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My name is Kat, I’m 25 and a mother of two boys. My older boy, Pman, was born in the summer of 2009 and my younger boy, Cheechoo, was born 18 months later in the beginning of 2011. If you look closely in the photo, I never catch a break. Not even when posing for the camera does my toddler leave his baby brother alone. I don’t work alone, however. I have a great husband, Ian, that works hard to allow me to stay at home with our boys and motivates me to be a better mom and person. He also pushes me to do things for myself so I have an identity outside of being a stay at home mom.
Before I had kids, I was always in pretty good shape. The best shape of my life being the months before I became pregnant with Peter. In those few months before I ran a 15K, two half marathons, a sprint triathlon and did the Trek Across Maine.
Fast forward 3 years. I did run my first marathon when Cheechoo was 9 months old but it was terrible. I soon realized that only putting in 70% effort wasn’t going to cut it if I ever wanted to break another PR (personal record) ever again. A rule of thumb for estimating a marathon finish time is take your half marathon time, times two, add an hour. Ok, let’s just say for my actual time: half marathon times two and add nearly FOUR hours. Yes FOUR. And yes I did *run* a lot of it. I also weighed less that I did before I even had kids. But whatever, I finished and I have the sticker on my car 🙂
After finishing, I realized that was the single worst athletic performance I have ever had in my entire life. I felt horrible. I looked horrible. It was horrible. I needed to change and commit if I ever wanted to get back to where I was or to be even better than I used to be. I noticed a friend from high school that I was on the swim team with had really gotten into powerlifting, clean eating, transformed her body and took control of her life. I have talked her ear off and followed every post on facebook and cooked about everything she has put on there. I’m now happy to tell you (and everyone I know!) that she is my very own personal trainer! I’m so excited…and so so so sore 🙂 But kicking butt and making a lot of progress. I have really cut back on running, I’m just so dead to the world after my strength training (and sore the day after) that I really just run whenever I feel like it. I’ve learned to let go in that department to focus more on losing fat and gaining strength, which are going hand in hand quite nicely pretty much without any cardio.
I have set some personal goals for myself just to keep myself in check :
- Bench my own weight
- Squat more than my own weight
- Shave 2 hours off my marathon time
- PR in a half marathon (1:49:02)
- Swim twice a week
- Finish another triathlon
- Eat clean
I also have goals as a mom, some of which I have hit and some I need to work on:
- Indoor learning activities 3 days a week
- Outside as much as possible
- Read to them, read to them, read to them (at least 3 times a day)
- Be consistent
- Treat them equally while making sure both boys individual needs are met
I’m sure I’ll be adding more as time goes on but I also hope I’ll be taking some of these off in the upcoming months!