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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!

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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

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