I love the advice our Mom-spiration, Laura, gives to others: start small. She’s a mom of two and does an amazing job of modeling a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle to her kids. She writes about her love of family, fitness, and food at Fit Mama Love.
My Fit Family: Tell us a little about you and your family.
Laura: I’ve always had an interest in health and fitness, however, this did not always translate into a healthy relationship with food and exercise. After recovering from an unhealthy dieting attitude during my teenage years, I went through phases of working out and paying attention to what I ate. It wasn’t until a year after I got married when I was the heaviest I’d ever been (I’ve never been overweight, but I wasn’t eating well or exercising at this point and my body was showing it) that I decided I wanted to change my lifestyle. I adopted a healthy attitude towards food and fitness. Eating healthy to fuel my body instead of dieting became my regular way of eating and I committed to exercising regularly. Ten years later and I’ve stuck with it, even when I had to work hard to lose all the baby weight after having baby #2.
Laura: Here’s a typical menu: Breakfast: Oatmeal with chia seed, walnuts, bananas and almond milk. Coffee with coconut sugar and milk. Snack: Nuts and apple or pork jerky (I like Krave because it’s nitrate free and very moist) or LARABAR. Lunch: Usually leftovers–some combo of meat, veggies and whole grain. Snack: Espresso with coconut sugar and a biscotti or something else small and sweet. Depending on my hunger level, I’ll have something else similar to my earlier snack. Dinner: Some combo of meat, grain and veggie. Examples are grilled chicken with sweet potato and asparagus. Or pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. Dessert: Dark chocolate.
MFF: While we’re on the topic of food–what’s your favorite healthy snack and of course we’d love to know about your favorite indulgence!
Laura: My favorite healthy snack is a whole grain cracker or toast topped with sliced and salted avocado. For additional protein, a piece of Krave pork jerky will do.
Outside of workouts, I’d say my favorite physical activity is hiking with my kids. These hikes aren’t long, so they’re not burning many calories or anything, but it’s great way to be active and explore with my family.
Laura: I’m inspired by everyone I see who decides to make a change to better their health. I know some people get annoyed by gym checkins on Facebook, but I love seeing my friends do something good for themselves. Especially if they’re someone who has struggled with that before, it’s so inspiring to see their transformation.
I’m also inspired by moms who write beautifully on their blogs about their struggles, failures and triumphs and share how they’re working constantly at being the best moms they can be.
Laura: Be consistent and start small. This will help you stick with your healthy changes initially and from their you can expand. When I first started working out, I decided I would do three times a week and no more. I could have done more initially, but I didn’t want to burn myself out. It wasn’t until after I had that down that I started adding more and that was after a couple of years!