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How fitness helped me reconnect to myself after kids

By Erica Hoese

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Erica Hoese

Erica Hoese is a wife, mother of 3, fitness & wellness coach, nutrition club owner, natural figure competitor, speaker, and author based out of Minnesota. Creator of SHE IS FIERCE™, her mission is to help 10,000 moms start their journey to fitness, fierceness, and fulfillment and create a life that’s fit for purpose… because you are more than just a mom and it’s time we find her.

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Being a mom is one of the most difficult, yet most fulfilling and rewarding roles we moms have. Even though it comes with many challenges, can be incredibly hard, and definitely exhausting at times, I know I wouldn’t trade it for anything, as I’m sure you wouldn’t either. 

I love my children with all my heart and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel like I lost myself a few years after becoming a mother. In fact, there was a time in my life that I didn’t even want to have kids, because I was afraid of what pregnancy would do to my body and I was afraid of losing myself in the process. 

I believe fitness and nutrition are the gateway to the mind, and by working on both of these areas, I became not only stronger physically, but stronger mentally in the process.

Fitness has given me an inner confidence that I didn’t even know existed.

It’s also allowed me to:

  • Set goals and achieve them (gym-related or not)
  • Keep pushing through a challenge, even though it got hard
  • Stand up for what I believe in
  • Fight back and use my voice
  • Feel powerful in the gym and in life

Fitness is my method. Whether it’s 15, 30, or 60 minutes, when I move my body, it moves my energy, and I never ever leave a session feeling less empowered than when I started.

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Here are 3 other ways as well that I’ve found to help me reconnect to myself during motherhood:


Finding my joy: Finding 3 things that light me up every day: mine are gym-time, drinking my lemon tea, and spending time with my family.

Meditating: After working out, I allow myself 5-10 minutes for a cool down and sit in silence to help me become present.

Affirmations: I’m no stranger to negative self-talk and using affirmations paired with fitness has been life-changing. 

When I make time for myself (aka #momshappyhour), that’s when I show up bigger for my family—more present, focused, grateful, and loving.

 

What are three things you can implement today to start making time for you?

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