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Staying Fit and Focused as a New Mom

by Sarah Wilson

Welcome to Motherhood: Detour Ahead

I was anxious to get back to the gym after giving birth partially because I love it, but also partially because I wanted to see how quickly I could get back to my old self. I wanted my old abs and my old PR's and I wanted them STAT. So how's that going you ask? Well, a few weeks ago I got my first post-baby muscle-up (yay!)... and this morning I had to stop midway through my crappy double-unders to take a pee break (boo!). So yea, not exactly the stuff elite athletes are made of...

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Motherhood : Are We Doing It Right?

My mom has never tried to convince me to do things her way – or even that there is a “right way” to do anything at all. And still, I often find myself trying so hard to be just like her. She worked part time as my three siblings and I grew up and made attending track meets, school plays, and soccer games a top priority throughout my childhood. She worked, but my perspective as a kid based on the way she prioritized her time was that being a mom was her job.

I had a very happy childhood thanks to the way I was raised. So when I had my son I thought, “I’ll just be like my mom and my kids will be happy too”. I felt compelled to do as my mom had done because that’s what I thought of as the recipe for a “good mom”.

The only problem is, I’m not made of the same stuff my mom is made of. I started my own business in my late 20’s. When I found out I was pregnant, I had just signed a lease on my new office/studio. I was diving headfirst into motherhood and running a business at the same time. Dilemma: how can I be just like my mom if I’m not just like my mom?

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Hang Up the Pom Poms (and Happy Mother's Day)

As I sit here on Mother's Day I think about how lucky I am to have a mother who has not only been supportive of my athletic endeavors but who has set such a wonderful example of what it means to be a strong woman. She did not have the same opportunities that I had as a young girl but that has not stopped her from pursuing some pretty ambitious goals in her adult life.  My mom will always be our family's head cheerleader but nothing makes me happier than to see her step off the sidelines and onto the playing field.

It's never too late to start...

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