#BalikAlindog: Mayen Juico shares her fitness journey
Mayen Juico is this close to returning to her pre-pregnancy weight six years ago.
The Quezon City councilor shared her struggles to remain fit, which has began to pay off thanks to the support and motivation from fellow politikos. She revealed that she gained as much as 40 lbs when she got pregnant with her daughter, something she has never fully shed through the years.
It’s been a back and forth journey in the past six years, but she’s this close to finally getting rid of these extra fats this 2020. Apart from good diet, weekly exercises with the rest of the City Council – plus a pot money for the “biggest loser” – was the best motivation. Now, she’s ready to share her secret.
“I am now where I was in 2017, 4 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I try to eat moderately (which is almost close to the impossible most of the time if you’ve seen my ayudas from all the friends I am so thankful for) and clock in gym time at least three times a week,” she said.
“It is very slow progress, and if you know me, I rarely post workout related content, but I know that there are women, mothers out here who might need the extra boost and motivation. We can do this!,” Juico added.
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I gained 35-40lbs when I got pregnant. I lost 17 pounds on the first month post partum (thanks to breastfeeding, etc.)… and the rest, they just sort of stayed and hung around. 😂 (Mind you, I breastfed for close to two and a half years. 😅) The additional weight must have really enjoyed my company since my daughter is turning 6 soon, and, somehow, I am not yet back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I remember how heavy I was on the first weigh in, the day of my initial visit to the OB—and that has been my goal, to just reach that number. I came close in 2017, and was 4 pounds away. But, eventually got frustrated and did not endeavor to achieve it anymore. Back then was a product of dieting and having a lot of restrictions on what I ate. Soon after, I got tired of it. The thing with me is, I never get super fat, neither do I get super thin. I just move from fatter to thinner than my usual. 🤪 After the 2019 campaign, I was back to eating and living the good life, also just exercising sometimes and not really regularly. Before I knew it, I was almost back to my weight—1 month post partum! 😫 2020 came and thanks to my colleagues in the council, we started our weekly exercise sessions and a fitness challenge—which took 2-3 months to actually start 🤪 (we kept on moving our weigh in because we kept on eating together😜🐷), with substantial pot money/weekly contributions for the prize. I am now where I was in 2017, 4 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. 🥳 I try to eat moderately (which is almost close to the impossible most of the time if you’ve seen my ayudas from all the friends I am so thankful for 😘) and clock in gym time at least three times a week. I have lost 10lbs since my dad had his kidney transplant in March. 💪🏼 It is very slow progress, and if you know me, I rarely post workout related content, but I know that there are women, mothers out here who might need the extra boost and motivation. We can do this! We all just have to keep at it! I want to be healthier and stronger, not just for myself but most especially for my daughter. Setting new health goals for the second half of this year. 😊 So help me (Mom) Bod! 💪🏼