Hi!! Let me introduce myself. My name is Robyn and I’m a new mother, wife, sister, daughter about to go back to work full time and oh lets not forget about to turn 35. I’ve decided to share about my fitness journey since having my daughter Hannah last November. Let me tell you, before becoming pregnant I was in the best shape of my life, working out each day, eating right and staying focused on my goals. You may be wondering, okay…so what, good for you, right?? Well, what I want you to know is why I decided a few years back to begin this journey of mine. So…lets start at the beginning.
Almost 6 years ago I hurt my back, to do this day I still don’t know how or why it happened. But I got into my car one day to go to work and that was it. I was unable to move, could hardly walk and was in some of the most terrible pain of my life. After months and months of physical therapy, countless epidural injections that didn’t work at all, I was looking at major spinal surgery by the age of 30.
Fast forward a year later, 30lbs heavier and a life I could hardly recognize because all I could do was work and come home and sit on my recliner, I was facing one of the biggest challenges of my life.
On May 31, 2012 I underwent a spinal fusion in which my amazing neurosurgeon inserted titanium rods and screws in my lower back. The recovery from this type of surgery isn’t something I would wish on my worst enemy and there were so many times I felt like I just couldn’t do it. I felt like I couldn’t get up in the morning because the pain was just that unbearable. I couldn’t get dressed on my own, I couldn’t go to the bathroom on my own, even washing my face and putting on deodorant was a challenge. I had to learn how to walk again, I had to learn how to walk up steps, put on sock, shoes, do things we take for granted every day. I could go on and on. BUT…I knew in my head and I knew in my heart I couldn’t let something like this keep me down, keep me from getting in the way of my own life. I mean I was ONLY 30 years old!!! I had an entire life to live!!! And I wasn’t going to play the “poor Robyn” card. With motivation and encouragement from family and friends and pure determination from myself to never give up, I began my journey to a healthier me. Of course I didn’t jump right in, I had months and months and months of physical therapy before I could even think about going back to a gym. But when I got the green light it was such a happy and scary moment. Happy because yes I could get back to getting into shape and scary because well, I just had major surgery I was sooo scared to hurt myself.
But that didn’t stop me and it didn’t stop my wonderful husband for getting me back in the gym and pushing me every single step of the way. And believe me, there were so many times I wanted to give up, that I thought there is no way I can push through the pain and get back the physical and active lifestyle I had before. But I did and with a slow progression into weight training and eating right I started seeing results.
Fast forward 3 years, 2015, and I was pushing boundaries like no other. Lifting heaving, squatting 135lbs (for me that was such a great accomplishment) and me…giving advice to others on how to lift and get in shape! Crazy right?! Bottom line is, the only obstacle you have to reach your goals is YOU! You can have people push you all you want, drag you to the gym, tell you how to eat but YOU should do this for YOU!
And that is where I am at now…
I am almost 19 weeks postpartum and haven’t lost one single pound since the day I left the hospital. I was under the misconception that if I breastfed the weight would just “pour off me”. Well my body didn’t work that way and even though I am eating right most of the time and working out, most of the time, it just isn’t working me for anymore. I can’t rely on working out with my husband or even friends anymore because well I have a beautiful baby girl at home. Sometimes I can’t get to the gym because she is having an off day and I can’t leave her or sometimes I’m just tired and the effort it takes to ensure the baby is good, packing up gym stuff and driving to the gym is the last thing I want to do. On top of that I need to feel challenged, I need to feel motivated, I need to feel part of something bigger and going to the gym by myself 3x a week was not it.
So, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and start up a new business as a Beachbody Coach. Here I will be challenged and challenge other people just like me and you, we will share our workout stories, yummy recipes and cheer each other on to reach our goals, all while doing this from the comfort of our own home in a 30-45 minute intense workout. Yes, I am a new mother, going back to work full time in just 2 weeks but I know I can take 30 mins a day and dedicate that to making me a better, healthier, happier me.
So here I am, the real me in all three of these pictures. No filter, no special lighting, just me. Left is 2015, this was when I was at my peak in my fitness goals, middle is 2016 when I was 9 months pregnant and right is just a few days ago.
YOU ready to make a change??? Lets do this…TOGETHER!!!
You can email me at email@example.com and follow me on Instagram @robyntiffany_fitmomjourney
“Surround yourself with those who challenge you, push you and motivate you” – Unknown