One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

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Random Interview Questions and Other Happenings of the Day

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Hola everybody! I’m having a pretty good day so I thought I’d pop in and share.

I’ve been feeling really content lately. Possibly because I’m coming off two of my busiest months ever and right now I have more time to focus on my base projects and the kids and the house (which finally doesn’t look like a bomb went off).

This morning I took Little Bean for a run to the park.

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I’ve been using my training runs an excuse to take him to a park a little farther away from the house. It’s about 3 miles there and back so I get my midweek 30 minutes in pretty easily and I can only hope the pushing of a 30-pound toddler helps me in the long run.

While he was napping I wrote up a post about last night’s dinner for GreenLiteBites.

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I made a shrimp and pasta dish everyone actually liked! You have to check it out — click here for the recipe.

For tonight’s dinner I indulged in a homemade pizza.

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That’s 4-cheese with sausage and fresh basil and it was delicious. Surprisingly the family liked it, too! That’s two nights of no dinner arguments. This may have to go in the record books!

I also took some time today to answer a few questions for a doctor doing research about weight loss. This isn’t her entire survey but I thought I’d share a few of my answers because, well, it’s relevant to my weight-loss blog.

Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, your job, where you live, etc. 

I’m a 38-year-old mom to two boys (3 and 9) and wife to my college sweetheart. We’ve been married for 13 years, together for 20 and moved to the Baltimore area after earning our graduate degrees at Bloomsburg University in PA. I started my career as a multimedia developer, transitioned to a full time assistant professor of Web Technologies  and now work for myself as a blogger/writer/event coordinator.

What was your motivation to lose weight? How did your motivation connect to your sense of self, to your top strengths, to what matters most in your life? Please describe.

For most of my teens and 20s I longed to be skinny. I would yo-yo diet and do some pretty unhealthy things to try to achieve thinness. Then, at 29, I had my first child and I came to the realization that pursuing skinny was going to be a really bad example to set for my son. Before being a mom I missed out on a lot of things because of the negative way I felt about my body and I didn’t want that trend to continue. I didn’t want to miss a fun moment with my child because I felt fat in a bathing suit or I was worried about how I would look.

After my oldest was born I stopped focusing on becoming thin and set my sites on healthy, happy and balanced. That shift in my motivation made all the difference. I started a blog, I committed to it and made a conscious effort to try new things, share my experiences and recognize that not looking like a Victoria’s Secret model wasn’t the end of the world. I had/have a great life, an awesome family and I wanted to enjoy it all.

How did you build and maintain your self-efficacy? In other words, how did you maintain the conviction that “I can do this.”

Experience. Small goals achieved build confidence.

Out of the menu of dieting, fitness, and weight loss options out there, what advice would you give to others just starting their weight loss journey for finding the methods that make sense to them?

Start small. Forget perfect. Do what you can when you can. Celebrate every success no matter how tiny.

Any other advice/words of wisdom that were helpful in your journey that you would like to pass on to others?

Reframe the way you think about healthy living and weight loss. It isn’t a chore when you turn it into an adventure and that adventure is going to look different for everyone.

OK, I’m signing off for the night. I’ve been doing a pretty good job of getting to bed earlier these past few days and I want to continue that trend.

‘Night!



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