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Along Abbey Road | A Lifestyle And Family Blog : I Can Be A Fit Mom


I Can Be A Fit Mom

This is my body. This is my body unedited, unfiltered and what it looks like after having two kids.

First off, can I just tell you how horrifying it is to post unedited photos of yourself on the internet in your almost-skivvies? But, it is necessary since I want to share my fitness journey and I figure sharing it here on the blog will keep me accountable and help me to stay on track.

I have a lot of feelings about the topic of what it means to be a "fit mom." You see, for the longest time I felt like I was breaking the rules of feminism by writing down what I was eating, counting calories and working out in the pursuit of being thin. I wrote a post about body image as a mother and have mentioned that mindset numerous times. And I guess after preaching about loving yourself no matter how you look, I suppose I cornered myself into feeling guilty about wanting to get so ripped I get a four-pack.

However, after a lot of internal conflicting dialogue, I have come to the conclusion that it's OKAY if I am a fit mom who eats healthy! In fact, I am throwing my hands in the air and thinking Why didn't I do this sooner and more consistently?!

I asked for fitness motivation tips on Instagram (@alongabbeyroad) a couple of days ago, and Lucy pointed out to me that her kids are her motivation for staying fit. It hit me like a ton of bricks! Of course I should be leading a healthy and active lifestyle as an example to them. I have always admired those families who do team marathons but always thought to myself Oh, that will never be me. But that is ridiculous! It CAN be me with Matt, Luke and Wes. (Now, whether or not that actually happens is a different story, but I like the idea of being open to it and realizing it is a legitimate possibility.) Also, I don't want my boys setting up crap eating habits and developing a sugar addiction like I have. (Oh yes, my friends, the sugar addiction is real. I've had splitting headaches and mood swings all week!) My family has a history of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, so it is extremely important I take the utmost care of my body and teach Luke and Wes those same guidelines.

So, here I am in my sports bra and shorts (and pantylines ... didn't really think that one through, woops!) on the internet, and I will be for the next 12 weeks. I have decided to do Kayla Itsine's Bikini Body Guide. I am sure you have heard of it because it the latest exercise fad. I am usually not into fitness trends BUT! Have you seen the before and after photos of the women who are participating in the challenge? MIND. BLOWING. There is no wonder why all the ladies are jumping on this bandwagon. And you guys, I am going to be one of those incredible transformations! I am determined!!

I started it on Monday, so this is my first week. I cross my heart, hope I don't die (from all those circuits) it is amazing. As a mom, it works with my schedule since I can do it at home during naptime. I love its accessibility and I love how she literally tells you what to do every single day. I need that. I am horrible at coming up with my own workouts and even worse at getting out of the house to attend a class or spend an hour at the gym. This is the fitness jackpot for me. I am sore, but already feeling sturdier and more solid on day four.

She also offers a day by day food guide, but I am just using her servings guide and making my own meal plans. I am thinking about sharing my food guides each week I post a progress photo, in case you need some inspiration! I will also be sharing some of my meals and workout photos on Instagram, so be sure to follow along here.

Overall, I am excited and feeling strong and motivated. Just because I want to be lean and fit doesn't mean I love myself any less than when I am squishier and curvy. I want to reach my highest potential for an active and healthy lifestyle. I know it will help me overcome my anxiety and depression and help me to be the best version of myself.

I can be a fit mom. I will be a fit mom.

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At April 9, 2015 at 8:26 PM , Blogger Kathleen Harper said...

So beautiful and inspiring!

At April 10, 2015 at 3:20 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

I am so inspired by you posting this. It isn't easy posting pictures of your body for all of the world to see. I had my first child 6 weeks ago and am struggling with the way my body looks as I try to get it back; the squishyness and stretch marks. Yes, it has only been 6 weeks but it's hard in a society where we, as women, put so much pressure on ourselves to look good and make sure we are doing everything right for ourselves and our families. It's wonderful to see you doing this and I'm right there with you in trying to be a fit mom and create a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family. And I totally get the sugar addiction; not being helped by the dish of Easter candy taunting me on the counter!


At April 10, 2015 at 4:06 AM , Blogger Caley-Jade Rosenberg said...

Good luck fit momma x

At April 10, 2015 at 4:24 AM , Blogger Lived With Love said...

You look fab! Good luck with Kayla, I have seen people rave about it and been wondering wether to get it or not! x

At April 10, 2015 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Katie said...

