Frequently Asked Questions:
What made you want to lose weight?
I have always been heavier and its been a life long goal of mine to do this. Even at my heaviest I have always wanted to run a marathon. Just the sense of accomplishment has been enticing to me. I wanted to be healthy for my children. After having a high risk pregnancy with my son (high blood pressure), it scared me that the reason my children would have problems being born was because of me. I wasn't treating my body the way it should have been, so I had to make a choice to change or stay the same.
What did you do in the beginning to start losing weight?
I simply started walking because thats all I could really do. I walked 2-3 miles a day with my kids in a double stroller through out my neighborhood. As my endurance strengthened and I wanted to push myself more, I would walk without them for longer distances. I gradually started to run. It took me about 5 months to be able to run a mile without stopping. I started to do 5k's and my love for running just grew.
What do you eat?
I just eat very clean and fresh foods. I eat lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, almond milk, protein shakes, egg whites, at least 100 oz of water a day (more in the Summer).
Do you ever cheat?
In the beginning, I cheated about once a week and it wasn't very healthy either. I would spend most of my Saturday consuming all the calories I didn't eat all week. I still lost weight, but my attitude towards food hadn't changed. Not until Thanksgiving time, I started to cheat 2-3 a month because my body could handle being without sugars and high calorie foods for a lot longer. Plus, I saw some even crazier results from doing that.
How much do you weigh?
I don't really like discussing this because I still am not comfortable with that yet. I am below 200 but I think once I hit my 100 lb mark I will make it known. I know that it may be silly to some, but I am not ready yet to share a number I have hid for basically my whole life. Not until I had lost 45 lbs, did I tell my husband how much I weighed. That was incredibly difficult, but very liberating and I am sure once I tell my blog readers, I will feel the same.
What is your number one tip for someone who is starting out their own weight loss journey?
I always tell people to start small. Don't try and run right away if you just simply can't. Cut out most bad foods, but treat yourself once a week. I feel like when I completely take everything away, I just crave it more and then cheat. You will gradually be able to run a mile if you work up to it.
Any tips to become a runner?
I hated running for most of my life. It hurt and I just was not good at it. I knew I could walk so thats what I did for a while until I decided to up my intensity. Just start slow again. Walk and walk and walk. But then try and run 1/4 of a mile. Then the next time run 1/2 a mile. You will get better over time.
How many calories do you eat a day?
I eat between 1400-1600 calories a day.
How many calories do you burn a day?
I burn anywhere between 500-1000 calories a day IN JUST EXERCISE. That is not counting my every day mommy duties of running around and picking up toys.
Do you have rest days?
Sundays I usually rest with my family and don't exercise. My body needs to recoup from the week and it makes me anxious to get a hard workout in Monday morning.
Do you make your kids and husband eat this way?
Certainly not my husband. I don't care what he eats. He is his own person and can make his own decisions. For my kids, they are kids. I don't think they need to be counting calories. However, since I eat this way, they love vegetables and fruit because they see their mommy eating it. My husband has become more conscious of what he eats and has become a little bit healthier. I let my kids still eat pizza and ice cream because I know that they are just kids but they sure love a fruit smoothie for breakfast and always beg for water.
If you have anymore questions, please email me at livylovedesigns at gmail dot com.