This post, written by Stacey Ross, founder of SDBM, is reflective of a long-term partnership with FIT4MOM (see below for special offer!).
“Just DO it! Because you CAN! The only thing that separates us is those who think about their ideas and those who actually move on those ideas.” ~ Lisa Druxman
Just a few years after San Diego’s Lisa Druxman created Stroller Strides in 2001, I saw the larger-than-life entrepreneur and her fitness classes featured in the local news. Wow, I thought; here was a new mom following her passion, yet beginning a family at the same time! I needed to meet this woman, and made sure that I held myself to that!
2001 marks the year I married and began right away to start a family of my own, as well. Building a dream business while raising a family is no easy task, which leads me to share the greatest tip I learned from Lisa Druxman, in regards to mixing work and family: “Listen to your inner voice, quiet your mind and the answers will come.” I have come to find over the years, that the answers are as diverse and personal as the unique challenges that motherhood presents us. I have also come to find that moms benefit greatly by supporting one another through the journey.
Lisa is full of inspirational and motivational words of wisdom, and infuses an “I believe in you!” spirit into all of her programs built for mothers, that have now spread to over 1,300 locations nationwide! They offer moms an opportunity to get in shape, meet other moms and have fun with their baby at the same time. Moms can take advantage of the recently released Fit4Baby, a prenatal fitness class and Body Back, a workout for any stage of motherhood. All of the programs give women the “Strength for Motherhood” and together create FIT4MOM.
My FIT4MOM Journey
When you have shown up again and again to FIT4MOM classes like I have, you tend to make internal and external changes that last a lifetime, and when certain things just don’t work in your favor down the road, this “take home” really comes in handy when you are faced with challenges. As I am presently challenged with osteoarthritis in both knees (not fun at all!), my journey has compelled me to make a flip turn, and for me that means swimming needs to replace my pounding the pavement!
What taking FIT4MOM class after class has reinforced in me over the years:
1. Embrace your “inner athlete.” We are not all going to run triathlons, nor go to the Olympics, but there are realistic ventures and goals for each and every one of us to take on. Whether you decide to get on the scale 2x a week and exercise your way to health and a toned body, or pledge to “eat clean” and get out a few times a week and just walk, the goals and aspirations are yours and FIT4MOM helps you stay accountable to them and to yourself!
2. Listen to your body. Only YOU know that something is just not right, and if you aren’t sure, don’t self-diagnose or put it off (I urge you to not ignore things!)! Ask a physician for advice and be sure to learn to run and exercise properly! Also, you will gain the wisdom to distinguish the (sometimes) subtle differences between holding back out of caution and conjuring up excuses as to why you are not giving your program your all! The “burn” means your body is changing – work it, because the longer you keep the momentum, the more it becomes part of your everyday lifestyle!
3. Be a role model. Your kids emulate you. This includes how you your take care of your body as well as what you put into it. I have learned simple ways to create delicious and nutritious well-balanced meals and snacks for my family of four and know where the support is to get more tips and tricks! I also have found that the practices of food journaling and also planning family meals thoughtfully are priceless. When I previously could not figure out just when I was going to get my workouts in, I figured out ways, even if it included trailing behind my kids on their bikes for an hour. Where there is a will…
4. Don’t give up! Setbacks happen! For some more than for others. Get back on the proverbial bike after a fall, and do what works for you, personally. Currently my knee osteoarthritis has had me asking, “Why now??” but, honestly, the only solution is to unlace my running shoes (which were truly taking me places!) and get moving in another ways.
5. Turn off the music. Just be! This means sometimes workin’ it without the ear buds or music mixes. Beyonce isn’t going anywhere and you can lay low with JLo later! Listen to and inhale nature’s gifts and experience your body as one with it! We are so used to distractions and diversions, that we need to remember, particularly as moms, to connect with Mother Earth and shut down our mental noise for a period every day, and nourish our soul! This just might be the greatest gift we can ever do, just for ourselves. And nobody can do this one for us.
When I am feeling unmotivated to get my booty up, I remember what Lisa Druxman repeats again, and again… and… yet, again:
“Don’t say, ‘I have to,’ say, ‘I get to‘!!”
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Disclaimer: SDBM is a strategic partner with FIT4MOM. Links include sponsored posts. All opinions are my own.