How do you balance your time between work, family and fitness?
My work schedule changes all the time. If I close the store I wake up at 6, get my son ready for school, take him to school, go to the gym with my daughter, pick up my son, then go to work, then home for mommy duties, and a little of ab workout before I sleep. If I open the store, I wake up at 6, get my son ready for school, take him to school, go to work, go home then take the kids with me to the gym
I always make it work, no matter how early it is or how late is. Even on days off, I still go. Sometimes I’ll go at night or twice a day. You have to be committed and make it happen!
Do they have care for the kiddos at the gym?
Yes! My kids loves it there, it’s a little gym area (I go to 24hr Fitness). They love going with me, and all the staff knows them!
Do you plan on instilling health values in your kids? How do you plan on doing so?
At home, they count for me when I do my ab workouts!
They are learning AND helping mommy with fitness!
Oh definitely. Health and fitness is contagious.
After really understanding how to read a nutrition label, I am more conscious of what they eat and drink. We’ve always been a non-soda family, so that’s definitely something I will continue. As for drive-thrus (MCD, Burger King, Jacks, etc) I have restricted us to the amount of times we eat there. I have limited to only buying that once a week.
They are eating more healthy, like more veggies, and eating healthy choices of protein and carbs. However, I do allow them to eat hot dogs, nuggets, burgers, and eat some “kid” like food, because they are kids, and I would like for them to experience that. When they are in middle school, I will enforce/encourage their eating habits into healthy eating because I wish I knew this then.
What is the biggest challenge for you, on the fitness journey?
My biggest challenge was when I hit a plateau. My second month, March, the whole month I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere. So of course, I felt defeated and discouraged. I almost wanted to give up. I still ran and kept going thinking “maybe by the end of March, I will see something change” But I didn’t.
Then I did more research. Changed up my routine. Got off the treadmill, did stairmasters, kickboxing class, body pump. On top of that, I found Jamie Eason on bodybuilding.com and followed her Phase 2 workout plan.
Really in March, I only needed to lose 5 more lbs. I had already lost 25 lbs. The last 5 lbs was so hard! But I’ll tell you, I feel like I had more drastic results losing the last 5 lbs, than losing the first 25 lbs.
What types of exercises or programs have you liked the most?
My favorites are barbell squats, clean and press, and skull crushers. Im really not a fan of any ab workouts, but Ill do them anyway!
What are your go to meals/snacks?
I usually just snack on raw almonds or fruits (limit to two a day). My ultimate fave is multigrain bread with banana and almond/organic butter. As for meals, I mostly cook all of my meals and prep them for the week. So they’re all the same; baked salmon, grilled shrimp, with ALOT OF STEAMED VEGGIES.
I do the same thing. The more we cook our own food, the more control we have over what we eat.
Oh yeah, my coworkers think Im crazy. I come into work with 5 pieces of tupperware. For the first 4 months, I was really strict. I would not eat at a restaurant, or buy anything anywhere. All my food was cooked.
The way I see food now, is completely different than before. Sometimes, I over think it. But i wouldn’t change it. I love who I’ve become. Some people are lucky and are able to eat anything, and not gain weight, but don’t necessarily have a healthy body. Someone like me, can easily gain weight, but would prefer a healthy body.
What advice would you have for mothers that are trying to get back in shape afterhaving a baby?
You know what? I get a lot of people asking me for help, and I give it to them. I tell them what I did, give them a meal plan and a work out plan. So, hoping I don’t sound blunt and rude, but you have to want it in order to make it happen. Anything is possible, but only if you make it happen. I am as busy as anyone else, and I make it work. We don’t need all the money and personal trainers, we just need the heart to MAKE IT HAPPEN. I would tell all women and moms especially, we don’t have to have a perfect body, but we do deserve a healthy body!
This is one of those situations where I tell myself “You think YOU’RE too tired to work out?! What about people who ___” and then I fill in the blank of others who have more excuses than I have. Here we have an example of someone who takes care of two young kids and stillllll finds the time to reach her fitness goals.
If you catch yourself thinking “Well, I can’t go to the gym as often as she can” then slowww down partner. This wasn’t meant for anyone to compare themselves to anyone else. This isn’t about, who can go to the gym the most. This interview is meant as a source of inspiration on our own journeys. This is an example of how Aubrey is going about her journey. When she felt that something wasn’t working, she reevaluated her plan, and made adjustments. We each need to look at our own situation and figure out what changes are necessary and appropriate in our own lives.
If you are a new mommy and are wondering how in the world you are going to get back on the fitness journey. Don’t you worry, this is proof that you can do just that.