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A Wake-up Call for a WAHM {And What I’m Going to Do About It}


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.

 Taking Action

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

Prerna


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Comments

  1. Your story is verbatim mine, minus probably the awesome success of your WAHM career. I am with you Prerna, definitely wanna lose weight and be fit for my daughter. You go girl!!!
    Swapna recently posted..How to Talk to Children?

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Yeah, Swapna!! Let’s do this together:-) I’m signing up for My Fitness Pal (again!) and will be able to invite friends and everyone to join in.. I’ll definitely send you a message once I have everything up..

    • Absolutely Prerna. Having a buddy in the weight loss program is great. Do send me the invite and I will surely sign up.
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  2. You go girl! I was the same way for a couple of years. Shortly after my 2nd child was born I started working out at a gym and working childcare for them one hour after I worked out. Initially I didn’t think I would like that but it’s been the best thing for accountability. Since I have to be there to work…I might as well work out too! I’ve been consistent for 7 months now and feel so much better for it!

    I’ll be watching for updates. I know you are going to rock it!
    Christine (iDreamofClean) recently posted..Cleaning Resources: Review of Get Organized… Household Planner

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Thank YOU Christine! I think your idea was brilliant.. I’m so glad it worked out for you.. You’ve inspired me further:-)

  3. Congratulations on deciding to make a change Prerna!! I’m sure you’ll be able to achieve your goals within your stipulated time, maybe even sooner!! I have been on a similar journey this year and I usually post my updates weekly. That makes me feel accountable. Don’t worry, you’ve got a huge support team in your readers!!
    Fab recently posted..Journal Your Ramadan – Days 9 & 10

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Thank you so much Fab! I’m excited and so encouraged by everyone’s support.. Thank you! I’d love to check out your updates and tips too.. Do you have a link that I can check out?

      • You’re welcome, Prerna!! You can see my resolutions made here: http://shocksandshoes.blogspot.in/2012/01/hola-2012.html and my half yearly update here: http://shocksandshoes.blogspot.in/2012/07/half-yearly-goal-update.html. Apart from these, I usually post every weekend about how I have fared that week, though my updates have been a bit lax in July on account of Ramadan and all.
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  4. Hi Prerna, Found you through twitter… I’m really glad I did. My kid is 22 months.. and I keep telling myself I’m going to be toned and more active when he goes to pre-school.. and other stuff just as you mentioned! Mere lack of motivation to get out of the house. The main issue for me is the energy… active energy :( So.. thank you for starting this… just reading this post has given me a big hope :)
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    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Devi, happy to ‘meet’ you too! I totally get how you feel. I’ll be sharing my weekly updates, tips I learn/use and more on my Facebook page, so do join me there and let’s do this together.. I’ve started walking for 20 minutes every day, and just getting out of the house and feeling the fresh air and adrenalin that a brisk walk fills you with has been SO worth it!

  5. My son is now 10 months old, and I am finding it really hard to not only get back in shape, but find the time to work out. I want to get healthier and have more energy. Thanks for sharing your post!

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Nat, glad you liked the post.. Do join us on our FB page where I would be sharing my weekly updates and goals starting tomorrow:-) Plus, I’ll share health-related articles, posts, tips, etc.. so it should be fun to get fit together!

  6. Love this! I don’t need to lose weight, but I am still horribly out of shape. I keep “saying” I am going to run a 5k, but it clearly is never going to happen if I don’t start getting in shape first! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Thank you Johanna.. I will start posting my weekly goals and updates on my Facebook page and I’d love for you to chime in as well and we’ll help you stay accountable!! Let’s get that 5k run happening now!

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