After having my second baby, I remember being a little obsessed (okay, a lot obsessed) with getting back to my pre-baby weight. With all 3 of my pregnancies I gained not 20, 30 or even 40. Yep, I gained 50 pounds!! The sad part is that all my girls delivered on time and as small as a pea. After gaining that much weight, I just wanted to be like all the other Moms on Instagram I saw who had lost their weight within 6 months and had a six pack.
I remember waking up early to exercise and eating really good. I felt like I was working so hard to get results but it was going so slow and I was just not enjoying the season I was in. Instead, I was so concerned with getting my body back, I failed to really embrace my new life with two kids.
I finally got to a point where I just stopped stressing and let it go. I took the pressure off myself to be this perfect in shape Mom of two and enjoyed actually being a Mom of two which was way more important. Once I let go of all that stress it became alot easier of a road to becoming healthy (not PRE-BABY healthy… but overall healthy). I was now getting into shape and making healthy eating habits for the RIGHT reasons, my family! Not to show everyone else that I could loose weight fast.
Now I’m not the type of person that LOVES working out, in fact I use to tell people that I had exercise induced asthma (Google it people… its real). Exercise really does not help me work off steam or make me feel better about myself, its just annoying to me. But, I know that if I want to stay healthy and have enough energy with my kids, I have to start now. I don’t have to be in the best shape of my life, but I do have a responsibilty to them to be around.
Im not writing this to tell you that if your not working to be healthy then something is wrong with you. In fact, I want to tell you the exact opposite. I want you to know that as long as you have the right motives and don’t put unrealistic goals on yourself, it’ll be easier than you think. There’s no one size fits all, every woman is different, but lets set a good example for the other Moms out there!