Fitter, Stronger, Healthier: one mom’s journey in overcoming health setbacks and a life-long battle with weight.

This week, Heather shares strategies she's using to help rev up her willpower

May 1, 2013
Fitter, Stronger, Healthier: one mom’s journey in overcoming health setbacks and a life-long battle with weight.

Every night I find myself saying "tomorrow" … tomorrow I will clean up my diet, tomorrow I will do cardio, or tomorrow I will find time for me. Tomorrow comes and goes and before I know it I'm talking to myself again! I have to and must put a stop to this. I'm sure this is physically harming my body, and it’s even harder on me mentally. I wish I had half the will power and determination that my husband and many of my friends do. I don't understand where will power comes from. I know I want and need to be healthier, so why can't I just do it?

Sometimes I wish I could snap my fingers and get myself back on track. Unfortunately for me, it's a long slow process. I'm always full blast for something new for a few days or even weeks, then I stop. What is inside my brain that makes me stop? I have no idea! I do know I am ready for a “forever” change. I'm ready to be me again and not big momma like London sometimes refers to me as. It's cute and sweet because she is a baby and doesn't understand, and I'm certain she doesn't say it as she sees me as fat. But to me, I know I need to be a better me.

So, I'm putting my foot down! It is my solemn vow from here on out to say no to junk food and yes to healthier options! I know it's going to be a very rough road, but I'm going one day at a time. One thing I have learned from watching my husband all these years is that preparation is key. Having meals and snacks prepped before the start of each day truly helps keep you on track. Every night before I go to bed I prep Erik and Xavier's meals. I have no idea why I never did this for myself. But I'm making it my new rule, especially on the days that I work. I am a barber, and I usually eat when I can. It is not always the healthiest option, but I do try my best!

I have gone two months straight now without missing any days taking vitamins. For those who know me, you know that's huge for me! I am going to make sure I shop the outer edges of the grocery store (the inside aisles are where all the crappy food is!). I am not a huge meat eater, so instead I am going to try to supplement whey protein. The brand is most likely going to be Universal Nutrition. I am also going to pick up some healthy protein bar options to keep in my purse, that way if it’s time to eat I can grab one to hold me over until it’s time for my next meal. The key to keeping your metabolism moving is to make sure you are eating something small every few hours. I think most people think if they starve themselves they will lose weight, but what they don’t realize is your body goes into starvation mode and stores everything you do eat as fat!

So, here I go on my journey! I need you all to hold me accountable. That scale won't move by itself! I have to do this. I will do this!

Heather Fankhouser