Motherhood and Weightloss

Losing weight is hard! Losing weight while being a mom of small kids feels darn near impossible. I know we’ve all heard the stories of moms who breastfeed and lose tons of weight. Well, that wasn’t my story!

I have gone up and down, up and down in my weight for years. It’s safe to say, now I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. I still remember my size 8 body. I barely had time to appreciate it before becoming a mom at nineteen. Since then, I haven’t been satisfied with my weight. Sure, I’ve had my moments and fortunately, I’m pretty body-positive even though I’ve gained a lot of weight.

Truth is, I became so comfortable in my mom body that I neglected to see the effects it was having on my health.

The joint pain, random inflammation, overwhelming fatigue, and general sluggishness my lack of activity was having on me.

Then one day, almost as if someone slapped me, it hit me! I needed this body to last. I needed it to be healthy for myself and my kids. Just like that, I joined a gym! Believe it or not, I actually went and started working out. No coach no trainer, just me.

Now before you get out the cheering squad and strike up the band, I’ve only been at it for about 3 months. BUT. I’m doing it. I go to a gym and I work out. I spin, I walk, I even squat, and not to pick up toys. LOL. I haven’t dropped tons of weight, but I am losing and, more than that, my endurance and energy levels are better.

Working out is something that I do for me. It gives me a totally different feeling than shopping or a cup of coffee. I feel strong and empowered!

Some tips I want to share to keep motivated:

Go early if you can; if not, just go when you can!

Some days I go early and I will say my day flows better I get much more done by lunchtime on those days. Some days it’s an afternoon work out to jump-start the rest of my day or just a few minutes to myself before I face the kids after work. I feel good when I complete this task. It’s rewarding!

Go at your own pace

I don’t let others intimidate me. I track my heart rate and I build myself up as I go. I’m not in a sprint; this life is a marathon. I’m in it for the long haul!

Sweat it out!!

Omg, I love sweating during a workout! It does wonders for my energy level. I’m motivated by the sweat, it helps me know I’m working. Lastly this glow! It’s amazing how my skin glows after I sweat and then immediately cleanse my skin!

You’ll drop pounds

The pounds will come off! For me, it’s been slow and steady but they’re coming off! I’m not discouraged by the scale it pushes me rather it goes up or down. The point of this journey is my health and I’m winning as long as I keep going!

Consistency is better than perfection anyway!

Strong willed and determined since a little girl, this mom of three, wife, worship leader, writer, and career woman, believes dreams come true if you do the work. Nikyla hails from St. Louis, Mo, the “show me” state. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University. She is a certified teacher and currently teaches at Louisiana Connections Academy. Her time out of the office is filled with family, friends and faith. She adores her three children Kyre, K’mya, and Kris and has been married to her childhood sweet heart Remiah Trask for fourteen years. Nikyla is currently a worship leader at Anchor Chapel in Baton Rouge. She has always been passionate about the things she sets her mind to. Her story of victory over severe anxiety disorder, after her third child, is truly one you must hear to believe. It will transform the way you view people with mental illness and even the way you view yourself. She is the founder of the mental health campaign entitled Be Brave. Writing has become a form of therapy for her, and the stories she shares are always honest, heartfelt, and transparent. Read more of Nikyla’s Brave Blogs here.

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