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Some Fit Mama – Being the Best I Can Be!

Why I feel it is important to be a fit and healthy parent.

Being in a state of optimal health is an important foundation for parenting today for many reasons. Primarily, to set an example of leading a healthy life for your children, in order for them to grow into healthy adults, and to be the best person they can be. Children are sponges, and they literally absorb everything around them. That is one of the reasons why I feel that I can be the best Mother to my Son if I am at the greatest level of health and fitness for myself.
I started my blog a few months ago to document my journey on becoming “Some Fit Mama”, but today it has turned into so much more than that. I came to realize how important this is for me as a mother. I want my son to grow up to be strong and healthy, but moreover I want to be right there by his side, in the best of health, to experience all that he goes through. I want to be as fit as I can be to keep up with him right now in his toddler years, where he is non-stop, day in and day out. Since about October, I have taken on an “Eat clean, Train Mean” lifestyle and I have noticed that I am able to finally keep up with him. This is by far one of the best rewards of this new lifestyle. It has made me realize that determination, and a few small changes can do so much.
Another reason why I feel that achieving my goal of being “Some Fit Mama” is important is I feel that through this journey, improving my diet, and working out regularly has helped reduce my stress levels significantly! When you are a busy, working Mom of a child at any age, especially a toddler, it can be very easy to become stressed. Uncontrolled stress can have so many negative effects on your mind and body, but one thing for sure, it slows you down. As a busy mom, you can’t afford to slow down, so finding a way to reduce and manage stress levels is key. For me, a better diet, Eating Clean and Training Mean, made a difference almost immediately. Within two days of cleaning up my diet I noticed that I wasn’t getting stress headaches anymore, and I had a significant increase in energy. I wasn’t getting stressed out over the little things anymore. This alone was enough to drive me to keep with it.
The Importance of being a Fit Mama can mean different things to different people, but for me it is to be the best mother I can be to my son, and to any other children I have. To live a life where the health of my family is the absolute most important thing. To lead by example, and to exude confidence so that all of my family can follow in my footsteps, and be the best that they can be, and live their lives to the fullest.
Here’s to a happy, and healthy New Year!

Busy Mom’s quick Circuit Training Workout

Like anyone else, by the time I get home from work, make dinner, put the kid to bed, it’s dificult to find the time to fit a workout in.  SO I have developed a plan from my younger days when I worked as a personal trainer. It’s a quick circuit training plan that doesn’t take very long at all. Yes, i have many days where i spend a lot of time in the gym, get a good weight training session in, and cardio…but then there are also the days where I only have 20 minutes, and rather than sit on the couch, i like to do this little circuit!

You will need:

1 skipping rope

exercise mat

2 dumbells (whatever you are comfortable with – I use 12lbs)

workout attire & shoes

The Circuit:

12 reps of chest flys with the weights, whie lying on your mat

jump rope for 30 seconds

12 back rows with weights, using a resistance ball for support if you have one, or you can use a chair

jump rope for 45 seconds

12 stationary lunges, with weights,  alternating legs

jump rope for 45 seconds

*Repaeat this cycle 3 times for a quick workout on the days you don’t have the time to spend traveling to the gym, working out, travelling back home.

It’s a great quick circuit to help squeeze in a workout whenever you can

Eat Clean, Train Mean, Sleep Hard

Rest. Often put on the back burner, Rest is something we all need just as much Eating Clean and Training Mean. 

I try to push my self everyday do do a little more, to eat a little better than the day before, to drink more water, to train hard, but I often neglect my sleep. Being a busy, working mom, it’s so easy to forget about sleep because – lets face it – there isn’t enough time to get everything done.

Last night, my body decided to teach me a lesson. I did everything as i normally do, left work, picked up the boy from school, hubby made dinner…but through all of it I was just feeling so low energy. My husband and I took my son for a walk like we usually do, and I put him to bed when we got home. And…then I CRASHED!

I could not get going again after I put my son to bed.

I tried to relax, tried to tell myself : “5 minutes of rest and then we can workout”. I told myself: “OK we can skip the workout today, lets clean the kitchen instead”. Nope nothing worked. I fell asleep and was not able to wake up and get going until 5:00 this morning!

I realized I need to listen to my body. The crash i had was my body forcing me to take it easy, to take a break. I also realized this morning that I felt GREAT! I feel on top of the world. I feel like my muscles have recovered from my previous workouts this week. I feel refreshed and energized. My body needed this and I needed to listen.

We fail to realize that sleep, and getting enough rest is an integral part of and fitness plan. The body needs time to recoup. The muscles are pushed so hard when we train, that they need their recovery time. Cells need time to regenerate, and do the tissues in our body. Our mind needs the rest and relaxation. We need.to.slow.down.

It’s hard sometimes, especially as working parents, with so many things going on – but listen to your body. When it’s telling you to take it easy – listen and take it easy!

I MADE IT!

WOW! I made it through the week! After a hectic week, horrible traffic, 2 year old tantrums, I seriously thought I would crash before making it to FRIDAY!!!!

This week, I’m proud to say that I accomplished all of my goals.

I ate clean for EVERY meal this week!!! yay!

I worked out 4 times so far, and at quite a great intensity.

and today by the end of the work week…I fit into a shirt that I haven’t been able to wear in 7 months!!!!! woo hoo!! happy dance 🙂

So what does this mean, you ask? I feel very motivated to continue clean eating and working out this weekend. That’s hard to do sometimes because weekends are for fun, right? Well…this whole turning over a new leaf thing….i now have to change my view on things, and make sure I view clean eating and working out as fun. There’s no other way I’ll stick to it!

You know that saying of “the proof is in the pudding”? I guess for me, the proof is in not eating the pudding lol! the progress I’ve seen so far is enough to keep me going on my quest to becomming some FIT Mama~~

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