My Weight Story
For decades, I was able to keep my weight down. I was a trained professional dancer, marathon runner and an every day gym goer. At the age of 12, I was working out every evening with my dad to Bodies in Motion with Gilad Janklowicz.
Health and fitness has been a part of me for decades! Maintaining my body WAS my lifestyle, it was what made me ME.
Then I something happened.
I gained 50 pounds.
At 40+ years old, I was not the picture of that “hot” 40-something woman that I always thought I’d be, but rather a picture of the typical “fat” mother I was always told I would be.
The Weight Gain
My mother always told me that my DNA would catch up with me. That I, like all the other Italian women in our family, was destined to be fat. It was practically inescapable. And, for a few years there, I thought she was right.
I was always the “skinny” one in my family. Maybe, the one who beat that dreaded DNA? But then I turned 40, and then life got INSANE, I got depressed, anxious, and I started gaining weight.
When things finally settled, when I finally settled, I took stock, stepped on the scale, and there is was.
50 extra pounds.
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It wasn’t long until my mid-section started to soften. When I stopped writing about green smoothies and running, I stopped caring about green smoothies and running.
The mom guilt was heavy. Not only did I start to rely on Twix bars and Doritos for my meals, I started to drink. A nightly vodka martini was my go-to de-stressor.
The Weight Loss
As many of us who gain weight do, I went on a very desperate search to lose my weight. While I thought that my “tried and true” weight loss strategies would work, strategies that I used to lose my baby weight with both babies, sadly, they did not.
My tried and true no longer worked. Something in my 40 year old self was different. It took a while, but I finally found a solution, lost 30 pounds, and am starting to feel like I thought my 40 something year old self knew she would feel like.
Yup, I still have 20 pounds to go, but I’m well on my way.
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“Enjoy your skinny body now because once you turn 40, you’re just going to gain weight. All the women in our family are heavy. It’s part of our DNA. You can’t escape it!”
Helping you lose weight, too!
Losing weight is hard. Losing weight as a woman is your 40s is hard. So, when all of my “usual” weight loss methods didn’t work, I was shook. Tracking, prepping, counting. That’s how it’s done, right? That’s how you lose weight?
But, when that didn’t work. When the only way I knew HOW to lose weight didn’t work, I panicked. Am I really destined to be fat?
Thank goodness the answer to that question was NO!
If you read my weight loss stories then you know I used Intermittent Fasting (IF) to lose my weight. And trust me, I was just as skeptical about IF as you might be, but when I realized that I needed to take a different approach to my weight loss, as a 40 year old women, I thought I’d give it a shot.
30 pounds lighter, I still feel great and have kept the weight off.
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