Balancing Priorities as a New Mom

Hi everyone!  I realize it has been a few weeks since I last posted.  It’s not for lack of trying!  I have come to the realization that getting anything done with a baby is pretty much impossible.  Ok so I’m being a little bit dramatic when I say that, but you really do have to decide what is a priority and you can let slip a little.  Jack is 2 days shy of 4 months old and he’s been going through a bit of a resist-all-naps-and-wake-up-twice-at-night-to-eat-phase, and I just cannot get my act together when it comes to blogging.  Normally his first nap of the day is fairly reliable and long (starts between 8:30 and 9AM and lasts 40 to 90 minutes), so that’s often the only time I truly get anything done.  Exercising or tidying up the apartment seem to constantly win out over blogging, which is why I haven’t published anything in a while.  

To me, fitness is one of the things that I cannot let slide.  Even when I’m tired I still slug out a Nike Training Club strength training workout or a few miles on the treadmill.  I know that if I make fitness a priority then I will feel more energetic and confident, be a better mother to Jack, and I will also make better food choices.  I have less than 3 pounds to lose before I hit my pre-pregnancy weight, but my body is NOT the same at all.  Places that used to be tight are requiring more attention, and my belly is still loose and recovering from the C-Section and being so stretched out.  I’m determined to look strong and fit in a bikini this summer when I’m on the beach with Jack though, because I’ve always admired the moms I see on the beach who have not let themselves go simply because they are moms now.  More important than looks though, is the way exercise makes me feel.  I already feel so much better now that I’m closing in on my target/happy weight.  The number on the scale isn’t the important thing, it’s how I know I feel at that weight that makes it my “happy weight.” My old clothes  already fit (albeit with a little muffin top that didn’t used to be there), and moving is much easier than it was just a few months ago.  Squeezing in short workouts and eating relatively clean really has made such a difference in my post-baby body, and I know that as long as I continue to make it a priority I’ll be back to normal in no time.  I think goals are important because they hold us accountable and give us something to work for.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my goal is to run my 5th marathon sometime before Jack turns one on November 2nd.  I haven’t signed up for it yet, but I recently decided which one I want to run in the fall…and there is nothing like a 26.2 mile race to motivate you to get your act together! 

Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is that I’m going to continue with the blog, but it’s going to take a backseat for a while.  Kuddos to you moms who make it all work.  You guys are my heroes and one day I hope to be more like you ­čÖé  And thanks to everyone who is still following along.  Y’all rock!

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Katie Vail
Katie Vail

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  1. March 4, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Such a sweet picture!

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