I am Kelli Roschak, the creator of The Babywearing Workout, and I am so excited to part of the Hybrid Rasta Mama blog and community. I was somewhat taken aback and touched when Jennifer asked me if I wanted to contribute to her blog writing about fitness. Let me start off by saying that I am not a trained expert in the fitness field nor do I want to claim that I know it all when it comes to exercise or weight loss. What I am is a new mom who found a way to get fit and lose weight doing something that felt completely natural to me….babywearing. I look forward to sharing my thoughts, ideas and experiences with you and I hope you are able to find ways to incorporate some of them into your own lives.
I have struggled with my weight for many years. Growing up I was very athletic. I started skiing when I was 2 years old which turned into racing that lasted up until high school. I was also involved in t-ball, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, track and cross country running. So needless to say I didn’t grow up having any kind of body or weight issues. It wasn’t until my last year of high school that I gave it all up. I was tired and you know how teenagers are…I just wanted to do what I wanted to do. From that point on I pretty much stopped moving. Since I didn’t have a specific sport to focus on it didn’t even cross my mind to find another form of exercise. So, I started putting on the weight…20 lbs here, 5 lbs there and on and on.
Before I became pregnant I was on the BMI chart just about to cross the line from overweight to obese. Yikes right? But I didn’t really feel like that. I mean, I knew I was overweight but obese? I’d sort of tried to lose the weight over the years but never really went on any kind of serious diet. I would work out but could never stay motivated enough to get results any better than 5-10 lbs at a time and then I would put it back on and then some. Then I got pregnant and gained 50 lbs more. But to be honest, I wasn’t really worried about it. I had this feeling, even before I became pregnant, that once I had a baby things were going to change for me. I’m not sure why but I just had this gut feeling. Plus the last thing we women should be doing while we are building a baby is stressing out about the weight we are gaining and how we are going to lose it!
So now I’m a new mom basking in the amazement and joy of my new gift. Losing weight was nowhere near the top of my list of things to do. I just jumped into motherhood with gusto. I was in awe of this little being that solely depended on me to help her survive in this new world. I wanted to do nothing but make sure she felt safe and secure in every moment of her new life. She was only going to get the best from me as that was now my purpose in life. I had decided from the moment I found out I was pregnant that I was going to breastfeed her. It was what my body was designed to do and finally I would get to use it for its purpose.
I started wearing her close to my heart in a mai tie or ring sling. I was using cloth diapers to help avoid anything toxic that that might touch her soft skin. I was right there ready to respond to her when she told me she needed something. I was watching every move she made to try and catch her needs before she had to yell at me to do something. I was sleeping right by her side so she could nurse whenever she woke to hunger pangs and the need to know she wasn’t alone. It was wonderful… really I couldn’t image doing it any other way. It wasn’t until a few months into it that I heard about Attachment Parenting and started reading up on it. Turns out, that everything I was already doing, instinctively, was right in line with the AP principles. It was kind of a wonderful moment for me to learn that I wasn’t the only one out there that believed in these same things. There are many different ways to parent a child but this is the one that feels right for me. As women and mothers we have to follow our instincts and do what we know is the right thing for ourselves and our children.
This is how my new life as a babywearing and breastfeeding mom was all I needed to lose the baby weight and now weigh less than I did before I became pregnant. By month 5 I had already lost the 50 lbs and by month 10 I had lost a total of 70 lbs! I believe our bodies know exactly what to do and there will never be another time in your life more optimal for losing the weight than from the time you go into labor until around your baby’s 1st birthday. You have everything you need to lose the weight. You don’t need a gym membership. You don’t need a personal trainer (you already have one that is attached to you 24 hours a day anyway). You don’t need to pay someone to make you get on a scale every week. You don’t need those diet pills that cost a fortune and are terrible for your health in the long run. All you need is your baby! Oh and some kind of soft carrier.
|6 weeks and 11 months postpartum|
I started creating an exercise routine after I found myself moving and bouncing around with Kayla in her Mai Tie trying to put her to sleep a few times a day. I decided that if I was going to be moving around so much anyway I might as well be doing some exercises since there was no way I was going to be getting someone else to watch her while I took myself to the gym. Ha! Yea right…that was never going to happen. And so was created The Babywearing Workout. Not only was I getting a good workout but Kayla was also falling asleep so much easier than she was before! I felt like I found the answer to all of a mother’s questions (well 2 anyway). I wanted to share this with every new mom I knew. So here I am…sharing it with you!
Kelli is a mountain girl at the heart and was raised to be one with nature. She believes that we are all one…each and every being on this planet is connected. That is why she is a natural parent that believes in raising her girl in a compassionate, connected and respectful way. She didn’t really know anything about Attachment Parenting before she gave birth or even after. Kelli just went with her instincts. Turns out however, that most of her instincts are right in line with the Attachment Parenting principles.
She is now living in the Bronx, New York with her significant other “Big” and precious new baby girl “Little”.
Before she got pregnant Kelli was overweight. Then she gained 50 lbs during her pregnancy! Through The Babywearing Workout, Kelli shares how life as a babywearing and breastfeeding mom was all she needed to lose the baby weight and now weigh less than she did before she became pregnant.
Kelli is loving life and sharing it with you. Everything just seems to have fallen right into place and she feels like this is exactly where she is supposed to be and what she is supposed to be doing. Just like we are all connected I believe that everything we think, feel and do is connected and comes back to your overall health and happiness. Kelli had this feeling, even before she got pregnant, that once she had a baby her life would change for the better. She found her purpose and found herself in mind, body and spirit.
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