Tara Gray is a stay at home mom in Hanover county. She says she was a mom in her heart before she became one. Tara enjoys any opportunity to get outside as a family. Carytown, Colonial beach, Belle Isle or a picnic in Maymont.
Pregnancy is an amazing, confusing takeover of the body you once knew. As each pregnancy is different so is each journey on getting what you feel is your body back. Speaking as a mom of three, having my children so spread out I have three different perspectives after each child. My first pregnancy I gained about 35 pounds. I was in my very early twenties and age was on my side. I did not do anything as far as a diet plan and the only real exercise I did was while leisurely walking,pushing a stroller. Having a c-section, I accepted there is really no such thing as ever getting my body back. I seemingly bounced back though with very little effort.Second baby rounding my very late twenties, actually closer to thirty. I did not have a plan in place to get back down to my pre pregnancy weight. Truly, it was not a priority. I was content. My last baby I was in my middle thirties.Gaining about 35 pounds again.After having my third baby I actually had someone tell me oh, your not going to lose the baby weight. You are in your middle thirties kind of writing the whole idea off.I happily share that I did it by myself. No one told me what to eat,or how to work out.More importantly, I took ownership of it!
Having my last child two weeks before I turned 34 was a lot different physically than the other two pregnancies. Age was not on my side. I felt it and saw it. About five months into my last pregnancy, in a fitting room having to buy a new bra. I was told that if I went up one more size I was going to be forced to special order.At barely five feet tall this will give you an idea of just how disproportionate I must have looked. I felt it too.That sent me into an emotional panic.Sparing the details,I will offer up that my husband was very quiet as I sobbed in the car ride home. I felt like I was in the middle of an alien takeover. Trying to just focus on the pregnancy I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me after my last baby was born.I knew it was going to have to be a priority this time!! Taking my time recovering. When I was ready I committed one hundred and ten percent. We bought a treadmill and going out into the freezing cold garage in February when my husband was home from work was my routine. It was so cold out there I could see my breath. I started with my winter coat on but by the end of my thirty minutes on the treadmill my coat was flung over on the floor. I was enjoying my time alone and starting to feel better and seeing results pushed me even more.I began to look forward to my nightly workout.Not really exercising much in my life, this was brand new. I have always enjoyed walking and being active but I was never one to join a gym.I did my own research as far as meals and what I could stick to. Eating mostly fruits, vegetables and proteins. I lost all the added baby weight plus more. I accomplished my goal in two months.