I am a mom of two young children (4 and 6), wife of 15 years to my wonderfully supportive husband, Editor of 7 monthly publications and CEO of the Sullivan Household. To say life is busy, chaotic, and messy is an understatement, but it’s everything I have ever wanted!
I have always loved sports and being active. Growing up with a brother only 16 months older and having all boys in the neighborhood, I was the girl playing tackle football, “Hit the Bat” and “Cops and Robbers” in the woods with the boys most days. I did have Barbie dolls and dress up gear, but most often you could find me outside.
When I got into the upper grades, I played a sport every season… softball in the spring, soccer in the fall and basketball in the winter. Summers were spent relaxing, swimming in the local reservoir, playing outside, and gearing up for soccer season. In high school, I played Varsity in all of the above sports, as well as cheering (which is totally a sport! If you have ever tried to stunt holding a girl up by yourself, you’d agree with me…). I played softball in college for the first year, but found I liked preferred playing with the boys on the co-ed intramural team (are you surprised the Tomboy liked playing with the boys better?)
Junior year, I met my husband and after we graduated, I tried to keep going to the gym, but no one ever taught me the nutritional side of things so the workouts didn’t do as much as I would have liked… so frustration set in, as well getting comfortable with living with my soon-to-be husband and the pounds packed on. I was the heaviest I’ve ever been on my wedding day and, don’t get me wrong it was one of my top three days right there with the birth of my children, but I do wish I had been healthier.
Fast-forward 7 years, with lots of travel and unhealthy eating, I was having my first baby. I developed Gestational Diabetes. For the first time in my life, someone taught me about Carbs, Protein, Fats, etc. It was an eye opener and helped me take a step in the right direction. With baby #2, I was able to keep my blood sugars in normal range with diet and exercise!
I did tons of research, found some great sites and cookbooks, started doing workouts with a mommy group… but I still wasn’t seeing the major changes I wanted. I loved working out with a group, feeling to commodore with the other Mommas, finding that there were other women who liked working out, it was a new feeling for me to have a group of women who I truly felt had my back.
I had always had a few close girlfriends and I was friends with everyone in school, but I always felt like the boys were easier to get along with because they were, many times, more up front with you… if they didn’t like you for whatever reason, they told you to your face, but sometimes girls weren’t that way growing up and being that most of my experience in my formative years were with guy friends, I didn’t really know how to handle girls behavior… so it was just easier to hang with the guys.
But this group of ladies changed my thinking. I was having “Moms Night Out’s” and really enjoying making the friendships, but sometimes the class time didn’t work and I would miss my workout completely. A few of my new friends started going to a gym that focused on women’s health and did class HIIT style workouts throughout the day, with FREE CHILDCARE! The first day, I knew I had found my people.
After about 6 months of working out regularly, I hit a plateau. It wasn’t until I met with one of the trainers and she helped me tweak my nutrition in small ways and it made a big difference. Over the next year, I hit some major milestones (under 30% body fat, inches lost, etc.) and I feel like I have gotten into a stride.
I am definitely not at my goal body, but I feel better than ever! I can keep up with my kids and I have more energy to spend time with my husband. I feel like an athlete again, as silly as that may sound. I feel more like me than I have in years and it’s freeing! I am looking forward to continuing my fitness and healthy living journey for the long run and I am excited to hear from others who are on the same path of juggling a healthy lifestyle with all the other balls we have to keep up in the air!