You already know that from time to time I like to talk a bit about my personal life. I hope that its not turning you off from my blog, but I LOVE hearing what you have to say! You guys really know how to swoop in and give the greatest advice! Today, I want to talk about a problem that I’ve been struggling with since the birth of my second son Nick.
Actually, I think its been a problem before I ever had kids. I met my husband when I was 16. He was my first boyfriend. Well, you know, aside from the “boyfriends” you think you have at 14! well, he was older than me and he had a car and a job. I said all of that to say that every off day he had we were at some type of restaurant. Ruby Tuesdays, Chinese restaurants, Red Lobster, Long Horn, I think you get the point. Anyway, my 169lb body went to 200lbs FAST! But of course I was in denial and it just gave me another reason to shop.
I realize that I don’t have many pictures of myself post baby and if I do, they are half shots. Mostly being because I hate seeing myself in a photo. If you notice in the two images above, I had a small waste. Well, three caesarians later, I have a large pouch! And for some reason I can not get rid of it….
The above three pictures I was pregnant. I guess it would be hard to lose weight if you’re pregnant every other year….
These pictures are recent pictures of me. The first one is of me at the Tennessee aquarium with the boys earlier this year. And the second picture is of me at Paula Deens Restaurant over the summer.
To simply say that I need to stop eating so much would be totally off base. I don’t think that is the problem. I know that my number one problem is that I don’t exercise. Problem number two is that I’m trying to juggle being a mom of three and making sure they have everything they need while neglecting myself. Plus, I need help with meal planning and learning ‘what to eat’. I also realize that I don’t drink as much water as I should.
So my point of this post is to ask you guys for as many tips you may have. Whether it’s a good starter exercise regimen, some healthy foods, or whatever. I would love to hear them. And if you have ever dealt with any weight issues how did you over come them? Oh and before I forget, to me, losing weight is more than just getting the weight off. Its more of a lifestyle change. Whatever it is that I decide to do, it won’t stop once I get to the size I want to be, but will be the beginning of a healthy and active life for me and my family. And last, I am not into diet pills at all. I believe that my goal weight can be achieved by eating right and exercise.