My New Mama Journal: Week 14

Day 99 – Finally – Day Night!

A HUGE thank you goes out to Erin who offered her nanny extraordinaire skills to watch baby K while we had our first official date night without the baby! It’d been months since we made it out to the strip and just enjoyed some time, us two, to connect and unwind!

… aaaaand we may be racing home now to snuggle with our girl#newparentstruggle



Day 100 – She’s 100!

Baby K is 100 days old and has changed our life over 100% for the better!

I look at the past 100 days and laugh at how we have evolved as new parents. In the beginning, the first few weeks and the first couple of months or so tough! We were so used to it being just us two that we had no idea what we were in for when it came to losing sleep or caring for another little human. All it took was a little bit of grace for each other’s downfalls and a whole lot of prayer for us to continue getting better and better at being new parents!

I realize that it’s OK to be imperfect, that there is no perfect way to raise a baby, that every single baby is different, that are our little one is creating her own life and personality that we must embrace and love her for.

We have really learned a lot about each other and a little lot about what we want our future to look like. We love this little girl more than anything in the world, but we realize we really have to put each other first or an imbalance will come into our home.

We’ve laughed, we cried, we were going up at ridiculous times in the middle of the night, but we’ve also gotten back to you focusing on our health and our fitness and finding “our new normal.”

I’m excited and interested to see what the next 100 days will bring for all of us!

(I’ve been journaling every day and will continue to throughout the first year – at least – as parents. Check out my blog for each week’s roll up of journal posts!)



Day 101 – Mama’s strength is coming BACK!

This is month 3 since I’ve been cleared to workout after having Baby K and it’s definitely been a journey of BABY STEPS. I can vividly remember only being able to walk right after her delivery … and then slowly adding in some upper body strength before lower body while still not using huge range of motion. It hit me hard to humbly revert back to taking things easier; after all, I was at my peak physical shape when I found out I was pregnant (typical, right?) I’ve had to repeat “Accept yourself where you are today, Kat! Just SHOW UP and you’ve already won …” waking up at early times has been a struggle, but I remembered it takes 3 weeks to make a habit STICK!

I did #CoreDeForce mostly modified to get my cardio and endurance back up before transitioning into my own #BeachbodyOnDemand hybrid plan to add in more strength and HIIT training.

Now that I’m in my next phase of training, 60 days of #INSANITYMax30, I feel ALIVE again in my workouts! The workout that helped me lose tons of weight way back when has always been my baby! Shaun T knows just how to motivate me through a TV and I push myself harder than I ever would left to my own devices at home or in a gym.

This week, my mission has been to beat my times from last week’s workouts and Max Out times. I did it yesterday with Cardio challenge and today with Tabata Power I went over a minute longer than I did last Tuesday! I almost cried when I was able to do deep range of motion tricep push-ups to rows as it’s literally been over 6 months that I could do that …

With my Team tank on today to remind me of my teams goal of transforming 100 lives in 2017, sweat flew and another workout is in the books all before 6am.




Day 102 – Sacrifice to SUCCEED!

When I was single, I had all of the time in the world to do whatever I wanted when I wanted — workouts were a breeze to fit in [time wise.]

When I got married, I met my husband at the gym so time to workout was important to both of us — we’d workout together and alone but always made time for it.

When we had the baby, our perception of space and time exploded lol! We lost sleep, we had to adjust to taking care of a tiny human, and also make time for US.

It’s taken sacrifice and time for us to find a rhythm to make workouts happen. When our parents were here they’d watch the baby so we could sleep and then workout while she was awake. When Gary went back to work, we really got thrown. Now, we realize that we can either get extra sleep or we can MAKE TIME – SACRIFICE TIME – for our happiness and health!

This morning I felt like a rock. I was sore and tired from an awesome PiYo class last night (another planned for tonight!) and with my banged knee (thanks Tayler) still bugging me. I REALLY wanted to skip Sweat Intervals… until I heard hubby downstairs pop it onto the TV … I HAD TO SHOW UP!

I get it, we’re all busy with work and kidddos and the house and the bills and all of THE THINGS that occupy our brain. MAKING time isn’t easy and takes a couple of weeks to adjust to, but once you get going and get MOVING your body will thank you!

I’m seeing my muscles come back, my collarbone come back lol, and myself come back – I’ll sacrifice to succeed to be my best self for my babes!


Day 103 – I’ll do it the right way FOR YOU and ME!

Years ago I remember being at my skinniest I’ve ever been. However, I did it all the wrong way. I was a girl who had gone through eating disorders, a ton of self-destructive habits, and a girl who hated how she looked no matter how small she was. I turned to fad diets and food deprivation as well as fat burner addiction and thinking that pills were the only way that I could be “skinny “. I wrecked my body inside and out …

When I became involved and fitness in 2010 I realized that it took me years to undo the damage I did to my body. Ever since then, I have vowed to never do a quick fix again-even with the occasional slip up or temptation to turn back to fat burners and diets … before getting pregnant.

I have admitted that when I came home from the hospital I looked in the mirror and did not notice myself. I was sad and depressed, which are normal after you have a child, but I just fell outside of my own skin. Over the course of the past almost 15 weeks I have bonded with an amazing daughter of mine as well as felt closer to my family that I ever have. I realize that now my health is a priority not because I need to look “skinny “, but it’s because I need to be the best I can to be here for my family.

Especially since I’m nursing and taking care of my little one all day, it is important for me to never ever go back to those habits. It may take me a while to get back to my pre-baby body, but I am doing it the RIGHT WAY! I refuse to be tempted by the pills and drinks and fads! I DRINK SHAKEOLOGY because it’s made with REAL WHOLE FOOD and I EAT ENOUGH to fuel my workouts … I strategically WORKOUT because it burns fat and calories … I CHECK IN with my accountability virtual gym because SUPPORT means we succeed!



Day 104 – It’s okay that you …

Poop while I’m changing your diaper.
Poop while nursing.
Poop on me.
Blowout your diaper.
Kick your feet into your poopy diaper!

I still love you even though …

We get no sleep some nights.
You scream in my ear when you’re tired.
You kind of want to rip my nipple off.

For every hard part of being a #newmom,
there’s 100 amazing parts … including waking up a baby burrito every day.



HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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