Small Decisions Can Make a Big Difference

Before After

 

I remember after having this baby, I tried to do some push-ups and couldn't even do one regular push-up. I remember feeling so discouraged that I had lost so much progress and that my arms and core were so weak. I remember going running for the first time and uncomfortably pull my shirt down over my tummy that was jiggling over my pants. I remember looking in the mirror and wondering if my stomach would ever look like it used to. I know what it's like when every pair of pants you own are too tight. I remember feeling hopeless and discouraged so many times.

Change happened because I didn't give up. I have not been perfect, but I have been consistent. I knew that if I put the work in each day with healthy meals and workouts that I would see changes. Some weeks I saw results quickly, and other weeks I felt like I took a step backwards, but I kept at it. I had days where I ate too much junk food and days that I missed my workouts, but I didn't let it break me, I kept at it the next day.

You've heard me say this a thousand times, but it is the mantra that I tell myself over and over. It is a combination of all the small decisions you make each day that make a big difference in the end.

I believe in you.

Your friend,
Natalie

Before After

PS - because everyone always asks....the photo on the right is a current photo of me 5'8" and 150lbs.  The photo on the left was about 2 months after I had my second daughter.  I was 225lbs when I delivered her and probably around 200lbs in this photo.  There was a little over a year difference between the two photos.  I never promise fast and furious results with my programs (because I don't think that is sustainable long term), but I do promise that if you stick with it you can see incredible results.  You can find more about the training programs I have for sale here: http://nataliehodson.com/ebook-store/

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11 Comments

  1. Consistency is such an important word in healthy living. We always want to be “perfect” in our nutrition and exercise, but what really counts is how consistent are you in your behaviors? Consistency tends to wash out the days when you have a bad day.

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  2. Very inspiring Natalie. I sure wish I could have long legs and add a few inches to my short 5’1″ body, but I can still work at staying fit 🙂

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    • Thank you Lynda. I know I am tall, but most people are surprised when they meet me in person because I am not very proportional haha. My legs are actually really short and it is my torso that is really long. My hip bone usually is at the same height as my 5’1″ or 5’2″ friends.

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  3. I SO needed to just read this post. Have been in a funk this week and trying to “mantra” my way out of it. This inspiration will certainly help.
    Thanks!

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  4. Hi Natalie,

    I have two kids.. My first is almost 10 and my baby is 6 months. The weight melted off after my first pregnancy, but after this baby the weight did not budge. I’ve begun exercising and making healthy meal choices including limiting my calories. I am also exclusively breastfeeding. My question to you is: My doctor recently told me that I should not expect to lose my baby weight while I am breastfeeding, because my body needs to keep a certain amount of fat in order to lactate. I am currently 20 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight. Is this true? I thought that breastfeeding would help, but my doctor said the opposite. I would love to hear your input on this! Thank you! -Jen

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  5. I love this post, thank you for sharing. You look amazing and it gives me hope to know that if I take it day by day I can reach my goals!

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  6. I love that you posted your weight. I want to give just a little story about that “number” too many people strive for. I am a police officer and have had a long long love-hate relationship with my body. I have never weighed 125 lbs since junior high but what I am is a strong fit person. A few years ago, our department was attempting to implement a new fitness requirement. The requirements were arbitrary and favored males; many of the items were based off a percentage of our weight. When a person failed, they were given a temporary title of “fitness failure” until they passed. As you can imagine, every female on the department failed the fitness exam. At the time, I weighed 155 lbs, wore a size 3-5, was running marathons every 3 months, and never had any complaints about not holding my own in a physical struggle. I was finally comfortable in my skin with my weight because I knew I was more than a number. The women sat down before the city attorney, manager, and chief and explained our reasons for why we felt the fitness standards were unfair. When it got to my turn, I explained all of the above. The manager turned to me, and in one sentences, he took me back years in terms of self worth. He told me, “if you just lost a little weight, your numbers would be on par and you wouldn’t be a failure.” Just like that, I rated my self worth by a number. That was four years ago and I let the number lose my confidence. I’m working my way back but I will never forget. Thanks for your encouragement every day.

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  7. Seeing these pictures make me so motivated to know that I can eventually get back to my normal size. I’ve been struggling after baby #2 and not knowing what to do at a gym.

    Such wonder progress/inspiration.

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  8. Thanks for the encouragement… I have had two ten pound babes, too.

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing! I’m 7 weeks postpartum with baby #3 (in 3 years!) and really struggling with this. I feel like I will never not look pregnant again! With baby #1 the weight seemed easy to loose, but with baby #2 I gained more and didn’t loose it, and now after this baby I feel like I’m gaining more now postpartum because I’m eating whatever is around and stress eating lots of junk food. This is encouraging me to set a plan and consistently stick with it, even if its a small daily goal, it’ll make a difference.

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  10. Hi Natalie. Do you have a workout video for sale that specifically deals with Diastasis recti? Or that is completely Diastasis recti friendly? I lost all my prepregnancy weight and just need to work on fixing the gap. I went to PT and am currently stuck at a two finger gap (though I am only five months postpartum, so I am hopefully).

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