Check out this interview with Youtube personality, and fit momma, Emily!
She shares about her journey with diastasis recti, and staying motivated.
Molly: Tell us a little about yourself…
Emily: I married my first boyfriend/love, who I have two beautiful boys with. He is still my best friend.
I am a Christian, love to travel, hike, be outdoors, and craft.
I enjoy being in the sun every day. I’m like a flower; I open up when the sun comes out.
Molly: What do you enjoy doing for fun?
Emily: Being with my husband and kids. Anything with them is a great day. Working out and crafting.
Molly: What is your favorite part about being a mom of boys?
Emily: The amount of energy they have means there is never a dull moment…right now they both love making dinosaur noises: roaring and stomping all day.
They are up for anything so we can be adventurous anytime.
Molly: What has been the hardest part about staying fit while being a busy
Emily: Having two kids is the biggest thing. Trying to find time by myself and then doing something beneficial for yourself like working out.
When the baby was little I’d exercise when both boys were napping. But now that my oldest doesn’t nap, and that’s our mommy and me time, I exercise after they are in bed at night.
I do make it a point to go for daily walks, usually 2-3 miles a day. We go to the park and in December once it’s dark we go look at the Christmas lights.
Molly: What does a typical workout look like for you?
Emily: I do HIIT training 2 days and 2 days of lifting. I keep it within 30 minutes and I feel so accomplished once I’m done with my routines.
Molly: How have you been able to heal from your diastasis recti? What advice do you have for moms who are dealing with this on their postpartum journey?
Emily: Oh, this is an ongoing journey and I don’t wish it upon anyone. It has been a long, frustrating journey.
I went to a physical therapist and with the exercises he gave me, I’ve been able to heal it but it takes so much dedication and time to get such little progress.
I’m still nursing and have a small gap that I’m hoping when will be gone once I’m done nursing.
You literally have to be dedicated and religiously do these exercises daily.
Molly: What keeps you motivated on days that you don’t want to workout or eat healthy?
Emily: I think of the overall goals I have. I eat really relaxed and gravitate more for fruits and veggies and carbs.
If I don’t feel like working out I tell myself if I can lay here on the couch then I can workout for 10 minutes. LOL.
Molly: What is your all-time favorite healthy meal?
Emily: Banana ice cream with dates mixed in, groats, and a little peanut butter on the side.
Yumm…Perfect anytime of the day.
Molly: What is the best piece of advice that you’ve received about being a mom?
Take one day at a time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
The best book is Desperate Hope for a Mom That Needs to Breathe (by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson). I wish I would’ve had this the first time around.
Molly: What is your favorite motivational quote?
Emily: “Live today to the fullest. You decide what happens. How you feel. Give it your all.”
Molly: How has living fit helped you feel great?
Emily: I’ve always been in fitness and I really don’t know any other way to live.
It’s part of my nature to be active and it really affects my mood and makes me who I am today.
Molly: Any other advice or stories…
During and after pregnancy make sure you know what exercises are safe to do and get checked out frequently so you don’t make the same mistake I did and do a bunch of exercises that made my diastasis recti worse.
Molly: How can we connect with you and follow your story?
Are you a fit mom or do you know a mom that inspires you? I would love to share your story! Nominate yourself or another mom by commenting below or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙂