5 Apr 2012

Hanna: She Rocks

Is there life after having 2 babies and gaining 100 pounds???

ABSOLUTELY!!!
I'm living proof!
 
This is me!
Hi there, My name is Hanna and I am so honored to be here guest blogging.
 
It's so nice to meet you.
Today, as part of She Rocks series, I am going to share my weight loss journey with you.
I hope I can inspire some of you who have had a baby or two and found yourself stuck in a rut, struggling with weight and just not feeling like you can rock yourself anymore. I have been there and back my friends. I have lost 113 pounds and am so excited to share my story and inspiration with you.
Here I am with my little loves. My son little Milton is just over 2  and Ginger is 12 months. I'm a busy lady!
Meet my husband, big Milton!!!
So this is how my story begins.......
1. First, we were a happy couple!!!!
2. Then we fell in love and got married.
3. Then I got pregnant........
4. Gained 100 + pounds........
5. And had a beautiful baby boy.
My life was forever changed in more ways than one.
First of all let me say that I honestly feel like my life had truly just begun with the birth of my children. I have love for them like I never knew existed. I often feel like my heart might burst with joy when look at their shining little faces.
However, this is what I looked like with my first born. Then I got pregnant again 4 month later. WOW! I was pregnant for 2 years straight.
 
The wonderful news was I was a mom and had given birth to a healthy baby boy and girl. The not so wonderful news was that I had become obese! Yes, obese. Not exactly how I wanted to describe myself but was the honest truth.
Honestly, when I was pregnant I thought I was so big because of the baby not realizing that when the baby came out I was going to be just as big. I was completely shocked at my size. When I looked in the mirror I had no idea what I was even looking at. I felt like I was trapped in someone else's body; a very uncomfortable body.
Brutal Honesty of what being Obese feels like:
  • My thighs rubbed together and I would develop a rash if I didn't have pants between my legs at all times.
  • I had little bumps in my armpits where I would shave because they would rub against my upper arm and chafe.
  • I couldn't cross my legs
  • My back ached; I could barley lift my new born baby without throwing my back out
  • I was always sweaty, especially under my breasts
  • I felt disgusting; I have never been so uncomfortable in my life.
  • I was embarrassed. I would run into an old friend and they would kind of look at me like "oh that poor girl used to be so cute but now she had kids and look at her" I HATED THAT!!!
  • I had stretch marks ALL over my abdomen, thighs, upper arms and even down to the back of my shins because I had gotten so big.
  • Nothing fit. I wore PJ’s and plus size maternity clothes for a VERY LONG TIME!
  • I stopped caring totally about my appearance; Never making an effort to look nice.
  • My wedding rings didn't fit and I had gained so much weight some of my shoes wouldn't even fit.

     

Basically, I just felt horrible inside and out. I felt very unattractive. I would hardly let my husband touch me because I felt so ashamed of my body. I stopped wearing make up all together. I wore my hair pulled back every single day and always was in old ratty PJ's. It was so depressing and really unhappy.
 
I have heard over and over again in my life that "you should just love who you are no matter what size". I love that and I think it's a great sentiment but the honest truth is for me I couldn't love myself in that condition. What's there to love about not feeling good? It wasn't just about me. But I wanted to rock for my health, happiness, husband and my kids.
 
It wasn't long before I knew I had to loose the weight and not just a few pounds, I knew I needed to loose A LOT, and so my journey began.........
I was motivated and darn right DETERMINED to loose this weight.
 
Here are a couple before and after pictures that I hope you find inspiring.
 
