Chelse lost 46 pounds with exercise and healthy eating habits. After giving birth, she reached her highest weight and considered a getting mommy makeover. However, after the pandemic hit, she realized that it was the perfect time to focus on changing her lifestyle instead.
As many women would say, “I’ve struggled with my weight for years.” I’ve been called “fat” by other women and body shamed for not being a size 2. After a while, I started considering quick fixes to lose weight. However, when I found out I was pregnant in January 2019, my weight loss dreams came to a halt.
After my son was born in September, I was told how “snatched” I looked after having my baby. It got to the point where I actually believed that I did look snatched. Unbeknownst to me, I was far from snatched. In fact, I was at the heaviest I’ve ever been. This picture on the left was me a month and a half postpartum. This picture helped me see that a change needed to happen. I just was unsure about how I was going to accomplish this goal.
I weighed 229 pounds in the picture on the left. I couldn’t believe that was me! I allowed my body time to recover from bringing life into the world. I just knew I would be looking into getting a mommy makeover as soon as I could.
However, once quarantine hit, I decided this was the perfect time to start changing my lifestyle. I promised myself I would give diet and exercise an honest try before consulting with a plastic surgeon.
In May, I simply started walking every day on my lunch break. After that, I knew I had to change the way I ate. I emptied my whole refrigerator, went to the store, and bought healthier options. I cut out juice (which I loved), soda, and fast food. I increased my water intake drastically.
I wore my watch every day and increased my movements throughout the day. I started working out every day, sometimes pushing my body to workout twice a day.
I read up on intermittent fasting and started doing that as well. I fast, on average, between 16-18 hours a day. During the periods that I eat, I make sure I’m making healthy choices. I usually break my fast with a homemade smoothie.
I remember a time when I couldn’t get in 2,000 steps a day. Now, my goal is to take at least 10,000 steps a day. After losing 36 pounds by just staying consistent with my workouts and eating healthy, I started implementing other forms of exercise to make my workouts fun. Now, I’m boxing every Saturday and doing yoga throughout the week (if it’s available). I also make sure that I do not deprive my body. I have cheat days every Sunday, and those give me something to look forward to every week.
So many days, I felt like giving up. I’ve gotten smaller than I was before baby, SO why continue? On those days, I would remember how unhappy I was with my weight before pregnancy. I knew I wanted to be the best version of me. I was no longer going to settle in any aspect of my life.
I’m 11 months postpartum, and I currently weight 183 pounds at 5’6″. I will no longer be pursuing plastic surgery. I have proven to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to, with dedication, patience, and sacrifice. I am not where I want to be, but I m loving myself day by day.
Advice: Be stronger than your excuses and believe in yourself! Losing weight is all mental. Once you conquer your mind, you can conquer your body!