And I liked it... Just kidding! Today when I dropped my son off at speech, his therapist looked at me and said, "Wow, you've lost a lot of weight!” I was speechless, but all I really wanted to do was plant a big smackeroo on her cheek and give her a dollar to keep saying that over and over. It was the first time someone random that doesn't know about my blogging experience mentioned my weight loss- and it felt great!
Speaking of speech, today was our busy day. I literally feel like I live in the car some days carting my kids around from playdates, preschool, swim team, ballet, flag football, and everything in between. Motherhood is one of the greatest roles I have ever experienced, but no one informed me how hard it would be. Day in and day out, I am a maid, a chef, a taxi driver, a teacher, a listener, a referee, a boo-boo kisser, a storyteller... the list could go on and on. While being a mother is extremely rewarding, it is also so easy to lose yourself in the role.
Two months ago, I was packing on the pounds by hitting up every drive thru from Leesburg to Ashburn. I was becoming more and more upset with my weight, and it was becoming a problem. I didn't want to be seen, didn't want to run into anyone, and I certainly didn't care about myself enough to take time for me.
I am so blessed to spend my days cuddling and building memories with my children, but there have been times that I question my sanity. There are days when I'm ready to pull my hair out, the laundry is backed up, and peanut butter and jelly just doesn't cut it for lunch. Sometimes it seems like everything- and I do mean everything is about my children. Two months ago, if you had asked me to tell you about myself, I would have defined myself as a mother and a wife. I didn't have a hobby besides catching up on Friday Night Lights and Grey's Anatomy.
Working out at LA Boxing has given me so much more than weight loss. I have learned about myself as a person and I realize that I am stronger than I gave myself credit for.
I now know that I am first and foremost a mother and a wife. But I am also so much more than that. I am a daughter, a Ya-Ya, a friend, an amateur blogger, and a fighter. I am a boxer, a kickboxer, and a girl who loves to workout. And eventhough it might not look like it, for that one hour that I am in class, I AM Shelley Fierce. And I am badass.