We Love Her: Introducing Miranda Bertram
Love Squad’s “We Love Them” series takes a deep dive into the personal fitness journey of a guest writer. These narratives will get real and open as they talk about life-changing events and personal obstacles that were somehow overcome through fitness, exercise, and both mental and physical wellness.
Introducing Miranda Bertram, Mom of 2, Peloton Rider, and part of the #LoveSquad — Miranda loves her Peloton bike, always feeling like a new person after a good ride and has lost 20lbs since February.
Hi, my name is Miranda Bertram, and I’m not what you’d call a lifetime fitness freak. I had always been a little on the pudgy side without an athletic bone in my body. Trips to our local Burger Bank were the highlight of my days. Don’t even get me started on trips to grandma’s house when I’d get the good stuff cooked up for me all the time. I loved food and still do! I was happy so I never really considered how this affected my health and wellbeing until the worst month of my life hit me like a ton of bricks.
On December 19, 2008, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Ella. It was the happiest day of my life but that day was soon to be dwarfed by the agony I was to go through for the next couple months afterward. Shortly after giving birth, I learned that, during my hospital stay, I was exposed to bacteria that entered my body with a name that sounds as bad as it is; flesh-eating bacteria or Necrotizing Fasciitis.
Necrotizing Fasciitis is the kind of bacteria that’s relentless. It literally consumes you and has a voracious appetite. People typically lose entire limbs from this bacteria, but luckily, all it took from me is a chunk from my butt and my right leg before the doctors were able to stop it from spreading after many surgeries. Being close to death definitely puts your life into perspective.
I remember thinking in my hospital bed that if I ever get out of there and ever heal that I will start running and live a healthier life. Fast forward two years later and I did just that. I could barely run a half mile and ended up running five half marathons. I was healthier and skinnier than I had ever been and had no plans of ever having any other children. I had been through so much with the birth of my first daughter that it just wasn’t in my plan…until rambunctious Paige came along six years later.
In September of 2014, I was given the surprise of a lifetime. I was pregnant. After the birth of my second daughter, I lost myself and fell back into my old ways. Life was put on its head again, and I wasn’t ready for it.
I put all my needs and wants on the back burner. I became depressed and hated myself every time I looked in the mirror. I was tired all the time and would spend hours eating and watching television while my daughter napped. I planned my day around what I was going to eat. If I were having a bad day, I would reward myself with my favorite fast food meal and beat myself up over it as soon as I finished it. It was a vicious cycle I could somehow not overcome. How was I supposed to take care of everyone else, when I wasn’t even taking care of me?
In January 2018 I decided to take my life back. It was time to stop feeling sorry for myself and start taking some action to love myself again. I contacted a nutritionist who helped me learn healthy ways to eat. She also helped hold me accountable. Instead of making excuses for why I couldn’t work out I decided to take on a no excuse mentality.
These days, I’m a suburban wife, mom of two beautiful daughters and CEO of the household but I wasn’t going to let my responsibilities be the crutch that allowed me to make excuses not to get healthy. “I don’t have time” wasn’t an option.
Every day I set up shop for my daughter in our basement with toys and snacks, and she plays while I work out. There are days that I may have to stop to open a snack package, change a pull-up, or get her a drink, but I always finish my workout. Some mornings I am even racing against the baby monitor in hopes that I will end before she wakes up. No matter what, I get my workout in.
My husband was kind enough to gift me with a Peloton bike in February, and that is when things started to change. My first ride was an Ally Love “feel good ride.” I was officially hooked! Ally is the dose of positivity I need on bad days. Even though she may be talking to thousands of people during a class, I feel as if she is talking directly to me. I love feeling like I am part of “the love squad” even though I’m riding by myself from the comfort of my own home. Ally’s words have helped me gain confidence in myself that I have never had before.
Since starting my weight loss journey I have lost almost 25 pounds, but I have gained so much more. I wanted to lose weight in the first place to wear shorts and a two-piece swimsuit this summer, but it’s become more than what I had ever expected.
I have the energy to keep up with my girls. I feel better mentally then I have in years. I actually don’t hate myself when I look in the mirror. In fact, I think I look pretty good if I do say so myself! I enjoy setting new goals for myself whether it be running an extra mile on my treadmill or upping my resistance on my peloton. No matter the goal, I enjoy crushing them.
If you are struggling to “find time” or have lost your way after having kids make the decision to choose you. Just like the speech you hear every time you board a plane, put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others. If you’re not healthy, you’ll never be able to take care of others.
Don’t feel guilty about taking some time for yourself during your day to work out, and start making healthier choices. I can promise you three months from now when you look in the mirror and see a change you will thank yourself. I am so grateful that I decided to take my life back five months ago. It has completely changed who I am and how I live my life. Stop waiting until Monday and stop saying “I’ll start tomorrow.” When you decide the time is now and start helping yourself I can guarantee, you won’t regret it!