Christy is a 30-year-old Movin’ Mama residing south of Boston with her husband and 4-month-old twins [boy & girl]. She’s just returned to her full-time career in Marketing & Sales, and absolutely loves to cook, despite the challenge of living gluten-free (a cold pumpkin beer occasionally gets the best of her). She’s always looking for ways to make her husband’s favorite meals GF without him knowing.
How do you typically start your day?
Our day typically starts around 6:30/7:00 AM. I feed both kids and then we all get dressed for the day. Depending on the day, we either rush out of the house to get the kids to daycare and I head off to work, or we just hang out and the kids have playtime while I have my morning cup of coffee, or two.
What is your favorite workout right now, and why?
KFit Bootcamp! I started KFit Bootcamp in Weymouth, MA two years ago when I needed a reboot because I was bored with the average aerobic class and running on the treadmill every day. My sister and I found a deal on Living Social and decided to give it a try together. KFit is a bootcamp program that is designed for all women of any age and all fitness levels. The coaches are dedicated to helping you achieve your own fitness goals and motivating you to set new and challenging ones. The best part about KFit is all of the amazing women I have met that keep me motivated enough to get to the gym at least 3 days week. After the twins were born, I couldn’t wait to get back to the gym and finally felt comfortable starting again when they were 3 months old.
What crossed your mind when you found out that you were expecting twins?
I knew it was twins right away, I just had a feeling…my husband was a little more surprised. I was really tired and sick, and told him before the ultrasound to not be surprised if it was twins and he told me that I was just exaggerating…It was twins!
What has been your biggest challenge with wellness since the birth of your twins and how are you overcoming it?
My biggest challenge started with 12 weeks of bed-rest, as I lost all of my endurance and then had C-section, which has made it even more difficult getting back into shape.
I had to start really slow. After 6 weeks postpartum, I walked a quarter of a mile, and my legs were on fire and I was very winded. It took me two months to build up to walking 3 miles. After 3 months postpartum, I started back at the gym but everyday is still challenging. I am more often than not the last person to finish the workout but at least I’m there and finishing it!
What do you love most about being a new mom so far?
I love everything about being a new mom but the unconditional love is by far the best part.
What is your best practice for stress-relief?
Definitely exercise! If I miss the gym, I put the kids in the stroller and we head out for a long walk. There are so many great paved parks to walk at on the South Shore, I have to mix it up so I don’t get bored. If that fails…. a glass of red wine!
What are some things you’re doing to achieve balance at home?
I plan for the week ahead on Sunday including my work schedule, what days I will go to the gym and what days my husband will go to the gym, and I meal prep for at least 3 meals. Setting a schedule helps to keep us “on-track” because it is so easy to say, “I’m just too busy.”
Meal prepping ensures we have several healthy meals at home for dinner when we are running around like crazy and healthy snacks I can just grab instead of grabbing any junk food in sight!
*Check out one of Christy’s favorites, Tortilla Soup, here on our Mama-Friendly Menu!
What do you do when you want to have “ME” time?
Right now, I would say going to the gym or getting a pedicure, even when I don’t need one!
What is one piece of candid advice you’d like to share with other new moms who are expecting twins?
Staying organized and sticking to a schedule definitely helps but sometimes you just have to throw all of that out the window and just go with the flow to make it to bedtime.
Also, no matter how hard you try, you’re just going to be late to any scheduled events for a little while and when you’re on time, you should totally celebrate!