It is time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”! As I surf around the blogosphere, I come across fit moms (and dads too!) who inspire me to fitness. From there, I hunt them down and force them to tell me their secrets, which I then share with you!
Today’s fit mommy is Maria, who blogs over at A life to Bragg about. She is mom to one cute boy and blogs about her life as a military mom/wife. Although her husband is currently deployed, Maria still manages to find time to stay committed to her fitness! Please read on for more about Maria and why she is definitely “One Fit Mommy”!
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
I grew up pretty active. My dad was a bodybuilder and my mom was one of those moms determined to get her kids to try out every sport. I’ve done ballet, basketball, soccer, martial arts, cross country, tennis, swimming…I could go on. I mostly stuck with swimming and martial arts though since it seemed to be two sports that I loved and excelled at. However, as I got older and acquired a 9-5 job, I became less active and discovered how awesome it felt to sit on the couch and watch 24 all day. The pounds packed on and I started to lose confidence in myself and my looks. So when my husband joined the Army, I saw how fit and dedicated he was to a healthy lifestyle and it inspired me to follow suit. I started running, then strength training, and then discovered clean eating. I’ve fallen in love with living a healthy lifestyle and it’s change that’s here to stay.
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
There is always time! You just have to sacrifice something. We don’t have cable so I don’t watch much TV so that allows me to have some more free time to sneak in a quick workout. I also utilize nap times. If and when my son is napping, I get in a quick 20-30 minute workout FIRST and then I use the rest of the nap time for stuff that needs to get done. The dishes can wait.
And even on days where my son fights his hardest not to sleep and he wins, while I’m in the kitchen preparing dinner or something, I’ll do some quick lunges, squats and pushups. Every little bit counts in my opinion.
Q: How have your workouts changed since having a baby?
My workouts have definitely gotten a lot shorter. I can’t workout for a full hour or 2 hours like I used to. So now I have to make sure that my workouts are short but very intense and efficient. I also don’t get to a gym as often as I’d like, simply because it’s hard for me to leave my baby and I don’t have a husband home to watch him.
Q: Are you more of a cardio mommy or strength training mommy?
I love, love, love strength training! I have a lot more fun picking up heavy things then trying not to die on a run. I can’t wait till my son gets older and we can start pumping iron together
Q: What is your least favorite exercise?
Ooohhh this is a hard one since I generally do like all forms of exercise. But if I had to pick, it would be long distance running. It’s slow, takes forever (for me, that is), and requires too much time away from doing the other things I could be doing. I’d much rather run some hills or perform sprints and get the run over with.
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
I lay out my workout clothes the night before and I schedule my workouts in my planner. I believe that if they’re in my planner, I have to complete it just like I would for any other appointment I make. I also have an a alarm set on my phone, so that when it goes off it says “Earn your Body” and I’m reminded to drop what I’m doing and bust out with some burpees.
Q: Random question: what is your go-to snack food?
My go-to snacks are always changing with my mood. I just try to make sure that I’m getting in a balanced ratio of carbs and protein. Right now I’m obsessed with a mashed avocado on toast with a poached egg on top. And if I’m in a big hurry, I’ll rely on greek yogurt with nuts, fruit and honey to do the trick
Thank you Maria for being an inspiration to moms and women everywhere!
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