Welcome to my blog. I’m Kim–wife, mom, writer, fitness enthusiast, and NASM certified personal trainer.
I blog about fitness, nutrition, pregnancy, motherhood, and–let’s face it–whatever else I feel like writing about. (Perks of having your own blog.)
Why do I blog?
I started blogging when I got pregnant with my first son. (Have you met my family yet?)
I was terrified about how motherhood would change me–would I lose myself? Would I let myself go, physically? Would my whole life suddenly revolve around kids, to the point where there wasn’t any room left for me and my dreams? In 20 years, would I be tired and resentful, or happy and fulfilled?
So blogging was a source of self-motivation, originally, but I also saw it as a way to join the movement to redefine the Modern Mom. Maybe moms didn’t have to be unhappy and stressed out and overweight and unfulfilled–or any combo of those. They didn’t have to be martyrs for their kids, and resentful of it later.
They could be selfish, even–if selfish meant taking care of themselves.
So that was in 2012. A few years later, I’m still committed to the same mission–now, with a little experience in the world of motherhood to back me up.
My health story
Like too many women, I spent a lot of years struggling with self-image and weight issues.
High school was a mess–lots of skipping meals or just having a (GIGANTIC) cookie for lunch, all in the name of “weight control.” My super unhealthy diet and lots of stress led to massive gastrointestinal issues that had me in the nurse’s office and the doctor all the time. I was constantly fighting my body, and it fought back.
College was even worse, once beer and 2 AM Taco Bell runs came into the picture. My roommates were stick thin and could eat anything and everything–I tried, but wasn’t quite as lucky.
After college, I got into running, and started doing races. Around the same time, I started reading healthy living blogs.
Those two things completely changed my life. Finally, I started learning how to work with my body instead of against it. I realized that I had to nourish it and take care of it before it would give up those extra pounds.
Which, eventually, it did. (You can read my even-more-painfully-detailed health story here.)
It’s taken me a long time to get to a point where I’m not over-analyzing what I’m eating or doing, and I’m able to make generally good decisions without really thinking about it. I’m not swayed by every little thing I read, I don’t feel like a failure if I eat sugar, and I don’t feel like a leper around fitter/skinnier people.
I’m not obsessed with food or exercise or dieting or calories, and yet I’m more fit and healthy than I ever was back when I was fixated on those things.
Why Fittin Pretty?
Fittin Pretty is a play on the phrase “sitting pretty”–just being in a good, comfortable place.
I’m not perfect and neither is my body, but that’s the whole point.
I’m balanced–living life in happy moderation, on the same team as my body. And I want to keep it that way.
I’d also love for everyone who sees this blog–especially the moms–to feel the same way.
Thanks for stopping by!
Please feel free to connect with me if you have questions or if there’s something I can do to help you.