Active Maternity Fitness & Nutrition Group
Sources of Motivation and Points of Pride
Jennifer Clancy, M.A.
Dr. Sears Certified Health Coach and Independent Beachbody Coach
Blending Beachbody Active Maternity fitness programming and Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. Expectations Pregnancy Coaching into one engaging week together, I felt so grateful to host and bear witness to these women as they supported one another’s journeys towards a healthier, better nourished pregnancy and motherhood. These women are all mothers who work in or outside the home as teachers, nurses, sales reps, consultants, coaches, etc. who also desire to stay active, fit and healthy as they grow their babies in womb and in arms. Striving to balance it all takes strength, resolve and a love undefined. I am so very proud of their motivation and know their families are, too! High five, mamas!
Why Did You Sign Up?--
For me, I struggled with prioritizing my own health as equally important to those around me. I sacrificed for others and didn't realize I was hurting myself. Everything about my coping, nutrition and healing ability withered by the time I didn't feel right. It happens so quickly. I knew during pregnancy that healthy nutrition was good, but didn't have the energy to focus on it; thought I'd be fine. "Look how so & so turned out and her family is fine!" I realized later that "fine" was not what I was striving for. "Fine" kept me alive, but at cost. Fertility and general health begin and end with how we nourish and nurture ourselves. I learned self care was required unless I wanted someone else to fill in what I lacked, or not be fully present because I was too tired. It took sacrifice of a different kind to reprioritize my health so to become optimally involved in my and our family's lives.
After having my second, I found that I was grabbing at whatever was available since I was starving all the time while BFing. I knew I needed healthier snacks and meals. After ordering my shakeology, I was pressured (jk!) into joining a challenge group. I loved having time that was just for me and about me at first. Now I love that I am stronger and healthier and my habits are rubbing off on the family (I have to beg my son to take bites of pasta so he can have more carrots!!)
I used to be amazing at working out!! I always played tennis and went to the gym 5 times a week. Then, I had so much trouble getting pregnant with my first that I quit all workouts (I incorrectly thought that was the reason). I had two pregnancies pretty close together and then bam I had three kids under the age of 2. I had no time to workout so a friend suggested I try t25 and I fell in love. I love being healthy and having more energy for my kids!!!
I was finding it really hard to lose any of the baby weight and just felt like I was barely making it through my days. So this summer after seeing other moms add fitness to their lives with little ones I decided to give it a try! I started with t25 and shakeology and absolutely love it! I feel like a new person! I've lost almost 30 lbs in 3 months and have so much more energy! Now I feel like I can enjoy playing with my girls and be an awesome role model of health for them. So important not to lose sight of yourself when you enter the all consuming world of parenting!
Pre-kids era I had no problem working out either! Spinning, weight lifting, running, I was a gym rat. I still have my gym membership but never go! It's hard to say goodbye to it but I find I'm the most successful with at home workouts. Right now having a child and pregnant again I struggle with finding time for myself and I too will snack sometime on what's easiest and most convenient. It's all a work in progress still. I haven't figured any sort of routine out and I know it will change again once I deliver this baby.
I also struggled with prioritizing any time for myself after having children. I didn't think there was any way to fit in time for me until my first challenge group and it literally changed my life
I am my best self when I take some time for me. After having #2 I knew that trips to the gym would vanish and I needed to prioritize. I lost 25# in four months doing t25, combat, and 21 day fix all while nursing my son whom is now 10 mo old. Love these groups!
My problem had always been diet. I feel like I have no time to meal plan, shop, prep and cook. I honestly don't know how people do it. I've read books about it. My sister has a "cook day". But I don't know how to do it. Especially now. My one-month-old still eats constantly. Constantly.so I always go for the easy, usually less healthy choice.
I struggled for a long time after I had my son bc I had a ton of excuses and no real tools or confidence to do something to make a change. I felt trapped. I hit bottom last February... I have a thyroid disease and we couldn't try for another baby until my levels stabilized. My son was turning 4 and I realized this might be it, so no excuses. I borrowed P90X from a friend and totally committed. Half-way through I learned about shakeology and challenge groups. 20 pounds came off, I enjoyed exercising and making healthy meals and then this summer my dr said we could try bc I was super healthy and my levels stabilized. Now I'm 11 weeks pregnant. The first trimester was exhausting and I was always nauseous so my goal is to get back into my routine in the next few weeks.
Share what or whom is your motivation for staying healthy as a mother? (Mothers share photos of inspiration)
I'm proud of continuing to get my workouts in sometimes with the kids sometimes after bedtime and to make healthy food choices for myself and my girls!
My family and pregnant belly are my motivation to keep my body healthy so I can stay active for my little one!
Here are my love bugs with me 3 years ago. My core was weak, my shoulders and neck hurt from lack of sleep and commitment to baby led nursing (my first time nursing successfully!) made me so hungry all.the.time. when we didn't invest as well in our nutrition. I am reminded that each day is a new opportunity where I learn something new and determine its value to me and the family. I was and continue to to be grateful to our midwives for teaching me so much about perinatal health and fitness. So I am inspired by these children & the women who surround me in love and nurturance.
This is two years ago but my family definitely is my inspiration!!! With three under two I was out of energy often. Glad I know have enough energy to run after them most days.
I am so proud that these 2 love their fruits and veggies and rarely ask for dessert. My daughter's allergies has really changed my eating habits to accommodate her as well.
To be the healthiest example I can be for these girls! And to have energy and strength to enjoy playing with them! (E)
I am working on ending the trend of obesity in my family. I want Oliver to see me exercise every day and I want him to eat healthy nutritious foods. When he started eating solids, I would go through the drive in for myself and my husband and come home make a healthy meal for him. But he started to reach for my food and I wouldn't give it to him. I then asked myself... Why is it ok for me to eat this cramp but not him? It's NOT! I realized how important it was for me to eat healthy to teach him the right way! Now, I am a proud mama when he eats his veggies first off his plate!
My 4 1/2 year old son.. And now the new baby we get to meet in June.
What do You Think About Our Challenge Groups? -
I love seeing you all participating as you see best for yourselves and your families. I am cognizant of integrating the different nutritional tips into my day; practice builds habit!
I love challenge group settings. I find them motivating, inspiring as well as informative. I have made some great friends through my challenge groups and Beachbody family! Being in this group has really got me thinking about having my next and I'm super excited that my second pregnancy will he even more healthier than my first. I usually choose high impact workouts and enjoyed checking out Autumn's maternity workouts!
I also love the challenge groups and wish I had known about them when I was pregnant! Having the support and inspiration of a group going through similar life events and choosing to make their health a priority has been life changing for me!
I have loved the challenge groups since starting for accountability and motivation. The support these ladies offer is tremendous. I too wish I knew about it when I was pregnant. But def love that I am stronger and healthier now than before!
Thanks for organizing Jen!!!! The information you provided was awesome! So wish I had had this with my pregnancies!!! It was great to get know you all a little bit!!!! All the best with your pregnancies and fitness journeys!!!
Great group! I second that; totally wish I had this when pregnant. Great info! Good luck to everyone on the rest of their journeys.
You rock Jen!!! I also wish I had this while pregnant!!
Want to learn how to incorporate Active Maternity or Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. Expectations practices into your pregnancy or postpartum? I’d be thrilled to share with you the options available. Inquire with me by sending an email to CoachJenClancy@gmail.com or submit an inquiry form on my website www.JenniferClancy.com