Hello…Plateau…It’s Me

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This post is pretty ??? to post but I really want to be honest because I’m sure people can relate. Here goes. (#wineme ?) Here’s what’s doin…

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◀️With the picture on the left I was in the best shape of my life: fit, healthy and happy. My body was nowhere near perfect but it was something I was so proud of. It was a direct result of my dedication to using fitness to fuel my health and happiness. This is also the day I found out I was pregnant and I gladly kissed my first ever 6 pack goodbye, for now     (??hopefully!!!??)

▶️◀️The pic in the middle is the morning I had the twins. I was 37 weeks and 5 days, large and in charge, miz as all can be, but proud of myself and my body for working so hard to grow two healthy babies.

▶️The pic on the right. The hear and now. 8 weeks #postpartum #postcsection- swollen and squishy. ??  I can’t believe I’m putting this belly so clearly on the Internet.  I know this is ridiculous because I just had twins 8 weeks ago, but my belly makes me so self conscious! I’d whack any mom who said this to me, but I doubt I’m alone in feeling this way…so share I shall.  #doublestandard

Cue rant…???? …I HATE this time in between. You worry that you’ll never get back to your old self. Maybe this pregnancy is the one that will officially give me MOM BOD (whatever that is).  Maybe I have to cut out all food that tastes good. Or maybe just eat significantly less for awhile. I’d joke that I should consider cutting out wine, but that’s not even funny. Why have my total of 3 weeks of working out not made a difference?? When will the scale move again? Hopefully it’s broken! (Hello, plateau. It’s me. PS, I hate you. Regards, Betsy). #ughhhh

But then I was reading an Instagram post from @whatdreamsmaycome and although her life is seemingly unobtainable (no offense), she had this quote that totally moved me!

?? ?Work out because you love your body, not because you hate it. ???

Riiiiiight!. ?? I forgot about that! How quickly you can turn on yourself. #selfslap
So, my goal is to remind myself every time I look in the mirror to not panic, to love myself and my body for all its accomplished, and just focus on working out because it makes me a better person. This is exactly why I’ve started #100fitdays. I loved every day of it when I did it last year. It was the biggest source of energy, mental clarity and confidence – all of which I’m seriously lacking right now.

I’m happier, healthier, confidentier (#newword), stronger inside and and out and will eventually have the feeling of fitness that I miss so much. Until then, I’ll just do my best, genuinely enjoy my work outs, remind myself every 5 minutes that this is a journey and, most importantly, focus on the accomplishment I’m most proud of! #myfam.  How did I get so lucky?

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As my dad always says, “All you can do is all you can do.” And if I’ve learned anything from being a mom, have patience and be kind to yourself.

End rant. Resuming status #workinprogress #onedayatatime #fitmom #instafit #100fitdays

Follow me on Instagram if you’re interested in learning more about my #100fitdays.  It’s going to be awesome!

Ode To The Working Mom

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I’m not trying to complain, but I’ve found that if something is on my mind, then it’s probably on someone else’s too, so here goes. I’m just having one of those life phases where the balance is tough.   Things are so exciting and demanding at work, things are equally exciting and demanding at home, oh and I have massive attention deficit disorder and want to do everything that seems shiny and fun.  Then there is this passion for fitness and blogging that lurks in the back of my head every day.  Welcome to my brain.  Insert fried egg emoji here. Oh wait, I just did.

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Being a working mom is crazy hard. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change it (or could change it – it’s in my DNA) for the world, but it’s crazy hard.  From finishing presentations after midnight to getting up at 6:00 to shower before kids get up, to deadlines, to schedules, kid commitments and we can’t forget about the husbands we love…there is just so much to think about and do! But under that massive to do list and pressure is a passion that’s undeniable. I’m lucky enough to really love what I do, which of course comes with it’s own set of guilt, but I’m also lucky enough to be obsessed with my family.  How do working moms balance it all? And how the h.e.double.hockey.stick do we still have time to work out? Well here’s my latest ah-ha moment…

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In life, moms often put ourselves second because we don’t want to let anyone down. Why can’t we make the time to put ourselves first at some point in the day? We all know what it feels like to go on vacation (sans kids), where it’s essentially all about you, and you feel so rejuvenated. Fitness, although it’s no Key West, does that for me! The adrenalin brings clarity and calm that I am not born with.  It gives me confidence and strength.  It’s often social, as I work out with my hubby or my friends a lot. So no excuses! Nothing will change if you don’t do something about it. Live for yourself. You’re a good person. The better you are to yourself the better you will be to others.

And don’t forget, little tiny impressionable people are watching! Yes, being a mom is crazy busy, but no matter what kind of mom you are, kids are not an excuse.  They’re a reason to work out, to show the importance of fitness and to be the best version of yourself that you can be. This was one of my fav moments of the weekend, when Hayden asked to play “family tennis”.  The rules are very flexible and we had a blast!

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So whether you’re a SAH mom, working mom, single mom, grandma, new mom, old mom, type A mom, hands off mom, or whatever else mom…I bet you’re trying your hardest, wondering if you’re doing life right and wishing you had more time to not just do things, but to do at least 1 thing extra great.  If you figure that out, for real, please let me know.  Until then, chin up, chest out, squat till you drop and cheers to all of you who are beautiful, inside and out!

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