I love Katie’s story because I think that it is something that many women struggle with…pregnancy and weight gain. She gained over 100 pounds during her pregnancy with her twins and instead of falling back into old habits after they were born, she started making better choices. But I’ll let her tell you about that.
When I got pregnant with my twin boys, I was not fat. I was also not healthy. As a police officer, mostly working night shift, my diet consisted of gas station sandwiches, coffee, soda, and fast food meals. My whole world changed when I heard those two heartbeats at my first appointment. I realized my choices from now on would no longer be for me, but would be for these two little miracles growing inside me. Throughout my pregnancy I would Google everything I ate, picking colorful veggies over chips and fruit/protein smoothies over soda. My pre-pregnancy weight was 176, and I was a size 10. I gained about 100 pounds, weighing in around 270 just before the boys were born at 33 weeks (one day after my 31st birthday.)
As soon as the boys were born I made the choice to breastfeed and then to make their baby food fresh at home. I began to revert back to my own unhealthy eating habits, and one day, as I was blending them some fresh veggies and steroid-free turkey, I had an epiphany. I was making all of these healthy choices for my children, so that they would live a long and active life, and I wasn’t making the same decision for me. I want to see everything my sons accomplish, and also be able to stay as active as they are for as long as I can. It was then, in February, that I signed up for my first Disney 5k in November. It gave me the incentive to walk with them in their stroller, first around the mall, then outside, and then eventually I progressed to jogging.
The weight and the baby belly continued to disappear, at a slow and healthy pace. I have become passionate about running, and love coupling running and Disney trips with my children. Now, my twins are 17 months old, and I have three half marathons, and six 5k’s under my belt.
I am 170 and still a size 10; but now I’m a size 10 with a healthy heart and lots of energy! I love running, and I can’t wait to share this passion with my boys as they get older. I firmly believe that anyone can make a choice to be healthy, and while it does take some discipline and hard work, all I need to do to persevere is remember why I started caring in the first place.
Katie Heck is a 32 year old mom of twin boys from Port Charlotte, FL.
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