By:The Well Mom/DivineCaroline
I’m not ashamed to admit that my twentieth high school reunion is around the corner. Old friends have been coming out of the woodworks for months now—an email here, a text there—exchanging updates and plans about the big weekend.
Hard to believe how much has happened since we were just turning eighteen and on the brink of so many life changing adventures. Who did we think we would become all those years ago? Who have we grown into today? There’s a lot of suspense—more so than when I attended our tenth.
So I was struck recently when I heard from a woman my age who was also planning to step back into her past. And Wendy Brady wanted to make an entrance.
“I want to hear my classmates whisper, there’s no way she has four kids,” she told The Well Mom.
Thanks to hard work, that was the reaction she got when she bumped into old boyfriends and childhood buddies this past July at the big event in Ft. Lauderdale.
“My best friend and I had been talking about this reunion for months now—what to wear, getting in shape, who’s going, who’s going to look good. It’s totally childish, but it’s kind of fun. And it definitely kept me focused when I felt like getting off the treadmill early,” Brady says.
The Tampa mother of four children ages, fifteen, thirteen, eleven, and nine, was always active as a kid. But it wasn’t until she became a mom, that she got serious about fitness. Today, she’s ten pounds lighter than she was two decades ago. This after putting on sixty pounds while she was pregnant with her first child.
“I’ve gone through fitness phases … from jogging and aerobics classes, to more involved fitness like training for triathlons,” explains the advertising exec who also recently launched Haute Lunch, LLC, a chic line of lunch tote bags.
Even through the phases of staying at home, then working full-time and now starting her own business, thirty-eight-year-old Brady has made time for exercise. It wasn’t easy to get back into shape after each pregnancy.