After having 4 children I had trouble losing the last few pounds that had all settled around my middle, like so many Moms experience. This frustrated me.
I made DHAC my second home. I became obsessed with working out and I watched what I ate, but even though I became stronger and fitter I could never seem to lose the belly. I talked with Curtis, Robbie & some other exercise physiologists at DHAC… and they all told me to cut my calories. (See Robbie’s article: http://blog.dedhamhealth.com/blog/2012/01/losing-weight-reducing-stomach-fat.html) I was hoping they’d have some sort of easier answer. I was already counting calories and was at 1600/day with an hour+ workout. I was already always hungry. I thought that there was no way I could go below that. I convinced myself that I was doing everything possible, and that bellies were just unfortunate side effects of having many children. This depressed me. I struggled with this for 5 long years.
Finally, I actually tried it. I cut my portion sizes in half, still eating what I wanted, and I stopped eating between meals. I continued working out. I was starving for about a week and a half, and then my body just adjusted. The weight started falling off daily, including my belly! I was no longer hungry. I could not believe I had wasted so much time. It happened very quickly once I was disciplined enough to do it. I lost nearly 15lbs in less than 2 months and my belly is gone.
I share this information for any other Mothers that may be struggling like I was. I want you to know that you are not doomed. It really is just fat. It’s just math. You have to put less in than goes out. You can have your pre-baby body back. I’ve done it and you can too! I wish someone had proven this to me a long time ago.
Achieving this goal has given me so much more confidence. I’m currently in training to compete in my first sanctioned boxing match on October 17th! I am boxing for Haymakers for Hope to raise money for breast cancer research. Please check it out. I’d love to have my DHAC friends in my corner on fight night! You may buy tickets or donate here should you be interested. Thank you in advance for your support!