Starting out is the hardest part of the whole journey. Losing 100+ pounds is a very daunting task to say the least but I am just an average, everyday woman and I did it. That means you can too!
I did it completely on my own. I never joined Jenny Craig or weight watchers. I didn't take diet pills, have surgery or starve myself.  I just had a vision of who I wanted to be and I made that vision come to life, Again, you can find my detailed plan {HERE}.
I think it is important to think about it long and hard before committing to something like this because it is a long journey but it is VERY attainable. If you have a little will power and a little discipline you can make it happen.  It's important to set a reasonable, realistic goal and you can read more about that in my {GUIDE}
Many women who desperately want to loose weight will come up with a list of reasons why they don't think they can achieve their goals so I just wanted to let you know that there is always a way. Here is how I dealt with many typical obstacles while trying to loose weight.
Common Obstacles:
  • NO CHILDCARE.   I am a full time mom and a full time nurse. I have no childcare whatsoever. I made time to exercise anyway. I bought a double stroller and a baby carrier and I walked everyday. You don't need to go to a gym to loose weight. I did while taking care of 2 babies under the age of 2.
  • FULL TIME WORK.  I also work full time as a nurse, 12 hour night shifts to top it off. You must make time to prepare food for yourself to bring with you to work so you’re not tempted to eat the junk in the cafeteria.
  • A SPOUSE WHO WON'T FOLLOW THE SAME MEAL PLAN AS YOU.     My husband eats pretty much everything I don't eat. He eats sweets, breads, potatoes, pastas. He eats whatever he wants. So no big deal. Prepare meals that can be shared by both like prepare chicken, mashed potatoes and broccoli. You eat the chicken and broccoli and let him eat everything else. You'll be surprised how easy it is to make it work. 
  • NO TIME. I worked full time and was a full time mom during my entire weight loss plan. My best advice is to be prepared. ALWAYS, keep snack friendly food around the house and carry it with you wherever you go, fruit, almonds, cottage cheese are great examples. This way you won't be tempted to binge on whatever food is lying around the house.

     

I have dieted many times in the past and this is the first time in my life I have lost this amount of weight in the healthiest way I know how. I never felt hungry or deprived.
My best advice is BE KIND. BE GENTLE. FORGIVE YOURSELF and then jump right back on that wagon and try again. Consistency was my greatest tool.
A few more tips:
  • Be grateful everyday
  • Just let it go
  • Remind yourself how amazing you are, this is hard work
  • Talk about it, accept praise from others, if you work hard, you deserve praise. It feels so good
You can find a more detailed outline in what I did physically to help lop off the pounds in my original post but after I reached about 140 pounds I started running. I didn't want to start running sooner than that because I didn't want to get injured so I power walked 2-5 miles a day with the kids for months and months and months! Then I started running!
I have had a life long dream to train for a full marathon. 5 years ago I trained but got injured 3 weeks from the race so I did not finish.
Well... I started out slow and it hurt like hell for about 3 weeks but I kept pushing through it and now I run 30-40 miles a week.
Last weekend  I flew to New Orleans and finished my first 1/2 marathon. I ran it in under 2 hours which is a great time. Crossing that finish line was the most gratifying experience I can imagine!!!! Inside I was was bursting with pride and joy!!!!! I feel like I can accomplish ANYTHING!!!!!!!
My Face says it all!!!! 
In 7 weeks I am going to run the full marathon, 26.2 miles. I am extremely excited. To come from weighing 245 pounds to weighing 131 pounds (which mind you is mostly muscle now) is AWESOME!!!!!!
 
I feel better now, after having 2 babies, than I have ever felt in my life. A few days ago my husband told me I look better now at 33 years old, after having 2 children then I did when I was 18 years old. WOW!
Not only am I in love with being a mother but now I can truly enjoy my kids and feel great about myself. What a great example for my kids as well. They see their mom as healthy, happy and radiant. That is a wonderful thing my friends.
I truly hope that I have helped to inspire at least one of you to give it a try. It is possible. It is doable even with kids and work and every other crazy thing life throws at you, because every woman rocks.
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You can find Hanna anytime over on her blog {bouffe e bambini} where she posts lots of fun recipes,  some cute pictures of her babes, and some fun fashion stuff.
She is a busy mom of two toddlers, a full time critical care nurse, runner, blogger and wife.She’s a busy lady!!!
She is passionate about inspiring people to feel at their best weight and she would truly be happy to answer any questions or just chat about how difficult weight loss can be. Feel free to email her anytime at "www.bouffeebambini@hotmail.com"
 

7 comments:

  1. Oh wow what an awesome story and achievement!! Hanna you totally rock!!

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  2. Oh wow!!! That was very inspirational! Thanks for sharing your story.

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  3. This is so motivating! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. This really is what I need to motivate me to do the same! Hanna definitely rocks!

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  5. you are right ladies, Hanna is an inspiration, losig weight in a healthy way and encouraging other women to stay healthy is good for everyone. I am going to follow her tips to achieve a healthy weight post baby :)

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  6. Hannah, you definitely rock and this is such an inspiring story. Great post TOI

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  7. Very inspirational! I love all the pictures and the honesty. Thank you for sharing your story. You totally rock!

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