Having three babies close together has its pros and cons. On the pro side, the siblings are in roughly the same peer group (particularly as they get older), so it's instant playmates, all the time. My oldest two are close now, and I hope they will always be close. Also on the pro side, we are handing the baby/toddler/diaper/tantrum/etc stages at roughly the same time for all three children. No getting comfortable with "reasonable" children and then reverting back to the tantrum stages.
On the con side, sometimes I feel like I have three babies. Sometimes they are all three crying simultaneously for different reasons. And, also on the con side, while this is ENTIRELY my own fault, I didn't lose all the weight between each pregnancy, and it really crept up on me by the time baby M was born. I didn't exercise like I should have throughout my three pregnancies, and I ate way too much Chick Fil A. When I went for a physical in July, I knew my weight wasn't where it should be, and my doctor confirmed it. Hearing it from my doctor really made me step back and stop making excuses. It doesn't matter that I just had a baby or just had three babies or am still breastfeeding or whatever excuses I always offered myself as I reached for that ice cream at 10pm after everyone was in bed. I needed to lose weight and needed to exercise.
In July, a couple of my friends finally convinced me to try Flywheel.
It's a boutique spin gym- Flywheel offers barre classes as well. For the first time in my life, I actually ENJOY exercising. This is coming from someone who would rather get a filling at the dentist than go for a run. I played sports growing up and through college, but I hate to exercise. Until Flywheel. The music is loud, the room is really dark so no one can see me
almost dying sweating, and for me, it is such a good stress relief. I forget about the chaos in my life for that 45-minute ride, and I leave a happier person. It also burns a ton of calories, which is what I needed most. A month ago, I started adding barre classes to my routine, and I can tell a noticeable difference in muscle tone.
If you are like me and hate to exercise but know you need to be doing something, I encourage you to try Flywheel. Your first class is free (you can tell them I referred you if you want- I think I get some sort of credit!).
So the results... I have lost almost 20 pounds since I started in July. I changed my diet some too, but mainly it is a result of Flywheel and Flybarre. While I am still not where I want to be weight-wise, I decided to join the rest of the workout world by venturing into Lululemon at the mall.
I had read that Huffington Post article that we've all seen, and since I am not a size 2, I was admittedly a little nervous to shop at Lululemon. Boy, were my preconceived notions wrong. My experience could not have been better. The Lululemon associates were SO nice and helpful. They played with baby M while I looked around. I took a stack of clothes to the dressing room praying something would fit (do you know that feeling?), and lo and behold, my normal size was even too big!! As I tried on clothes, I was telling the manager about babies, Flywheel and being motivated, losing weight, etc, and she was so encouraging.
I walked out of the dressing room on Cloud 9 that the pants were a smaller size than usual. She said to me, "I don't know if you are planning to buy anything or not, but your story has been so encouraging and inspiring. We are giving you a pair of pants." I get tears in my eyes just writing it. I was speechless. Lululemon GAVE me pants. For free! Can you believe it? It was so so nice and unnecessary and unexpected. Lulu has a new loyal customer. I hope you'll try it, too!