I have never been a naturally slender person.
Even when I was in school and was super active doing all kinds of sports I had to keep busy and watch what I ate. Having a mother who was also always battling with her weight and constantly on diet made me VERY cognizant of watching my weight and staying trim. Added to that the bombardment that thin = beautiful from all forms of media lets just say I became rather self conscious and quite down on my “not naturally skinny” self.
Many years of infertility and comfort eating led to a rather chubby self before I had Kade and about a year after he was born I decided that I had, had enough of being fat and unhealthy. I went on a journey and lost 23kg. I started running. I led the “right” kind of life. Everything in moderation, burning more than I consumed and all that…
I maintained my weight loss well through my second pregnancy and bounced back to my pre pregnancy weight easily and stayed that way for ages. But you know… it’s easy to lose sight of the healthy lifestyle when life hits you. I thought I could cheat more often because I was training hard. I was surely burning way more than I was consuming… life got a bit crazy, I had time away by myself, work shifted into overdrive and bad food planning and quite a bit of work travel (which means eating out a lot) and a running injury later and I found myself battling to fit into my work trousers and when I stepped on the scale I was horrified to see that I have gained 8KGS!!!
I am now back to eating as healthy as I can, back to training as regularly as my knee’s will allow and I hope to soon fit into my clothes again comfortably… it just goes to show that it is a quick slippery slope for me back to being larger than I would like and that for the rest of my life I will have to keep myself in line if I want to be an example of healthy living to my kids.
Do you battle to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight?