This post is personal in nature. I am going to be talking about my health and overall well being. This is the first time that I have truly opened up on Multi-Testing Mommy like this. I would absolutely love your support and comments as I take this journey with you over the next few months.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has asked me to test out one of their online tools called the "My Healthy Weight Action Plan™" and to share my experiences with you.
For as long as I can remember, I've struggled with my weight. I can remember being as young as 8 years old and comparing myself to the other children my age. I remember how it felt to not be 100% secure with who I was (both physically and socially).
It's not that I didn't eat properly as my Mom was an excellent role model and prepared home cooked meals for our family 99.9% of the time that were well balanced (for the times). Both of my parents encouraged us to eat healthy and my father, in particular, encouraged us to be physically active.
I have never been "into" sports (both participating or viewing). The story about my soccer experience was shared at my wedding when my father spoke of how he would yell at me from the sidelines to stop picking daisies and focus on the ball.
I always dreaded the physical ability tests that we had to take in gym class. I can still remember the embarrassment I felt both with my results and with people watching me.
I swam regularly and eventually became a lifeguard, but I always struggled to keep up physically with the other guards (when it came to endurance and strength).
My family didn't indulge in "junk food" very often. The only time of year I was allowed to drink pop was once or twice during the summer when we were on vacation at the cottage. We would have the occasional home made desserts on a Sunday night and of course we would also indulge in cake etc. at birthday parties and other festivities.
The reason why I am sharing this background information with you is so that you can have a true appreciation of my whole story as I jump into this "get healthy" adventure that I am about to embark on.
I may as well share the rest of "my story" with you up to this point.
When I moved away to go to University, I felt a "food freedom" and took full advantage of it. I drank chocolate milk and pop regularly, I ate sweets and junk food on a very regular basis and my body showed it. I gained the "freshmen 15" and maybe a few more. I exercised a bit by swimming and participating in Circut Training at the gym. That must have been what kept my weight gain to about 20 pounds.
I weighed approximately 175 pounds when I got pregnant with my first child. I reached as high as 230 pounds during that pregnancy, although I must have hid it well. Either that or people were just trying to be nice to me by saying how "good" I looked pregnant.
I lost some weight in the 3 1/2 years that it took me to get pregnant again. During my second pregnancy, I tried not to focus on the weight gain so much. To be honest, I don't know how much I gained. What I do know is that I was lingering just over 200 pounds after the first few months of having my son.
A year ago this past July, I started to take a daily, preventative migraine medication which caused me to lose approximately 25 pounds. Since I've been off that medication (July 2011), I've been slowly gaining weight back. There have been many reasons for this weight gain but suffice to say, my will power stinks.
Am I happy with where I am? No. Will I ever be? I'm not sure. As I mentioned above, I've always struggled with my weight, even when I was doing the "right" thing so I've concluded that I am not meant to be that "skinny minny" that I once hoped to be and I have come to terms with my big boned, larger than average body.
One thing that I have concluded is that I definitely would like to get healthier. I would like to lose some weight, eat better and become more active. I want to set a good example for my children and I want to be in good condition as I get older.
This is where the Heart and Stroke's tool comes into play.
The My Healthy Weight Action Plan™ is a free tool that helps you plan for getting to and keeping your healthy weight.
There are SIX STEPS to this plan:
- Signing up
- Logging and assessing your current habits
- Getting your recommended plan
- Setting goals
- Creating a plan
- Tracking success
I've signed up for the tool already. The sign up took me a total of 5 minutes and it was super easy. The one struggle that I had with the sign up was that it asked me how much weight I wanted to lose. As crazy as it sounds, I had absolutely no idea! So, I had to do a search on the site for BMI because I knew that would help me determine what a healthier weight would be. The BMI chart that is available on the Heart and Stroke Foundation page is not an interactive one and I found it difficult to read, so I headed off on a quick internet hunt and found my answer.
Wish me luck this week as I start my adventure to healthier living. I am going to be tracking my eating habits for 7 days as recommended by the tool.
I hope you will join me every Monday as I share my experiences of the FREE My Healthy Weight Action Plan™ Tool provided by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Even better, if you aren't 100% happy with your weight and you would like to join me on this adventure, I'd love to do this with you. Are you on board with me? Would you like to share your weight loss journey with me? The only commitment here is to yourself. It would be an added bonus if you would share your stories, struggles and tips in the comments below each post!
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