Hi Fit Family!
I figure it’s been awhile and time for an update.
Some of you may have noticed I took some time off from my blog, fitness coaching, lots of things. Quite honestly, I had to focus on ME. You can only do so many things and we can’t pour from an empty cup.
Quick life update since having baby #2. He’s 2 years old now!
I got pregnant with my son at age 36 and had him at age 37. My hubby and I tried to get pregnant for a little while after I had my breast implants removed but I had a feeling Brinkley (my daughter) was going to be IT for us. She was going to be our only little munchkin and we were good with that. We even downsized homes into a perfect little house for the three of us. I even made our guest room into my closet.
God had other plans. One year after we moved, we found out we were pregnant with baby #2. I laugh because the day we found out, my husband got out the tape measure and started measuring walls! How did we have room for another baby? Were we ready to start all over? Did we even remember what to do? There would be 5 years between our daughter and our new little one.
To add to the excitement, we found out HE was a boy! We didn’t know much about boys. GIRLS run on my side of the family. Needless to say, Kellan Rayne brought lots of fun, firsts and joy into our lives.
Fitness & Health:
When I got pregnant with Kellan, I was already 15 pounds heavier than when I got pregnant with Brinkley. Then I gained 50 pounds. I had only gained 35 pounds with my first, so almost double the weight gain. I tried to be active during pregnancy but had a series of sinus infections that I couldn’t seem to kick. Towards the end of my pregnancy, there was no way I was getting off of the floor if I sat down to play with my daughter. I was not feeling great but I was so excited to meet my baby boy!
After going through one pregnancy and regaining my fit physique, I realized everything is just a season. I believe that allowed me to give myself even more grace with my second pregnancy. I decided before he was born that I would not give myself a deadline, nor put pressure on myself to look a certain way. I really just wanted to enjoy watching him grow! The newborn phase flies by and even typing this I cannot believe he’s already two. I mean, I just brought him home.
Kellan was born April 3, 2019 and about 10 months later, COVID hit. I also started a new job working from home around that time. It’s been an interesting couple of years. I don’t have to tell you that. We are all feeling it.
My husband and I decided early on that we were going to work out from home and not let our health slip during the pandemic. Only when we started, we had no idea how long it would last. We got creative with our workouts and still continue to work out from home. So far I have been able to lose over 60 pounds by easing back into fitness. Could I have lost the weight faster? Sure. Did I want to stress? No way. High blood pressure and Diabetes run in my family so I’ve made a commitment to myself to make my health a priority.
In my twenties, I wanted to get into fitness modeling and help others. Now I want to be the healthiest ME I can be to set a good example for my family. I want to feel good and have energy to keep up with my kids. Of course I want to look good but that’s icing on the cake.
I will be 40 in March (wow!) and life is a little crazy with 2 kiddos, a hubby, full time job, house duties, everything. My schedule is nowhere near perfect and I sit all day for work. I could sit here and think of all the reasons I can’t work out but then I think of all the reasons I should. And I’m grateful I GET TO.
Sometimes you just have to shift your mindset. Instead of training for a 1-month or 12-week goal, I am training for the TYPE of person I want to be. There is no deadline for that.
Let’s normalize NOT giving ourselves a hard time for missing a work out or eating a cupcake. Let’s enjoy life, food, fitness and family. We get to do this. It’s hard to be overweight and it’s hard to be fit. You just have to choose your hard.
Love you all! Thanks for reading. I hope this offers some encouragement to someone out there.