Hello! My name is Lauren and this is my first blog post. Currently I am a 30-something year old mother of a toddler and baby, a wife, a high school teacher, working on getting rid of the 2nd pregnancy weight, and improving my fitness. These are all of the things I am working on balancing in my life. I love all parts of my life, but I feel like I do not have enough time to spend on each of them. This is a problem I’m sure many mothers deal with. This blog and this time in my life is now dedicated to improving all of these areas.
I have chosen the name “My Energy Balancing Act” because of my constant search for balance, and because tracking my food and exercise (energy balance) is how I have and continue to lose weight.
I have struggled with my weight off and on my whole life. You can see in my childhood pictures that around 9 or 10 years old I start to gain weight. In 8th grade my mother made my older sister and I count Weight Watchers points with her. I lost about 19 pounds (I always said it was 20 but was corrected that it was only 19) during 8th grade, and the compliments flowed because of it. In high school my weight fluctuated some as well, which was in part due to being on 2 soccer teams and many fad diets that my mother was trying out. But, getting my driver’s license and having the freedom to buy fast food whenever I wanted helped the number on the scale go up.
Freshman year of college I gained the well known “freshman 15” and more, and throughout the rest of college I discovered bulimia, changed my major to Health Education, changed my habits to healthy eating and exercise, and got to the size 8 I wanted. After college I maintained my size 8 (sometimes tighter and sometimes looser) for over 6 or 7 years. It wasn’t until my post-pregnancy body that I had weight issues again. During my pregnancy with my first child I gained over 55 pounds. It took my over a year to lose that weight, and then I lost 20 more pounds. I was back in a size 8, and it was loose enough that I was about to get into a size 6 when I started my 2nd pregnancy. Once again, I gained over 55 pounds. This is me now.
My daughter is now almost 10 months old and I have 15 pounds to go until I am back at my last pre-pregnancy weight. This blog is to document the rest of this weight loss journey, improving my fitness, spending more time with my husband and children, and to accomplishing my next career goal of becoming a certified personal trainer and health coach. I want to connect with the many women that I know are going through the same or similar struggles and trying to balance it all.