I'm always so inspired by hearing other women's stories of how they've lost weight, increased their fitness, and adopted a more healthier lifestyle, aren't you?
Mom_love07 has graciously agreed to share her weight loss journey with us. She's a 21-year-old mama to daughter, Addison, 2, and lives in Illinois. Her goal? To be more active and lose 100 pounds in one year. Each week we'll check in with her to see her progress and give her words of encouragement! But first, let's hear a little bit about why she's embarking on this important journey...
CM: How much do you currently weigh?
I weigh 240 pounds exactly.
What is your goal weight?
My goal weight is 140 pounds.
How long do you expect it will take you to lose this weight?
I am honestly not sure. I know it will take a bit, so I am going to say a year.
What is your strategy for losing weight?
My strategy for losing weight is: being more active. I have been walking a lot more with my daughter; but because it is getting colder, I am going to have to find a new way. I have also started doing sit-ups and lifting weights. I am only doing a simple arm curl now with a 10-pound weight.
I am not exactly "dieting," but instead watching what I eat and how much I eat of it—basically watch my portions. And, I will be eating every two hours, with my last meal being between 6 pm and 7pm—that way I don't let myself get too hungry, and then gorge on something that isn't good for me.
Oh, and for 30 minutes a day I am going to turn on the radio and just dance with my little one. This week I am also going to check out the Fitness videos on the On Demand and try a few out.
Have you always been overweight? What are your reasons for wanting to lose weight now?
According to the standards and charts that govern those, I would have been considered overweight because of my height to weight ratio. I have been about 5'6" since the beginning of high school. And before I became pregnant, I weighed between 130 and 140 pounds, but I never considered myself overweight then.
I want to lose weight because I want to be more healthy. I want to know that I will be there for my daughter and be able to do all those things with her that she may want me to do. I also want to lose weight before I even think about having another child. I do not want another one for a good three to four years, but if I don't lose this weight now then it will be even harder.
I am sick and tired of being overweight. And after I had my daughter, I only weighed about 200 and was losing some. But these past two years held many unseen challenges—family deaths and weddings and such—and things became overwhelming for me, and I gained the weight then.
What do you think will be the biggest motivator for helping you to lose weight?
My biggest motivator will be my little girl. I am doing this, first, for myself, but, second, for her. I am not setting a good example for her. And as I said I want to be around for her for along time.
What do you think will be the biggest challenge for you on this weight-loss journey?
The biggest challenge will probably be those times when I weigh myself and seem to not have lost anything even with my hard work. I also think the holidays will be tough, too. Also, because it is getting colder out, I will have to do more inside, and it will just be easier to not do it.
Thank you to Mom_love07 for taking us on her journey! I'm so excited for her and know she will do great! You go, girl!
Let's offer some words of encouragement and support to get her started!