Looking Strong Like A Mama in Old Navy activewear
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The Juggle is Real! Being a mama of two little girls with a growing company that demands long days and sleepless nights, staying healthy, energetic, strong and happy is not a choice for me, its a must. We always "do us" last and that is the wrong approach. These are the 6 things I do that help me keep it all together, be Strong Like A Mama and help me in my quest to be the strongest I've been (physically, mentally and emotionally) when I turn 40 in 364 days from now! Oh and I might as well look good while I'm doing it in Old Navy's cool Activewear line!
1. Morning Routine
I don't know about you but if I don't start the morning off right, it messes up my entire day. I get this weird voice in my head that says "oh screw it, you already messed up so just count this day as a miss." And then the snowball effect sets in. So, I do everything in my power to maintain an easy and fun routine that I can do with the girls.
We let Daddy workout first because Daddy's need to be strong too! We get ready for our morning walk or run and we either make our morning breakfast smoothie at home or we stop by Whole Foods (we pass it on our run). Sometimes we stop at one of the parks by our house and just talk about our plans for the day. We live in California and the weather is nice most of the time but if it isn't a nice day, we skip the walk, but always do the smoothie! Kids love routines too. Here is my Strong Like A Mama smoothie recipe:
Green Girl Smoothie
- 1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened almond milk.
- 1 ripe banana, frozen.
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped mango, frozen.
- 1-2 large handfuls of baby spinach.
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) pumpkin seeds (Pepita seeds)
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds)
- 1 cup of ice
- optional: 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder + 1/4 cup water
My Mom was always big into vitamins and I can vividly remember going on visits to the Shaklee sales reps house to pick them up! Do any of you remember Shaklee? Before the days of GNC and online ordering? But now it is way easier to get what you need (I get most of my vtitamins from Amazon) but knowing what that is is half the battle. These are the supplements that work best for me besides my normal multi, which I still use a Prenatal!
- WATER WATER WATER
- Liquid Vitamin D, 4,000 iu (most women are difficient)
- Probiotics (splurge on the good kind, its worth it)
- DHA or Krill oil
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil
- MCT/Coconut Oil - you can even put this in your morning smoothie or "MOM"osa, ha!
We all know the heart benefits of cardio and to be Strong Like A Mama for our families we need to keep our hearts healthy. It is the #1 killer of women. We can't mess around. Besides the health benefits, cardio gives me a high like no other. I love to run and swim. They are my natural anti-depressants and if I go a week or so without them, because you know Mom Life creeps up on us, I can see myself getting cranky. And no one is happy when Mama is cranky. I don't do any more than 30-40 minutes 4 or 5 times a week, on a good week. I know its hard to fit it in.
I've been lifting weights since I was 20 years old. Don't get the wrong impression, I wasn't lifting heavy weights or wearing a weight belt and gloves or anything. I just stuck to between 8 and 15 lbs. per dumbbell.
It all started the summer going into my senior year in college when I realized I had gained 15 lbs. since my freshman year. That might not sound like a lot but I just didn't feel right and I wanted to make a change. I moved into my first apartment, got some free weights, stocked the fridge with healthy foods and put on my determination hat. I was so shy about going to a gym so I asked my friend's boyfriend to give me a circuit workout and I would do it in my bedroom with my free weights! I would run around my neighborhood, pack my lunch for my internship and stayed away from alcohol. The weights helped to transform my body and I felt so powerful and strong. I've never stopped since. I lifted weights both of my pregnancies until 36 weeks so I was Strong Like a Mama!
5. Me Time/Friend Time
Can I get an AMEN?! Every time I come home from doing something for myself, whether it's something as simple as getting my nails done, lunch with a friend or even a workout I feel like a new woman. It is so important to surround ourselves with friends that uplift us and cheer us on. This might sound a little harsh but over the past few years I have reevaluated my friendships and removed those people that did not bring out MY best self. Our time is so limited being a Mom so we need to make sure we are spending it with genuine souls.
6. And most importantly, HAVE FUN!!
Daily dance parties, impromptu themed nights, and laughing our butts off is what life is all about! I believe that all of the above steps really help me to truly be happy and Always Bring the FUN in my quest to be STRONG LIKE A MAMA!