Wednesday, April 24, 2013

There's Something About: My Fitness Story - Part I

I want to share my fitness story. I call it a "fitness" story, because to me, it's about fitness, not just "losing weight." I lost a solid 20-plus lbs since the beginning, but, once you lose that extra weight, it's not over. So, instead of concentrating on how much more I can lose, even though I have those pesky last 5 to 10 lbs. that I would LOVE to lose, I try to concentrate on maintaining my exercise routine and eating as healthy as possible.

After giving birth to 3 wonderful babies, and nursing each one, I had gained my share of extra weight. I had severe morning sickness with all three pregnancies, so when the pregnancies became more manageable just after halfway through, I might have taken liberty to eat what I wanted, almost. Then while nursing, the body craves more calories and again, I just might have used it as an excuse to eat more of anything I wanted.



About 7 weeks after Lightning was born; not too bad, yet.


I'm not a big person. I'm barely 5 feet tall. And I could tell from all the pictures we took that I was not in the right weight range for someone only 5 feet tall. I was in my mid-30s and getting bigger.




About one month before changing my life; Lightning was almost 2.


Then it happened. I went shopping for some new jeans, because, duh, the ones I had were too small. I grabbed a couple of pairs in a size I thought would fit and went to the fitting room. I grabbed a size I figured was about a size bigger than what I was already wearing. Yeah, not quite. Then came my "uh oh" moment. I needed to hit the double digit sizes. I put my clothes back on and walked out of the store without looking back.

Very soon after, the Major and I started having some discussions about exercise and weight. He realized he was getting bigger, too, and he must have known that doing this together was going to be sooo much easier for me! So, we came up with a plan.

Part II - coming soon...click here.

~Michiko 

18 comments:

  1. Congratulations. 20 lb is a big accomplishment. Can't wait to read more about your journey. It sounds like you have the right philosophy - focusing on getting in a healthy routine. That's definitely my goal... I try not to focus on the numbers too much, just eating well and making it to the gym.

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  2. Congrats! :) Can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

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  3. 20 pounds is awesome! I can't wait to read the rest to see how you did it.

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  4. 20 pounds is AWESOME, gal! I can't wait to hear the rest. As you know I am on a fitness journey with you and having Gene work with me makes it so much easier!

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  5. Hello! I came across your blog via the “Linkin with my ladies” Thursday Hop! I already follow you. Wow! 20 pounds is a big deal! Congratulations!

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  6. Hi I found you threw Linkin with my ladies. Congrats on your 20pd loss! That's great. I really need to start being healthier and exerciseing again.
    http://crazylifewithmy3boys.blogspot.com/

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  7. That is amazing. I am also 5 foot tall and at my heaviest was over 180. I am about 15 pounds away from goal weight and my family and i have just switched to a healthier lifestyle. No junk food and eating as organically as possible. I haven't lost much yet BUT I feel so much better! Hubby is down like 60 pounds this year so I had better catch up! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see your progress!

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  8. Visiting from the "Linkin with my ladies" blog hop.

    Getting healthier is always so much easier when the family is in on it. Congrats on your weight loss and keep up the great work!

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  9. I can't wait to hear the rest! I am at the uh-oh point too and need to figure out something! Thanks for visiting Frugal Fit Family Linky Party!

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  10. Hi! I’m your newest follower from Thumping Thursdays. I'm following you via twitter @amomblogdesign. Please stop by and say hi when you have a chance. I'm also hosting a blog hop later this afternoon if you would like to join us :) Hope you're having an awesome week.

    April from:
    A Mommy's Blog Design http://amblogdesign.com

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  11. That doesn't even look like you! I am still floored by this picture! I can't believe it. You are an inspiration to us all!

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  12. How wonderful that you had someone to partner up with for this! I'm visiting today from the hop. :)

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  13. Wonderful! I am currently in that situation myself and I know that it always does help to have a buddy to do this with. Thanks so much for sharing! I am now a new follower. Have a wonderful day and keep inspiring!

    Christina

    http://www.lsmcreation.com

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  15. your such an inspiration! thanks for sharing!

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  16. Congrats! It is so hard as we get older! Keep it up. New like and follows for you from the Show Off Weekend Blog Party! Thanks for linking up! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Congratulations on losing the 20 lbs! I was struggling myself after I gave birth. I hated myself after looking at the scale and saw 199 on there! EWWW!!! Since then, I've lost most of it and am back to "normal". It's maintaining it that's hard! Good luck to you and thanks for linking up with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party!

    Jessica
    The Wondering Brain

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