Maribeth represents the fit 40 something crowd and has submitted some positive, motivating and refreshing posts valuable to our community! She frequently shares and reposts our posts and photos and is always inviting others to join our community! She has introduced Fit Mom Strong Mom to the yoga community and we have gained followers because of this! She’s a single mom who also owns/runs a yoga studio at the Jersey Shore. Her positive message and inspiring photos bring amazing content to FMSM!
We wanted to find out more about what makes this inspiring fit mom tick!
FMSM: What’s your yoga to practice? Favorite yoga pose?
Maribeth: I practice Vinyasa. I love to be creative on and off my mat. Vinyasa allows me to be creative with my sequences when I am teaching. Hmmmmm. Favorite yoga pose??? I have a few. I would say I love balancing poses. Tree Pose, Warrior 3, Half Moon. Just to name a few. I have found I am very grounded and balanced on and off my mat. Being a single mom, you have to know how to juggle, multi task and be balanced. It becomes less challenging.
FMSM: Favorite workout gear/clothes/brands?
Maribeth: My favorite work out clothes. I would say anything that is comfortable. I have yoga pants from Marshalls, Athleta, Fabletics and Lulu Lemon. I am so grateful that my brother and his girlfriend give me gift cards on my birthday. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have any Lu Lu attire. It’s pretty expensive.( It does do wonders to your ass though!) I would say Athleta is my favorite. Athleta fits me perfectly. Their sports bras are the best. I am more of a comfort girl than the label. Most of my tanks are from Marshall’s. They have a great selection of tanks with great sayings on them and they cost anywhere from $9.99-$14.99.
FMSM: Favorite go-to healthy meal? Favorite treat/snack/dessert?
Maribeth: My favorite meal. I truly LOVE pasta. Not healthy, but I can’t help myself. I have been very good lately and been replacing it with zucchini spaghetti. It is fast, and you can make it with anything. My favorite snack is Pita Chips and hummus. Favorite treat is ice cream. Mint Chocolate Chip. I love food. I never deprive myself of anything. If I know i am going to make a pasta dinner, we will eat early. I try never to eat late. We try to go by the royalty rule “Eat breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper.” There are nights when we only have smoothies for dinner. It works.
FMSM: What’s the biggest challenge you had to overcome as a fit mom?
Maribeth: Losing a lot of weight!! I gained 80 pounds with both of my children. I could not believe it and many don’t until I show them the pictures. I think moms face challenges everyday as a fit mom. It never ends. We want to set a good example for our children. Eat healthy, exercise, keep the alcohol to a minimum. Our children look up to us. They listen to us. They eventually become us. Setting a good example is a must, but very challenging. I rarely keep alcohol in my house. I NEVER drink with my dinner or alone at night. I keep it for social events or holidays.
FMSM: What is your next big fitness goal in the next year?
Maribeth: My fitness goal for this next year is to get more cardio in. Since I teach so much, write, marketing and the business aspect, and then all of the mom responsibility, it has been tough to get the cardio in. It has been all yoga lately.
FMSM: What are your thoughts on “Yoga Porn” on social media? Do you think these types of pages/accounts are more inspirational or discouraging to moms wanting to get into yoga?
Maribeth: This is a great question. And I have a few answers. First – it depends on the page/account. I do find it very intimidating. Such accounts/studios that I have seen intimidating is the reason I came up with creating SUKHA as a “non-intimidating” yoga studio. Some of the photos can sometimes make me not want to practice yoga. We all have days like these. Scrolling through IG and Facebook and seeing hundreds of yogis doing crazy poses, contortionists like flows, that I would not be able to do EVER. Not at 45. My body does not work that way and it never will. Sometimes, I sit back and say “Am I not good enough to do this”?. I am more than good enough. Because that is not what yoga is about. It is not about putting your feet around your head. It is exercises/flow for mental and physical health that teaches a person to experience inner peace by controlling the body and the mind. There are many days, I keep scrolling or I don’t watch the video or I don’t go on at all. I am a good teacher. I have a lot to learn. That is the beauty of yoga. There is so much to learn. The poses. The philosophy. The teachings. My students/friends come to SUKHA because I am not intimidating. I do not do crazy things and I say it every day. If I learn a new arm balance, I post it because I am proud and I attached a motivational quote along with the photo.
My second answer to this question is: Yoga is beautiful. The poses are beautiful. Men and women look amazing in “certain yoga” poses. Why not post. It’s nature. Human Nature. If you are a business owner or teacher, I think pictures of “yoga porn” should be posted once in a while. It’s MARKETING. And social media is a marketing tool and every business should be on every form of it. I am. And I will continue to be. “Yoga Porn” pictures are like food; “all in moderation”. I post. For SUKHA. For my students. And for myself. I am proud of what I have done. I am not getting any younger, so I should do it now. 50 is around the corner. People will always make comments of selfies and “yoga porn”. Articles have been written that anyone who takes selfies or post pictures of themselves are NARCISSISTS. I disagree. I asked a few of my students their thoughts on my posts, Both men and women. They all said “Keep them coming”! “We love them”. ” They inspire us”. So I will continue to do so. It makes me feel good and it inspires my SUKHA family. If I posted videos of myself walking across a room on my hands or putting my foot around my head and in my mouth, I don’t believe I would a room full of wonderful people who have been dying to try yoga and finally after all of these years, made it on a mat. And I am proud to say that it is at SUKHA where they found comfort to practice.
FMSM: What advice do you have for moms who want to try yoga but might be intimidated? How to let go of self doubt, self criticism, comparison, and achieve self love and self acceptance though yoga?
Maribeth: My advice to anyone would be – Try Yoga!!!!! It has changed my life.Mentally and physically. I am a better person because of it. Don’t be intimidated. Focus on yourself. Don’t look at what Jane Smith is doing next to you. Every BODY is different. If social media posts freak you out; don’t look. It took me years to try it. You will love it.
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