My first post

26 Sep

Hello world! My name is Salina. Welcome to my blog. I’m a wife and a mother of 3. I have been on a journey to getting healthy for it seems like my whole adult life. After having my first baby my body changed drastically. I wasn’t this tiny little petite thing anymore, my body was transformed and rightfully so, my body had cared for a beautiful baby for 9 months. But after the 6 week check up and so on, I struggled with my weight…. for a while. I went on fad diets, on Weight Watchers, took diet pills and I even skipped meals to try to lose weight to fit into that perfect outfit. At my heaviest I weighed over 200 lbs and I was a size 16, I was in a fog, I felt sluggish, always tired and not happy with myself. So about 4 years ago something changed, first of all I started reading about what’s in our food and how processed our food is, it made me sick. I couldn’t believe I was feeding my family junk.  Second, I was sick and tired of feeling the way that I did, sluggish, tired, not happy, no energy, and realized there was no magic pill that could make me lose the weight and there it was a light bulb went off. So I began to purge our cupboards, very slowly. One or two things every couple of weeks, first soda, then white flour, white rice, HCFS, partially hydrogenated oils, MSG, etc. The pounds slowly started to come off. Then my husband and I joined a gym, and I started this weight training class, I did it twice a week. I had this amazing instructor named Wendy and she pushed me to start running. So I started the Couch to 5K program. I must admit I didn’t fall in love with running. In fact, I hated it, I loathed running but I stuck with it. I had pretty much cut out junk, started clean eating about 80% of the time and started moving my butt. The weight was slowly but consistently dropping and I was happier, I had more energy, going to the gym was habit forming, addicting. Fast forward to today; I am now a size 2 or 4 (depending on what brand I wear) and I’m a solid 135 lbs with 18% body fat. Remember I mentioned I hated running, I don’t anymore, sure I have crappy running days. But honestly, I love running. I’m one of those runners that gets jealous when I see another runner and I haven’t ran that day. I weight train 4-5 days a week, I’ve recently taken up yoga and boxing. I prepare almost every single meal my family eats. I’m happy where I’m at. I couldn’t imagine going back to that place I was 4 years ago. This blog is about the ins and outs of my journey, what works for my life. I know how it feels to be overwhelmed, to feel like there’s this massive mountain and there’s no way you can conquer it. But I’m here to tell you…. You can and you will conquer it. I’m proof.

Here I am at 190lbs:

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3 Responses to “My first post”

  1. Jess Newman September 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Completely inspirational! I love it! 🙂

    • salinaciotti September 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank you, Jessie! That’s my hope…. if I can inspire just one person I will be happy.

  2. Marcus L. Williams May 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Wow, I had no idea of your journey. It gives me inspiration.

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