Motherhood

While I started my weight loss at 215, eventually, I got down to 145 pounds. Finally, for the first time ever, I felt strong and confident enough to post a photo like this.

My Experience

I was so happy at 145 pounds. I was a size 8 — the lowest size I’d been since I was literally eight years old. I was a single digit! And the best part was that I was able to maintain that weight, without denying myself or telling myself “no” all the time.

So I was able to stay a size 8 through the rest of college, when I started my nutrition practice, met my husband, and got married and then I got pregnant.

Pregnancy for me was hard. For years, I was in such control of my body. Then suddenly it took a whole different shape. Seeing the scale go up after I’d worked so hard to get it down was difficult for me.

I continued to eat well and exercise, but instead of fighting, I let the pregnancy be what it wanted to be. Until the third trimester, it was like a switch flipped in my head. It was time to get back to my weight-loss mindset and plan how I was going to lose the baby weight.

So I refocused. I thought about the hundreds of clients I’d helped and the principles that had worked not just for them, but for me as well.

After I delivered my beautiful daughter Olivia, I got right to work. I wasn’t just ready, I was excited. I had a new purpose now — my daughter. And I wanted to be the best I could possibly be.

Although I dreaded taking these “before” pics in tight clothes, I had to do it. Because, as I got ready to use all the weight-loss tactics I’d collected over my lifetime, I wanted a detailed record of this journey so I’d know exactly what worked and what didn’t in real time.

And the good news is, it worked better than I could have ever imagined. I not only got back to my 145 mark, I kept going.

I went from post-baby body all the way down to 120 pounds — and I’ve stayed around that weight for more than 3 years.

It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I always felt full and satisfied. I never deprived myself and I never missed a meal.

Perhaps the most rewarding part of the process was seeing that my healthy choices influenced my daughter to eat well too. I call her my Green Bean Machine and Protein Queen. The more she sees me eat well, the more she realizes what healthy, balanced eating looks like.

In 2017, I got pregnant with my son Julian at 120 pounds. This pregnancy was transformative as I felt much better and more confident knowing that’d I’d easily lose weight afterwards. My eating routine and relationship with food was much stronger at that point and I felt free to enjoy the pregnancy process.

I only gained 31 pounds and even filmed the 2B mindset pregnancy video just 3 days prior to giving birth. This time around, it was only 3 months until I got back to my goal weight and the process was even more gratifying and enjoyable.

I work with so many women who love their children dearly but can’t help but feel frustrated for their bodily changes triggered by pregnancy. Once women lose weight with my approach via the 2B mindset or private practice, their whole life turns around. They not only love themselves more, but their ability to love and care for others grows as well.

It’s never too late to get it together. I rely on proven principles that have allowed me and thousands of other moms lose weight and still live our lives.It’s a convenient, practical, fulfilling and healthy approach to food that our kids and whole family benefit from.

There’s no counting calories. No points. No cutting out whole food groups.

You don’t even need to exercise (but I promise, once you start feeling amazing, you’re going to want to move your body). Before long, you’ll see that is easy — and even fun — that it seems like second nature.

I want to help you win the weight-loss battle for good. So you can go on enjoying your food, your body, and living your life to the fullest.

Testimonials

Hi Ilana! I am a stay at home mom of 2 preschool girls, & have never technically been overweight but have been slowly gaining since becoming pregnant with my oldest about 5 years ago. I…

Hi Ilana! I am a stay at home mom of 2 preschool girls, & have never technically been overweight but have been slowly gaining since becoming pregnant with my oldest about 5 years ago.

I heard about 2B Mindset from an acquaintance & started it in January, thinking I’d be surprised if it worked or stuck, but why not give it a try? My goal was to lose just 20 lbs, & 3 months later I am down 25 lbs & still losing. My family just came back from a week vacation & i was expecting to gain- I weighed this morning & only gained 1 lb the whole week! I am no longer beating myself up over food & find myself thinking about it way less than before.

I have more energy (& patience!) with my girls, & my whole family is eating healthier. So, sincerely, thank you- you have changed my lifestyle, & my family’s, for the better. I love what you are doing & am so thankful for a positive, sustainable way to approach a healthy lifestyle.

- Brooks V.
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I'm seriously so geeked seeing how many lives this program has changed! and I'm even more happy that you did this while pregnant and made the modifications, because now I know i can actually have…

I'm seriously so geeked seeing how many lives this program has changed! and I'm even more happy that you did this while pregnant and made the modifications, because now I know i can actually have a healthy time this go around! i was so scared to gain back weight i'd lost, but knowing you did this, and gave me the tools, i know it'll be great. so thank you for changing my life in the most sustainable way!!

- Jessie C.
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