Friends, I am so excited to introduce my friend Aprille from Beautiful In His Time as co-host of the Faithful Fitness series! I met Aprille through this amazing post on how to support a special needs mom, and she and I quickly became fast friends. Aprille not only is an amazing writer, but also an amazing friend. She is an encouraging, honest, kindred spirit who writes from the heart, and I feel so blessed that we are able to share this #faithfulfitness journey together. Welcome, Aprille!
Hi, I’m Aprille from Beautiful In His Time, and I am so excited to be coming alongside Katie in bringing you this Faithful Fitness series. Katie’s accountability and encouragement has already been a huge encouragement to me, and it is my hope that, together, we can encourage you as well.
If I had to condense my relationship with fitness into a Facebook relationship status, it would definitely be categorized as “It’s Complicated.”
For the first 21 years of my life I was awkwardly skinny. Like skinny-minnie, eat-whatever-I-want-never-
My reality was far different. In the year and a half that it took me to conceive, grow, and birth my son, I doubled my body weight and slipped into the delivery room just a pound shy of 200 pounds. I exited that room with the muscles in my abdomen separated and a scar on my tummy just to birth my nearly 10-pound child.
I realized that fitness had to become a priority. The alternative was not just unattractive but was dangerous to my health.
In addition to simple weight-gain issues, I have been beset with numerous other health problems, to include most of the symptoms of severe adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia (although no doctor has of yet given me an official diagnosis); irritable bowel syndrome that was finally discovered to be caused by severe food allergies; and severe environmental allergies.
Physically, I’m a hot mess.
If that weren’t enough, my little family has moved four times in the last six years, gone through two year-long deployments, and I’m now the wife and caregiver for a disabled combat veteran who has a service-connected anxiety disorder.
I’m also a mom to a very active, extroverted three-year-old who hates sleep and loves attention.
All of this to say:
To the “fit mom” who asks, “What’s your excuse?” I would have to respond with a long list of “excuses” – all of which I feel are 100% valid for not having a “fit mom” body or being more in shape.
For the last four years, I’ve been on a journey to become more healthy, eat cleaner, look more attractive, and tone muscle. I’ve put in a lot of hard work, done hours of research, joined two gyms in two different states, tried many different fitness plans and a few different eating plans – and I still don’t have that much to show for it.
I still haven’t reached my pre-pregnancy weight, my stomach still makes me look like I’m about 2 months pregnant, and most days I’m not happy with what I see in the mirror!
I’m the last person you will probably ever see on a fit-mom blog or magazine.
So when Katie shared with me her very similar frustrations, I knew I had found a very kindred spirit. We agreed to be accountable to each other and to blog about our journeys here on Wonderfully Made in hopes that we can encourage other frustrated moms to not give up on fitness.
When it comes to my part of the series, I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite workout songs, my favorite gluten-free products, how to work out effectively at the gym, and how to improve mental health. What I write about is going to be centered around these core beliefs:
1. Set-backs will happen, but giving up on healthy living is not optional.
2. Although my body or fitness journey might not look like anyone else’s, I still have the power to make healthy choices and be a healthy mom.
3. I can be healthier today than I was yesterday.
4. Health and fitness success is accomplished by the little choices.
5. True health and fitness involves not just the body, but also the mind and soul. A healthy mind is just as important as a fit body.
6. God created this body. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, regardless of how I look in the mirror, what the scale says, or how I feel about it. End of story.
I hope that you will find this series encouraging and uplifting and that you will leave each week feeling empowered to live healthier today than you did yesterday.
Also, be sure to follow our Faithful Fitness board on Pinterest where we share great workouts, exercises, health and nutrition tips, and more!