It’s time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”!
Please meet Katie, one of two sisters from the infamous blog, Sister Skinny. Katie is a busy mom who blogged about her journey to her goal pair of size six jeans. Her story was one that I followed everyday and I teared up when I watched her finale video. She reached her goal and hung up her blogging shoes but fear not gang, I tracked her down to make sure she still has on her workout shoes!
Here are a few things I learned from Katie:
- blanching broccoli is not as difficult as it sounds!
- meal planning is key.
- she ate peanut butter and honey sandwiches…on white bread?
- prioritize fitness and set a goal for yourself
- not only is taking your kids to the grocery store possible but is also a great opportunity for teaching them about nutrition
I really am in awe of Katie for all that she has accomplished, she looks amazing in her size 6 jeans. Congratulations Katie for reaching your goals and please stop by often to tell us all about maintenance!
Read on for more…..
Q: How many kids do you have and how old are they?
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
Changing my diet was (and continues to be) the biggest challenge for me. On a very basic level, exercise is me-time; even on my crappy days, everything I do at the gym or on the trail is for moi. I love having that time to think, to “reset.” I feel like I sometimes get more done mentally in that hour than I do actually being around the kids- I don’t have to split my brain so many ways. When I go running, I love being in nature without having to tie shoes or dig through a backpack to find a sippy cup. Even at the gym, I enjoy being around adults even if I don’t talk to a single one.
Also, when I stop exercising for an extended period of time, I get depressed. I’m not sure if it’s chemical, hormonal, psychological, biological, or a combination of some of those elements, but I know that working out really does help me deal with life. That hour I take for me seems to multiply my abilities in the form of energy and being able to just roll with what comes (a vital skill in my household).
I’m planning on doing a half-marathon in August but I pulled a hamstring a couple of weeks ago and so have been swimming instead of running. It’s feeling a lot better but I don’t want to take any chances. I’ll hopefully start running again soon!
Healthy eating has definitely changed the way I feel. It’s not just the actual food, it’s also the satisfaction that comes from successfully fueling my body. I feel empowered to have lots of meals at my disposal that taste good and fill me up. The key for me with my meals is to plan. Even if I can just have a list of options near the fridge for that week, I am so much more likely to skip the leftovers on the high chair, or just grab a graham cracker from the cupboard when I’m hungry. If I can “see” my next meal in my head, there’s a much higher likelihood that that is what I’ll actually eat.
I know how they feel. I’m just an ordinary person. There was a part of me that didn’t believe I could actually lose weight. For sure. And ok, if I did lose some weight, I’d always have that nagging 5 or 10 pounds right?I kind of had just accepted it as part of motherhood. After all I had just done this incredible thing. I now have another human being in my care who is 100% dependent on me for all of his needs. My focus in life had suddenly been readjusted. Who cares what I weigh? But the truth is, walking around 35 pounds heavier, while not as important as my child or my role as a mother, still really affected me. I didn’t have any clothes to wear. I didn’t have any money for new clothes. I didn’t feel good about myself. And what was my temporary fix? Pumpkin chocolate chip bread, honey nut cheerios, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches…on white bread. I think many of us go through times when we struggle and doubt our abilities. I remember feeling so overwhelmed. (“I’m supposed to exercise and plan meals? On top of X, Y and Z?” Haha. That was with ONE child).
HA! I don’t get anything done.
Is that a trick question?
of course they’d stay home!
(provided they were at Aunt Molly’s of course)
Q: how are those skinny jeans feelin’?
A little too good. I’ve caught the bug and want 10 more pair. I can’t stop trying on jeans!
I don’t blame you Katie, you deserve it!
Thank you for allowing me to feature you as “One Fit Mommy”!