If you have known me for a while you know that I have been having a weight struggle, pretty much all my life. But that really I have been having an issue since having the kids, or rather Ariel. See I gain a lot of weight with both pregnancies.
With AJ I was able to drop it pretty steadily, I lost about half of the "baby weight" when I wound up pregnant with Ariel. But with Ariel is was almost impossible to lose the weight, it took me a year to shed 20lbs and then I kept yo-yoing the weight on and off. Finally I have been shedding the pounds.
Somehow in the midst of my stressful life, happiness snuck in and I couldn't be more grateful for it.
I'm doing everything I can to make life better for myself and my kids. AJ is doing great in school. Ariel is cha-chaing through potty training. I am working for a magazine, doing more photography, and I'm with someone that makes me happy.
What really made me happy and notice how much I am losing was putting on the outfit above. I got the skirt last year and it is now loose on me. I kept having to hike it up. But the shirt was the big thing. My mom got that shirt for me two Christmases ago and I usually had to pull it down over my belly and even then it just covered it, to the point where I would sometimes wear a tank top underneath. Now? I can pull it down past my hips and it stayed put (except for when I needed to hike up my skirt).
The other things that have helped are keeping track of the inches I lose, it's a big boost to show me that even if I didn't lose a pound I lost something. I have more energy, therefore I am moving more. I have stopped buying junk food, and a lot of premade food, so I'm making my own food, or not if I feel too lazy. But less junk going into my body. I also like to do yoga poses when I can.
My goal is to get back to my pre-kid weight eventually, right now I would be happy with my pre-Ariel weight.
|Me before the kids|
Below are Dr. Raj’s simple exercise tips for staying fit:
- Don’t Forget to Stretch: Each morning when you rise and shine, there is a reason why your first inclination is to stretch before rolling out of bed. “Stretching not only lengthens muscles, it improves circulation which helps to release toxins,” says Dr. Raj. “To prevent injury, stretch both before and after physical activity.”
- Walk Whenever Possible: Believe it or not, walking each day will keep the doctor away. The 10,000 steps campaign suggests that a daily count of thousands of paces has various long-term health benefits. “While walking alone isn’t going to win any body building competitions, 20 minutes of daily walking is the single best thing you can do for your health,” adds Dr. Raj.
- Take the Stairs: Rather than riding the escalator or elevator, climb up the stairs. Walking up a flight of stairs strengthens the heart and lungs and burns calories as well. Even as little as one flight of stairs is better than no movement at all.
- Hit the Green: Weight bearing exercises (including golf) are the key to building bone mass which has been proved to postpone osteoporosis and arthritis. From swinging those clubs to walking between holes, a day out on the golf course is good for both body and mind.
- Workout, From the Couch: Those who have weak knees and are prone to injury can avoid putting excess pressure on the knees by exercising from their seat. “Alternating leg lifts from a seated position provide a continuous range of motion,” says Dr. Raj. “Seated jacks, which are literally jumping jacks while sitting down, are another great way to get the body moving.”