After the birth of my son five years ago, I finally decided to find a way to live a healthier lifestyle. I didn't want fad diets or something I wouldn't continue for the long term because, well, what's the point? I eventually stumbled into running and, with that, lost all my pregnancy weight (and then some). I wouldn't necessarily classify myself as a "fit mom" but, for the most part, I guess I am. Throughout my journey, I've noticed some stereotypes about fit moms that are total garbage so, yes, I'm calling them out.
Getting into better shape was a long road. I struggled with weight as a child and when puberty hit, I was categorized as "obese." The summer before I started high school, I battled an eating disorder that would turn out to be a lifelong fight. Back then, I didn't focus much on health and my self-esteem was on a downward spiral no matter how heavy, or thin, I became. Later in life, pregnancy scared me because, with the inevitable weight gain, I feared I would fall back into old eating patterns. It turned out, some of those fears were justified. My weight ballooned to an all-time high just before the birth of my youngest and I was just plain unhappy in my own skin. I'd become someone unrecognizable, at least, to me.
Soon after, I started running (after never running before) and discovered I had a real passion for it. Instead of focusing on losing weight, I dialed into the strength aspect. I liked how much stronger I felt after each run, how much more energy I had throughout the day afterwards, and mostly, how it proved I could do things I otherwise didn't think I could. Now, having run everything from 5ks to 50ks, my overall health has improved and compared to who I was before, I feel great. Once I noticed the benefits of fitness, I made better food choices and, as a result, everything fell into place. So, by standard definition, maybe I do fall into the "fit mom" category, because I aim to take care of myself for the overall wellbeing of myself and my family.
Having said all of this, there's still some tired stereotypes even I've heard that need to stop. While the below might lean true sometimes, the general consensus it that the majority of "fit moms" are so much more than all of this. With that, I'm calling bullsh*t, so prepare to check yourself. Boom.