When it comes to changing your body composition and your waistline, there are a few main factors: diet, exercise, and some would add in supplements of various types. As I was in school full-time, homeschooling two children full-time (this was still pre-COVID), and the loving and supportive wife of a man who was going to deploy, I knew that what I had full control over was my diet. If you can do well in each of these three areas, you can spread out how careful you are, because I was focusing on one, I went all in.
With such a widely varying and irregular schedule, I knew that diet was going to be the factor that would be most easy for me to plan and create a discipline to get my body back.
At no point during this past year did I exercise intentionally, I gardened, played, kept up with my children, and generally enjoyed moving my body. In the first couple of months of the spring semester of 2020, I would walk a handful of miles per week between classes at school. Cut to March, everything shutting down, my school put on the computer, and my husband away for large chunks of time due to his service in the military, I was home alone with two children almost all the time.
By the time things did shut down I had a 3.5-month streak of eating clean and was starting to see big results. With that success as a backbone, I kept resolute in my breakup with unhealthy eating habits and daily chose to eat clean and healthy.
In the midst of the pandemic and solo-parenting due to my husband's deployment, eating clean has allowed me to keep my balance, be there for my family, and even have the energy to work toward other goals and projects I'm excited to share with you soon.
This fall, even before the continued weight loss of the last few months, I took my girls to the beach on my own. I never thought I'd post a picture of myself in a swimsuit online but I seem to keep surprising myself.