Thirty-four-year-old Christina Baird was devastated in 2010, when she was hopelessly trying to lose some weight. Although she was exercising regularly, she couldn’t lose weight, and her doctor’s visit in 2015 revealed why. It was because of her underactive thyroid gland and hypothyroidism. Her thyroid wasn’t producing enough of the hormone that’s responsible for controlling how her body uses energy from food. After some other unpleasant events, she decided to dedicate herself to regular workouts and weightlifting. She eventually managed to lose 107 pounds with the combination of surgery, workout, and a low-carb diet. Her transformation story is amazing!
Her weight was 263 pounds and the doctors recommended her a gastric sleeve surgery. This was supposed to help jump-start her weight loss. After she had the surgery on August 6, 2015, she started working out. First by walking for 45 minutes a day, and she eventually researched weightlifting, types of cardio, and HIIT. Nowadays, she works out six days a week after she drops her kids off at school. Then she heads to the gym, and does 45 minutes of weightlifting and 30 minutes of HIIT cardio, all before going to work.
Her motivation is amazing. She said, “When people ask me where I find time to work out every day, I gave up sitting time, TV time, sleeping in time. It is a part of my life, just like sleeping or eating. It has to become something you have to do.”
Christina has lost 107 pounds and says the surgery helped with the first 40 pounds. The final results were all due to her health habits and her ketogenic diet. She follows a ketogenic diet 80 percent of the time, focused on healthy fats, protein, and low-carb foods. Christina explained, “I chose this because I really just liked the energy I had.” If her body is craving carbs, she chooses complex ones, including “sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, and fruit.” Every Sunday, she has a little treat. Here’s more on her daily diet:
Breakfast: “Usually breakfast is a protein shake and P3 pack. It’s easy to throw in my bag and eat on the go.”
Lunch: “Eggs and bacon, or lunch meat, string cheese, and a pickle”
Snack: “Greek yogurt”
Dinner: “Protein and veggies”
Dessert: “Halo Top”
Her first priority was actually leading a healthy life. She states: “This for me isn’t about being skinny or hitting some magical goal. It really is maintaining healthy living for my life. I want to live a really long time and comfortably if possible! I want my kids to know what balance looks like and know that you can have a treat, but to remember the first bite is the best bite; one cookie tastes the same as two.”
Christina was also recently able to run a 5K with her teenage daughter and was also contacted by Under Armour to trial clothes!
She still stays motivated nowadays. “I look at my four kids and remind myself that they need a strong, healthy mom, and honestly, the gym is my therapy! They need me to work out so I’m a nicer mom!”
Christina has an important message to those who have a similar weight loss journey like hers. “Learn to love yourself in every chapter. So many people are so hard on themselves, but honestly, be proud you are taking the right steps. Love you right where YOU are!”
Week one of not weighing was certainly a challenge, but also a new adventure. I find myself pushing a little harder because I know that I’m not going to get my “attaboy “ from the scale, but rather the TRUTH. I love seeing my body change, I love seeing new shapes and shadows, new muscles and definition. This is a way of life for me, there is really no true after pictures, just before and during!
In terms of keeping up with her role as a mother, she has some interesting thoughts.
“We harbor guilt any time we aren’t giving ourselves to our kids. Just keep in mind that taking care of yourself will prolong your life and make you more energetic and able to give more.” She insists, “It’s OK to go spend some time on you. You will be happier, which means your family will be happier!”
Christina admits, “I’m not anyone unimaginably spectacular. I am a mama and a wife, trying to be the very best version of me. If I can do it, anyone can! I still have days or even weeks that I just lose my drive, but that doesn’t define me — it makes me human. Go right now, go find a mirror, and tell the person looking back at you, ‘You are amazing, you are worth it, you can do this, and I will love you the whole way!'”
Image Source: Christina Baird
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