Welcome to LovinLosin!
Hello LovinLosin Family,
My name is Malea and the mission of this blog is to help you find a healthy balance between the triple F’s - Food, Fitness & Fun! I figure that if I can manage to stay on top of the healthy game with a demanding full time job and 4 kids at home, I can definitely help someone else get their healthy game going on!
It all started after college when I got my first real job with real benefits! At the time I was a single mom and had to be the one to provide benefits for myself and daughter. The company I worked for offered a discount off of my monthly premiums if I took a health assessment. I think I ended up saving close to $50/month, so I was all for it! I went online and did the assessment and to my surprise, it said that with the height (5’2) and the weight (160), I was overweight. I was literally shocked! I remember calling a friend and saying, I’m not fat or overweight right, I’m just thick. Like a good friend, she agreed and said, “yeah, just thick not fat.” Who was I kidding!? Only myself. I remember thinking I was hot stuff - I mean just look at this picture.
It hit home at that point. I was a new single mom and only 21 years old and was not going to spend the rest of my life being what that assessment considered me - “overweight.” I took control over my destiny and started Weight Watchers. My cousin had successfully lost over 50 lbs on WW, so I figured that was a great route to go. At the time, finances were tight so I couldn’t pay for the meetings. I paid the initial costs to get the materials and figured out how the program worked. I counted points for 4 months and ran for 20 mins a day and in only 4 months, I went from 160lbs to 120lbs!
Fast forward 9 years and here I am! I have gained 13 lbs but am still considered in the healthy BMI range according to WW. I even had another child and have successfully maintained. At this point, I want to get back down to 120. With my height and build, I have determined that I like the way I look when I’m at 120. Although Weight Watchers was successful for me in the beginning, I have found that with the changes they have made to their points and for me at this lower weight, it is not as easy to lose, therefore, I am going to be counting macros to lose these last 13 lbs.
I’m excited to have you join me on this journey. No matter which way you choose to lose weight or get fit, I hope I can be a resource and support to you during your own unique journey!