Sarah L

My Wellness Journey

(2017 vs 2018  - I lost 50lbs and put on some muscle after working out for a year)

(2017 vs 2018  - I lost 50lbs and put on some muscle after working out for a year)

As a mom, staying on a healthy lifestyle is not that easy. I don’t always make it to the gym and frozen meals that are loaded with carbs are usually on the menu. After my first son was born, I lost the baby weight and baby “pouch” very quickly. I didn’t eat that healthy and didn’t join a gym. But after I had two more pregnancies my body/hormones changed.

I joined the YMCA in January 2017, about 6 months after my second son was born. My body had drastically changed and I had other symptoms I didn’t have postpartum with my first. I felt I needed to get in shape and try my best to stay healthy. I have been working out for a year and a half now; and started seeing the results in early March. I have always been that person that would give up if I didn’t see results. But I keep reminding myself I have had a total of 3 pregnancies. I gained weight from every single one. I shouldn’t expect change immediately.

I’ve tried diets and they don’t work for me. The keto diet…no WAY…I need my sugar and carbs. I eat what I want (in the right portion sizes) and I work out 5 days a week. I am proud of the progress I have made. Yes, I still have a baby “pouch”. But I’ve learned to love my body.

My advice, don’t ever give up. It took me over a year to lose over 50 pounds. Find a gym that has a daycare. I highly recommend the ymca! My kids love going to the y. So I never have to stress over them while I’m working out. Learn to love your body after having kids. Our bodies are such wonderful things. Even all the stretch marks and sagging skin is a sign of the wonders our bodies can do.

Life With Two Kids.

Photo Credits: Jennifer Kendall Photography

Photo Credits: Jennifer Kendall Photography

I had my second baby when my first was 2 ½ years old. We knew we wanted two kids from the start. But really had no clue what to expect. Adjusting to life with 2 in the beginning went smoothly but as they get older it gets a little crazy.  

When my second was born, I signed my oldest up for part time preschool. That was definitely the best decision ever. I got two days a week to focus all of my time to just one kid. It definitely helped the transition period. As my youngest gets older, I’ve noticed the need for multiple cups of coffee. HA!! Life with two boys can get a little crazy at times. They get into EVERYTHING!!  From playing in the dirt to playing in the toilet bowl, there is never a dull moment in my house.

I have learned to keep my kids busy doing something like puzzles or coloring. We also stay very active. I joined a wonderful moms group last year. We go on play dates at least once or twice a week. I highly recommend finding a moms group. This is a great way to get kids out of the house to mingle with other kids their ages.

My boys like the same things. So having two of everything is very important. Although, I’ve noticed they still want what the other one has regardless of it’s the same. They are still learning how to share and play nicely with each other.

Being a mom of two can be so challenging at times. But I can honestly tell you it’s the best decision in the world to grow your family. My boys don’t always get along, and that can be annoying. But I can tell they love each other so much and as they get older they will only grow closer. I keep telling myself not to blink because the last two years just flew by.

Meet Sarah L.

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Hi there,

I am so excited to be a part of the Bundle of Joy Community!

My name is Sarah Lawrence. I am 26 years old. My hubby and I have been together going on 8 years now. We have two boys, 4 and 2. We live in Florida.

I have been blessed to be a stay at home mom going on 2 years now. I have always wanted to be a stay at home mom for as long as I can remember. I was actually homeschooled until I was in 5th grade.

Life with boys has its challenges but man they have so much love in their hearts for their momma.

A couple things I have learned/learning still is 1. to slow down and enjoy all the small moments. Man, my kids have grown up so fast. I mean my oldest is almost in kindergarten. This one is hard for me because I am the one that always has to be somewhere on time. I rush around and miss so much important things. So it’s my goal this year to not rush. And 2. find a Mom tribe. Last year I met some amazing moms. We are all raising the same age kids and going through the same stages. It’s so awesome to have some Mom adult time every now and then.

I am looking forward to sharing life as a mom of two boys with you all soon!