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"A HUGE setback can be changed into a HUGE victory with the right mindset."
I didn't want my kids to go through the stuff I went through. I didn't want to live on medication for the rest of my life. I didn't want my family's story to be my story. I was tired of being miserable, I was tired of being tired, I was tired of not wanting to look in the mirror, and I was very tired (and still am) of being plus size. It had to change, and I am the one who needed to change it. I was already seeing the cycle replay in my oldest son's life. I had to say, "NO, this is enough and it stops here and now." So I changed. I got my goals in order.
- I want to get off the high blood pressure medication.
- I want to lose 130 lbs.
- I want to be able to look myself in the mirror
- I want to love myself and my body
- I want to be hot
- I want to look great in a swimsuit
- I want to live past the age of 75
- I want to be hot
- I want to be a hot homeschooling mama
- I want to be hot
I started exercising 30 minutes a day, I started portion controlled clean eating, I started drinking Shakeology - and I focused on loving the basics - homeschooling my four children, loving them, and loving myself. And though those efforts - I lost 80 lbs, lowered my blood pressure significantly, and started loving myself. I was able to look in the mirror again and smile, and I am a much happier person. I got pregnant, exercised and ate clean throughout my entire pregnancy, and realized my dream of having a home
- A1C dropped to the normal range (from 5.7 to 5.3). I am no longer
. I have the same chance of getting diabetes as anyone in the community - which is remarkable for someone with a family history of diabetes (it's prevalent on both sides of the family). prediabetic
- My triglycerides dropped to 35.
- My good cholesterol increased 18 points to 68. Nobody does that.
- My bad cholesterol dropped to 50
- Total cholesterol 118.
Changes in my Family!
- My son started noticing my changes and started to make healthier eating choices. The disease is hard, but at 11, he's working out at least once a day with me, and mostly twice. He is making better eating choices.
- My husband has joined a gym and is trying to bulk up himself.
. How the world goes around, right? Haha
- My daughter reminds me to make better eating choices.
- My baby is getting better whole-foods from the beginning.
- My kids are now drinking green smoothies instead of eating Oreo cookies.
- The kids are exercising with me - sometimes twice a day!
- Everyone is trying more foods as I try them. They might not like it, but they try - and that's what's important. They have found they LOVE the cauliflower clean fried rice, so I make it for them.
- My son asks for salads. <BIG EYES>
- My son's weight gain has stalled. While he is still overweight, he's not gaining and he's not losing. He's just growing taller - and transforming into a beautiful young man - right before my eyes. That was the plan. No weight loss, no weight gain - just grow up.
- While my hubby hasn't been able to "bulk up" like he wants (thanks to those "
genes", he does still go to the gym, has stopped/severely decreased his alcoholic consumption (every once in a while, he will have a glass of wine or one beer), and is a much nicer more compassionate person. thin spindly
Tips for Success
- Realize that food is not the problem, it's the symptom of the problem. The problem was my head, and how it is programmed. Realizing that, working on that, helped me to be successful, keep the weight off during pregnancy and postpartum so I am not setting myself back, but always moving forward.
- Realize how my body works. Usually, I gain 30-40 lbs postpartum. I thought it was because I ate too many oreo cookies, but in fact, it is due to the nursing. Nursing makes me gain weight - for whatever reason. It's been shown that this is FACT. The fact that I lost 15 lbs.
HUGE. In fact, I lost 55 if I normally gain 40. It's all in the way you look at things. You can turn a HUGE negative into a HUGE positive. A HUGE setback can be changed into a HUGE victory with the right mindset. is
- Realize that exercise is not a curse. It's a gift. I feel better, I look better, and I have more energy.
- Realize that eating clean is not a curse, it's a gift. I am gifting myself and my body a better life. I am gifting myself a better outcome. I am gifting myself a better story.
- Realize that it never stops. Even when I get to my goal weight, it never stops. It keeps going. Realizing that I will ALWAYS have to pay attention to my food and that I will ALWAYS have to exercise has helped me. This is a lifestyle, and such - I will never be able to take a break. This attitude has kept the weight off during the holidays, during birthdays and times when I just didn't feel like it. Now, I never have to worry. It's not coming back. I am always moving forward.
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I'm Lisa. I am a homeschooling mother of 4 (ages 11, 7, 3, and 10 months). I blog at The Squishable Baby, where I talk about both my health and homeschooling journeys and how improving my health has made me a better mother, wife and homeschooling tutor. Join me on my Facebook Page and follow my journey to a better, healthier more fulfilled life.
Wow! Is all I have to say about this post! Lisa is our first guest post here at MirrorWatching.com and we are so glad she chose to share her amazing story with us. It is not easy to shift your own thinking, but look at the impact her shift has made for her family. Lisa, we wish you the absolute best as you change your family's story and journey to health! Oh, and be HOT! and
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