It’s time for an interview with a fit mom!
Please meet Glenda, she is a fit mom who is always kind enough to leave comments on my Facebook page. 🙂 Thank you Glenda letting me feature you!
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
I haven’t always been fit. When I was in my 20’s I was about 50 lbs overweight from poor eating habits and not enough exercise. Then I took a class in college about weight training and it made me more comfortable at the gym, it felt amazing to feel muscles getting stronger and more toned.
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
It is hard but as a mom you have to make the time and fight for that “me” time. If that means working out in your backyard while the kids are playing, or going to the gym (mine has childcare which is awesome), or getting active together with your kid(s). Figure out what works for you and set the expectations very low. I overwhelm myself sometimes with huge goals and then feel like I want to give up when it doesn’t happen like I planned. Sometimes for me the best workout is getting on the treadmill at home while my daughter plays in that room. She’s old enough to understand to stay away from the treadmill (3 1/2) and she plays with toys, has snacks, and sometimes a video. There are days where I’m interrupted about 12 times for bathroom breaks or whatever she needs. That’s fine, I just get back on the treadmill.
Q: Are you more of a cardio mommy or strength training mommy?
I do both cardio and strength training, but I don’t spend a lot of time on strength training. My main purpose for exercise is actually to keep my mental health “fit.” Cardio- that sweating, red-faced, I’m-in-the-zone-so-don’t-talk-
to-me cardio is most helpful for me to feel good mentally. Anxiety and depression and hard life situations get pushed away.
Q: What is your least favorite exercise?
Hmmm…. there are things that I think I’m not good at, such as the plank pose, and therefore I know that I need to do it. I don’t have anything that I really dislike. One thing I would like to work on is expanding my routine to new exercises in the weight room. It’s easy to just do the same things that you’re confident with!
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
When I’m feeling at my lowest, I set the expectation very low to get myself started. It helps to have the workout clothes set out the night before and to have a basic plan of how I plan to fit in exercise that day. If you’re feeling really unmotivated, it can be as simple as telling yourself “I will put on my sneakers and find a way to move for 30 minutes.” There are days where I feel exhausted, emotional and just “done”- and I force myself onto the treadmill and I’ll have the best workout because my emotions fueled me.
Q: Random question: what is your go-to snack food?
A few of my snacks- Lara bars, lightly salted almonds, or cottage cheese.
Added- I think as women we tend to compare ourselves to other women and as mothers that doesn’t change. I continue to remind myself that you and I are each fighting our own battles and to put away any comparisons that come into my mind. We are all doing our best!