Arriving February 2016 at NOVA Natural Birth Center in Chantilly, VA, this 4-part workshop series will take place every Saturday from 12:30-2:30pm. How does Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition benefit pregnancy, birth and parenting? Learn more about the course by clicking here:
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.
Jennifer Clancy, M.A. - Coaching parents through their childbearing years is a passion of mine. As an apprentice home birth midwife and birth doula, I found the most beneficial role I have had during time spent with clients was as their coach during prenatal work. The mutual investment made a difference for the parent's relationship to self, to one another, to the baby. Being their coach meant that we worked together towards their personal and family goals. As a Birth & Family Coach, while I enhance the supportive roles of your midwife, obstetrician, nutritionist, and doula, our coaching relationship is distinctly and uniquely built outside of the birth team itself. As your coach, I blend childbirth and parenting education with practical, goal oriented counseling which helps build your confidence as a new parent. This coaching relationship is as unique as the parents themselves. Our coaching relationship can be achieved in many ways: phone or email, in office, in home, online groups, etc. Coaching your growing family can be short or long term. Areas of interest may include: fertility, family planning, siblings, blended families, birth planning, newborn care, self after baby, etc. As with all health and wellness, you can be your best advocate; you know yourself better than anyone else. Working with a Birth & Family Coach will give you the confidence to do so without reservation.
As you know, I am a huge advocate for promotion of informed choice, optimal health, wellness and nutrition; most especially for mothers and their growing babies. In my search for the best ways to offer tangible means to assist parents in achieving this level of self care, I have also learned a valuable lesson on practicing what I teach. View my YouTube video which introduces you to my new health coaching service and the reasons why I believe this is a great fit for me- and you!
Families and Birth Colleagues- Find out more about my role as your free Team Beachbody Coach, the birth related Fit Clubs I started and the risk free, money back guaranteed, doctor approved, delicious, amazing, nutrient packed super food that is Shakeology (can you tell I am a fan?), by following the links in green or by going to my Health Coaching options page here.