Mom on a Mission: Ardra lost 48 pounds. This proud mom of two fought for her health and her fertility against the affects of PCOS. She used the Weight Watchers program, portion control and lots of exercise to lose the pounds. Check out her story.
I fought PCOS and was blessed with children. God gave me the strength to get the weight off and keep it off. I wanted to have a baby because of how fast my body was maturing. My doctor told my mom that if I didn’t have a child by the age of 21, I might not be able to have them. I was ok being thick, but being what I consider fat was not a option. I’ve had high self esteem all my life. I found myself making negative comments about myself, and that was not a option either.
Then, I found out I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It is a problem that causes woman’s hormones to be out of balance. It can cause problems with your periods and make it difficult to get pregnant. PCOS also may cause unwanted changes in the way you look. If it isn’t treated, over time it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. So, I decided to fight for my child and my beauty.
I started out by just walking for exercise and cutting back on sweets. At first, I didn’t take this journey serious. Once I was down 27 pounds and people started to notice, I realized it was working. Soon after that, I got pregnant and was happy to gain the weight back, because that gave me a chance to lose it and tone up after the baby was born. I did just that and I got in better shape than I was in high school.
It took me 4 months to lose 27 pounds because I didn’t take it serious at first. After I had my son, I was back to my before the baby weight in 3 weeks. Then, I lost 30 more pounds without breastfeeding (well, some breastfeeding if 1 week counts to you). I kept it off until I got pregnant again in May 2015. I’m happy to say that I just delivered my second child, a baby girl, on 3/3/16. Now, I’m ready to start this journey again at 246 pounds! My original weight was 263 pounds. I got down to 208 pounds and stayed at 215 pounds until the second pregnancy. (height: 5’5″)
No pills, just working out 3-4 days a week, good portion control and 80% good choices. I started by cutting my portion sizes down while still eating whatever I wanted. Then, I joined Weight Watchers. They are the best. They really teach you how to live and not diet. The program is mainly about eating everything in moderation. I had small treats once a week and worked out… REAL WORKING OUT. I mainly do cardio. I have a muscular build, so I bulk fast. I will work on toning after I get my numbers down by doing light weight training 3-4 days a week.
My advice for others: If you can change your mindset, you can do it easier and faster than with diet pills, fads, etc.