Pre Tommy, I was totally self conscious of my body. I chose my blog name to be “Sarah Fit” because I liked to workout but didn’t always choose the right foods to eat. Shortly after creating the name, Instagram started and everyone was [FIRST NAME]Fit. Not claiming to be the first but I was definitely up there in 2008 however all these new people were legit jacked, ripped and SUPER fit. I just thought the name was easy to remember and now all I did was compare myself to others.
Jealousy is 100% the thief of joy.
I no longer felt like I looked “fit” enough to be Sarah Fit. I actually hated the name. People would send me boxes of granola to try and I could never stop at one small handful. I would get nut butters and healthy cookies and it just seemed like working from home with unlimited free food was a disaster for my “all or nothing” mentality at the time. Moderation is easier said than done for someone who has always loved sweets. As much as I tried to eat healthy, there was an unlimited supply of “healthy” food always in the kitchen that often was pretty calorie dense. I would workout and run but always felt like I needed to lose 5 or 10 pounds. It was a pretty defeating feeling that I couldn’t get my act together.
Since I got pregnant with Tommy, I’ve long blogged about how my relationship with food has changed. I finally feel confident in how I look and feel like I own my name again. I may not be the most fit person but I feel strong, and I like how I look. That matters more to me than a number on the scale.
The video below talks about what I’ve been doing differently that helped me get to where I am now. I talk about comparing pre Tommy “Sarah Fit” to now. I know some of the tips many of you will be not able to apply but a lot of them you will and I wish I could go back tell my younger self what I’ve learned.
If you don’t want to watch, here are the Cliff Notes:
- Breastfeeding -> I know this won’t apply to many of you but people ask what i’ve been doing and this has helped as it burns 400-500 calories a day still. I want to stop but I’m having a really hard time denying Tommy something that is so comforting and healthy for him.
- Eating more carbs.
- Less eating out.
- Having 1-2 glasses of wine a night vs binge drinking on Friday and Saturday.
- I’m not a cardio junkie anymore. Short HIIT workouts and strength training are where it’s at. I love spinning but that is interval training in between my strength days.
- Less sitting and more moving around. Chasing a toddler vs sitting a computer all day has kind of eliminated the snacking habit I mentioned above.
- I’m HAPPY! The happiest I’ve ever been. I think this helps 🙂
I hope you guys are able to find something helpful in this weeks video and if you’re curious what I eat and do for exercise each week or day, follow me on Instagram and check out my stories!
You look incredible! And I love the candid post. Nobody is perfect and I love that you are real and not just playing the role of a social media personality.
Katie @ Live Half Full says
Glad you shared this! I’m way more confident since having my son. It’s the extra motivation I need to get in my best shape.
You know, I get the impression that you only want to stop breastfeeding because you feel like you SHOULD at this point. If you’re still enjoying it and Tommy is still enjoying it, take that social pressure off yourself! You don’t need to justify it. You do you 🙂 (easier said than done, I know!)