Hi F2BF, lovies!
I am so happy to be posting here for you today since I am one of Lauren’s friends and we share so many of the same passions!
Lauren asked me to guest post for her as a swap for the Tote Along Travel Circuit she posted for me while I was on my honeymoon. So yes, I am a newlywed and we have our hands full with a daughter who is quickly approaching ONE! She honestly is such a busy child and NEVER sits still. I love that she keeps me on my toes and I enjoy watching her grow and learn.
As a mom, I can now look back and realize that making the decision to be healthy plays such a huge role in being the best mom I can be for Quinn. I am so thankful that I have fitness and healthy eating to turn to when I need my boost of mommy super powers.
From the beginning of pregnancy to the end, I made fitness and healthy eating a priority. I am so glad I kept my focus on health. My entire pregnancy was flawless; I gained about 21 lbs, never had cravings, had no swelling, and had no sickness. I also slept great at night and had energy even though I was carrying extra weight and growing a mini-me. If all of my pregnancies are this easy, I would have 15 more kids. I firmly believe I felt great simply because I put my health first.
If you think doing 10 push-ups is draining, guess again. Labor is NOT easy. It requires so much focus and effort. So many times, I took a mental trip back to my toughest workouts while a contraction was building or while I was pushing. I told myself, “three more pushups,” to compare the extra challenges to the failure reps of my workouts. Breathe and push past it.
If I hadn’t known just how strong I was at those final weakest moments, I would have given up. My labor was almost a full day and pushing lasted about 30 minutes for me. I was able to make it through without an epidural and painkillers and am so glad I stayed strong! Even pushing was so exhausting by the end. I just wanted to sleep, but I know that being fit before this point really helped me have the extra endurance to make it through.
Wow. You quickly forget how sore you are after giving birth, so all I really remember is feeling like I was hit by a train. Muscles I didn’t know I had were sore. Labor and pushing requires you to work parts of your body that you don’t use on a regular basis. I didn’t realize my back would even be as sore as it was from pulling my knees. It’s pretty crazy! I only needed a few days to feel better and six weeks later, I was back in the gym. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have recovered so quickly without a healthy lifestyle. I also had great success with breast feeding due to getting proper nutrition!
I’m telling you… I never sit still with this child. She is crazy! Quinn loves to walk and kick a ball, get pushed on her car, climb, crawl around, stand up, get into danger zones, play peek-a-boo and more. It takes a lot of energy to play with her and keep up with blogging, taking care of the house and family, and keeping myself a priority. It’s so important that I get up and workout daily along with meal planning. My health is the only thing that keeps me from being sick and gives me that Supermom boost to make it through the day.
It would be so easy to just put Quinn in front of the TV while I make dinner, but I make a conscious effort to include her in the process. I love to talk to her about what I am making for dinner, let her help me and take a small bites of the food. I notice that this has really given Quinn a solid foundation to healthy eating. By watching me, she learns that cooking is normal and eating out is not the answer. By trying new foods, she is expanding her palate; Quinn loves onion and tomato in hummus, turkey burgers, and sweet potato pizza crust. She also loves to watch me workout and sometimes I let her join me. I love teaching her to be active by modeling an active lifestyle.
I realize it can be hard to balance all of motherhood and still take care of yourself, but I promise that you have to put YOU first. Being healthy really gives you a solid foundation to be the best mommy for your children!
Thank you for letting me be a guest today! Have a great weekend!