped me add that 14 pounds back on plus an additional 9. I was 151 pounds and miserable. I did weight watchers and got back down to 135 pounds. I felt better carrying around less weight. I still didn’t feel healthy.
I spent the next few years yo-yoing up and down the scale. When I met Tony in July of 2010, I was at 135 pounds. Falling in love wasn’t good for my waistline. When I found out I was pregnant, I weighed in at 142 pounds. I had always told myself that I wanted to be in the best shape of my life before I got pregnant. My desire for a baby wasn’t going to wait for me to get my butt in gear.
I gained a whopping (brace yourself) 40 pounds while pregnant with Ava. At my last visit with my midwife before she was born I weighed in at 182 pounds. I knew it was all for a good reason, but I never wanted to see that number again… EVER!
After Ava was born, I lost 30 of those 40 pounds in the first two weeks. I thought to myself, “I can tackle 10 pounds, no problem.” Five more pounds fell off in the next few months without doing much. I tried to diet, but I was nursing and I didn’t want to limit my calories too much.
We left for Alaska in October 2012. Ava was 10 1/2 months old. I weighed 147 pounds. I felt horrible. Something had to change.
In December I watched the documentaries. Those documentaries drove me to the library to read more. I began reading everything I could find on eating clean, vegetarianism, veganism, sugar addiction, GMOs, and processed food. On December 23rd, I gave up meat. I talked about this a bit here.
I started eating better, eliminating almost all processed food. I tried to buy as much organics as I could find and afford. The weight began falling off. For the first time in my life, I felt great, and I wasn’t on a diet! I always felt miserable on a diet because there were so many thing that were off-limits. My new-found way of eating was so liberating. It completely changed the way I will forever look at food (and my body). My thought changed from “what I can’t have” to “look at all that I CAN have.”
I no longer feel deprived. I eat what I want, when I want. The foods I crave now are not what I craved before. Food is now fun and exciting. I’m always trying new things, combining new flavors. Life got a little more exciting.
As of Monday, I now weight 127 pounds and wear a size 4! I’m the lightest I’ve ever been. That being said, I no longer care about the number on the scale. I don’t think I will ever own a scale again, I have no need to. My body is different now. I feel healthy and my body reflects that.
Check out Part 2: Eating Clean