Lifestyle Prior To Change
I spent most of my life being extremely athletic and very active. I was a softball player, gymnast and golfer. So staying in shape came pretty naturally to me. That was until I became pregnant with my second daughter. Almost from the onset of pregnancy, things started to go horribly wrong. My blood pressure skyrocketed so I was prescribed a lot of medication and was placed on bed rest for several months. I just kept packing on the weight and there seemed to be no end in sight.
After I gave birth to my youngest five weeks early, we brought her home only to discover that she was not going to cooperate much when it came to sleeping. As a result I became more and more depressed and fatigued beyond belief. I went to numerous doctors searching for help and was bounced back and forth on all sorts of medication. I wasn't sure if I was coming or going most of the time and my world was beginning to unravel. I was fat, I was unhealthy, I was clinically depressed and I was starting down the road of drinking just so that I could get a bit of relief.
What was your turning point?
My lowest point was when I realized my daughters no longer had a role model and my husband no longer had a partner. I was just a shell of my old self. What knocked me out of it was when my oldest daughter hunted down a mommy daughter yoga class for us to attend. She told me that she had read how much better it could make me feel. It was at my first class sitting in a room surrounded on all sides by mirrors that I realized I no longer recognized myself anymore. I was absolutely disgusted and even after taking a yoga class I was no wear near relaxed. I needed to do more.
What Was Your Exercise Plan?
I first started out doing yoga once a week and then I added in pilates. Next came the power yoga and advanced pilates. When I discovered I was toning up but not losing weight quickly enough, I began mountain biking on a daily basis.
What does your current training approach look like?
As of right now I am currently attending bodypump classes several times a week. These classes involve a full body weightlifting routine with HIIT mixed in. When the weather breaks, I'll be hopping right back on my bike.
What was your diet plan?
Because of the medication that I am currently taking, I am extremely insulin resistant so I have been eating a modified keto diet for the past 7 to 8 months.
Current sample eating plan:
I usually eat around 1500 to 1800 calories a day. Most of my calories come from fat and protein. Basically with every meal I eat around 4 or 5 ounces of meat, a handful of veggies and some cheese. I usually have my protein shake mixed in with my coffee for my breakfast. And for my late night snack I usually mix some PB with cream cheese and throw on some Splenda. I've come up with all kinds of combos so the meal plan doesn't get boring. For example I'll make grilled chicken cordon blue, grilled chicken parmesan, low carb meatballs baked with mozzarella, and I'm famous in my neighborhood for my white chicken chili.
What supplements did you use during your transformation?
I am supplement free at this time...well unless you count my protein shake!
What Is Your Life Like Now?
I have made a total 180 with my life. I feel like I have things back under control. Now that I've recovered from my battle with depression, the future with my husband and daughters looks incredibly bright. I've been featured in several bodybuilding articles already regarding my transformation and I think my message that mommies CAN get their groove back is getting out there. I get emails and comments from many many people every day either asking for help, or just to say that my progress inspires them and they encourage me to never give up. Currently I am a lawyer by profession but I am looking to make changes in my life that would allow me to help other depressed women find their way back to happiness and health.
Advice for others
The best piece of advice I've ever received was that if you keep doing what you have always done, you'll keep getting what you have always gotten.