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Moms supporting moms is the best way to get to the goal. If one mom succeeds then it can give hope for the other moms around them. Does it always work that way? No many times people tear each other down, tear themselves down, or simply dismiss others achievements of no consequence to their lives. Ultimately we can learn from others successes and can impact our lives in a positive way from simple unbiased observation. Yes some things won't work for some that worked for others but that is where we can find what does and doesn't work. Studies, stories, books and philosophy give us ideas of what will work for us but real life anecdotal data can provide a seeing is believing moment.
Fitness motivation for moms: real moms real stories
There are only so many quotes, so many atta boys that can motivate a mom in her fitness journey. The best motivation is being a part of a real story. When your story is told it motivates others and creates a belief in one’s ability to achieve the goal in front of them. Real fitness motivation for moms comes from those who’ve been in their shoes and walked the walk. Below we will go over some of our moms and their stories. Truth is many will see a story similar to theirs and let them know it is possible to succeed because people have been in their shoes before.
Zaneta is a mother too two little girls and the co-founder of Body Transformation for Parents. After her first child she had postpartum depression and it took a toll on her health. She was heavier than she’d ever been and some days wouldn’t get out of her pajamas. It all started with short 5 minute workouts and little by little the fire in her belly grew and vowed to never go down that path again. With her second child she was given another lesson. After a year and a half of hard work she was placed on bed rest with doctors giving a high probability of a miscarriage. Her body withered away but her mind didn’t. After her second child’s birth she had completed her second lesson by realizing tomorrow isn’t promised and you can’t buy time. This has led her in her fitness journey to never look back.
Kayla in her words “Becoming a mom has been the best thing I’ve done. Ever since my first niece was born, I knew I wanted children, boy or girl, didn’t matter, I just wanted to be a mom. During that time I was career driven and still not in the relationship I felt was right to have a child. Fast forward to today, my daughter is almost 6 months and every day is more amazing than the day before. When I started my pregnancy I was the heaviest I had ever been at 178, by the time I finished my pregnancy I had hit 220. This was so alarming to me, I’ve always been active and never had weighed this much. Beginning of my pregnancy, I had horrible morning sickness that oddly was avoided by eating carbs and ended up being sick with Covid. The weight just piled on, it seemed nothing was keeping my weight in control. I started working out again during second trimester, which helped slow the weight gain to healthy limits. After having my daughter, I got my clearance to work out after 6 weeks. I weighed 192, completely defeated; I started a workout regimen and diet my brother gave me. It was slow progressing, which made me impatient, but here I am at almost 6 months postpartum, weighing 169. I am back in my pre-pregnancy jeans and even lighter than I started my pregnancy. I’m thankful for slow progress because now the loose skin is minimal and I can see a faint…faint line of my two pack coming in. This is a huge win for me, I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been and now I’m ready for my already active daughter to be running causing havoc.”
Carla in her words “Being a mom is a very important job because we are raising the future. We tend to make time for everyone but ourselves and feel guilty if we do. Fitness to me as a person but also as a mother is extremely important. Why? Because it's just for me, it's me taking time out for myself both physically and mentally. It makes me a better mother not because I think I'm better than someone who doesn't work out but because it makes me happier and healthier mentally as well as physically. I am a better mom because I'm not depressed or over stressed I have an outlet and it's a positive outlet that enriches my life. I've learned throughout time that yes it’s not easy, yes it's time consuming I definitely don't always want to do it but when I do I feel so much better and I want to be that better version of myself both for myself and for my family because when I'm happy it shows and they are more happy to have a happy mom. I know I said fitness is something just for me but here's a secret it's actually for my kids too but they don't realize it. It's for them because I'm being a role model everyday so everything I do they see and learn and that includes making and taking time for yourself and being healthy and I am very proud of that I hope that I instill that in my children. They see me grinding, they see me push hard to reach my goals and I hope they learn they can do the same thing in their lives. So fitness as a mom is definitely very important to me.”
Joslyn is actually a grandmother who decided to get fit later in life. She has a very common story. Tried all the diets, different exercise programs and watch the weight yo-yo nothing but consistent disappointment and frustration. While her kids were growing up she put her health on the back burner and viewed as being selfish to focus on herself. Then came a time when she just had enough and wanted to move forward and make a change. We chatted for about an hour in 2020 and she had realized that it wasn’t selfish at all it actually would have benefitted her family when she was younger. She decided to focus on herself and began to feel better. In the process she lost 53lbs and no longer does her weight fluctuate. Her program fits her lifestyle and no longer is it a battle to fit things in rather it is easier than ever. With a set schedule she doesn’t have much to think about. Every day is set out in front of her and all she needs to do is execute. Even more important she likes what she sees in the mirror. She likes being able to fit in clothes she hasn’t been able to for years.
In Dianne’s words “I have been a yo yo dieter all of my life, and I decided to try and lose weight again, also to build up my strength to carry my grand babies. The main reason I decided to get fit and healthy is I wanted to be around and enjoy watching my grandkids grow up! When my kids were growing up I really didn’t pay attention to my health or weight issues. I did make sure my kids ate healthy and not over indulge on food. I told them they didn’t want to end up a yo yo dieter like me. I am so happy they are health and weight conscious. I have high blood pressure, I have RA and lupus, asthma. It has been almost 2 yrs since I started on this journey and I am down 72 1/2 lbs and workout six days a week, the thing I realized it is changing the way you live not just eat and I feel so much better than I have in a long time. I also had 2 new grand babies since starting and have carried them without any issues. Thank you Body Transformation for Parents (Casey & Zaneta) for showing me how to do this without starving myself and learning portion control and healthier foods to eat that taste good. Most of all helping become healthier and stronger to hold my grand babies and watch them grow! I thought being a Parent was the greatest achievement until I realized that grandparents get to see their kids become parents and watch how they raise their kids which is so much more Rewarding. Being a grandma is the highest achievement you can reach in my opinion. ”
Above are stories of mom’s of different ages and different circumstances that have taken control of their lives. Fitness motivation for moms doesn’t come from fortune cookie bs, it comes from stories of how mom’s have succeeded and from that how other moms can succeed as well. There’s no magic pill, no instantaneous change or easy way in general just sticking to what is the motive for getting healthy. Fitness for moms can mean many things and can be different for every mom. The trick is finding what motivates you and what it means to you.
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