Healthy Gal: My Weight Loss & Lifestyle Changes!

May 2, 2012

My Weight Loss & Lifestyle Changes!

Ok, so as I have told you before in my about Healthy Gal posting, before I had kids I was always active and was able to maintain my weight. Then I had kids…haha… ladies, you know what I am going to say! Men, you have your struggles too (I promise I know). With my daughter, I gained 61 pounds during my pregnancy and developed hypothyroid (an under active thyroid that slows down your metabolism). Ugh…to say the least, I struggled for two and a half years to loose about 40 of those pounds, then I became pregnant with my son and gained those 40 pounds back! Needless to say, I was back at square one again! NOT FUN!! I was the biggest I have ever been in my life and miserable. I didn’t want to shop for clothes, go anywhere there was water (in fear I would have to wear a bathing suit), and I just felt like crud because I didn’t have any energy. I decided before I even delivered my son I was going to join Weight Watchers and when he was six weeks old, I did just that!

I began attending weekly Weight Watchers meetings and running on my treadmill at home that might I add was a Mother’s day present (haha…I was kinda hurt by that when I received it, but now I’m thankful because it made working out possible with little kids at home). My son is now five years old and I am 15 pounds less than I was before I ever had kids!

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While loosing the weight was my ultimate goal when I began my journey, it is not what I am most proud to tell you today in this moment! I am most proud of myself for learning how to live a healthy lifestyle! That seems so simple, doesn’t it? But, it was the hardest, longest, and most challenging personal thing I have ever overcome.

MANY, many, many (did I say MANY?) times, I have felt like I was on an emotional, eating healthy, working out, maintaing weight, fighting off those “bad foods,” not going out to eat so much, drinking enough water, not eating too many “bad” carbs…ROLLER COASTER! Do you know what I mean? So many dang rules! At least that’s what I use to think. And you know what? I was! I would lose the weight and feel good. I would have a good exercise routine down and even look forward to exercising and then all of a sudden (when I reached my goals) I got this little voice in my head that said, “You deserve a break, you can have that dessert, eat bigger portions, you can skip that workout today.” blah, blah, blah….you k now what I am saying? Please tell me you do! You know what the problem with all that is? That one time of taking a “break” and eating the way I knew I shouldn’t be or not working out lead to two times per week, then three, and eventually every day. Guess what would happen next? Oh yeah…you got it! I gained weight back, started not having energy, felt bloated, and honestly those things made me MISERABLE!

I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have been on that roller coaster ride! Probably(no… for sure) more times than I would like to admit! The truth is, I don’t think there is anything wrong with not working out one day or eating something that is not necessarily healthy, but the way I thought about it had to change. So, last September (actually September 21, 2011 to be exact), I decided to “get my mind right” about my lifestyle. Why? Honestly? Because I was sick of the losing, gaining, feeling bad about myself, having no energy roller coaster. I didn’t want weight to be an issue in my life anymore!

My friends all ask how I did it, what “diet” did I do to lose the weight, etc. When I tell them, they are like WHAT? Haha…kind of like they were looking for a miracle pill, food, etc. and THERE IS NO MIRACLE! IT’S A LIFESTYLE CHANGE!

I have learned so many things about living a healthy lifestyle that have helped me make better choices from day-to-day and from meal-to-meal. While I am not a professional and definitely not a dietitian, I know what has worked for me personally and I have been told this is something I should share with you guys. If I can help even just one person change their life to a healthy one and achieve their weight loss goals, I will! I promise, YOU CAN EAT HEALTHY on a BUDGET, and you can find time to exercise, and you can get your mind right!

Over the next five weeks I am going to share with you the 5 steps I have taken to change my lifestyle and lose the weight for good. I hope these steps help you achieve your goals!At the end of the 5 weeks, you will have a complete list of the 5 Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle and you will be able to come back to this posting and click on the links to each of them directly from here:

  1. Healthy Lifestyle: Get Your Mind Right
  2. Healthy Lifestyle: Nutrition and Well-Balanced Meals
  3. Healthy Lifestyle: Get Fit with Regular Exercise
  4. Healthy Lifestyle: Tools to Achieve & Maintain Your Weight Loss Goals
  5. Healthy Lifestyle: Get Adequate Rest and Sleep

~Healthy Gal~
Because you owe it to yourself to be healthy!

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copyright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal and can not be shared without express written permission.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Coupon Gal May 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

You are so very welcome! I am happy that my story helps you with your own struggles. It’s always nice to know you are not alone ;)

Christy,
Coupon Gal

2 K May 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Thank you for providing this to your readers. I am struggling with the roller coaster and it’s time that I get on and do this the right way and the right reasons. YOU are an inspiration and can’t thank you enough for sharing your story – Peace,

3 Coupon Gal May 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Ohhhh my sweet Jaycie!

You know me all too well ;) It was very difficult because you never know what type of response you are going to get from thousands of people, but I am lucky to have the support of people like you and my family and other readers that push me to do this stuff! I’m thankful for the opportunity to help people.

