Ever since my daughter was born, I’ve been working from home. In fact, I started when she was around 9 months old. And she’s 4 years and 4 months now. So, you can do the math for how long I’ve been working from home. **laughing**
And, I put on a lot of weight during my pregnancy and breast-feeding days. Yes, over 4 years ago. And somehow, that weight stuck.
I kept telling myself, I would lose it when she would be a toddler and I would start an exercise program, when she would start preschool and I could start going to the gym, when she starts nursery and I can have more time on my hands.
I read up on it, posted about it, talked about it.
Turns out though, I never got around to it. Yes, I procrastinated, life took over and well, long story short, the weight never went away and in fact, just kinda grew.
Was I unhappy? A little.
Was I uncomfortable? A lot.
Waking Up to the Reality of Being Overweight
For the last month or so, I’d been feeling out of breath, suffering from chest pain and was extremely fatigued and irritable. I’d just lay down in the middle of the day, and be out like a light in five minutes. This after sleeping through the night. I couldn’t walk briskly for more than 10 minutes without getting out of breath, and I was always hungry.
With my history of hyperthyroidism, I thought my levels were awry. So off, we headed to the physician and then, got a whole lot of bloodwork and tests done, including an ECG and a Treadmill Test.
Fortunately, the cardio tests came back normal. What wasn’t normal was my cholesterol, my weight (of course!) and my stress levels.
I just turned 33. Did I want to go on like this? NO!
Yes, it was a wake-up call that had been a long time coming.
Needless to say, I want to set the right example for my daughter, but I also want to lead a healthier, more active life for myself.
All of that requires action.
I’m setting myself the goal of:
- Losing 15 pounds or 7 kgs,
- Bringing my cholesterol levels down to normal,
- Reducing stress, and
- Being able to increase my energy levels from the ground up.
I am embarking on a 60-day period of cleansing, exercising and eating healthy, to be followed by a regular plan for better food choices and an active lifestyle. Yes, it isn’t about just losing the weight. It’s about leading a life filled with energy, good health and positivity while working from home.
Working from home shouldn’t be an excuse for not having the time to work out, making bad food choices and being generally unhealthy.
A Call for Help
I’ve often stressed the importance of having a personal cheerleading or accountability squad and I need that now more than ever.
I’d love for you to be there with me sharing my victories, milestones and challenges. I seek your support as I navigate the waters of eating healthier, finding time to exercise and de-stressing in the midst of deadlines.
If you’re dealing with a similar challenge, let’s join forces and hold each other accountable.
If you’re not, I’d still love for you to be a part of my cheerleading group and well, cheer the rest of us on!
Join me on my Facebook page where I’ll be doing weekly weigh-ins and sharing regular updates about my journey to being a Whole and Healthy WAHM!
Top Image Credit: Happy Healthy Life Now
Bottom Image Credit: Mayank Malik