Red’s Membership :: I Finally Caved And I’m So Glad

Red’s Membership :: I Finally Caved And I’m So Glad

I was always pretty active growing up. I played a multitude of sports, recreationally and competitively. Swimming, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, track…you name it, I have at least tried it. 

It was always easy to “get my workout in” because it was accompanied by a sport or an activity that I loved to play. I am not a gym rat by any means. I prefer my workouts in sports form or someone at the front of a class telling me what to do.

When I got pregnant, I almost immediately ceased all physical activity. Because I was not playing soccer or going to a gym class, I didn’t really know where to begin, nor did I have the energy to try. 

Fast forward to postpartum for baby #1. I did alright in getting back into semi-shape after gaining 50 or so pounds during pregnancy, but then just before my oldest turned one, I was pregnant again. 

The cycle continued. I gained nearly 65 pounds and had the hardest time with my second pregnancy. My son was born, and the most exercise I was getting was chasing 2 kids under 2. My son was 15 months when I got pregnant for my third. Once more, the fitness train came to a screeching halt. I gained 50 or so pounds, again, and had 3 kids under 4. 

I can say without hesitation that exercise of any kind was not on my radar. 

The biggest battle to overcome was actually not physical. It was mental.

I was athletic and mostly in shape really my whole life until 5 years ago. Five months postpartum from having 3 kids in 4 years, I found myself feeling already defeated. Nursing didn’t make the weight fall off like I was promised. Perfectly healthy eating was not in the cards. I knew I needed to get back into an exercise routine, but facing the truth that I was not in the shape I was in 5 years ago was hard to get over.

I am a perfectionist of sorts. In my mind if I couldn’t go to a Body Pump class and keep up with everyone in the room, why do it? It took a dose of humility combined with the dream of the kind of mom I wanted to be to finally propel me to get a Red’s membership.

I fought it for so long. I don’t have matching Lululemon workout sets. My body is squishy from all these cute babies, and I didn’t want someone to see me not in my best shape.

But one day leaving daycare dropoff, I impulsively walked into Red’s at 7 AM and signed up. 

Red’s Membership :: I Finally Caved And I’m So Glad

Let me say, though it’s still humbling each day to walk in, but I have embraced progress over perfection. I don’t count progress in terms of pounds or inches, either, but habit building. My goal right now is just to walk in at least 2-3 times a week and stay for 45 minutes. Some days it’s longer, but with the support of my husband and making the gym a priority, I find myself having more energy (shocking, right?), having more mental clarity at work, and also wanting to play with my kids rather than sitting on the couch watching them play.   

I can confess that my body is not where I would like it to be physically, but I can also say my confidence has not been higher in quite some time. I feel motivated and accountable to prioritizing my physical health not just for me, but for my family too.

So here’s to putting in the work, even if it’s not pretty. One foot in front of the other, metaphorically and on a treadmill too, will result in progress before I know it. 

Jessica Hauerwas
Jessica is a nonprofit leader who loves bopping around Lafayette for the best burgers or bands in town. She is the Executive Director of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited where she runs the day-to-day nonprofit. She and her husband Chris have three littles at home (Jane, Clark, and Louise) where there is lots of giggling and always a cup of coffee brewing. Jessica is passionate about community-building and empowering working mothers. Jessica also volunteers for various organizations, is a member of the Lafayette Re-Entry Coalition, a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, and a survivor of being a mother of three under 4.


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