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As many of you may already know, I have a six-year-old son. What many of you may not know is that he changed my life. First, let me start off by saying that I am not a nutritionist or dietician with expert advice from a book. However, I am a mother who looked for a solution after gaining over 50 pounds of weight throughout my pregnancy. Yes, you read that correctly. I gained over 50 pounds while I was pregnant, and for a number of reasons. I was involved in a very toxic and degrading relationship that took everything out of me, I was extremely unhappy and lacked any sort of confidence that was even left. I just went through the motions of my day-to-day life. The moment I found out I was pregnant, I began shaking out of fear of how I was going to raise a child when I felt like I could barely even hold myself together at that time. What I didn’t realize was that my son was the blessing that I needed to transform my life. After giving birth, I almost immediately had an epiphany. It’s hard to explain, but having my child flipped a switch on that screamed,

“It’s time to make some changes girl!”

I knew at that moment that I wanted and needed to get out of the situation I was in, gain my confidence back, get my body in the best shape it’s ever been, be happy, and be a light for my son and myself. As I sit here typing this post, tears are falling down my face just remembering this moment. I was so determined to get my life back, although I didn’t have a plan. Here is what I did:

  • 30-45 minutes of at-home high-intensity interval training (workouts that alternate intense bursts of physical activity with short bursts of low intensity exercises or little to no rest)
  • 2 meal replacement shakes and 2 meals per day (ultimately, consuming less than my body was burning in order to lose weight)
  • Drinking a lot of water (about 1 gallon per day)
  • Reduced sugar intake and sodas or juices
  • Portion control and eating clean foods (I measured my food out and avoided processed foods)

Fast forward to present day, I became pescatarian and limited my dairy intake. This is simply a personal choice, as dairy began to bloat me up and made my stomach hurt occasionally. Once I reduced my dairy intake, I started noticing a difference. Additionally, I started incorporating strength training into my workout routine because I didn’t simply want to be skinny. I wanted that toned, sexy and lean look. In my opinion, strong is sexy, and I don’t think women should feel afraid of lifting weights. My current diet is pretty simple with lean proteins, whole grains, plenty of vegetables, fruit, beans, and healthy fats (avocado, nuts and seeds, peanut butter, coconut oil). I like to keep it very clean with fresh ingredients that aren’t processed or full of BS. Although, I still have a deep love for pizza. Therefore, with a positive mindset and consistency, I was able to transform my mind and body. One of the most important aspects of a workout plan after I had my baby was being able to do a workout that I could take with me anywhere. Something else that I wished I had at the moment was guidance in terms of healthy recipes to make. Often times, we’re given a “healthy list of foods” to buy but then what do you do with the food so it doesn’t seem so mundane and boring? I’m excited to announce that I’m launching a healthy lifestyle app, Body By Lynsee! In my app will be my 12-week workout program with minimal equipment, healthy recipes (for kids too), my diet tips and tricks, and advice for getting through the process. I created this program to help transform lives and give you that confident feeling that I felt after I changed my life. Sign up at as a #BodyByLynsee App Insider and get early access before it launches!