When I was younger, I was what doctors would call an ectomorph, or thin-boned. I was small, almost Tinkerbell tiny, with the chicken legs to prove it. Growing up I was always somewhat of an adventurous eater—I would eat most anything, but only in small portions. I was often told I ate like a bird. When I was younger, I always enjoyed the fact that I felt like I could eat anything and instantly burn it up. I thought I had the metabolism of a hummingbird. It often was hard to find clothes that fit me at the stores—I usually had to have them altered to fit.
Of course in college I survived on fast food. But as soon as I had a little money after graduating from college, I loved to go to the local fresh market where I tried very hard to not purchase pre-packaged foods, and instead focused on fresh meat, vegetables, and fruit. I enjoyed eating this way, but often ended up throwing out unused produce. I have always been relatively active, either with sports or exercising at the gym or home.
As I have aged, my weight has crept up. My doctor has wondered if my thyroid could be malfunctioning, but tests always come back negative. I have realized that as I continue to age, I will need to work harder to maintain my petite size. My hummingbird metabolism has been flying away.
Childbearing hasn’t helped much; I had a tough time getting the baby weight off after delivering my first son, so during the next pregnancy, I vowed to practice better nutrition. I cut back on the Doritos and ice cream. I practiced yoga almost the whole pregnancy. I felt good, and didn’t experience as much tiredness as with the first.
Post-partum, I continued to try to eat well. I slowly got back to doing harder work outs regularly. I dropped the weight easier than the first time, and found that just a few months post-partum, I was back to my pre-baby weight. I wanted to go farther and get back to where I was when I got married. Any parent knows, though, what a snack cabinet is to a 2 and 4-year-old. We are inundated with goldfish crackers and granola bars. We try and keep it relatively healthy for our boys, but they're kids and have their own tastes.
So here we are.