My name is Erin Kellogg. If I were to try and define myself in one sentence it would be…
Saved by grace, wife to Taylor, momma to identical twin girls Abbey Lynn and Harper Grace, chocolate lover, fitness instructor, and major goofball.
First of all let me tell you I’m so glad you’re here. No matter where you are on your journey in motherhood and fitness, I think we can all support and learn from each other. Let me also say that I by no means want to come across as an expert, or as if I have all things motherhood and fitness related completely figured out because I most definitely do not. Here’s a little bit about me and my motherhood fitness journey.
From the time I was little I was very active. I loved playing outside and could usually be found playing football with the boys. I was always involved in sports. I played soccer from the time I was 5 until I was 22. In high school I played soccer and was a cheerleader, some nights I literally would run from my soccer games to go cheer at the basketball games. My teammates would always make fun of me because I smelled like sweaty shin guards. After graduating college I became an art and PE teacher and coach. I loved it because I was able to stay active while coaching. My husband and I lived in California before moving to Texas in 2013. We were both working and going to school but in our free time we were always outside. Our favorite things to do we’re hiking and mountain biking.
Anyways, all of this is to say that before becoming a momma I was very active, fit, and healthy.
When I found out I was pregnant with identical twins I knew my life was going to change in many ways. I was considered a high risk pregnancy and had to be very careful with exercise. This was a huge challenge for me because I am someone who uses exercise as therapy. If I’m having a bad day I go for a run listening to my worship music and I am totally refreshed and feel great. However, I was willing to do whatever it took to keep those sweet babies in my belly and healthy as long as possible.
I gained 65 pounds during my pregnancy. That was more than half of my pre-pregnancy weight. As shallow as it sounds that was terrifying for me, I not only had a giant belly but I also had a swollen face, and carried a lot of my weight in my arms and legs. My husband and I went to the beach with my family when I was 20 weeks and my brother ran into his friend (who didn’t know me) and said to my brother “holy cow that lady looks like shes about to pop.” I got big and I got big very fast. My sister has 4 children and seems to always drop the weight incredibly fast. She has no stretch marks, and she can rock a bikini and look like she’s never had kids. So naturally I expected the same to happen for me. That was not the case. I had heard people say “if you nurse the weight will naturally just fall off” or “it took nine months to gain the weight give yourself nine months for it to come off.” Neither of which happened for me.
Of course I wanted to lose the weight, but more importantly I wanted to feel like myself again. Like I said I was very active and also very energetic. People may even say annoyingly energetic. I have always had a passion for fitness and yet after giving birth to the girls I felt so lost. I had to figure out how to take that passion for fitness and being healthy and how to apply it to my crazy new life. That first year with the twins was a doosy. There were days, weeks, months where I felt like I was just trying to stay above water. Between, nursing, trying to get them on a schedule, sleepless nights, no energy, I couldn’t understand how I was going to ever get back to feeling like myself. I became a mom, but that is not my only identity. And I truly believe that when I found a balance between healthy eating and consistent exercise, I became a better mom. Taking the time to do something I love, something that gives me energy and relieves stress, allows me to be a better mom. I have more patience and more energy to keep up with my crazy toddlers (who are currently in a phase of taking of their clothes and diapers and running around yelling “naken booty.”) It has been a process that has taken over a year and a half, but I can tell you that I now feel like I have found a balance between being a wife, mom, friend, sister, daughter, and someone who is passionate about health and fitness. For me it’s clean eating with a little bit of sweets and wine thrown in every once in a while. And it’s a mix of working out at home (because sometimes that’s easier than hauling them to the gym), running pushing the double stroller, ( because sometimes I just need to be outside), and going to the gym (because let’s be honest sometimes I need a break from mommy duty). All of our journeys are going to look a little different. Find recipes you love, and workouts you love because if you love what you are doing it’s going to make the journey much easier.
There is no job I can think of that could be more fulfilling than being a momma. I love these sweet angels, they bring me more joy, and entertainment then I ever thought possible. They are one of the main motivators for being the healthiest version of myself. I feel that when I am eating healthy and exercising consistently, I can be the mom and wife that I feel God is calling me to be: full of joy, energy and love.
My hope for you is not just for you to lose the weight. I want you to feel like YOU again. I want you to love your MOMBOD. I want you to be happy, healthy, confident and rock that MOMBOD. My prayer is that through #MOMBOD you will feel encouraged, inspired, and challenged to become the healthiest version of yourself.