I know what you mean about the picture. It’s crazy…I don’t even look the same! ;)

Love ya!

Christy

4 Coupon Gal May 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Kimberly,

I’m so thankful to hear your story about your success with Weight Watchers!! I am sooooo passionate about the program and completely believe in it just like you because I have seen the results and LOVE that the program encourages a “lifestyle” change and not just a diet. You have done an amazing job losing weight after 7 kids! YOU are my inspiration too! Good job!! We are the same height how funny is that?

Thank you for your feedback and support! This is exactly why I love what I do here on Coupon Gal!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

5 Jaycie May 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

So proud of you for putting yourself out there and putting up the before picture. It had to be hard but seeing those pictures side-by-side is a testimony to what eating healthy and exercising can do. It’s always so inspiring to see real-life people that have actually lost the weight the right way. I’ve known you for almost 4 years and had I just seen the before picture somewhere, I’d never had known it was you. How crazy is that? Looking forward to your series, as always! :)

6 kimberly May 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I just wanted to share my story:
I too went to weight watchers after my 2nd son was born I was 197 i vowed to never hit 200 and I lost 65 lbs in 6 mths. I was at 132, now my son is 13 so 13 yrs ago. I have had 5 more kids since then I am 10 lbs heavier but still 142 is not a bad weight. I am
5′ 6″ 1/2. I loved weight watchers it worked great for me you just have to be committed to it focus on your outcome. I went to weight watches for 4 yrs and I quit going cause I was pregnant with my 3rd child my daughter and well the babies just keep coming after that all planned but I maintained my weight regardless people say wow you have 7 kids but its probably the kids that keep my weight down lol.
christy 130 lbs wow that is so great you look great and feel great huh. when I lost my weight I lost several ailments due to it. A thinner healthier body has helped in a lot of ways. thanks to weight watchers they were a huge eye opener to a heathier life style.

7 Coupon Gal May 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Nicole,

WAY TO GO!!! That is awesome and you should be so VERY proud of each drop of that sweat! Think of them as tears of joy from your body ;) I’m excited to help so many like you and me which is my purpose for doing this. You are so very welcome and I can’t wait to see a picture when you lose that 20 lbs. I’d love to have you write your story and share it if you would like to.

Thank you for all of your support!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

8 Coupon Gal May 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Sarah,

YAY!! I’m glad you are excited and I completely understand how it is difficult to have a ton going on in life and that struggle with making yourself a priority! Sometimes that means we have to give up one thing or another, but you can do it!! I’ll be here if you ever need that voice of encouragement!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

9 Coupon Gal May 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Deana,

Thank you!! Hey…you are absolutely right, it is time you do something for YOU! It’s ok to take care of yourself and honestly we do better job taking care of others if we feel good ourselves.

Thank you for your support!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

10 Coupon Gal May 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Candace,

Thank you so much! It has been a lot of learning, hard work and dedication to myself above all others, but I truly believe we can’t properly take care of others if we don’t take care of ourselves first.

Thank you for your kind words!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

11 Coupon Gal May 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Maria,

I can’t begin to tell you how much your comment meant to me! You put a lump in my throat (if you know what I mean) and made me smile all at the same time! You are so very welcome and it’s my honor to share this with all of you! Thank you for your continued support!!

Christy,
Coupon Gal

12 Nicole May 2, 2012 at 10:59 am

I LOVE this! You are a true inspiration! I have 2 little girls and struggle with weight loss. Since May 30, 2011 I have lost 27 pounds by watching my calories come in and go out (exercise). I have found a new love of exercise! I used to hate sweating and now I am SO PROUD of my sweat! I have 20 more to go—can’t wait to read your tips! Thanks Coupon Gal!

13 Sarah May 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

So EXCITED to see this!!! I am struggling with the same issues right now, have so much going on in my life and need to make me a priority! Cant wait to follow the journey!

14 Deana May 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

I am looking forward to your posts the next 5 weeks! It is time i do something for ME!! Thanks for your inspiration! And you look Fabulous!!!! :)

15 Candace May 2, 2012 at 9:36 am

Thank you for sharing your story!!! You are such an inspiration. Your hard work and dedication shows. You should be so proud of yourself, you did this! That is awesome!!! Cheers to a healthier, fitter and terrific you!!! You are a great person! Continue to rock it!!
In health,
Candace

16 Maria Fahlsing May 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

Wow, congratulations on your outstanding achievement! I never would have guessed that the two photographs posted above are of the same woman. You’ve come a long way and inspired countless others by posting your journey, as embarrassing as the before photo may be to you. I assure you, it is not just me who thanks you for sharing your story. Thank you!

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