A few weeks ago, I took off my wedding ring, and I haven’t been able to get it back on. I realized I had gained weight–and that this was the year to re-gain control of my health.
One of my major goals this year is to re-gain control of my health.
Even those who know me best might have the false perception that I’m a “health nut,” simply because my family avoids junk and overly-processed foods and always reaches for the natural remedies before conventional medicine.
And they wouldn’t be remiss to think that based on the contents of our refrigerator, freezer, pantry, and medicine cabinet.
I am a grace-filled natural mama, after all.
But the truth is:
1. We ate out way, way, way too much in 2015.
If I’m honest, we did so in 2014, too.
Coming out of a period of living on a low income where cooking from scratch was a necessity and eating out once a month was a splurge, we went a little overboard in the opposite direction.
Eating out doesn’t only ruin your budget, but it can also leave a serious negative impact on your health.
don’t didn’t exercise.
You can eat the healthiest foods on the planet, but if you don’t get moving, your body will pay for it.
For a long time, my excuse not to exercise was that I had not fully healed my diastasis, and I was scared of further injuring it, but the truth is I didn’t take the time to work on this healing in 2015.
3. I never lost my baby weight–from my “baby” who is now over 3 years old!
Clearly, this is directly tied to #1 and #2 above!
I gained 50 pounds during my 3rd pregnancy–back in 2012!!
I was not overweight when I got pregnant with her, but I was not underweight either.
Fifty pounds was way too much to gain.
The weight melted off of me after babies #1 and #2, but this has not happened with baby #3. I thought that perhaps my breastfeeding was contributing to the lack of weight loss since some women can’t lose weight while nursing, but my daughter weaned a year ago next month.
The truth of the matter is, my mostly sedentary lifestyle as a work-at-home mom and blogger has contributed to not only not losing the weight but also packing on more pounds the past few months.
I had not taken my wedding ring off for a couple of months until the other day. It was painful to get it off, but, to my horror, I could not get it on the next morning.
Yes, my wedding ring doesn’t fit.
I’ve now gone several weeks without wearing my wedding ring because it simply cannot get it on.
There is no one to blame for this weight gain but myself.
What I’m Doing to Re-Gain My Health:
1. We’re eating at home a whole, whole lot more.
I’m committing to eating more at home this year, and, when I remember to, I’m posting what we’re eating for dinner each night on Instagram, so you can hold me accountable to this! (Follow me on IG here.)
Right now, I’m finding joy in cooking through several new cookbooks I acquired over the past year:
Both of the Good Cheap Eats books are so, so good. They really live up to the claim of being on the table in 30 minutes or less, and that is what I so desperately need during this season of life. (Can I get an “Amen?!”) The recipes are made with real, whole foods as well, which is an added benefit!
I have to admit: This has become my favorite cookbook! My hubby got it for me for my birthday in November, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I won’t be writing about it a whole, whole lot, but realizing I couldn’t fit my wedding ring was like a fire under me to get serious about the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan. I’ve been following the plan for just under two weeks, and I’ve lost 3 pounds so far.
I am contemplating a little “Eat at Home” challenge, so please let me know if you would be up for joining me in this one step in regaining control of my health!
2. I’m getting back into the exercise habit–once and for all!
It will take a whole lot of intentionality and discipline, but I am determined to make exercise a habit again in 2016.
What am I doing?
I am walking around my neighborhood when weather and circumstances permit it, and I was happy to learn that it takes me just under an hour and gives me 5,000+ steps to walk my entire subdivision.
Plus, it gives me time to listen to one long or two short podcasts during each walk!
When I can’t walk (which, to be honest, is five out of seven days right now–at least!), I am using my favorite online fitness studio–Fit2B.
Save 30% off annual memberships at Fit2B using code humbledhomemaker!
Since Fit2B exercises are 100% diastasis friendly, it takes that excuse away immediately. You can read about why I love Fit2B so much in this post.
3. I’m making goals, and I’m making a plan to meet them.
Back in college, I began the tradition of taking an annual planning retreat to set goals and a vision for the year ahead. These goal-setting sessions have been immensely helpful in setting my focus for different seasons of life.
A few years ago, I put together an eBook to help other women take a personal planning retreat, as well. Your Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day, includes encouragement and inspiration for taking your own retreat (whether it be a few hours at a coffee shop or a full weekend away). It includes 35 printables to lead you through your own planning session.
(I’ve used the printalbes myself, as you can see in some of the pictures in this post!)
I want you to know that you aren’t alone in feeling like you need to make some changes in your life. I am right there with you.
Once you take your retreat, please shoot me an email and let me know how it went! I would love to see how you are doing with your goals this year!
What are some of your health and wellness goals this year? Have you ever gained so much weight that you couldn’t fit your wedding ring? What helped you regain your health?