photo: lace photography
Giving birth to Logan is a day that has forever changed me.
But this is not that story.
I shared the picture because how could I NOT show the world his sweet face.
No this story is different....
I was 21 years old, recently graduated from university and unsure of what my next step was. Having recently finished up playing varsity sports at Wilfrid Laureri University and Durham College, I turned to bodybuilding type fitness to fill the competitive void in my life. This led to me spending sometimes up to 4 hours a day at the gym, working on isolation training and cardio with the sole purpose of burning X number of calories.
One day, one of the trainers at the globo gym told me his client had said to him "I want to look like her" pointing at me while I was on the treadmill for session number 2 of the day
he responded "if you want to do that, you'll need to find 4 hours in your day to dedicate to your fitness"
to which his client responded "nevermind."
You see, his client was a 30 year old mother of 2, working full time and was still prioritizing her fitness. However, she didn't have 4 hours/day 7 days a week to spend at the gym.
This feedback struck a nerve.
The professional identity I was trying to create at that point was to be a positive influence in the health and wellness journey of others.
Most people cannot, and should not be spending 4 hours a day in the gym.
To my dismay, I realized the very people I wanted to influence could in no way relate to a 21 year old female who had endless hours a day to spend at the gym.
Training with the sole purpose of looking a certain way was not healthy for me physically or mentally. And it was actually hindering the very career I was wanting to foster.
I had to make a change.
CrossFit truly changed my life.
An amazing workout in 60 minutes or less, that shaped my body, gave me strength I never knew I had, boosted my cardio to levels I never had even as a varsity cross country athlete and most of all - allowed me to stop focusing my workouts solely on aesthetics.
Now, as a new mom I get it even more.
I don't have and I don't ever want to feel the need to dedicate my life towards my looks. Working out with an aesthetic goal in mind is totally OK, but it will never again be the sole purpose I get out of bed in the morning.
Right now, I have to try really hard just to carve out 20 minutes for me a day.
I felt like the most badass mom ever this week when I got my 3-week old baby into the stroller and my puppy hooked up to the leash and made it around my 800m block for a walk.
I have created a post partum fitness series to give mom's a place where they can work on their fitness post baby, in a supportive environment that isn't just focusing on lbs lost. Of course, we want to feel good in our skin, give our unused wardrobe the attention it deserves but it cannot be the only reason we prioritize fitness in our busy lives.
We train to build a strong pelvic floor, so we aren't peeing while be laugh for the rest of our lives.
We come together and train so we can spend time swapping stories, or learning how other momma's are coping with aspects of their child's development.
We train in a place where we can bring our babies because otherwise, there's just no chance we could make it out of the house for fitness.
We train because showing our little one's the important of self care and momma strength is so important.
I hope you'll join me.