News Flash! Most of us don’t have a baby and leave the hospital looking like the GORG Kate Middleton. I left the hospital in my go-to stretchy pants and a the baggiest sweater known to man. I swear it could have passed for a camping tent. That was my post-baby reality. Charming, isn’t it? The way I looked was NOT my primary concern at the time, but here we are three months later, and I’m ready to get back to feeling like me again. Maybe even a better version.
Okay, all of you naysayers. You think I should slow down, don’t you? That I should be focusing on my little one, but that’s EXACTLY why I’m doing this.
My ‘aha!’ moment was about five weeks ago while at a sing-along mother goose class. I lay my daughter on a blanket in front of me, and I could barely get down on the ground. I was stiff, out of shape and couldn’t enjoy what was to be a bonding moment with my daughter. I sat there uncomfortable in my own skin, and when I was ready to leave, I couldn’t stand up. It took another person to help me get on my feet. I started to fear what life would be like when Aria began crawling, walking and wanting me to run around with her. This is not the mother she deserves. This is not what I deserve. I had waited so long to become a mother, yet I wasn’t getting the most out of it.
SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE.
I had overheard some moms talking about a Friday Zumba class where you could wear the babies. I was a little hesitant at first but realized I had nothing to lose. Well, I gotta tell you. WE HAD A BLAST! We haven’t missed a week. I mean, I get to work-out, dance and bond with my baby ALL AT ONCE??!!
I also found a stroller fit class at my local community centre. It’s not only a great workout but a chance to connect with other mamas in the area.
My journey to wellness has also led me to Jennifer Hill of Journey To Wellness. I met Jen through my bestie Allison. While on a walk with her son, Allison stumbled upon Jen leading a group of moms and their kids in a park. She invited Allison to join the fitness boot camp FOR FREE, and I followed. A weekly get- together at a local park, meant to inspire, motivate and help moms live their fullest life. I am now enrolled in Jen’s Monday night boot camp because I love her passion and energy so much. She’s a firecracker.
It’s tough. All of it is, but I sometimes have to remind myself that I’m doing this to be a better mom AND if I want Aria to be strong and capable of doing anything she puts her mind to, I must lead by example. So here I am. The mom that went from barely being able to stand up to the mom running laps, doing pushups, boxing and dancing, all with Aria by my side. Am I the best at it? HA! Heck NO, but you gotta start somewhere. It’s the beginning of a journey I NEED to take. It’s scary and terrifying, but it’s so so exciting. I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Don’t hesitate to let me know about your fitness journey too. I’m a big believer that the more we come together as people, AS WOMEN, the stronger we become.
I’ll leave you with something Jennifer Hill said to me last night as I was leaving her class