My goals were pretty simple this year…
you can read them here, but the one I was dreading the most was getting back into shape. It sounds silly that I dreaded it so much but it’s true! The thought of working out gives me a deep panic. There are like a billion cards stacked against us moms when we are trying to do something for ourselves: mom guilt, childcare, money…so many reasons that we push ourselves onto the back burner.
When I decided I wanted to work out I was originally going to go to a local gym however it’s just not doable for this season of life. See I live in a teeny tiny area and there are no gyms with built in childcare, making the struggle real. Because of that I decided to give an online program a shot. I have done beach body in the past and I know I’m gonna get some serious heat for this…but I hate the workouts. They just never keep my attention, maybe it’s hearing the same guy yell “5 more come on” everyday that wears me thin. But if I didn’t want a program like that where was I gonna go?
I think it’s really important to tell you this first.
When I uploaded my before shots to my computer I got a little sick feeling in my stomach but I had to shake that off. I wasn’t sure at all how I let my once super athletic body get like this. However I am not ashamed of my mom bod, at all. This body grew and birthed two gorgeous girls. This body knows 9 months of growth and 4 years of sleepless nights. It’s seen my highs and my lows and stuck around through it all. I don’t think I’m fat by any means but I do know 100% I am not in shape. I get tired playing with the girls or working in the yard. This same body formed a competition dancer for 16 years. I took GREAT pride in what my body was able to do back then and what it’s been through now. Your decision to get healthy should not be based on a number on the scale but your desire to be the healthiest girl you can be. The past year has been a roller coaster. From postpartum anxiety to opening a new business…my self care and nutrition have taken a huge step back and it’s time for me to bring them right onto the front line. Thats why I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone and shared my before pictures with you below, it’s important that you know that even though I might not be crazy about my pant size lately, I’m still proud of this body.
Let me back track a little.
Working online you have to really surround yourself with women who get it. If I tell a random mom from my town ” I make my living by blogging” they always roll their eyes and assume I can’t possibly make real money doing this. Truth is, I do..I make more money blogging than I ever did at a 9-5 job, but that’s a topic for a different day. My favorite tribe is my Boss Moms tribe and in it I have met so many amazing woman, one of them being Katie Haney, the owner of Belle Fitness and Nutrition.
What is Belle Fitness and Nutrition?
Simply put…it’s exactly what I was looking for. When you sign up with Katie you aren’t getting a diet and a one size fits all workout plan. You get customized nutrition, REAL food…no diets. Also you’ll get workout plants tailored to you and your goals. Plus get daily emails to keep your nutrition on point and monthly workouts. Guess what?! I actually really LOVE the workouts. Mine are circuit workouts that I can knock out in the morning before the girls wake up. I am using muscles I didn’t even know I still had and can’t wait to see the results.
As for the nutrition part, it’s so doable. Diets are the devil! I was gluten free for 5 years before anyone was gluten free, aka living off salads for 5 years. When deciding to get back in shape I knew I didn’t want a crazy diet plan. I just wanted to eat whole, real foods, that I loved. You see cooking to me is like therapy so I wasn’t going to live off of kelp and ice water.
It’s about to get personal.
I decided to share this journey to a healthier me with you guys because I know so many of us are in the same boat. We give give give and feel guilty the second we want to take a little for ourselves. I truly believe that taking care of myself will make me a much better mom, wife, and friend, so that’s why I’m sharing this. So here are the before pictures and measurements, I have not worked out in 5 years and the past 2 years my diet has been a train wreck. It’s very terrifying to share this with you guys but I’m hoping it gives you the courage to take your health and life by the horns!
So here we go!
We started working out ( yes I am forcing my husband to do it too and Katie even hooked him up with his own
plans) this morning and I can totally feel it. It hurts to sit but it’s a good hurt! I’m glad my old mom muscles know what to do again. This week I’m really taking the meal prepping and nutrition into play. Food is my comfort zone so it’s a challenge at times to put up the cookie and choose something real but I can do it! You can do it! When you sign up with Katie you will be added to a private group so we can share our highs and lows together. Lets make 2018 our best year yet!