Welcome to our first Feelin Fab Friday Blog Hop!! We hope you’ll join us for many weeks to come and even link up your own posts with ours each week. I cannot wait to hear everyone’s tips, tricks and congratulate everyone on the progress they make. This isn’t going to be a hard-core fitness blog hop, but more of a “friends chatting over lunch” kind of a hop sharing fun tips, thoughts, progress and inspiration with each other. Please feel free to link up any posts that talk about thinks that make you feel fab – shopping, time with girlfriends, working out, relaxing, ect.
Here’s my story:
I got the idea for this blog hop because I want to be in shape. I know that I need to be, but I believe a big part is also wanting to be in shape and I truly do want to be in better shape than I am now. Pre-kids and hubby, I spent an hour and a half after work at the gym every day. I even went on the weekends! I loved how I looked and was so happy with the fact that clothes didn’t fit any more. The working out in the gym worked well for me because I’m an instant gratification kind of girl. Initially the results weren’t immediate as far as substantial weight loss, but I always worked hard enough that I could feel it the following day and eventually there were noticeable differences.
Then I got pregnant with my first son. I quit going to the gym and didn’t gain a lot of weight with my first son (I was in the recommended amount). Between working full time as a nanny, cleaning houses part time for extra money and being exhausted from being pregnant, there wasn’t enough time in my day (or money in my budget) for the gym.
After having my first son, I knew I wanted more kids. My logic was “why loose the weight to gain it back when I got pregnant again”. Right or wrong, that’s what I told myself. Aside from having an emergency c-section, I had another major surgery at the same time so my recovery time was much longer than I’d planned. I tried walking around at the mall or swimming in our pool but it just wasn’t working for me. I was also so busy (or so I thought at the time!) with a new born and working full time. Again, there wasn’t really money in the budget for going to the gym and I really didn’t have time for the gym – I’d much rather be at home staring at my baby (or doing his laundry, washing his bottles, cleaning the house….).
When I got pregnant with my second son, I thought I was done having kids and had told myself once I had that baby I was going to start working out again somehow. I envisioned myself in a cute workout outfit with my kids in a stroller and all of having a great time. Reality quickly set in and things didn’t go as planned; my second son spent a week in the RNICU. Because he was born smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, regular holiday craziness set in and working out again took a back burner.
Before long, we were packing up our belongings and heading South, moving 1,000 miles away from friends and family. I dreamed of living in a cute little neighborhood and walking with the kids every night or going to visit the beach and playing and having fun. That lasted a couple of months while I was a stay at home mom. Then I went back to work part – time and eventually full time and again my schedule didn’t allow for time to work out.
Lately I’ve been trying to make time for evening walks – with the kids and by myself. I love the time to hear about their day or just reflecting on my day. We’ve got the Wii Fit with a couple of different disks to work out with. While it’s nice, I don’t really love any of it and it doesn’t make me want to rush home and do it every night. My goal is to loose the 100 pounds that I’ve gained since I had two kids. I’m hoping through this blog hop that it will give me some accountability and motivation to keep going. I also want to feel better about myself. I don’t have a concrete plan for either goal right now but as long as I get there, the route doesn’t matter as much. I know it will be hard work and I’m ready for the challenge.
Please feel free to link up and share your own story or leave a comment below. We’ll all take this journey together!