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Today’s fit mommy is Foodie McBody, who can be found blogging over at FoodFoodBodyBody.
Foodie decided to change her life after being diagnosed with diabetes in 1/09 and has made quite the transformation! She has lost 28lbs and has become a runner. Check out the picture below of Foodie and her medal! I’d say she is definitely “One Fit Mommy”, wouldn’t you?
Please read on for more and be sure to visit her blog too!
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
No, I have NOT always been fit! The last time I was fit was when I was in the track team in high school, and that was several millenia ago. I was inspired, or rather scared to pieces, to live a fit lifestyle when I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes in January 2009 and then with “real” diabetes Type 2 in April.
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
I know it seems that way. Moms, especially with small kids, never seem to have a moment of time to themselves. But it has to be a priority because an unfit mom is probably a tired, cranky, unhappy mom. I definitely was, especially when my kids were small. I was terribly unfit and pretty unhappy, and it affected me. You CAN make it a priority and you can incorporate them into it and make it fun. One of the most inspiring fit moms out there is MizFitOnline. She has a toddler (“The Tornado”) whom she incorporates INTO her workouts – she calls the “Playouts” – and she is raising a child who is going to have a fabulous body image and a love of activity. I wish I’d met her way back in the day when my kids were small.
I also really really encourage moms to get support- from their partners, from other moms – to get the childcare necessary to make it work. Or use your kids as weights. Put them in a backpack or jogging stroller. You can make it work!
Q: What is your favorite exercise and why?
I love walking/running with my iPod. Music just takes me to another place and when it has a certain beat, I can’t help walking fast or breaking into a run. Add that to a gorgeous setting (I am fortunate to live near a beautiful regional park) and it’s pretty heavenly. But I also love working one-on-one with a trainer who pushes me to new and different limits all the time. I know that strength training is important so I do that with him. I recently bought Jillian Michaels – 30 Day Shred and LOVE how it did the trick in less than half an hour. Jillian rocks.
Q: Are you more of a cardio mommy or strength training mommy?
I actually like doing both, but am more likely to do cardio when I’m on my own. I recently did the couch-to-5k running program, and shocked myself by actually completing two 5k races in May. I really WAS a couch potato when I began, but the gradual increased intervals in C25k made it totally do-able. I love c25k, and now I love doing cardio workouts because it brought me to a level of cardio fitness I never had before.
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
I have my “before” pictures on my phone and I whip it out and say, “Do you really want to be back in this place?” The answer is always no. I also have come to rely on the endorphins and how happy they make me when I do workout. When I don’t I am noticeably more glum and irritable. I need those endorphins like I need oxygen now.
Q: Random question: what’s your favorite brand of workout clothing and why?
I LOVE the clothing on Athleta.com. It’s so beautiful and original and comfy and all of the models really inspire me.
For more interviews with fit moms (and dads too), visit the “Get inspired by these fit moms” page.