Working as the Commercial Director at Monster Supplements, Suzie Sonnabend knows all too well the importance of a healthy lifestyle – and using knowledge and expertise to achieve this. As a new mum wanting to regain her pre-pregnancy body, she’ll be taking on board the expert nutrition and training advice from our gurus over the next few months, and charting her progress as she goes along. Here’s a little more about Suzie …
I was a bit wary of the thought of tracking my weight loss progress; it would have been nice to have had a transformation story to present looking great, however feel tracking it and having photos taken along the way will give me the encouragement I need to stay on track.
Throughout my adult life, my weight and shape has varied dramatically, with me now being the biggest I’ve ever been and around 10 years ago being the smallest, weighing around 8st being strong, fit and toned. I have always gone to the gym; however the levels and frequency has fluctuated as much as my weight. Even working at MonsterSupplements, surrounded by people who dedicate their lives to strict training and diet regimes, I have not fallen into that lifestyle.
My journey is not going to be a story resulting in me competing or looking like a fitness model, while I admire these people and think they look amazing, I just want to be able to fit in my size 10 skinny jeans again. I have the resources, with access to so much knowledge and expertise from my husband, who trains hard and eats well, has worked in gyms for years and has helped his friends during their transformations, colleagues and manager – I have no excuses to fail, especially as I have done it before.
Before my daughter was born five years ago, I weighed around 9st 7lbs and was happy (as much as the average woman can be) with how I looked. While being pregnant, I gained 3st 7lbs. I ate well, but a lot – both me and baby were healthy and I loved being pregnant! I lost weight naturally straight away, then started a diet and training when she was 3 months old. By the time I returned to work, when she was 9 months old, I was back to my usual size.
When I got engaged the following year, I decided I was generally happy with my size, but wanted to lose maybe a little bit of weight and just tone up ready to look my best in my wedding dress. Instead, when I got married in July 2014, I had put on over a stone, but still squeezed in my wedding dress.
Between then and falling pregnant again in January this year, I had intended to try and lose weight before getting pregnant, knowing I was likely to gain a lot of weight again. However, I actually gained weight and so, at that point, weighed around 11st 7lbs.
I found being pregnant the second time much harder. I was ill throughout, suffered with horrendous heartburn, morning (or in my case, all-day) sickness and exhaustion. I know others will say there is always time to fit in training if you want to do it, regardless of working full-time and having a daughter, but I just felt so rotten I couldn’t face the gym and going for walks felt like an achievement at times. While I struggled I realised I felt fortunate knowing many other pregnant women suffer much more than I did and again me and our baby were healthy.
Shortly before giving birth, I weighed 13st 7lbs and after returning home after giving birth to our son Austin (who weighed 7lb 10oz), I cautiously stepped on the scales to find out I weighed 12st 7lbs.
I returned to work full-time when Austin was six weeks old, after making the decision with my husband he would take the parental leave this time and look after our children. I had lost 7lbs naturally during those few weeks at home and so my weight loss journey starts with me weighing 12st, with the hope to lose between 2st and 2st 7lbs to look and feel good about myself.
Height: 5’ 4”
Measurements: Waist 35.5”, Hips 40”, Chest 42” (measured at the widest parts)
The main aim for me this week was to start to plan and get myself into a routine. I had a few complications during the labour and lost a lot of blood. I could really tell when I had even done too much around the house in those first few weeks of being at home. For that reason, I haven’t been to the gym this week, but I will be starting in the next few days now I’ve been given the go-ahead by my doctor.
When wanting to tone up before getting married, our Managing Director, Mark Bowering, helped me by giving me a diet plan. While I haven’t followed it exactly this week, I have tried to incorporate it as much as I can so I do feel I am making better choices.
Breakfast: Oats with a tablespoon of peanut butter and PhD Diet Whey mixed with water
Snack: Rice cakes and cottage cheese
Lunch: Chicken with rice and veg or prawn salad with a small amount of pasta
Snack: Protein shake and/or an apple
Tea: Chicken or fish with veg (I did go for tea with a friend one night and had Thai fishcakes with salad and chunky chips)