Hi and welcome! I wanted to share just a little about myself and how this new adventure came to fruition!
My name is Mary Christy and I'm a stay at home mom of 3 + 1 guardian angel, Ethan, our son in Heaven. We lost Ethan at 20 weeks and were blessed to spend just 76 minutes with him. He was our first pregnancy and forever changed us.
Our next pregnancy we were hit with double trouble...TWINS! Did you know there's more than one type of twin pregnancy? Yeah, neither did we. Going from losing our first child to being pregnant with twins and put on bed rest was quite the roller coaster. We were blessed with double tax deductions in 2012, just a few days shy of the New Year, to the excitement of the hubs.
Our most recent...maybe last, we aren't sure yet...bundle of joy was a complete surprise. I can safely say, I'm glad there's just one of her because she keeps us on our toes WAY more than our twins did / do.
I almost forgot about my partner in crime, my better half! My husband is an entrepreneur in the tech area. He runs his own small business, which adds some extra stress (though he would never, ever tell me) being the sole income earner for our family. We met in college and despite having more mutual friends than we realized, never met until we were both done with our undergrad degrees. Thank goodness for early session at the DownUNDer, even though we'll probably not share that with our kiddos when they ask how we met :-)
While on bedrest with our twins, we found ourselves...or more rather me...without a job. I was working for an elected official and the election didn't go our way that year. It was after that, and for the next few years, I wasn't truly happy with my J-O-B. I liked the people I worked with, I was ok with what I was doing, but I definitely wasn't doing what I was created to do.
When our twins were about 1 1/2 years old, we made the decision to have me stay home with them. Daycare payments were a nightmare, it felt like we were constantly picking up one or both girls from daycare because of a fever (due mostly to ear infections), and not being truly happy at a 9-5, we decided to give it a go. Here we are, getting towards the end of 2016 and they're on the verge of turning 4! While it hasn't always been easy, it can be seriously tough to stay at home and on more than one occasion I've thought about finding a J-O-B, it's been totally worth it.
In early 2016, I hit my low point, my rock bottom. I was incredibly embarrassed that our youngest was 6 months old and I couldn't get my wedding ring to fit. It had been 6 months and how I still couldn't get the ring back on made me feel so defeated. In my head I had a conversation numerous times with my husband about having to get my ring resized so it would fit and in my head, it never worked out because we had diapers, formula, etc. to buy.
Emotionally and mentally I was struggling too. The hubs would come home and I'd be a mess - beating myself up for not being a good mom. I'd snap at him, I'd be short with the kiddos, and just wasn't caring. Enter PiYo, which changed my life.
As we're nearing the end of 2016, I'm down to a weight I was before we first got pregnant (in 2011) and my wedding ring fits like a dream - no resizing! It's been an internal fight to change my habits and not just get physically healthy, but also look at what I was feeding my body, who I was surrounding myself with, taking time to spend with other friends (away from kids), and knowing it's ok to need a break.
This is how Live Healthy Love Fully came to be. Throughout my journey, I kept a lot to myself...about how I was feeling, what I was going through, my insecurities. As I started to focus a little more on me, I became inspired by some great women who were also mama's trying to better themselves and really felt empowered. I realized I didn't want anyone out there to ever feel like they're in this alone. You are capable of so much, but it can be so hard to feel and believe that when you're at that rock bottom.
Living healthy is about getting all those tanks full - physical, social, emotional, financial, spiritual, food / diet, occupational, and intellectual - and only then can we really love fully.