Maintaining Weight Loss – Guest Mom Post

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Today’s guest mom post, “Maintaining Weight Loss” is part four of Emily’s story. As part of our commitment to motivate and inspire moms to prioritize their health, we’re sharing stories from real moms. Catch up on Emily’s previous posts. 

If you’re starting out on a journey to better health or not seeing results with your current program, be sure to check out our post on what it takes to get in shape after pregnancy.  

maintaining weight loss

Emily one year after losing weight

It’s been over a year since I lost all my weight. That year has gone by very quickly and has definitely not been without it’s challenges. I’ve been through weddings and camping trips and PMS (12 times!) and all the regular up and downs of emotion and life.

I know what you’re wondering – do I still weigh the same now a whole year after switching to maintenance mode? The answer is:

No.

I started my weight loss journey at 190 pounds, I was able to get to my goal weight of 140 and then surpass it, finally landing at 130. And then over this past year, my weight has ever so slowly creeped down just a tad more, landing me at 125. That makes a total of 65 pounds gone. Gone! I never, ever expected to weigh in the 120s, ever! Yet as I have made health and fitness a part of my life, without even trying that last teeny bit of weight simply slipped away.

So how did I go from being the yo-yo dieter to now being able to easily maintain my new weight? Here is a glimpse at what my life looks like now and how I’m maintaining weight loss.

  • Exercise is simply part of my routine. I shower every day, I brush my teeth every day, and I exercise 5 days a week. That’s just how it is, it’s habit and I don’t even think about it anymore. I also do it super early in the morning so it’s out of the way.
  • I never viewed my change in eating as temporary. Diets are temporary. Eating healthy is permanent, and I will never go back to eating frozen pizzas and canned meals. Eating this way has actually changed my tastebuds, and the thought of eating some of my old foods actually makes my stomach churn. Instead I crave fresh produce and green smoothies!
  • I go through massive amounts of produce. Obscene amounts, really. We go through the same amount of produce in a week now that we used to in two or three weeks. One vegetable per meal is rarely enough and when we snack it’s usually on fresh fruit and veggies.
  • I stay inspired by learning everything I can about health and nutrition. Nutritional science is always changing as they discover new things about the food we eat, so I read everything I can about health and nutrition. I continue to make more changes for the better as I learn, and continuing to research keeps me inspired. I have become so interested in health and nutrition that I am in training to be a health coach. I simply can’t get enough of learning about health and food!
  • I am not in this alone! My husband, family and friends have been very supportive of me from the beginning. As my success became more apparent, more people began asking me questions, leading to me starting my website (www.thatswhatieat.com) to talk to even more people about it. If you have a goal that you keep to yourself, it’s easy to let it go because no one will know that you gave up on it. If you instead talk to other people about it, you suddenly have someone to be accountable to, which makes you think twice when tempted to give up your goal.
  • I think differently than I used to. When I was heavier, my inner chubby girl would take shortcuts. I wouldn’t play with my kids on the playground because I was too tired and I would find ways to do things more efficiently so I moved less. Now that I have my “skinny girl mentality,” I play with my kids on the playground even when I’m tired because I have changed my view of myself and now consider myself an active person. I don’t mind running up and down the stairs because I love to feel how capable my body is and enjoy the feeling of my heart beating a bit faster, even if just for a second.

I think the biggest change, though, is that I finally made a real decision to have an entirely new life. I didn’t do it half way or temporarily. I am stubborn and feisty and I am never going back. On top of that, I am going to spread this as far as it will go. I want everyone to feel this incredible!

Emily – you are truly an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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