After graduating with a BA in English Literature from Wheaton College, I went to work for CTCA as an Oncology Information Specialist. Two years of OIS, and I was ready for a new challenge, opening Eastern in Philadelphia, the first start up the company had done in 20 years. I sat in the Executive Assistant to the CEO chair for 5 years until we had our first daughter. My boss was an amazing mentor and I learned more than any 24 year old kid could have asked for.
After a high-risk challenging insulin-dependent pregnancy, we had our 10lb 6oz daughter. Finally I could live my dream of being a stay at home mom, and enjoy my baby. Motherhood is a challenge. It looks like so much fun to play with babies but that stage lasts like 6 months and most is a blur from lack of sleep.
Pregnancy #2 was also filled with glucose readings, insulin injections, and ketone stick tests. Our second daughter was “only” 8lbs 1oz since my diabetes was better controlled by an endocrinologist. Growing a baby by keeping my sugar levels in a healthy range with a busy toddler was a new challenge.
At my 6 month postpartum appointment, (which was actually 7 months since who really gets there on time when you have a toddler and an infant?) my amazing Endocrinologist gave me 2 options: Change how I eat, work out every day and get down to what I weighed in HS OR come back for insulin. I was super sleep-deprived and wasn’t sure what I was hearing. He repeated himself. Those were my options. I didn’t have time for either with 2 littles, but I chose to try the healthy way first.
At that point, I had about 10lbs to lose, but it might as well have been 100. I was wearing 2 sizes bigger than I usually did because the post-baby mombod is always super different than the pre-baby bod. I had no idea where to start or how to cook “healthy.”
A friend reached out and invited me to her Facebook challenge group. I had bought the workout 10 years previous when I had graduated from undergrad but never used it. After 6 weeks of doing my first ever workouts, I lost 7lbs.and gained a small interest in being healthier. I told my friend my results and that I just couldn’t hack doing a long workout with middle of the night wake-ups and trying to get it done before the girls woke up. She recommended Shaun T’s T25.
I was NOT excited to ask my husband for the $120 for the program. We had planned to live on his salary, but there wasn’t a ton extra floating around. It was easy to drop money on the girls, no second thought, but as a mom it was hard to even think about spending money on me. I am SO glad he was supporting and excited I wanted to do something. “If you’ll use it, we will find the money.”
A couple weeks into T25, we had our anniversary. I decided to try my wedding dress back on. I was 9 months postpartum and it fit! Suddenly my friends wanted to know what the heck I was doing that I could back into my wedding dress post babies! I was hooked and ready to help others.
Now as a Team Beachbody coach, I always have support to keep my own health journey going. I know I have to keep eating healthy and working out, and the groups and my team keep me accountable and encouraged.