Today we are interviewing Wendy Elizabeth Grannis, a Group X Instructor at Studio Fitness in Houston, Texas.
Wendy is a 31 year old stay-at-home-mum who is also the owner/creator of Fit & Flow Wellness. Fit & Flow uses a blend of yoga, Pilates, weights, bands, gliders and a ball to strengthen and stretch your body.
Wendy lives with her husband and 2 children, a 2 year old daughter and a 10 year old step-daughter.
On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is it that you workout and why? (10 being very important).
10! Working out has so many health benefits both physically and mentally that I couldn’t imagine my life without it. It’s my reset button if I’m in a grumpy mood. It gives me energy, even on days when I’ve had little sleep due to my little one, it actually helps me sleep better at night. I often don’t get a workout in without my 2 yo daughter present (other than my classes I teach at the gym), and I do that on purpose! I want her to see Mommy exercising her body and making it fun, I want her to see mommy eating lots of healthy foods, and I want her to see mommy working passionately on something she loves. She loves to follow along, help, or climb me as I go through the moves, and that’s fine.
Did you work out during your pregnancy? If not why not?
Yes! I started out keeping everything about the same, but as I grew I just focused on moving. I had a misfit (similar to a Fitbit) and let my focus be to just get my steps in on days where I wasn’t feeling like doing more. But most days, I did do more. Squats, lunges, simple arm exercises with weights. I didn’t go over the top, just aimed to stay active! I wanted to maintain my strength and endurance for what I believed would be the biggest moment of my life, labor and delivery. This was my first and I knew I wanted to have a completely natural, drug free labor and delivery. I left my OBGYN and found a midwife in my first trimester, and delivered at a birth center with zero drugs. It was text book. Actually it was better than text book! It hurt like hell, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I believe being healthy and fit before and during pregnancy really helped with my delivery.
How much time do you dedicate to exercising each week?
Before working on Fit & Flow Wellness, and I was just working out for me, I spent about 45 minutes to an hour 3 or 4 times a week. Just depended on the week or day. Now that I’ve turned something I love into a business, I spend more time on it, but complete workouts are about the same, and the “down days” I recored the short Instagram videos and I always make sure I have 1 or 2 rest days! I think balance is important and that our bodies really need a break on a regular basis. On my down days, I tend to try to still walk or do something very light, and if I don’t, that’s fine too.
What keeps you motivated when you’re tired or the little ones have worn you out?
Positive Mind Set. “This too shall pass…” Sometimes the workout I had in mind doesn’t happen, and I have to think whatever I can do, is good enough today. Patience as a parent is key. And sometimes it wears down, but I do my best to stay as calm as possible as long as possible. I pull ever tool out I can, weather it be a show/movie in the same room I working out, a snack, toys, whatever might work that day.
Do you follow a super clean diet or just eat sensibly?
I eat as clean as possible as much as possible. I have been gluten free for 6 years and it’s made an amazing difference in my life. I have a whole blog on both clean eating and why I am gluten free. I avoid sugar as well. I make clean dessert type treats to satisfy my sweet tooth without damaging my body. Sugar really takes a toll on my since I almost never consume it. Once you know what it feels like to feel good, seeing the effects of eating something like sugar is really obvious. I feel awful! I get a headache and my skin breaks out. There is. I reason to do that to myself if I can make things like clean brownies or cookies that actually have nutritional benefits and don’t make me feel bad.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Every day is different, but every day starts out with a smoothie with a greens powder that has made a world of difference me. Monday’s are usually open with no regularly scheduled obligations. I tend to use this day to get ahead. If the house or laundry is a mess from the weekend, I work on that. It’s often a down day, so I usually record some move of the day videos for Instagram, sometime this is a good day for the zoo or Children’s museum, play date or the park. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are the days I teach at he gym. It’s an hour long class, and from there I may run an errand or two before going home to get my little down for her nap. The afternoons are open for errands, working on Fit & Flow, prepping dinner or baking a clean treat. Wednesday’s are my littlest activity day. She’s currently in swim, so I take her there in the morning and the rest of the day is similar to Tuesday or Thursday with open availability to fill as I’d like. That sounds so much nicer than it is! There is never a down moments with a 2 year old. Errands, house chores, laundry, etc is always a little interesting with a busy 2 year old who has her own ideas of how times should be spent. Lol!
What do you find is your biggest struggle? Food, exercise, time, motivation?
Currently In at peace with it all. I feel like everything is in balance and I’m loving life!!!
What is the best part of your day?
The whole day! I love being a mom! I love that I’m turning something that I’ve always loved and am passionate about into a business! I love the positive feedback I receive from my posts. I wouldn’t change any of that!
Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to new mums or mums-to-be what would it be?
Take it one day at a time! Appreciate the good moments, and know the hard ones will pass. Love and appreciate your body! It grew a beautiful human being or maybe a few, and that’s amazing! So forgive your body and be nice to it! Show it love by feeding it healthy food, moving it daily, letting it rest when it needs rest. Listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs.
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