I was so excited when we found out we were going to have our first child! But along with excitement was fear of the unknown. From the unknowns of being a parent, to how my body would handle pregnancy, to getting my body back after baby & how I would keep my mental sanity through it all!

I won’t lie, I am not one of those women who LOVES being pregnant. I am nauseous during the first trimester all the time. I don’t enjoy having the “pregnancy glow” (whatever that is!) & my lower back was killing me my whole third trimester. To be honest the actual delivery was the easy part! Don’t get me wrong it was painful but just easier than the previous 9 months!

After having my daughter, Addison, one of the biggest challenges for me was finding time for myself again. And let me tell you if I don’t have any “me time” to get what I need, I am not a very happy wife or mother.  Exercise for me is my stress reliever & if I don’t get it at least 4 times a week I’m more anxious, stressed & have a lot less patience. So for me around 5 weeks postpartum I started exercising again. It was like a night & day difference for me mentally & emotionally. Fortunately my parents live near me & my mom watched my daughter a few days a week while I went to the gym.

Before having my daughter I worked out six days a week for about 1.5-2 hours a day.  I was eating pretty well but not nearly as consistent as I should. After having my daughter I could only workout four days a week & was in & out in an hour.  It forced me to learn what was really effective for my body & I found out I was doing so much wrong the previous 10+ years.

After Addison I focused on HIIT workouts & dialed in my nutrition. I still lived life with balance but I learned every weekend I didn’t need to binge on bad food. And the crazy thing is I actually felt better for it. I started to feed my body with foods that could help me instead of hurt me.  Therefore I actually got into better shape after having my daughter than I was prior.