If you learn one thing from me, I want you to realize that there is no cookie cutter eating and workout plan to follow. Everyone has their own way based on their goals, preferences, lifestyle, etc.
I love that everyone has their own way and today I decided to share with you, an interview I did with my sister, mother of 2 on how she does her BEST to stay healthy and fit, while raising two precious children.
You have the most precious little ones, Peyton at 3.5 years old and Elliott at 10 months old. Having kids obviously has changed your life. What has motherhood taught you so far? What has been the most challenging part?
Motherhood has taught me to be selfless. My children’s needs come first. And it has shown me what my priorities are. Motherhood has shown me that things will not be perfect and that is ok. Some days the dishes aren’t going to get done and that’s ok. It has taught me that the capacity to love is much greater than I ever thought. I never knew that a little tiny human being of my own would make my mama heart melt as much as it does. I’ve learned that time is so precious. Motherhood has also taught me confidence and self acceptance. I don’t care if I have to walk out the door not having showered, no makeup and yoga pants.
The most challenging part has been recently. Parenting a 3 year old is hard! I’m learning day by day and I know it’s just a phase, but I just want her to listen! Haha. Also, accepting my post baby body has been a little more difficult. It’s taking a lot longer than my first, but I know I will get to where I want to be.
You have managed to stay in great shape before, during and after both of your pregnancies. What are your top pieces of advice for getting in your workouts?
It was very important to me to say active during my pregnancies. I have always kept my body in good shape. I enjoyed playing volleyball and swimming in high school and college and after that I loved running and lifting weights.
After Peyton was born, I was very eager to get back into shape. I had gained 30lbs with her. I lost my baby weight very quickly due to breastfeeding and not having an appetite the first couple months. I wanted something I could do at home and while she napped. I found out about a workout app from a friend and started doing that, 15-45 min full body workouts, 4-5 days a week because I loved them so much and could choose the workout based on how much time I had.
And about 8 months after I had her I started training for a half marathon as it was one of my goals to do within the year. So I started running 4 days a week along with one or two at home strength workouts. I would run early before she woke up or I would take her on my runs that were 5 miles or less. My husband would watch her on the weekend when I did my long run.
When I got pregnant with my son I had been doing Crossfit at the time so I continued that during my pregnancy. After he was born, I went back to crossfit at 6 weeks post partum, after I got clearance from my doctor. My daughter was in preschool and I could take Elliott with me to class and he would just sleep or sit and watch me workout in his car seat.
I also love doing evening walks with both kids. They love getting outside and really enjoy just relaxing in the stroller while I get a decent walk in pushing both of them.
My husband and I started following a paleo lifestyle almost 3 years ago. My ideal day of eating would be eggs and spinach with a side of sweet potato for breakfast. A handful of almonds and an apple for snack. A green salad topped with tuna and hard boiled egg with green beans on the side for lunch. A green smoothie for afternoon snack. Spaghetti squash with meat sauce and side of broccoli. Homemade banana ice cream for dessert
What I really eat: a ‘rise’ protein bar and then around 10:00 a.m. I make eggs and sweet potatoes. Around lunch I snack on plantain chips and guac or salsa. For a late lunch I will try to do a salad or eat leftovers from the night before if there is enough. Sometimes I will just snack again like turkey roll ups or almond butter on celery. Late afternoon snack is usually a green smoothie that Peyton and I make together. A favorite dinner of ours is spaghetti squash or meatballs or bun less burgers made with grass fed beef.
I get hungry after dinner so I usually will snack on fruit, sometimes I’ll have a handful of chocolate chips. At the moment I am not strict with the paleo diet so there are plenty of days where I’ll snack on non paleo things like crackers or one of Peyton’s fruit snacks or a string cheese. And my husband likes to bring me home sweet treats every once in awhile so I can never say no to those. 🙂
What keeps you motivated to stay fit?
There are many things that keep me motivated to stay fit. The way it makes me feel is one of them. When I work out consistently, I feel like I have more energy and I feel stronger. My children and husband are my motivation as well. I want to be fit for my family. I want my children to enjoy fitness and being active. I want them to know the benefits of exercise and eating healthy foods and what it does for our bodies.
What advice would you give to moms who are struggling to lose some of baby weight?
Make time for yourself to get a workout in. Even if that is putting a cartoon for your kiddo so you can do a quick 20 min workout. Or get your kid involved. Go in the backyard and run around. Have your kid do jumping jacks and squats with you.
I know prepping for meals can be time consuming but doing something like cutting up veggies so they are easy to grab for a snack or to throw on a pan and roast for dinner can make it so much easier.
What are your hobbies outside of being a mom and fitness?
Fashion and styling. I have a fashion and lifestyle blog (http://lovesbyjenny.blogspot.com/) and I enjoy painting and other art. I enjoy cooking and would love to start a garden one day. The beach is one of my favorite places.
Favorite meal? My favorite meal at the moment is paleo sesame orange chicken with cauliflower rice. My favorite indulgence is anything Mexican with lots of chips and salsa!
Favorite workout to do in the gym? Squats, box jumps and running.
Favorite workout to do at home? Planks and practicing my push ups.
Thanks to my sissy for sharing how she makes fitness fit into her life. Xoxo!