Sacrifice to Make Fitness a Priority

Hiiiii friends!!

Happy mid-week to us. Can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving?!? Holy smokes.

Also, can you believe that baby Lily only wore her outfit for 1 hour before there was an explosion??


I sure can. It happens almost daily.

Lily’s bum: 1. Lily’s outfit: 0



Well, I taught my early morning BodyPUMP class yesterday…..

and it went SO WELL!

Ahhhhhh. Hallelujah.

  • It felt SO good to be back.
  • I freaking love lifting weights.
  • I lifted really light weights, but it doesn’t matter, I’m BACK! Finally.
  • Lily slept the whole time I was gone, so Jared didn’t have to lift a finger-I am so glad he could sleep!
  • I was in my element while teaching, but a few minutes of a drive later had my little angel back in my arms. It all felt SO right.
  • I had worked out, showered, and eaten all by 7 a.m…..and then fed Lily. Holy smokes I felt like superwoman! And then I went back to bed with Lily. :)

sacrifice to make fitness a priority

Sacrifice to Make Fitness a Priority

Of course going back to teaching fitness classes is not going to be all fun & games, and it hasn’t been as I’ve prepared to go back either.

Jared has to sacrifice his sleep. Jared also will watch her during the 2 evenings I teach at night. And I had to find people I trust to watch her while I teach my morning classes at the gym.

Until she is 6 months old, it is quite a sacrifice to teach & be at the gym because I can’t take her with me to the kid’s center yet. (Not that I’d want to–all those germs?? Yikes. But still, it would be easier!)

But guess what? Teaching fitness is VITAL to my sanity. It’s simply a part of who I am, and so I have to make a bit of some sacrifice to make it work.

To be totally straight up with you:

I don’t like the fact that I’ll have to drive a bit more to take her to my friends’ houses for them to watch her while I teach. I don’t like the fact that I’ll be away from her. I don’t like the fact that I can’t control if she spits up, poops through her outfit, or cries while I am taking her to said friends’ and that might make the whole experience more stressful. I don’t like the fact that I can’t be with her 24/7 anymore. And I don’t like the fact that I have to leave the house now. 😉

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I love the fact that I will be getting my MENTAL break for an hour or so. That I get to hang out with my gym friends. That I get to use my talents to help others get fitter. That I get to work my body physically, experience the euphoria of endorphins, and feel powerful & strong. And that I get to train my body again to be as fit as it can be so I can be the best mom to Lily.

So yes, it is a HUGE sacrifice to be away from my baby girl for a few hours each week, but to me it will be worth it because fitness is a major part of who I am.

Being a mom does NOT mean I simply give up everything I love. Maybe it does to some other people, but for me, when I have that few hours each week, I know I’ll be an even more devoted & doting mother the other hours I am with my little baby Lily. <3

Gotta sacrifice to make fitness a priority–especially and most importantly, when things get a bit crazier.



Have a WONDERFUL day, my friends! :)

What sacrifice have YOU been making lately for YOUR fitness??! What are some priorities YOU always make time for??! Mamas: how do YOU fit in exercise into YOUR day??!

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  1. she is so dang cute!!!!!!! are you coming home for thanksgiving??? i want to see lily!!!!!!!!!!
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  2. Yay for teaching!! i’m sure those hours of teaching are worth the few hours you will be missing of Lily :) it’s definitely going to be hard, but at least you are doing something you love! Do you have to return to your other job anytime soon?
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  3. First of all, I’m so impressed that you’re already back at it! I don’t think I did much at all other than the occasional walk until after 6 weeks…mostly just because I was always so exhausted! But YES – couldn’t agree more with you here. It’s definitely a balance, that’s for sure, but I think that time to yourself is so crucial. (As you know), I’ve been going to the gym a few days a week to go to a group fitness class or do some cardio while Hunter goes to the gym daycare. I didn’t feel guilty in the slightest – it’s been SO good for both of us! He gets time with some other people/kids in a new environment, and I get mommy time. The whole germ thing is no fun, but it’s not as big of a deal to me now that he’s no longer a newborn.

    P.S. I’m HERE if you ever need a back up babysitter! And I don’t mind driving out to your place occasionally. For reals, I don’t mind one bit! Just throwing it out there!
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    • I might take you up on that, actually. Let’s chat when you get home & talk possible details.

      P.s. I love that Hunter is so happy at daycare–makes me hope that that will happen with Lily too :)

      p.p.s can’t wait to see you again!

  4. I am so impressed that you are already back at it!! I am sacrificing some sleep to get my workouts in early in the AM! It is hard now especially because it is 25 degrees in the AM! However, the pregnancy makes me exhausted and I know I WILL NOT workout after work so if I want to get it done, I know I have to get up early!
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  5. Thanks for being YOU Annette!! You are truly an inspiration to so many!! Love and miss you sweet girl! xoxo

  6. They make you wait 6 months??? Ours is 3! Glad you got back in there. I cannot believe how amazing you look already!!! Rocking it. Wasn’t doing your first row post baby hilarious? I had invisible tummy syndrome and kept stopping my bar halfway back 😉

  7. I’m not a mom, but I can only imagine how good that ‘mommy time’ must feel!
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  8. Rock on, mama! I think it’s great that you’re getting some time away. It’s such a sanity saver!! And that’s wonderful that you have friends and your husband to help :)
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  9. Wow! I’m so impressed that you’re not just exercising but teaching classes already – that’s awesome (plus waking up that early after being up with an infant in the middle of the night!).

