Meet Wendy, 31 year old mom to 2 children, a 2 year old daughter and a 10 year old step-daughter.
Wendy lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, is a Group X Instructor at Studio Fitness and the owner/creator of Fit & Flow Wellness.
Did you exercise whilst pregnant and if so what did you do?
I stayed active my entire pregnancy. I walked A LOT! In the beginner I stuck with my normal workout routine but as I grew, I aimed to just stay active by walking, doing some squats, lunges, light weights, whatever I felt comfortable with.
How much weight did you gain whilst pregnant?
I gained 24.5 pounds. I’m 5’8 and was 128 when I got pregnant. The day I gave birth I was 154.5 pounds. I carried my baby very similar to my mom and had a rather small bump, and took forever to show. I have a long torso, so there was plenty of room for her to grow before “popping” out. She was 7 lbs 7 oz at birth, a very healthy weight.
How much weight did you lose right after giving birth? (if you can remember!)
I weighed myself for the first time 2 days after giving birth and I was 139, leaving me with 11 lbs to loose to get back to pre pregnancy weight. At two weeks PP, I was down to only 5 lbs to loose. And those 5 pounds hung out for a while. I started full workouts again at 6 weeks PP and just stayed consistent. It eventually came off and then some. I’m now more lean than I was pre pregnancy.
How many weeks after giving birth did you start exercising?
I started light exercise, like walking, in a week or two, and returns to my full workouts at 6 weeks. I only pushed myself as hard as so felt comfortable and modified a ton at first.
What sort of exercises did you start with and how often?
Walking! And then I found a brief love for a kick boxing DVD I had. It was fun and made me sweat! Then I moved to 20-25 Minute full body workout videos. And then I started teaching and creating Fit & Flow.
Have you reached your target body shape or are you still working on getting there?
I think there is always room for growth and improvement. I am very happy with body and if this is the best I ever look, I’m proud of that! If somehow and some day I can have a smoother, and firmer bottom and upper thighs, I would be totally ok with that! But I aim to love a very maintainable body, lifestyle and diet, so if I can improve my body even more while doing that, that’s awesome!
What keeps you motivated?
Feeling good!!! My drive to live the best life I can! To be the best mom I can be! I’ve always had this desire to do my best and I’ve always had a passion for health, nutrition and fitness. Turning my healthy lifestyle into more came to me while getting my daughter down for a nap. I had become certified to teach the weekend before I found out I was pregnant and teaching was placed on the back burner. I decided it was time to over come a little bit of fear of teaching people I didn’t know and having the confidence to lead others in a workout. This was last October (2016). Once I got in front of them, I reached a new level of motivation and wanted to create the absolute best class I could for my students. And it all fell into place from there! I started my Instagram account on January 1st, and my followers grew faster than I expected! It’s by no means the biggest account out there and I’m actually still really small, but for me, reaching and passing 2,000 followers surpassed my exceptions, especially by doing reaching it less than 3 months. Now with a website I built myself and workout videos to offer, followers who reach out to me for advice, a daughter who watches and mimics every move I make, I have so much more than ever before to keep me motivated!
Thank you very much Wendy for letting us interview you! Xx
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