We welcomed sweet baby #2 Gray into the world on May 21, 2016. After getting home from the hospital, We realized everything was different this time around. I couldn’t lay down and binge watch Netflix for hours at a time. There were not as many meals brought over and no one was banging down our door to fold laundry and load the dishwasher. I couldn’t “nap when the baby naps” (who really does that anyways?) with a toddler on the loose. A busy 2 year old who needed to burn off energy showed me that I needed to be on my A game 24/7.
So the boys and I got moving, truly taking one step at a time during those first few days home. We were cooking meals at home that were healthy and tasty. I was getting more accomplished than I anticipated and I felt excited about the possibilities as a new mom of two. I had taken care of myself during both pregnancies, gaining 20 lbs each time and working out daily until the day before delivery both times. I was able to welcome my boys and bounce back to pre baby weight before I got home from the hospital.
I began noticing in my conversations with other parents that what frequently arose were comments about how tired they were, the lack of time to cook or work out, and that they weren’t feeling good about themselves anymore. It seemed that the consensus was these women would work on this later – when kids were older and time slowed down. Believe me – I am not perfect, I have been there. When you are running on limited sleep and are exhausted from chasing kids around it is easy to skip workouts. It is easy to grab unhealthy food because it is fast and cheap. There are always dirty dishes piling up and clothes that need to be washed. There are so many excuses that we can come up with to avoid being healthy and active. But, this is not the path I chose and I am so very glad.
I am happier and more energetic at the end of the day. I am a better wife, mother, friend and it feels amazing. I do not skip meals, I do not count calories, I do not support weighing yourself daily or depriving your body of good food.
There is not a secret – fueling your body with healthy food + exercise is all you need. No fancy pills, no gimmicks, just work ethic and a desire to be the best you can be. There is no rule that says when you are a mother of young children you must throw your own goals, dreams, and body to the wayside. In fact, its the most important time to invest in your health and wellness; those little people need you to be healthy and ready to seize each day.
So, here we are a new family of 4 and determined to live the best life we can. I am passionate and dedicated to being the best I can be – strong, active, happy, and healthy – for myself and my boys. In the process, I would love to help inspire others to do the same. Fit Family Life was born while I was taking those first few steps – here you will find family friendly healthy and easy recipes and fitness ideas. I hope that by sharing what I am doing it will inspire others to do the same.