Motherhood & Exercise- The Struggle is Real!

IMG_2653With a solid 15 year fitness routine I figured it would be easy to maintain my fitness routine post baby. BAAAAHHHHH!!

When I think back to my pre-baby, 5am, multiple workouts a day, self and talking to fitness clients and mothers about making time for fitness….I want to throat punch my old self. I have said it once and I will say it again, before I had a baby I had no idea.  Motherhood and exercise is no easy feat- the struggle is real.

I can tell you right now, if I didn’t have an established fitness lifestyle before my babe arrived finding the motivation to incorporate fitness into life with an infant or toddler would not be a priority.

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Indoor Cycling- A Pain in the A*!?

Pushing through the burn is part of a great, indoor cycling sweat session. There’s a big difference between that ‘hurts so good’ feeling and real pain.  If you’ve ever left a class with a killer workout under your belt, but an aching body, here are some suggestions to stop the pain, and why it could be happening. Continue reading

Negative Self-Talk- Four tips to Turn it Around

Running Negative selftalkA few weeks ago I participated in the BMO Vancouver Marathon.  This was my 5th half marathon, third BMO race, and first postnatal half. In typical BMO style the race was top notch. From package pick up and organization, to the crowd and finish line party.  The difference this  year was my attitude.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day- About the kids tooFor the last six years I have enjoyed the privilege of having someone else’s children in my home for part of Mother’s day. It is not until last year that I was able to celebrate this day with my own child.  Holidays, including Mother’s Day,  are important to me.   I try to foster this attitude in my children.

Over the years I have reminded them of holidays.  Encouraging them to make cards, work on crafts, or taking them out to purchase a little something for their Mother.  It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t help my stepchildren with gifts for their Mothers on holidays.  Why wouldn’t I? She is the reason I am blessed.

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Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

Returning to work after maternity leaveIt’s been over a months since I’ve returned to work after maternity leave.  I never thought going back to work would be as difficult as it has been. Before having my little guy I expected to walk back into the office as the firecracker that I was pre-babe.  After having him I discovered how profoundly unrealistic that was.  Expecting to walk into the office the same person I was when I left is the professional equivalent of expecting to wear my favorite pre-pregnancy pants out of the hospital. Ain’t gonna happen.

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