Today’s guest poster for Flab to Fab with The Random Blogette & Babe’s Rockin’ Mami is…Ducky! Ducky is one of my very best bloggy biffs and we are also pretty good IRL friends despite never having met in real life. Weird? Not to us! Ducky is the amazing zumba warrior who kicks her significant other in the head in the sack sometimes and makes me laugh all the time. She helps me keep motivated on my healthy path, listens to me vent and inspired me to try Zumba, which I LOVE! She is amazeballs so check her out, here! But first, don’t forget to join our PRIVATE facebook group for fitness/health/weight loss and support!!
I volunteered hesitantly. “Skinny” people aren’t always well received in a group focused on weightloss. However one never really knows the story or steps within the journey; how many times the blocks tumbled or shattered to build the person before you. My story is not a weightloss one but more of a health and wellness. The weightloss is a mega perk. I think it takes a whole health mentality to be successful an dis 100% why I have been.
Barely 20 and I was diagnosed with diabetes and immediately put on insulin. If you’ve ever experienced this you know it is instant weight gain. No choice. A few short years later I was hit with thyroid problems. It was radioactively obliterated = gradual weight gain. No Choice. A couple of years after that came infertility treatments. I’ll spare you the details except to say INSTANT hormonal weight gain. No Choice.
It was during the in-fertility struggle that I began focusing on my whole health, from the inside out, instead of just the quickest way to shed pounds. I joined Zumba which has saved me both physically and mentally. I needed the outlet and quickly became addicted to the Zumba high and the results! If you’ve ever struggled with weight you know it can feel hopeless at times.
Then I got pregnant. On the second run with IVF I was pregnant with twins. Double the hormones, three times the amount of insulin and I was in maternity clothes by 6 weeks! Baby B’s heart stopped about 13 weeks but that didn’t stop double the weight gain. If that wasn’t enough, I broke my knee cap at 5 months which sentenced me to being immobile. Immobile and pregnant equals a TON of weight (think Orca whale!).
My point is to share that it CAN be done. Your goals ARE achievable. I’m down to the lower end of my ideal body weight and I feel better than I ever have. I do use supplements, I eat as balanced and healthy as I can and I don’t deprive myself when I really want something. I also don’t own a scale. My food decisions are based on how my clothes fit and how I feel naked :O)
As an insulin dependent diabetic with thyroid disease, I have an interesting journey and I’m happy to share about it. If you have questions or want more information please feel free to email me. I’ve done most of the research for you! I really think the having a wellness goal not just a weight goal makes all the difference!