40lbs Down.

I still have 22lbs to my goal weight but when I came across this picture from August, I couldn’t help but want to recreate it to see my progress. I know a lot of people who do MLM companies and constantly try to push their “business” on everyone they know via social media. I often see people post a before and after pic then say “Message me for details” or “message me if you want a super easy way to gain energy and lose weight” or “looking for 3 more people to join my team, if you want financial freedom, hit me up” etc. but they don’t actually say what they’re doing in the post- always an instant red flag to me. If you’re into that, good for you, I wish you the best but I’m not interested in any mysterious “get rich quick” or “super easy, fast weight loss” “businesses” that you chose not to share the name of.

Anyways, I gained an unhealthy amount of weight with Avery so after having him I knew I had a long road ahead of me. If you want to know my secret, here it is: THERE IS NO SECRET TO WEIGHT LOSS AND IT IS NOT EASY in my opinion. Throughout my adult life I have tried several different diet and exercise options. Some have worked better than others but I always cheat or quit or as I like to call it “fall off the wagon”. I think the secret is NOT GIVING UP. Whether you’re doing keto, code red, intermittent fasting (this is my fav of all the things I’ve tried), whole 30, weight watchers, beach body, CrossFit, orange theory, yoga, running, Zumba, or even if you rotate between multiple diets and/or exercises. I have gotten discouraged, and cried, and fallen off the wagon more times than I can count- especially in the past 6 months. BUT, every time I think “maybe I’ll just quit and be overweight forever, my husband loves me the way I am- I should just enjoy all the junk food I want” I remember all the times I cried and wanted to cancel plans because I was so uncomfortable in my own skin that I didn’t want to go in public. I remember the frustration I felt when I had to buy size 3X clothes (nothing against people who are size 3X, it was just hard for me because it was a dramatic change from what I was used to). I think about how this summer I get to stand by one of my best friends on her wedding day and I don’t want to feel embarrassed by the way I look next to all of my fit/healthy friends. So I have had to suck it up, get over the temptation to quit and KEEP FREAKING TRYING. Sure I fail, I beat myself up for it, and I want to quit but I don’t because I want to be healthier for myself, I want to look like the woman my husband married, and I want to be able to keep up with my sweet little munchkin for years to come. So I don’t know if I will stick with the diet I’m doing now, or try out a different one or if I’ll decide to focus more on exercise in the future than diet but I know this- I WILL NOT QUIT ALL TOGETHER.

So if you want to make money or lose weight fast or want to have financial freedom and your own business please DO NOT DM ME. But, if you’re getting ready for a night out and you look in the mirror and want to cry because you’re not happy with the way you look, feel free to message me and vent- I’ve been there. If you’re feeling guilty cuz you cheated on your diet and you can’t decide if you should quit or get back to it, I’ll cheer you on- I’ve been there. If you’re not big on cooking or feel line you’re out of ideas for healthy meals, feel free to reach out- I’m all about EASY SIMPLE meals that don’t require much time or effort. Basically if you’re struggling with your weight or your self imagine and feel like no one will care or understand, I’m here. I don’t have a magic pill, or workout, or secret money tree in my DM’s but I’ll gladly listen to your struggles and share my experiences if you need a friend who’s also riding the struggle bus along the journey to weight loss. ❤️

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