All the Sun For You

A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!

Lessons Learned 5 Months In


I’ve learned a lot about myself these last 5 months that I’ve been getting back to my old fit self. Truth be told, I’m fitter than I’ve ever been, even long before our IF troubles got us off course. I went into this knowing what had to be done, but I’ve learned some very important things along the way this time as well, and things that are more important than what I learned years ago, simply because I, and my life, have changed.

  • myfitnesspal is just that… My pal. I would not be where I am today without it. I credit that site for probably 50% of my success! Tracking all of my food and exercise is power for me.
  • I found my heartrate monitor (finally) the other day and man alive, it shows different calorie burns than the treadmill and websites that use pace, age, and weight. I was shocked to see that two of my workouts didn’t come close to what MFP or other apps said, and let’s face it… The HR monitor always wins. I work harder with it. I won’t work without it! (By my calculations, I was off around 600 calories a week in burn… that explains a lot!)
  • We have a lot to be proud of in regards to how we eat. We eat no processed foods (like NONE) and live pretty Paleo, which works well for us. I cook 5 meals a week (and usually 6) from scratch which makes it easy to enter things into MFP. Our dinners are rich and delicious and WHOLE. We miss out on nothing living this way.
  • Free days are for special times (date night) and breakfasts out! Use them!
  • I fit a workout in any time possible, which is necessary when you’re a SAHM with two active kids. Double naps are the best, but if only Bryson naps, I’ll do an INSAN.ITY workout with Matthew there to cheer me on. If they only double nap for 40 minutes, that’s run time. Once they’re in bed and we’re watching TV together, I’ll do resistance bands. There is always time to make it work, I just have to be flexible and creative!
  • Fitness is a hobby for me. I love finding new things to do and I get grumpy if I don’t workout. I’m lucky that this is the case.
  • Truth be told, I can run a lot faster than I was pushing myself to do. Thank you, HR monitor.
  • I am so lucky to have such a supportive spouse, and I need to keep telling him that I recognize that!
  • I have a drive that does not quit if I put my mind to something. I’m looking forward to even more fitness these next 5 weeks and then into the new year. I’m anxious to see what I can accomplish!
  • My kids are watching me. They’re mimicking what I do. They want to workout too, and that’s awesome! That, alone, could keep me going!

That’s about it! Good stuff for me to remember, especially going into the calorie-rich holidays! 


Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

6 thoughts on “Lessons Learned 5 Months In

  1. Thank you so much for sharing! These are such great tips! 🙂

  2. I am addicted to my heart rate monitor! I love comparing workouts and try to burn more calories than the last similar one. I am so like you and I can’t stand when I miss a workout. I have to force myself to take a rest day. You have worked your butt off. You should be proud! 🙂

  3. I love this! I love that you’re so happy and motivated. I’m back at MFP now after taking some time off. I’m excited to get back at it!

  4. I just found your blog through Joss. This post made me happy. Thank you for all the lovely reminders!!!!! Sometimes you just need to break it down. Yesterday I did my workout so late I ended up doing Zumba with the girls and they LOVED it. And Zumba aint no joke. I’m not sure I can walk to the shower. But I have to.

  5. This is so awesome, Courtney!! I am so so impressed by you and your motivation. Fitness has never been a hobby for me and I just dont know if it ever will be, but wish it could. I do feel better if I workout, but gosh I hate it :/ That is so awesome that your kids are watching and learning from you. You rock!!

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