When my friend Christine and I first met, she was full force in the diet cycle. She had lost 40 pounds on Weight Watchers about 6 years before that, but was struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Portion control was leaving her bored and hungry. Christine even tried a few different restrictions and “fad” diets that she didn’t think seemed crazy at the time. But she would always fall off track and then beat herself up for it.
After her husband had a health scare and took a trip to the ER, Christine knew they needed to make a change. Something that would help them with their health and her weight without making them feel bored or deprived. And they wanted to stop placing societal pressures on themselves causing them to beat themselves up. Both Christine and her husband knew they couldn’t diet anymore but desperately wanted to live healthfully. In addition, she and her husband were trying to start a family. Christine knew that she didn’t want to pass this diet cycle on to her child. She also knew the most important thing was for her to have a healthy pregnancy.
This is when I met Christine. Like fate 😊 Christine was eager to learn about what a “healthy” diet and lifestyle really looked like. She felt hopeful that she would find some way of doing this that would help her feel great both physically and mentally, and of course, I was super excited to help her! The first thing Christine and I did was add variety to her diet and lift her restrictions. During her pregnancy, we focused on prenatal nutrition, and postpartum we focused on getting enough nutrients, self care, and stress management. Of course Christine wanted to lose the baby weight, but she trusted me that restriction was not the answer.
Christine worked so hard. I could see the changes she was making, both externally and internally and I was/am so proud of her! Christine already knew a lot about nutrition, and she learned quickly what she didn’t, so a lot of our time was focusing on her holistic health. Being a new mom and a working mom, stress was a big factor, and so was time. But Christine made the effort and took the time to take care of herself. She implemented stress relieving strategies, self care regimens, and set goals for personal growth. Christine and her husband also made healthy meals for her family a priority. She and I worked together to make this all realistic for her lifestyle. Christine wanted to exercise but didn’t want it to cut into time with her son. She knew what was really important, but she also knew that exercise would make her feel her best and allow her to be an even better mom, so we made that work too.
Where Christine is Now
Christine’s son is now almost 2 years old, and she repeatedly tells me that she feels “amazing”. She states that she “has never felt so great in [her] life”. Christine now knows how important mental health is to overall health, and she continues to take time for her mind. She spends valuable time with her husband and son, yet exercises whenever it feels good and rests when it doesn’t. Christine also feels great about her meals and about herself, has improved her career and overall situation at work, and as a bonus, happens to also be at her happy weight (more on what a “happy weight” is in a future post!).
Christine was even inspired to start her own blog about her ongoing journey called Diary of a Pseudo-Fit Mom. I thought the title was so clever! Christine wanted to inspire others to be kinder to themselves about their workouts and nutrition. Like most moms, Christine feels it’s important to exercise and eat healthy, but also that having good mental health means not obsessing over these things and just fitting it in when you can and in a way that feels good. She wasn’t sure if this would classify her as “fit” in the eyes of society (which is a whole other topic!), so “pseudo-fit” is what she lovingly calls herself. Find the link below to her blog, along with a link to click if you’re interested in working with me!