Hi! I’m Amy and thanks for stopping by my blog! I’m a proud momma of two adorable children and wife to one amazing man. I met my husband in college and we have been married 6 1/2 beautiful years. I have a degree in Microbiology but I’ve been blessed to stay at home with my two littles. I love exercising and making healthy foods for my family. I also love reading anything nutrition or exercise.
As much as I prefer talking overall health, not focusing solely on weight-loss, I think it might help someone to hear my story.
Being a healthy weight really is very important. Being overweight can carry numerous health consequences such as high blood pressure, joint pain, fatigue, etc. Both pregnancies I’ve had, I’ve gained about 50 lbs. I get extremely nauseated and then eat, thinking it will make me feel better, but it never does. I just gain weight. So both times post-partum, I had a long journey ahead of me.
This was me when my husband and I got married:
This picture of my adorable family was taken when I was about 10 weeks pregnant, 2nd pregnancy. Yes, my hair is dramatically darker!:
This was about a year ago, after my second pregnancy:
This is me, taken a few weeks ago:
This was at my daughter’s first birthday:
(I was struggling with that candle! Ha!)
After my first, I lost all the weight, plus some and have done the same after my second.
Bottom line, my story is this: it can be done! I have done it twice, I am proof it can be done! When you gain whatever amount of weight, for whatever reason, you can lose the weight. You can become fit again. You can be healthy. Not all is lost, even thought at times it may feel like you were just meant to be a “bigger person”. That isn’t the truth. The fact is that our bodies were meant for physical labor, and for most of us that means daily exercise. We weren’t meant to sit around all day. Biologically, we are built to be active. When we aren’t active, our bodies accumulate weight and store it for a rainy day that most likely will never come. We were also built to consume whole, nutrient-dense foods, and not the high-calorie, empty-nutrient foods that stock most grocery store shelves.
One of my core beliefs when it comes to being healthy is you must to pay your dues. You have to exercise and you must have good nutrition. Having the right diet takes educating yourself on what is healthy and what isn’t. There are so many contradictory sources trying to convince that ‘this is healthy and this isn’t’, you really must research to figure it out for yourself. Many products in the food industry claim to be healthy when they are actually horrible nutritionally. You have to read labels and do research. You have to eat right. You have to put your time in exercising. You must pay your dues. It can be done! And you CAN do it!