First of all, you are beautiful. I think what you are doing to take care of yourself is awesome and I wish you all the best of luck. I am not a mom, not even close to it, but I just recently made the decision to start taking care of myself and it is HARD but so worth it. I also want to suggest Tone It Up. LOVE the ladies Katrina and Karena of TIU and they have lots of workout videos on youtube and they even have recipes and stuff. Toneitup.com is their website. Best of luck on your journey! Looking forward to seeing it unfold.

At April 10, 2015 at 6:10 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Great post! And yes, it is wonderful and important to be a healthy and fit role model for your family :) Good luck, Kayla's program looks HARD! I'm currently doing the 12wbt and am totally intimidated by Kayla's workouts, so I'm super impressed by anyone who is giving them a go. Can't wait to hear all about it! I've been blogging a fair bit about 12wbt if you're interested in checking that out! :)

At April 12, 2015 at 9:10 PM , Blogger Erin @ Love, the Campbells said...

You go mama bear!! I am starting the 21 day fix on Monday and I am for real going to stick to it instead of getting partially through it and then quitting. I'm tired of starting over and need to take care of myself. Keeping myself in check (not with my blog, gosh I'm not brave enough to do that) with a separate instagram account that I made up for this whole getting healthy business. Can't wait to see how you do! If you find any delicious healthy recipes too, please share! And if I find any you must try I'll shoot you an email too :)

At April 13, 2015 at 7:25 AM , Blogger Molly Caldwell said...

Your blog is such a breath of fresh air! I appreciate your willingness to share your struggles and insecurities - but even more so, I appreciate your positive attitude and well-rounded perspective when tackling them. And I love that even though you want to improve your health, you still embrace and love who you are right now. A couple of inspiring quotes that I am reflecting on today as I commit to becoming a lean and FIT MOM :) "A year from now you will wish you had started today," and, "You're future self with thank you." Good luck Abbey!

At April 14, 2015 at 4:54 PM , Blogger The Egg said...

Girl you look PRETTY DANG GOOD for having two kiddos! I'm excited to see your journey and it has inspired me to jump start mine. I'm trying my hardest to only do clean eating which is incredibly hard while running my own business but I can only imagine harder with kids on top of that! You go, girl!

At April 18, 2015 at 4:10 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks so much, Kathleen! xo

At April 18, 2015 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Terri, thank you for your kind words. All of the pressure is a little silly, but just try to enjoy this fresh time with your little one right now. And give yourself a year! That was the best advice anyone ever gave me regarding my physical, mental and emotional health. Glad you are looking to create a healthy lifestyle. It's worth it. Have fun snuggling that new baby! xo

At April 18, 2015 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you so much! xo

At April 18, 2015 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I say yes! On the second week and already feeling so much stronger. It is worth it :)

At April 18, 2015 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks so much, Katie! Mom or not, it so important to take care of our bodies! I will definitely look up TIU for after BBG. (So many abbreviations!!!) Good luck on your journey as well!

At April 18, 2015 at 4:14 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

It is super hard, but I am already seeing some teeny tiny results and can't wait to see what the next few weeks bring when it really starts to show. I would love to check out 12wbt after I am finished with this! Thanks for the tip! xo

At April 18, 2015 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I have a hard time committing to things too, but you can do it! I am excited for you to start. I think the Instagram account will help you stay motivated. And yes, please send me healthy recipes! Would love all the ideas I can get! xo

At April 18, 2015 at 4:17 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, Molly, thank you for such a nice comment. It is the things like this that make me happy I blog. I try to be real and candid as much as possible without being a total buzzkill, so I am glad you appreciate it! :) Those are amazing quotes, and I am going to find them on Pinterest! Thanks again! xo

At April 18, 2015 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Girl, you know how to make a lady blush! ;) It's a lot flabbier than it was pre-baby, and I am just wanting to feel more healthy. Even if I don't have an insane transformation, I will still be happy to be more active and limber to keep up with my boys. It seems like it would be crazy keeping up with everything, but is requires me to run a tight ship, and we are all benefiting from the more strict routine. Thanks for the support! xo

At April 20, 2015 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

You will love it! I just stumbled upon your blog but I am in week 10 of the guide- and have been happy, healthy and feeling. More and more alive over the past week than in years. I am a mom of 2.5 yr old twins and like you- am working out at nap time. I am fly addicted now- started it in February as I was depressed, bloated, and just overall unhappy. Sick of being in a dark place and sick of not doing anything to help it, I headed down to my basement for week 1 day 1 and it was the best thing I've ever done. You will love it. The physical results are really just a bonus to how great you will feel! Goodluck!


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