    Right now, we don’t have a gym membership so my workouts are all with baby. I bundle her up, strap her into the baby jogger and go! I’m hoping we’ll be able to work a gym membership soon though – I’d love to try out some classes to mix it up a bit:)
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  10. Suchi says:

    Yayyy!! You are back with a bang!! Can’t wait for Friday Zumba :) :) Baby Lily is one precious Angel :)

  11. SO great that you got to workout so early though! I know it’s hard right now, adjusting to everything, but I’m sure it will become routine and won’t seem as overwhelming. Props to you for putting fitness as such a high priority! I know I probably won’t- at least not for a while!
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  12. Way to go! I am so impressed. :) Are you back to your full teaching schedule already or easing back in?
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  13. Kaitlyn says:

    for me, the sacrifice is financial. I’m lucky to have a mini fitness center in my apartment building complex, so I went about a year and a half without a gym membership to save money. But I missed group fitness classes SOOOO MUCH, that ultimately I decided it was more than worth it to pay a little each month. Since I’ve been back at a gym, I can tell that I’ve been so much happier! Just being around other fitness enthusiasts is such a boost :).

  14. Wow. Good for you getting back to teaching Pump! I am almost 18 weeks pregnant and I must say your blog has been a total inspiration. I know I will continue to make fitness a priority when baby comes, it helps me to stay balanced and I honestly think it will make me a better mom. While it is a sacrifice, I think it’s totally worth it. You can be the best you for Lily, plus she’s growing up with an amazing role model. (Internet High-Five!) 😉

  15. Hahahah – I love Lily’s facial expression in the last photo :) And good for you – fitness definitely keeps me sane so I sacrifice sleep/being lazy to fit it in 😉
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  16. Good for you Annette! I can’t believe you’re already back in the gym and teaching a class. That’s amazing! I totally get you about working out. I’ve had had times when I couldn’t work out because of surgery or an injury and it’s SO hard. I definitely crave that sweat; plus, it’s my mental sanity too!
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  17. Yes!! I totally agree with this. I hate having to leave Luke while he is eating dinner and miss out on bedtime because I go to the YMCA to teach BODYPUMP on Monday and Wednesday nights and yes, it is huge that my husband is able to take care of him for both of us so I can go do that. . . and we do it, because teaching BP and working out, makes me a better Mom, a better wife and a happier person, so it is all worth it!!
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    • I love hearing that–its good to know other dads are sacrificing a bit to make their wives happy & help out a bit :) Jared hasn’t complained at all, but I admittedly feel a little bit guilty. thanks girl!

  18. I think it’s great you are also making time to workout and get back to teaching classes. I totally agree on the sanity part about exercise.. and if it makes you feel good and lifts your mood it’s a must!!
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  19. wow that was quick! I hope I can return that quick after having a bubba! It’s as if it never happened- you’re exactly the same (plus one amazing bubba girl haha!). Great job and you look bangin!
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  20. danielle says:

    yay!!! so happy you’re back at, you gotta take care of YOU in order to take care of anyone else. you rock chica!!! fitness keeps me from losing my cool and stay balanced, rest does that too, so it’s an important balance not to overdo it but also to make time for it. i often make it a priority and will forgo late night plans and other social stuff because i don’t want to miss my morning gym time… with this week as an exception! lol. i just moved into my own place and FINALLY have had a decent night of sleep after months, so i’m taking a sleep holiday this week, with work of course. ha!
    love you bunches!!!!! xoxoxox

  21. I LOVE this – so incredibly important for your sanity! What an adorable girl she is!!!
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  22. 1) You look AMAZING
    2) SO happy you’re back teaching – you’re a machine!
    3) Laughing out loud at Lily’s ‘explosion’ – We had one of those tonight. Needless to say, we just finished doing an unexpected load of laundry

    I got in another run today. Dave came home early, so I leashed up Ob and took her out for 3 glorious miles. I felt guilty leaving (even though it was a short run) because I value our family time so much, but I am just a much happier, more efficient and more patient spouse/mama when I exercise.
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  23. Annette you look really great! I’m so glad you are finding a great balance to feel great too! =)

  24. TWO THUMBS UP for fitting fitness (aka. WHAT YOU LOVE) into your life. That balance is super important! It will get “easier” to leave Lily while you teach, but those first few months are tough! I typically sacrifice SLEEP to make fitness a priority, but I also give up some family time. I teach fitness classes Tuesday & Thursday nights at 8:15 so my husband puts the kids to bed. {In a way I don’t mind because it’s two nights a week that he’s “in charge”} Saturday morning long runs also take up some family time, BUT my kids and husband know that running & fitness = HAPPY MOMMY so they don’t mind. (Most of the time!) Plus I hope I’m setting a good example for them so I think it’s a win-win!

  25. Oh my gosh she is adorable! and you are amazing – and you look great!! (I say this every time but it’s true!)
    You can’t be everywhere at one time – it’s a fact lol – so you have to make sacrifices. You will be a better wife, mom and human being in general when you take the time to do things for yourself (and your wallet! like teach exercise classes which you LOVE!)
    You have a supportive husband which makes you so lucky! Doesn’t make it easier to leave her but you gotta do what you gotta do! :)
    Congrats on your first class back!
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