How This Mom Lost Over 130 Pounds With Intuitive Eating
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
I’m married with 2 amazing kids Noah (6) and Penelope (3). I grew up in a healthy, active family. After I left home for college, I gained about 60 pounds over 3 years. I lost the weight over the next 6 years by just eating better and staying semi-active. Not really ever working out. Fast forward to getting pregnant with my 1st baby 3 months after my wedding, and the weight came with my pregnancy. I gained about 85 pounds. Over the next 2.5 years, I lost about 60 by just changing my eating and chasing around a toddler all day.
With my 2nd pregnancy, I gained 100+ pounds. After my second was born I vowed to get myself back into shape and to find myself again. There wasn’t any “moment” it was more some being sick and tired of being sick and tired. Coming to the realization I won’t get what I want by sitting on my bum. In 3 years, I’ve gained and lost a total of 130 pounds. I’ve learned to quit making excuses and being lazy in my health journey. I’ve learned to love myself and became more confident in my body.
This is why I created my Instagram account to not just keep myself accountable, but to hopefully inspire other Mamas that they’re worthy of honoring their bodies as well.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
I have my own workout routine I do, where I make my own workouts for the day in my planner. I train in specific areas on certain days. For example Monday, legs. Tuesday, upper body. Wednesday is hump day, so glutes. Thursday is full body. Friday is full-body/glutes. Usually, I work out for about an hour and a half. I take the weekends off most of the time unless I need to de-stress and then I pop over to the gym for a bit.
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I started at home with a lot of home workouts I’d find on Pinterest. Slowly, I got the confidence up to go to the gym, and there started the addiction! The change came when I began investing in myself. As a wife and mom, it’s easy to put ourselves last. I also have bipolar disorder, so my workouts have become my sanity, my “me-time.” And they have tremendously helped me in my mental health journey.
It seems hard to make the time for yourself, but it’s much harder to live a life uncomfortable in your own skin. It all starts with how you think and you need a positive mindset to get positive change and a ton of self-love along the way.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
I believe in eating intuitively. I don’t believe in diets, counting macros, or whatever. You know what your body needs and craves. Just cut back on the excess carbs and sugars.
What works is committing yourself to a workout routine that works for you, alongside small changes to the food you’re fueling your body with. Period. Oh, and weights over cardio!
I take my daily vitamins and protein coffee (add vanilla protein powder to your coffee, it’s delish), plus my morning protein shake with collagen and greens, along with a pre-workout drink before and during the gym. I have a Cirkul, so I get a lot of water that way because I do struggle to drink it plain. I try to eat more green than white (baked buffalo cauliflower over french fries) or crunchy than soft (nuts over bread, ranch rice cakes over pizza rolls, etc.)
Lunch is usually a big salad with salmon or a filet, tuna salad, or a bunless cheeseburger (healthy style). Snacks are meat, cheese, and nut packs, celery+PB+raisins, a bran muffin (get a GOOD recipe), yogurt & granola & fresh berries, rick cakes, sun chips.
Dinner is whatever I make, just easy on the carbs and load up more on veggies and protein or I throw it on a bed of lettuce and make a salad out of it. Night snacks are usually a homemade charcuterie board, cereal, the above mentioned, etc.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
Do you know what? I slip up all the time. I’m not perfect. And also? It’s OK if you’re in a funk for a bit. If you’re unhappy or unmotivated, it’s OK. If you miss a few workouts, it’s OK. No one ever tells you that, so I am.
Real talk: I’ve been in a funk myself lately, but I am pushing and trying I’m not giving up on myself. I’m taking care of myself and spending time on myself. My advice to those struggling with motivation? I could write a book, ha!
Keep pushing babe, keep trying every single day. And if you need to restart halfway through, then just reset & check yourself. The gym is my escape, my happy place. I challenge you to find what your escape is, what makes you happy. Because YOU ARE DESERVING OF ALL THINGS. Every day may not be good, but there is some good in every day.
When did you start to notice progress?
My progress was gradual, then bam! My advice is to take TOO many progress pics. When you go to compare, you’ll be blown away at how far you’ve come. It’s an amazing motivator.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I don’t believe in scales. You know you’re gettin’ fit when your clothes fit differently. Muscle weighs more than fat. Want to know something? I’m in my best shape, yet weigh the same as I did on my honeymoon – but I look much better now, haha.
I have my Apple Watch and track my workouts just for myself, but other than that, I don’t use anything. Just take all the photos of your progress along the way!
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
Nope! But, I can promise you that with working out properly, eating pretty good like any normal human PLUS effort AND motivation, and over time, that you too can achieve those results you want. You get what you put in. It’s as easy – and simple – as that.
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
Fitness changed everything for me from my confidence & mindset to learning discipline & teaching me motivation. You don’t have to change everything at the same time. Small, baby steps turn into bigger ones in the right direction. My journey is almost 3 years in the making.
Take care of your body: feed it well, love it well, hydrate it, let it feel the sunshine and cuddles of your babies. Don’t let what you see from social media overshadow what an amazing woman you are.
Where can we find more about you?
@KateGetsGlam over on Instagram!!
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