“I have some clothes that are too big for me if you want them.” This statement meant to help ends up hurting so much. It’s the recognition by another that I’ve gained so much weight that I don’t fit my own anymore and I’m still battling with weight-loss. It means that it’s not just me who notices that my waistline has expanded, my thighs are bulging and my body just doesn’t fit me anymore. Before I continue I will say this: this is not fat shaming. This is not about telling myself or others that I’m not beautiful, good enough, etc because I’m fluffy. This isn’t that at all. But this is me wanting to feel better health wise.

My “baby” will be two this August and I haven’t lost any of this “baby weight”. In fact, it’s not really baby weight at all–I didn’t gain while pregnant and after I gave birth, I was between 5-10lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. But my terrible eating habits I justified with breastfeeding caught up to me in a major way once I weaned her. Since giving birth, I’ve gained a total of almost 50lbs. FIFTY POUNDS! I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

When I think about this weight that I’ve gained, I’m literally overcome with emotion and feelings of helplessness. I have tried to change my eating habits, exercise consistently, get my 10k steps but it’s just not enough and I’ve finally realized that I just can’t do it alone anymore. I’m lucking because my health hasn’t been affected–yet. Whenever people ask about my medical conditions they’re always surprised to find out that I don’t have high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. and I’m tired of the surprise.

When I had mini, I dropped 60lbs pretty easily and became a runner by the time she turned 2. I did it by myself. I had no trainer. No nutritionist. What I did have was depression from my situation at the time and I needed an outlet since drowning myself with wine wasn’t a viable option as a mom to a young child. So I ran. I sweat the tears out. But now? Now I’m happy. Stressed but quite happy. And with that, I’ve realized that I can’t do it alone. I need help which is why I’ve teamed up with my health club Life Time Fitness for the 60-day Challenge.

Recipe for Success

Creating and following recipes is something that I’m pretty good at. Recipes are a plan of action to create something good and often delicious. Now I’m not sure if I’ll be describing myself as delicious by the end of this challenge but I will be calling myself good that’s for sure! But success takes a plan. I’ve been “winging” it long enough and am now ready to plan for the success that I want.

I've struggled with my weight for as long as I could remember but I've finally got a recipe for weight-loss success and this is it.

Life Time Fitness

I’ve been a member of this health club for just over a year. I went there just to take mini swimming with a friend of hers and naturally I had to do a tour. Except they didn’t make me. I told the membership manager that I wasn’t going to sign up for this health club and gave him a long list of reasons why. He sat and listened until I was finished and then he spoke. But then he said something along the lines of “We aren’t like other gyms but when you’re ready to make a difference in your life, just come back and see me.” By the end of the conversation, I was signing here, here, and here before taking a picture for my new membership card. I was sold and a year later, I still am. Life Time Fitness is NOT a gym. Life Time Fitness is a health club that is dedicated to helping it’s members achieve a healthy lifestyle. Not just adults, kids too. And they’re family oriented. So I don’t ever feel bad leaving mini or abc in the childcare as I take 2 hours of much needed mommy time to get myself in tip top shape.

60-Day Challenge

Did you know that people who lose weight in a group are more likely to achieve their weight loss goals than those trying to achieve their goals by themselves? On June 17th, the challenge begins and I’ll be 1 among thousands of people looking to lose weight and increase their health. Oh, and did I mention that there’s a prize? Yeah, mama is trying to get that trip!

D.TOXSM Program

I've struggled with my weight for as long as I could remember but I've finally got a recipe for weight-loss success and this is it.

I’m a huge fan of detoxifying your body and can tell when it’s time. Right now, I’m dealing with my skin breaking out, feeling sluggish and like no sleep is enough. It’s time to detox! Life Time is committed to whole body health–not just losing weight–so they have a detox program called D.TOXSM.

D.TOXSM is a detoxification program designed to support your body’s natural detoxification system by following a restricted nutritional plan that eliminates common food allergens and hormones, taking certain nutritional supplements and observing lifestyle recommendations. Responses to the D.TOX program and elimination of potential toxins will vary based on individual characteristics.

Please note that this is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Life Time Multi Performance Complex

I've struggled with my weight for as long as I could remember but I've finally got a recipe for weight-loss success and this is it.

Vitamins play a huge role in your body’s performance, healing and overall health. This set of vitamins have both morning and evening formula’s. The morning is formulated to give daytime energy (yessssss!!! I need this!!!) and the evening formula is designed for nighttime recovery. But they both enhance exercise, recovery and your immune system.

Life Time Trainer

Like I said before, the last time I lost weight, I did it without a trainer. Now this isn’t because I don’t believe in the work they do but I was at a tough time and fighting sadness was enough motivation for me. Now? I get so distracted with everything that I have going on that my workouts aren’t nearly as efficient. I’ll be training with one of the incredible trainers that Life Time has!

Life Time Nutritionist

Fact: You can’t out train a bad diet. And after two kids my body has changed so much that I don’t know what is good for MY body specifically. I’ve learned that the more I eat, the better my body performs and I get stronger and weigh less. I’ll be working with a nutritionist to determine what foods I should be eating for optimal health.

Assessment Testing

I’m not stranger to working out. In fact, I LOVE working out. But this is the heaviest I’ve been and there’s a lot that I have to learn about working out in THIS body. Life Time has a series of assessments that they use to help you work smarter towards your goals, not harder.

So this is it. This is my recipe for weight-loss success. I’m tired of being fluffy. I’m tired of being tired. I’m tired of not getting the results that I’m so desperately working to achieve. I’m tired of what I’m doing not working. And I’m ready to share my success story.

I've struggled with my weight for as long as I could remember but I've finally got a recipe for weight-loss success and this is it.

Do you have a weight-loss story? How did you transform?

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