Meet Meredith Breitenbach over at Mommy in Leggings. I had the pleasure of getting to know her and to be honest after interviewing her I teared up a little. Not because I’m hormonal but because her response about why she wanted to lose weight is similar to the reason I needed to get health. Learn how she took back control of her body and looks amazing! Meet Meredith!
Tell me a little about yourself?
I’m a 29-year-old first time mommy to a beautiful baby girl, who is just about 5 months old. My husband, daughter and I live in Minnesota with a mini zoo of 4 dogs, 2 cats and 2 hedgehogs. We’re huge animal lovers, spend a lot of time outdoors hiking, camping and fishing, and love traveling and new adventures!
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
1 child, a daughter who is 5 months.
Were you active before you had kids? If so what activities did you do regularly? (Biking, Running, Etc.)
Semi active, but not intense. I totally let myself go during pregnancy and gained 46 pounds!!!!
Tell me about your weight struggle?
I’ve always struggled with my weight. I’m 5’9″, and have always thought of myself as bigger. I had always wanted to be some cute little petite blonde girl with perfect hair and makeup, graceful and delicate. And I’m NONE of those things. But I’m finally, now in my third decade of life, ok with this. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to love who I was! I gained 46 pounds when I got pregnant, and it was all due to unhealthy eating. I didn’t necessarily crave foods, but I just wanted what was easy and delicious.
What was your biggest insecurity after having your kid(s) about your self image?
Probably my cellulite and stretch marks, but the weight loss has helped with cellulite, and I don’t care about my stretch marks as much anymore (hey, they’re proof my body changed in every way it could to carry my amazing daughter!).
What was your turning point when you knew you had to lose weight and get healthier?
When I had a daughter, and I knew I never wanted her to ever hear me say something negative about my body, and then feel the same about hers. I never want her to think she’s anything but absolutely perfect in every way, regardless of what shape she is. I don’t want to her see ads in a magazine and think “I want to be that thin” or “why am I not that pretty?” I want her to always love herself, and that begins with me loving my own body first.
Tell me about your work out routine?
After I had my daughter and was cleared for exercise, I started running a little bit here and there. When it got too hot for me in the summer months, I ran on the elliptical inside. Over the past month, my exercise routine has waned, and I need to get back into it…but I’ve stayed completely faithful to my new way of eating, and the pounds keep falling off.
Tell me about your eating routine?
I started eating foods I perceived to be “healthy” after my daughter was born: granola bars, oatmeal, etc. The weight came off, but slowly. Then, two of our friends introduced my husband and me to the Ketogenic Diet, which is a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet. Yes–you read that right. HIGH FAT! The diet was developed in the 1920’s to help children with epilepsy. It has since been known to help people with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. This diet puts your body into a state of Ketosis–a process in which your body doesn’t have enough energy from carbohydrates to burn energy, so it turns to the high amount of fat to burn as fuel instead.
What exercises did you incorporate into your weight loss?
I’ve done very little exercise compared to the amount of weight I’ve lost (57lbs total so far). I do know I need to become more dedicated to exercise though!
The biggest obstacle you faced when losing weight? Did you ever gain the weight back?
The biggest obstacle was completely changing how I ate. If someone told me 6 months ago that I wouldn’t be eating bread or sugar (carbs!!) I would have laughed at them. It’s a hard diet to start, but the rewards are so amazing that it’s hard to stop! I haven’t gained any weight back, and the pounds are still coming off. I highly doubt I’ll ever go back to my previous way of eating. I feel SO great on this diet–always energetic (and that’s saying a lot with an infant and not getting much sleep!!), not hungry nearly as much as I used to be, and my mind feels sharper as well! It truly has become a way of life for me, and I could never say that about any other diet I’ve ever tried.
What is the best advice you can give to Mommies out there that are struggling to lose weight or even get motivated?
Really focus on your motivation–it doesn’t matter what that motivation is. Child? Family? High School reunion? Bikini? Whenever you’re feeling down, focus intently on the reason you started. Ultimately the reason you start, has to be strong enough for you to keep going. Every other time I’ve tried to maintain a diet, my motivation wasn’t strong enough. Now, if I ever feel like I’m struggling, I think of my daughter and tell myself that I’m doing this for her–so that if I can feel good in my own skin, I can help her to always feel good in her own. Confidence is such an enormous thing for little girls, and I want my daughter to always have confidence in herself, and never look in the mirror and think she’s flawed.
What helped you on your journey of weight loss?(friends, family, support groups)
My husband started eating Keto with me (he lost 20lbs!!!!), and also the support from my Instagram Keto Friends was amazing. I started an IG handle only for my Keto meals, and to follow Keto accounts, called @mamabear.eatsketo. It’s an outlet for me to see meals as inspiration, share my successes, and help and be helped by others. Taking before and after pics has also been super inspirational to me. I feel stupid taking them, but then I see the difference and can’t believe how far I’ve come. It makes me feel proud of myself that I’ve continued to make these healthy changes, and my body is responding well to it!
What is your motto?
If you never try, you’ll never know what could be.
If you want to know more about Meredith go check her out at www.mommyinleggings.com
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