To give you a brief history of myself and my weight loss journey…I have struggled with my weight since I was a little girl. I can remember back as far as the 3rd grade wearing my brother’s hand me down jeans, that only a boy should wear, and thinking my thighs were fat. THIRD GRADE…!!! That’s where it started for me. In High School I can remember hating wearing my school uniform every day because, let’s face it, I wasn’t happy with my legs and thought of them as tree trunks. I got teased by kids in school and my brother too…but hey, we were kids and that what we did. I, like many of you, have dealt with not liking what I saw in the mirror day in and day out. Not liking the way I looked in my clothes, I hated shopping, and a bathing suit…forget it…!!! I tried a million things from my very early teens through college and nothing; I mean nothing, worked for me. Up & down and up & down my weight would go with each ‘fad’ diet I would try.
11 years ago I stumbled upon a major weight loss companies commercial and it got me thinking about trying their program. So I did. I lost a bunch of weight but still was never really ‘happy’ with what I saw in the mirror. I was merely a smaller version of my once overweight self. I maintained my weight loss for 7 years until getting pregnant with my now 4 year old twins. I gained 62 lbs while pregnant with them…yikes…!!! They were delivered by emergency C-Section at 27 weeks weighing just over 2 lbs each. Gaining 62 lbs in only 27 weeks…could you even imagine if I went full term with them…WOW! We are very fortunate that they both are here with us today. It was touch and go for my son in the beginning but after several setbacks for him and the love and support of our family and friends we now have two healthy and happy 4 year olds.
After my C’Section I was able to eat ‘right’ and do some cardio to take my weight off again. Soon after reaching my pre-pregnancy weight I got pregnant again. This time around I gained the same 62 lbs but with only one baby. Our little guy was delivered naturally and no C-Section needed. Soon after I was released to exercise I started eating ‘right’ and I became what I call a ‘cardio queen’ once again getting down to about 10 lbs above pre-pregnancy weight. I stayed there pretty much up until this past summer.
This past summer I started following some of my favorite fitness models on Facebook, one being Maria Kang. She put out a Challenge for this calendar and the rest is history. I began eating clean a month prior to starting this challenge so continuing throughout the challenge with no cheats was a challenge in itself but I was determined to succeed once and for all. I had lost ‘weight’ before but never really transformed my body until I found clean eating and lifting weights.
I was in such shock that I actually found something that worked for me. Each week I would notice changes in different areas. I remember one morning waking up and looking in the mirror and thinking “I DO have knees”. My legs were starting to have shape and muscle definition. My body fat percentage was dropping and I was starting to transform myself in to the body I have always wanted to be. Before I knew it I was at my weight loss goal…!!! Something that I had tried ALL my life to do was finally accomplished. I had such belief in the program I wanted to scream “try clean eating, it works” from the roof tops.
Why am I telling you all this, you ask? I’m telling you this because I was just like some of you. I struggled every day. I hated my self image. The way I looked, they way I felt, my attitude, the vibes I gave off were so negative. Clean Eating and lifting weights changed my life and it can for you too…!!! You are worth every healthy meal you eat and every sweaty workout you do. Believe in the process, believe that lifting weights won’t make you bulky and most of all BELIEVE.IN.YOURSELF…you can do it too.
<3 -Stacy Menecola
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