First of all, welcome to this fitness blog. I’m Becky, and I am so honored and glad you are here! I’d love to start us off with telling you a bit about me and what you can expect from my posts. Please know that I am not a doctor, nutritionist or a personal trainer. I’m your average stay at home mom, who loves her family deeply, and wanted to find a way to eat AND get in the best shape of her life. I am beyond thrilled that I found something that worked wonders for me. I don’t have a fancy gym membership or even an in-home gym. I have done all my workouts at home, except for one night a week where I go to my dance fitness class. I say that to point out to those reading this that you don’t have to have endless resources to achieve the health that you want. It does take hard work, determination and a whole lot of integrity! I’m going to cover so much over these posts. First and foremost, I’d like to start at the beginning. Perhaps you will find something here that will make you say, “Oh, that sounds like me.”
Ok, I’ve always been about a 12-14 pant size and a large-extra large size in shirts. I averaged 180 pounds my entire life. I always wanted to be smaller, but could never figure out how to do it. In my early high school days, I tried throwing up, but I could never bring myself to do it. I will touch on this in later posts. I so desperately wanted to be smaller and I could never get to where I wanted to be. I haven’t always been a fitness person. Sure, I’d work out, but my struggle was always with nutrition. I love healthy food! Like vegetables, fruits, and anything “lite”. I do, however, LOVE a doughnut, especially a “squealer.” Basically, it’s a long john with bacon on the top. I know! Sounds odd, but gracious, it’s DELICIOUS! I enjoy pizza, ice cream, McDonald’s and everything else you can imagine. So, you see the dilemma when I’m trying to drop that weight and just can’t.
Well, fast forward to a year after I had my son. I was 205 lbs at 5’6”. For me, seeing that 205 was not ok! My knees were killing me and my back felt like someone was twisting my nerves. I could hardly get my son out of his crib without getting the wind knocked out of me. I was so tired of feeling so big! In January of 2018, I started trying to lose weight by myself. I did! I lost 15 pounds by March. I was counting calories and exercising 30-45 minutes a day, 3-4 days a week. However, the calorie counting was driving me insane! I was eating 900-1200 calories a day. How could this be long term? I needed something that I could do for the rest of my life. I knew that I couldn’t drop the weight that I so desperately wanted to without help.
In March of 2018, I started an amazing program called “Transform with Chris and Heidi Powell.” If you’ve ever seen the Extreme Weight Loss show that was on ABC back in the early 2000s… Ya, that’s them! That program changed my life! I dropped 55 lbs in just over a year! I went from a size 12-14 to a 4-6. I felt INCREDIBLE! I was in the best shape of my life! I’ll cover this part of my journey later as well. There is so much to it! So much mentally and emotionally. A ton of sweat and tears, but also so much pride and joy!
I say all of this to encourage you. Life is hard! We all have a “beginning.” I want you to “click” away from this post knowing that just because your bank account may not support a big gym membership or an all organic diet, doesn’t mean that you can’t have the life that you want! It is possible! You just have to figure it out! It CAN happen! I mean, if a mother of (soon to be) 2 boys can drop over 50 pounds… you can do it too! I’ll touch on all that I have learned as we go! I hope you will stay with me on this journey.