Transformation of the Day: Amber lost 35 pounds. This amazing wife and mother of 2 was faced with depression, addiction and stress after becoming a stay at home mom without the right support system in place. She found a great exercise program and online coach to help her on her journey to be the best mom she could be. We are so happy that she is sharing her story in such a transparent way so that others can be helped.
Starting weight: 200 pounds
Current weight: 165 pounds
Duration: 8 months with a lot of falling off the wagon and getting back on.
I was motivated to lose the weight, because I had lost a sense of who I was and was using food and alcohol to comfort myself. I had become a stay at home mom after having my second child in 2012. This created a big shift in me mentally. I was very depressed, lonely, stressed, and become dependent on alcohol to get through most days. Before this change, I was not necessarily overweight, but I was definitely not in good shape. When you don’t have a support system in place it can be very difficult as a new mom to try and balance everything. At the end of most days I had nothing left to give and was exhausted.
With depression came drinking alcohol, from the moment I woke until the night. I was the most dangerous kind of drinker, a closet drinker. No one knew that I hid vodka bottles under the bathroom sink from my husband. Somewhere along the way, I had lost who I was, but I knew something had to change. I didn’t like who I had become and if I wanted to be the best wife and mother I could be I had to start within. My kids were my inspiration to change. I knew they deserved better than what I was giving them. I knew I couldn’t be the best mother to them if I didn’t take the time to get healthy, lose the unwanted weight, stop drinking and get HAPPY ABOUT LIFE!
So, I researched and found a program that’s was 90 days long (P90X3) that I could do at home. With the program, I got an online coach who gave me the support and accountability I needed since I really didn’t have it at home. This accountability made all the difference in my journey. I figured the worse that could happen was I wouldn’t lose the weight and I could always go back to eating and drinking. However, I owed myself 90 days to give it my all. I started on June 8, 2015 at 200 lbs, the heaviest I had ever been. I worked out for 30 minutes 6 days a week. The program involves burning fat while building muscle. That meant lots of push-ups, squats, resistance training and plyometric exercises.
When it came to eating, my issue was not eating enough food and eating junk when I did eat. I first cut out soda pop and coffee. I started drinking a nutrient dense shake in morning as my breakfast because I wasn’t much of a breakfast eater. I also began eating 2 meals a day and 2 snacks in combination with the shakes. I focused on whole grain, lean protein, limited sugar, and a ton of WATER!
Now, here I am now 165 lbs. I not done yet! The thing I want women to know is that it’s ok to take care of yourself, in fact it’s NECESSARY! This journey is so much more than wanting to fit into a pair of shorts. It is 90% mental. Many of us spend our days pouring ourselves into our careers, relationships, children, friends, or family. We leave little time and energy for us to just care and nurture our soul and bodies. Also, be patient with yourself, stay consistent, and don’t let the number on the scale define you!
Make a commitment to yourself and get your mind made up that you are going to do it no matter how long it takes. Don’t focus on the number on the scale. Believe in yourself and have patience. Trust the process and focus on cleaning up your nutrition… which was the most challenging part for me.