It's about Balance

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

One of my biggest fears when it came to losing weight was that I'd gain it all back. The statistics are staggering. It seems that nearly two thirds of those who lose weight gain it all back, and then some within the same amount of time it took them to lose it. Why was I going to be any different? What would separate me from the others?

I thought I would be good for a while. At least while I was young and childless. I'd be motivated by the shopping for clothes and shoes. I'd workout often because I'd have the time and energy. I would be just fine until I got pregnant. Long before becoming pregnant, I knew that I would struggle with it. I knew that I would put on weight (even if rightfully so) and have a hard time getting it back off. I was worried I'd return to my old ways of mindless eating and lazy evenings at home.

Several of you have asked how I have managed to gain so little in my pregnancy and you've express fears that becoming pregnant will make you gain all of the weight you lost back. I assure you that you are SO not alone in this fear. If anything, I know that my weight loss before pregnancy has done wonders to help me control myself when the hormones hit. Its a hard shift to make from eating to lose weight, and eating to be healthy, but in the end, that is what the goal is, right? It's not just to get skinny and then eat whatever we want. It's about finding balance. It's about eating that brownie and going for a walk or doing some yoga.

I am by no means a perfect example of health. as a matter of fact, today I had two Reese's peanut butter cups and a fun-size kit kat. Something about chocolate just calls my name. Other days, I have things very much in control. I eat my planned meals and supplement with healthy snacks. But now, having lost the weight, I know that I need to balance that out. Today I also went on a long walk on my lunch break and have made and effort to eat several vegetables and fruits. Earlier this afternoon I noticed myself leaving the company kitchen with a snack pack of carrots in one hand, and the Kit Kat in the other. (Like I said...all about balance.)

Another lesson I learned was how to actually use food to fuel my body. Before, I was eating thousands of calories of whatever I wanted. I wasn't looking to provide my body with nutrients. I was looking to feel full and satisfied. Dieting taught me how to make the most of my calories. I know that I can a whole lot of fruits and veggies to keep me full without eating too many calories. I cannot tell you how valuable this lesson has been. I never knew just how hungry I would feel at times and now I don't immediately go straight to high-calorie, low-nutrient foods that I ate before.

I guess what I'm trying to say to those who fear getting pregnant for what it will do to them, is you do not need not be afraid. All of your efforts to get healthy will come in handy. It is not easy and there are definitely times where you will getting bigger and gaining weight will be hard emotionally on you. However, you'll have good days and you'll have bad days and you just have to take it one step at a time.


Christie said...

Great insights!

Adrienne said...

I LOVED this post. I've told you how we are trying for another baby. And after losing nearly 60 pounds, and I still have 40 to go!?? I get nervous about gaining all the 60 back. But even if I try real hard I feel like I could not do that. my healthy habits are now what I enjoy. So hope that helps me, as I see that's helped you!

Anonymous said...

I hope you continue to blog. It seems like you;ve been blogging less and less... Don't be discouraged if you gain weight, it's all for an amazing reason. I am also pregnant and traying to keep somewhat of a healthy weight and would love to keep reading about your struggles and victories.

Heather AKA Prusha said...

I gave you an award on my blog today - hope it helps to brighten your day.

I'd hate to lose your inspirational posts!

The Mellors said...

Oh my heck SherRon!This is Danyell Nielson from high school and you are doing amazing!! I was so happy to see a familiar face! I have been struggling with my weight ever since I had my first son. I gained 65lbs and never lost it. In fact I have added 20 or so more to it in adding my second child, a daughter. It can be so tough and discouraging but your put a happy familiar face and are so cute!!! Thanks and congrats on your baby girl!!

Yum Yucky said...

Although the weight is gone now, I wish I had come across your advice early in my twenties. That's when I started popping out the first babies and I had no interest in eating healthy. Salad? Ewww. Brown Rice? Yuck! Welp, all that's changed now. Better late than never! You're doing fabulous. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi and congrats on your baby. I just had my first son 5 months ago and am amazed everyday by how much I love him! I lost 40lbs right before I got pregnant and was also afraid I would gain it all back.

When I got pregnant I used the Quantum scale which only ever shows how much you have lost or gained rather than an actual weight. This way I was able to focus on only how much I gained and didn't have to watch those numbers on the scale get higher and higher. I new I was supposed to gain between 25 - 35 pounds.

I almost made it! I gained a little more right at the end but now I am working my way back down to zero (my pre-pregnancy weight) and have never had to feel the anxiety and stabbing pain in my chest when I stood on the scale and saw it was well over the 200 lbs mark again.

I saw it on Dr. OZ and it really helped me- just thought I'd pass it along. I love your blog and just remember for all the terrible things pregnancy does to our bodies, weight gain, bigger feet, aching joints and pregnancy masks (yup my sister just pointed out the discolouration under my lip the other day lol) your baby is totally worth it!

All the love and best wishes for you and your new family.

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