There are some women that have babies and a week later they are back to their pre-baby weight. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of those moms…not with the first, second, or third pregnancy. After each pregnancy, it got harder and harder. When Dustin and I found out we were having twins I just felt like that there was no possible way I would ever get back to looking like the “old” me. The thought of me wearing a bikini again had been long gone and I kissed those days goodbye. I was a mom. This was my purpose and my body had taken the biggest toll from having 4 babies in less than 4 years.
It wasn’t until last year when I slept trained the twins that I caught a glimpse of feeling “normal” again. I was able to sleep in my bed for a full night instead of sleeping in the twin’s room on the floor. With that, I began to work out. I’m pretty sure I worked out for maybe 15 days or so before I stopped. I could make excuses all day about why I stopped (i.e. time, tired, etc.) It was easier to just not do it. To not have to think about what I was eating or when I was going to work out. Because heck I had 4 kids…that was a good excuse to me!
This year I was listening to Darren Hardy’s Darren Daily and he was talking about weight loss and a specific woman’s struggle that he’d met. She challenged herself to lose weight by a deadline and if she didn’t meet it she would have to write a “big” check to an organization. He asked her “Did you lose the weight?” She said, “No.” Darren then replied, “How did it feel to write the check?” She said, “It wasn’t bad because it was a good organization.” Darren then said, “You didn’t lose the weight because you didn’t have anything to lose. Next time, try writing a check to an organization that stands for everything you DON’T believe in and if by your deadline you don’t meet your goal have a friend mail the check to that organization.”
Now my personality calls for hard love sometimes. I’m one that when I make a decision to do something I go all in. As soon as I heard this 5-minute clip I immediately thought of an organization that stood for everything I did not. I told everyone about it and got super pumped. I had the motivation and a reason to lose the weight. Now, I just had to actually take the leap and write the check!
To figure out how much weight I needed to lose and how long it would take me, I used the Lose It app and put in my current weight (148) and put in my ideal weight (135). I felt that losing 1-1.5 lbs was doable, so I entered that in as well. It told me I could get to my ideal weight by the end of April. On February 25th I began my challenge. I wrote my check for $100 and postdated it for April 30th. My stomach was in absolute knots just writing the check. I couldn’t fathom having to mail the thing to an organization I did not like. So, I gave the check to a friend so I wouldn’t have the urge to do anything with it and giving it to him held me more accountable for my actions.
I cannot tell you how terrified I was, thinking that I wouldn’t meet my goal and I would have to mail that check. I’m not perfect by any means. The second week I lost a ½ lb and I realized I had to be stricter with myself and I had to incorporate working out to make sure I lost the weight.
On April 22nd I weighed in at 135.4. In 7 weeks I lost 13 lbs. I officially lost every pound of baby weight from having 4 kids! I feel 100 times better about myself. Shoveling food into my mouth is nothing compared to the way I feel now. I was a size 10-12 at the beginning of this year and now I can wear between sizes 6-8. While I don’t feel like my “old” self I feel like every day I’m working on becoming at peace with that.
I feel like 2017 is my year for changes! I purged the house in 6 weeks and now losing this weight has been such a game changer for me. Never let anything stop you from your goals. Never settle… If you want something bad enough find a way to keep yourself motivated and fight until you get there.
Check out one of my favorite clips from Darren Hardy and let me know what you think!
What about you? Do you think writing a “big” check to an organization you don’t like will keep you accountable and help you lose weight? What about if you wrote a check to a person you didn’t like?